Greetings from Friends of Orphans (FRO)

FRO was founded and is administered by former child soldiers, orphans and abductees from the Pader district. All of whom were and continue to be affected by the war in Northern Uganda.

It is a fully registered not-for-profit non-government organization of Uganda.

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FRO’s mission is to contribute to the empowerment, rehabilitation and reintegration of former child soldiers, abuductees, child mothers, orphans, and to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS.

cover_smallSoldier Boy Available Now

Release: June 13, 2017

Working closely with Ricky himself, Keely Hutton has written an eye-opening book about how one boy’s unbreakable spirit and indomitable courage led him to survive war and enslavement and go on to create a haven for others who suffered a similar fate. A portion of the proceeds will be going to FRO.  Learn more>> 

SOLDIER BOY Guides created by macmillan:
Reading Group and Teachers Guide: 

Fundraising Guide: Help raise money for Friend of Orphans Uganda.


Check out the some of the reviews:
macmillan Publishers
Publisher Weekly
KIRKUS Online Reviews
Big Screen Books


Pader NGO Gives Former Abductees a Chance at a Normal Life

Published on Jan 25, 2015 by NTV Uganda

Message from Founder & Executive Director:


For the last 21 years, a large part of northern Uganda, particularly the Acholi community have experienced one of African’s most horrified conflicts in history. Read more>>


The Right Reverend Bishop Benjamin Ojwang,

Message from the Board of Directors Chairman:

Welcome to our website! FRO was founded in 1999 by Anywar Ricky Richard. The organization began in a humble way as a result of Ricky’s experiences as an abducted child. He has used his child soldier experiences as motivation to found FRO. Read more>>

International Freedom Award Winner:

Mr Anywar Ricky with Bishop Desmond Tutu during the award ceremony

Anywar Ricky with Bishop Desmond Tutu during the award ceremony.

FRO wins 2008 FREEDOM AWARD from Free the Slaves! Read more>>







Anywar Ricky Richard on CNN:

Response to Kony 2012.

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