Our Story


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

We are a fully registered not-for-profit non-government organization of Uganda. The registration number is S5914/5010.

FRO founder Ricky Anywar Richard and other colleagues conceived FRO in 1999 while pursuing degrees at the University of Makerere. Many of them have lost family members, friends, and neighbors. Their experiences as former abductees and orphans have led them to commit to the on-going and unmet needs of their community—much of which is still displaced in IDP and resettlement camps. They have learned to serve as educators, medical officers, administrators, environmentalists, and in other professions through university education and work experience. This enables them to create an organization, with the vision and ability to meet the psycho-social, educational, vocational, economic development, peace building, human rights, livelihood support programs and family service, cultural and social needs of children and women affected by conflict in Northern Uganda.

Areas of operation:
FRO headquarters are in Pader Town, northern Uganda, operating throughout the Pader district.

Organization’s goal:

The goal of FRO is to: ‘Reduce the vulnerability of child mothers, orphans, former child soldiers, abductees and women through education and skills empowerment – and protect their rights.’


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.  FRO tries to accomplish 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.’