Friends of Orphans (FRO)

Pader, Northern Uganda

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Arts Programs

Music, dances, drama and cultural activities:

dancingFriends of Orphans (FRO) helps different community groups in arts, music, dances drama and cultural activities and hold competitions to bring different communities together.

Music, dance and culture activities are very powerful tools for peace building and reconciliation. The involvement of arts, music, dances, drama and cultural activities in peace building, conflict management and reconciliation will lead to confidences building and socio reintegration among the community.

We use arts, music, dances, drama and cultural activities to mobilizes and encourage different communities to engage in peace building, conflict management, reconciliation and human rightsactivities to ensure that all voices are represented.

"Music may achieve the highest level of all mission, it may be a bonded between nations, races and states who are strangers to one another in many ways, it may unite what is disunited and bring peace to what is hostile,"- Marks Ben diner.

FRO holds music, dances and cultural competitions, which draws local community groups from many different IDP camps – this encourages interaction and engenders a sense of community. The process also helps in furthering the rehabilitation and reintegration of former abducted children, child mothers and orphans in to the community hence peace and harmony in the society.

Support people living with HIV/AIDS through arts, music and cultural activities to educate themselves and share information with the broader community on prevention, treatment, care and the elimination of stigma. Arts, music and cultural activities also help people who are dying of AIDS so that their last weeks, days, hours are free from pain, humiliation and with dignity.

Arts and culture is used for moral counselling and mentorship amongst the disadvantaged communities in Pader IDP camps.

"When I hear music, I fear no danger, I am invulnerable. I see no foe; I am related to the earliest times and to the latest." -Henry David Thoreau