Type: service provider
Focus: child soldier
Friends of Orphans (FRO) was founded and is administered by former child soldiers, orphans and abductees from Pader District, all of whom were and continue to be affected by the war in Northern Uganda. FRO founder Ricky Anywar Richard and others conceived Friends of Orphans in 1999 whilst pursuing degrees at the University of Makerere. From their experiences as former abductees and orphans – many of whom lost immediate and extended family members, friends and neighbours and suffered displacement – led them to commit to the ongoing and unmet needs of their community displaced in IDP camps and resettlement communities.
The mission is, to contribute to the empowerment, rehabilitation and reintegration of former child soldiers, abductees, child mothers, orphans and to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS.
To rehabilitate, reintegrate and empower those impacted by the conflict and HIV/AIDS in Northern Uganda. Friends of Orphans aim to do this through education, health, and peace-building activities.
The vision is ‘a society in which the vulnerable are empowered to achieve their full potential and contribute to the development of their community.’