UD has an alumnus who used her experiences with human rights and Africana studies to create an organization that seeks to provide higher-education for former street children in Uganda. Her name is Molly MacCready, and she is the founder/executive director of CROSO. It ties our small university to the great city of Chicago, where CROSO is headquartered, and to the African nation of Uganda. Connections such as these make the world a smaller place, one where new perspectives can drastically re-color one’s experiences.
Now everybody on campus has the chance to experience and contribute to CROSO’s mission through its first annual Giving Day. This giving day, much like the university’s own day, is meant to acquire donations that support the organization and, in turn, the scholars CROSO supports every day.
CROSO’s scholars are former Ugandan street children who are welcomed into the partner organization C.R.O. Those students then have the opportunity to apply for the CROSO Scholarship to continue their education at a college or university in Uganda. CROSO currently supports 22 scholars in fields such as law, electrical engineering, nursing and business, among many more. There have already been 24 scholars to graduate, who now work to serve and improve their communities daily.
The giving day is April 12 this year, and it has consequential implications because one of the donors for CROSO has committed to matching donations at a 2:1 ratio. That means each donation to the organization will have triple the impact.
Cover photo courtesy of Christian Cubacub.