Army Veteran’s Charity Teaches Guitar To Underprivileged Children In Uganda

BOSTON (CBS) – A North Andover native is using music to help underprivileged children in Uganda.

Justin D’Addario, a United States Army combat veteran, started the Rock n’ Roll Uganda charity.

The organization aims to teach underprivileged children and teenagers how to use the guitar. D’Addario called his organization an “anti-profit.”

“We give away everything that we make to the organization,” he said. “We don’t keep any for expenses, we’re not 501c3 quailfied, it’s just they send me the bracelets, I send them the money, it’s as simple as that.”

D’Addario is attempting to raise money to build a school in Kampala through an online fundraising page.

“They were originally teaching at a mother’s house in the ghetto, very small space,” he said. “Just recently, last week, we were able to get them out into a temporary place.”

“It’s a lot better than where they were, but it’s temporary. We’re still saving up for a lot bigger place,” he said.

As of Thursday, the page has raised nearly $4,000.

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