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A Dream Come True

Refugee Turned Tennis Star Raises Money in Solana Beach for Children’s Orphanage 

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. 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.

After fleeing Uganda with his family as a child, Edward realized that one day he would give back to those homeless, abandoned, and suffering children he encountered when he was forced to flee Uganda. With tennis came his answer: he would use the sport as a means to give back to others.

Edward is in the process of building Kimera Orphanage which has hosted fundraisers in North County San Diego, including Solana Beach. Its most recent fundraiser, which was held at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club raised over $14,000 for the orphanage. Edward has acquired land in the Butambala District in Uganda and is currently hard at work with building plans.

To find out more information about Kimera Orphanage or to make a donation visit www.kimeraorphanage.org.

Kimera