Henry Kalungi posing with the underprivileged kids

The teary sight of one of the underprivileged children asking Uganda Cranes’ defender Henry Kalungi for “netball shoes” was one of the most genuine moments of the afternoon. From the poverty stricken slums, the little ones still had hope for the same, around this time next year.

Henry Kalungi posing with the underprivileged kids

“We don’t have netball shoes today but we shall see next time,” Kalungi replied to the teenage girl who remained gazing at the towering Charlotte Independence star with close to 20 surrounding him after a short interview at Buganda Road play grounds.

The former Richmond kickers player had just taken the kids through their paces alongside common-goal’s Jean Sseninde in the dusty field under the hot weather conditions.

Besides the pitch a few other children from the slums later grabbed seats in a tent as they waited to queue for a sumptuous Christmas lunch.

Just before the meals, they were handed gear inform of boots, jerseys, shirts and balls from Umbro and Henry Kalungi Foundation, Kalungi family organizing them while each of the over 400 children picked something they were to take home.

Henry Kalungi donating gear to the underprivileged children

“We have been working with kids not only here but in America,” the 30 year old explained to Kawowo Sports why he continued with charity just like last year.

“I was somewhat in a similar condition, when i was younger because i was always looking forward to Christmas. That was the time our parents would buy us all the nice stuff.

“So some of these kids dont have that opportunity. So we are here to give that opportunity and make sure they can enjoy, spread love through this Christmas season. ”

Henry Kalungi serving lunch to the children at Buganda Road Play Ground

Kalungi, who has turned out for Charlotte Independence in the Major Soccer League since 2015, and amassed 15 caps with the Uganda national team was thankful for all who have supported the cause.

“We basically want to thank all the people that have made it a success. We have a lot of friends in America that have put together everything. They always want us to make sure these kids are growing and improving and they will come soon to work with the kids.”

He ought to have traveled with his wife Jackline Kalungi but her endeavors in pursuing further studies couldn’t let her board to Africa, though, he promised hopefully to bring more people to come visit next year.

“God willing, we shall get some people next year who will come to visit the kids.”

Through the Henry Kalungi Foundation, more support is expected to be extended to the slums as well in a bid to help the children’s families and they seek to groom the talents of the future.

“In the next couple of days, we are going to go to the slums, where we are going to donate supplies like food or other stuff, clothes that people can be able to use because last time we visited there it was touching. We want to keep doing that.

Jean Sseninde of Common Goal and Sseninde Women’s Development Cup serving lunch as well with Henry Kalungi

“After that we shall go down deep in the villages where people don’t have electricity, they don’t have food, they have nothing, where they don’t have mere things like soap, so we want to go there and provide.”

The mission of Henry Kalungi Foundation is to cater for the under privileged children of the slums to nurture and develop talent.

Deputy Editor at Kawowo Sports. He is an aspiring Sport Psychologist.

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