Friends of Orphans (FRO)

Pader, Northern Uganda

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Fall 2013 Campus Interns

Kiran Giribaldi

New York, NY | Columbia University
Photo: Pizzeria Numero owner Luigi Porceddu being interviewed about the Campus Intern Initiative (CII).
Pizzeria Numero owner being interviewed

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>>



Edison Alulema

Elmhurst, NY | Borough of Manhattan Community College
Photo: A woman stops to watch a video about FRO's work.

woman watching video

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>>

Josh Trissel

San Diego, CA | Canyon Crest Academy
Photo: Josh Trissel (first on left) with volunteer lifeguards.

Josh with volunteer lifeguards

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>>



Renee Rapley

Detroit, MI | Wayne State University
Photo caption: Renee (left) with a Five Below staff member.


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>>