Most of the organizations operating within Pader district are focusing on food distribution and other basic needs, leaving basic skills training, vocational training and economic empowerment [unserved. This] creates a cycle of dependency syndromes, and this gap needs to be filled to eradicate poverty. Pader district local government is calling for creating an enabling environment for rapid and sustainable economic growth and structural transformation, increasing the ability of the poor to raise their incomes through access to productive assets.” Mr. EY Komakech | Head of Pader District Local Government Workers.


Unfortunately, the whole of Northern Uganda schools does not have electricity except for a few schools in Towns of Gulu, Kitgum and two schools in Pader town. In Pader and Agago districts alone more than 400 schools do not have electricity. They all depend on solar lights to be taught and to read their books. They do not revise their books in the night since they do not have electricity. They do not learn and study anything to do with computers and Modern technology in education. Yet the examinations are set nationally for all students in Uganda and these disadvantaged children have to compete with the rest of the country with a better educational facility. This is why in examinations of all levels in Uganda it is Northern Uganda that normally performs poorly than any other parts of Uganda. To help end the restriction placed on the student’s education, we must utilize the sunlight with the installation of solar panels to provide power/electricity to classrooms, lighting the children’s path to more opportunities.

We believe that a primary way to break this cycle is to improve the children’s educational opportunities by providing them with solar electricity. Solar electricity will help to improve the education and security of the children who have been affected by civil war in Northern Uganda. We cannot cover all these 400 schools at once with solar electricity but we will keep giving to the schools as we get them. The cost of installing solar electricity/power in one school cost $3,000 US Dollars.


Strategic Plan

Friends of Orphans (FRO) is mandated to provide social protection to poor vulnerable children and communities. Such children include orphans, former abducted child soldiers, those that toil under exploitative conditions of labor as well as those that suffer sexual abuse and other forms of discrimination. The HIV/AIDS pandemic has greatly contributed to the huge numbers of orphans and other vulnerable children that have overwhelmingly extended beyond family support Download Strategic Plan>>

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Words from independent people from around the world:

In areas where they have worked, they have achieved a lot in alleviating poverty and liberating vulnerable and oppressed youth in order to promote social change and prevent social exclusion…. Anywar Ricky Richard, program director, has a heart for the needy and vulnerable orphans. He is a living example among the youth, motivating them to work hard and achieve their goals in life. He is dedicated to serving the poor and vulnerable people. He is serious, professional and committed to his work. The leadership of FRO is dedicated, trustworthy and highly respected in the community.” “FRO’s program has been instrumental in promoting free self-employment vocational and technical training among our young people …who need skills to become self-employed and self-reliant.” Jacqueline Laruni | Public Health team leader for Oxfam Kitgum, Uganda

“FRO is an organization that has always been willing to assist anyone, regardless of their background. This is impressive, especially in an area that has gone through many years of war. I have been impressed by their sensitivity to local needs of the youth, cultural sensitivity and dedication of their staff. Anywar Ricky [Richard], the program director, is a living example of someone who has sacrificed his time, energy and skills for the sake of the young vulnerable people in Pader district and entire northern Uganda. I witnessed his sheer determination in working for hopelessness in our community. Its leadership is transparent in its financial transactions exhibiting the highest level of integrity.” Mr. Baraza Fredrick, a consultant with Geneva Global International

“I particularly like FRO programs because of the fact that young people receive education and vocational skills through training. This is an element that helps ensure the success of projects in the community. Many staffs are former abductees and orphans, many of whom also lost immediate and extended family members, friends and neighbors, suffered displacement and continue to suffer those losses. They have been inspired and are committed to addressing the unmet needs of their young people displaced to IDP camps and resettlement communities. This is an exemplary initiative that aims at reaching the needy, vulnerable, young people in Northern Uganda.” Mr. Kirunda David | Regional Officer for AIM, Uganda. David has supervised and monitored vocational training programs for former abductees for the past 5 years. His organization has donated funds to FRO.

“FRO has a strong tradition of working in rural areas especially among the needy and vulnerable youth through vocational skills training and education.” Faith Luga, lecturer at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda