Desire Luzinda, the California-based Ugandan songstress, is back with a bang. She’s going philanthropic, and she means business.
On June 5, 2021, she announced her grand entrance into the world of philanthropy in an official launch of her charity organization, the Desire Luzinda Foundation International (DLFI), to an estimated 300+ guests at the Kampala Serena Hotel.
DLFI was launched in a glitzy soiree, crowned with a live performance from a six-piece band that she led like the seasoned balladeer she is.
Her singing style has since changed, and her performance was purely gospel, officiated by Apostle Grace Lubega, the Phaneroo Ministries supremo.
The event officially formalized DLFI’s philanthropic work of many years that Desire initially started by assisting local girls at Uplift Children’s Center – a Lungujja-based orphanage for which she regularly organizes outreaches to collect and donate food and non-food items – such as scholastic materials and beddings.
For many years, DLFI continued to work with surrounding communities on several projects such as education, livelihood, agriculture, and cultural exchange.
Desire has grown in leaps and bounds since her breakout, transitioning from the archetypal regular celebrity to an inspirational artiste and goodwill ambassador.
It’s through these activities that she managed to develop an impressive network of experienced, professional, local, and international staff well placed to partner with funding partners and other collaborating service providers.
DLFI’s broader objective is to attract funding from her growing circle of friends, family and a rich haul of well-wishers across the global. Desire wants to tell her story, and she hopes to piggyback DLFI’s success on her global appeal.
For an organization with the kind of experience like DLFI’s, there would be shortage of testimonies. Glowing tributes were shared by her co-founders in Mathew Takatamoe and Eric Ndawula, as well as her fellow congregants at Phaneroo Ministries.
The well-attended launch was graced by prominent personalities such as Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, Hon. Miria Matembe, Hon. Nyeko Derick, entertainers Halima Namakula, and Rachel Kiwanuka amongst others.
“Over time, we have been blessed with the talent and wisdom to apply it to use. It’s time we take it a step higher, carry the sound and the message to where it belongs. We want to help those in need, and that’s why I have taken a bold step to found DLFI”, said a beaming Desire.