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Friends of Orphans (FRO) was founded and is administered by former child soldiers, orphans and abductees from the Pader District who were and continue to be affected by the war in Northern Uganda. FRO founder Ricky Anywar Richard and others created Friends of Orphans in 1999 whilst pursuing degrees at the University of Makerere. Their experiences as former abductees and orphans – many of whom lost immediate and extended family members, friends and neighbors and suffered displacement – led them to commit to the ongoing and unmet needs of their communities 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 and orphans and to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS.