For some the game of tennis is purely recreational – a hobby that’s played with friends. For others it’s a career choice, and for a rare few it’s a life changer. For Edward K. Sengendo the game of tennis was his saving grace, which lead him out of a life of poverty and hardship. Edward came to San Diego with his mother and siblings as a refugee from Uganda. He lived at Father Joe’s Village for some time with his family until he found tennis and his life completely turned around. One Christmas, the kids at Father Joe’s Village were all invited to play tennis at Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe. Edward caught the eye of some of the club members and professionals and was asked to come back to play at the club. Through hard work and determination he received a tennis college scholarship and went on to become a professional tennis player.
Today, Edward is in the process of building Kimera Orphanage, which has hosted fundraisers in North County San Diego – including a reception in Rancho Santa Fe. Kimera means “new life,” and Edward strives to bring new life and hope to children in Africa. He hopes to build an international community, one in which kids grow up in the U.S. and Uganda knowing each other and sharing the same world as they get older. He has returned to Uganda for the past three years to acquire land, NGO status, and start in the building process. The Kimera Orphanage still needs help though. To see how you can make a difference, volunteer, or make a donation visit www.kimeraorphanage.org.