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Fall 2013 Campus Interns

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Myall Budden


Tampa, FL | University of Tampa

Myall says his discovery and journey thus far with FRO has truly been an excellent experience. Before working with the organization, he really didn’t how or what he could do to make a difference in the world.  Myall set up a booth on campus displaying informational board about FRO and gave out flyers promoting his fundraising event. By setting up a booth, he was able to interact with people and talk to them about child soldiers in Africa and the incredible difference FRO is making in Uganda. His fundraising event was held at a restaurant/pub across the street from campus. Myall says the experience was incredible and sparked a desire in him to continue working toward a greater good through events such as mine with the restaurant.  “The beginning of my adventure with FRO has been truly rewarding.  I look forward to continuing my efforts with FRO and taking advantage of the many opportunities offered on a University campus to assist in fundraising and awareness projects.”  Read more in his own words>> 


Pizzeria Numero owner being interviewed

Pizzeria Numero owner Luigi Porceddu being interviewed about the Campus Intern Initiative (CII).

Kiran Giribaldi

New York, NY | Columbia University

Kiran conducted her first fundraising initiative for FRO at an Italian restaurant and pizzeria in the East Village in NYC. She prepared fliers explaining the challenges child soldiers, mothers, abductees, and orphans face in northern Uganda and how FRO helps their cause. Due to the success of the event the owners of the restaurant have agreed to a second fundraising night. Kiran says the experience was very enriching, because it allowed her develop a clear and effective message about the problems faced by abductees and orphans. She looks forward to a second fundraising night! Read full story in her own words>>



Josh Trissel

Josh with volunteer lifeguards

Josh Trissel (first on left) with volunteer lifeguards.

San Diego, CA | Canyon Crest Academy

Josh combined his passion for swimming by organizing a swim clinic at his local athletic club. After creating a flyer advertising the event,he was able to sign up 14 people, with two sets agreeing to share a lesson.

He says it was extremely inspiring to watch people, whose ages ranged from 3 to 50, all there to support FRO. Adding it was a very gratifying experience and in addition to raising money, he gained skills in planning, organizing, and communication. Read full story in his own words>>


Anab Omar

Minneapolis, MN | University of Minnesota
Anab Omar in front of an FRO sign

Anab Omar in front of a FRO sign

Anab held both her fundraising and advocacy events at the same time on campus. She sold homemade samosas and used two laptops to educate folks  about FRO and what the organization was doing for former child soldiers and abductees. She showed people how to visit the website and educated them about the CII. Quite a few of them were interested in taking part!
She talked about the conflict that occurred in northern Uganda and the issues many child soldiers and abductees have endured. “In addition to discussing FRO’s activities, I sold over a hundred samosas as well. All in all it was an amazing event.” Read more>>




Renee (left) with a Five Below staff member.

Renee Rapley

Detroit, MI | Wayne State University

Renee teamed up with a store called Five Below. When shopping she noticed that they did a type of charity match.  I inquired with a manager who explained to me that all I had to do was pass out Five Below flyers indicating that 10% of proceeds went to FRO. Renee gained experience in planning, fundraising, communication, and canvassing. Read full story in her own words>>






Andrew's posters

Andrew’s eye-catching posters advertising the event.

Andrew Clark

Salt Lake City, UT | University of Utah

Andrew decided to conduct his first fundraising initiative for FRO by doing a yard and bake sale. He contacted several print shops to prepare the fliers that were to be posted around the immediate Salt Lake area as well as online. The fliers that were prepared explained the challenges taking place in Uganda, how FRO helps the cause, and pertinent information regarding the fundraiser. The fliers were donated by a local company.

He focused mainly on FRO’s educational and technical training programs and how these helped the individuals integrate back into their communities after experiencing the war. Read more to find out why FRO’s work is important Andrew>>


woman watching videoEdison Alulema

Elmhurst, NY | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Edison’s first FRO fundraiser took place in the form of a Garage sale. It was announced through backlink and craigslist along with a few neighborhood posters.

Displaying the videos for people was a good start for educating people on what FRO does. Edison says that it felt great making an effort to help a non-profit which was doing good for those in need.  Read full story in his own words>>


Taylor decorated tables to advertise the fundraiser

Taylor decorated tables to advertise the fundraiser.

Taylor Dybdahl

Denver, CO | Metropolitan State University of Denver

Taylor’s first ever planned fundraiser took place at Yogo Mojo, a frozen yogurt store in her neighborhood.  During a 3 hour period, 15% of all proceeds were donated to FRO.  She put information sheets so that when people were sitting down and eating they could read about FRO and the work being done for former child soldiers and abductees.  The first couple of customers were people I didn’t know, so it was good that I got to talk to them about FRO. They seemed to really understand why FRO is doing the work it is and were interested to learn more.  Read full story in Taylor’s own words>>



Greg Ferraro

 Greg (second from right) with members of the University of Maryland surf club

Greg (second from right) with members of the University of Maryland surf club.

College Park, MD | University of Maryland

Greg’s fundraiser  was held at Panda Express, a vendor in the main student building’s food court. With the enthusiastic support of the University of Maryland’s surf club over 206 flyers were handed out. If folks turned in the flyer when ordering, 20% of the meal cost were donated to FRO.

Greg says he hopes the advocacy work inspired people and informed them about the conflict in northern Uganda and FRO’s work. Read more why Greg’s event far surpassed his expectations>>