June 2012: IREX presents Ricky with Award in Washington D.C., USA

Ricky Anywar Richard was presented with an award for his outstanding work and commitment to changing the lives of former child soldiers and vulnerable people in Northern Uganda. Once a year on the anniversary of IREX’s founding, IREX presents an award to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of its motto �Make a Better World�. He demonstrates a unique drive, compassion, and dedication to promoting positive lasting change through his role as the Founder and Executive Director of Friends of Orphans (FRO) Uganda. Congratulations Ricky!

2008 Freedom Award Winner

Friends of Orphans (FRO) won the 2008 Harriet Tubman Reintegration Award. Join us in extending our deepest admiration and congratulations to the staff and volunteers of FRO for this well-deserved award! freedom awards an international organization working to abolish slavery around the world, Free the Slaves, created the Freedom Awards 2008 to celebrate today�s anti-slavery heroes and to catalyze additional innovation and resources to end slavery once and for all. We are pleased to congratulate Friends of Orphans, a Firelight partner since 2005, as a winner of the first-ever Harriet Tubman Reintegration Award! Please see the formal announcement at Link The Freedom Awards were developed to continually identify �the next frontier� for the anti-slavery movement and demonstrate the next strategic steps that need to be taken to achieve a world without slavery. The first Harriet Tubman Award was intended for an organization working with communities to make the most significant and transformative contribution to ending slavery, demonstrating how slavery can be dismantled and destroyed. FRO is a wonderful example of an an organization working to prevent and eliminate slavery, and bringing survivors to lasting freedom. Established by a group of six university-trained young men who are former child soldiers themselves, FRO works to serve the needs of children affected by conflict, orphans, widows, and caregivers. Working in Pader District in northern Uganda, FRO is dedicated to empower and reintegrate former child soldiers into communities torn apart by war and the atrocities the children were forced to commit.


    • The Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to children in the areas of social services, education or humanitarian services.
    • The nominee must have created, managed or otherwise supported a sustainable program which has significantly contributed to children’s opportunities to BE SAFE, TO LEARN, and TO GROW.
    • The nominee must do this work over and above their normal employment, OR work for little or no pay.
    • The nominee must have been doing this work for a minimum of 10 years.
    • The nominee must have an existing non-profit organization in good standing, which can receive grant funds if Awarded.

World of Children – 2008 Honoree – Anywar Ricky Richard from World of Children on Vimeo.