Top 10 CROSO Accomplishments in 2014

As we wrap up another year, it’s important to look back and see the progress we’ve made. This year has been a breakout year for CROSO and we’re happy to share our top ten accomplishments.

10. CROSO hosted three smaller events throughout 2014 that were great opportunities for CROSO supporters to come together to support our scholars.
– July 1: Brains & Beer Trivia Night–
This event was co-hosted by Taller de Jose and
was a wonderful success!
    – September 3: WBEZ’s Global Activism Expo
– December 11: CROSO Shopping night at Ten Thousand Villages in Evanston
Thank you to everyone who supported CROSO
by purchasing your holiday presents that night!

9. Our social media presence is growing! CROSO now has over 500 likes on Facebook. If you have friends who are not yet connected to us, it’s not too late… visit our Facebook page today and invite your friends to like us too!


8. We had our second annual CROSO Zumbathon in March 2014. This year, Niles North High School generously shared their space with us and some high school students volunteered to help make the day a success! We had five awesome instructors who led the crew in dancing for several hours. Check out the photos from that day:

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7. CROSO selected 5 new or continuing scholars to receive the CROSO scholarship starting in 2014! To learn more about them and their stories, check out the students page on our website:

6. in 2014, we celebrated two new CROSO graduates– Lotimong Esther, who completed her diploma in Comprehensive Nursing, and Kiseka Samson, who completed his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management.  We are so proud of their hard work and dedication and wish them the best as they move forward.

5. After much discussion, the CROSO board voted to provide laptops to each of our scholars. As the scholars continue to share in their monthly emails, access to personal computers has made a significant difference in their abilities to complete their assignments. Thank you to all our donors who have helped to make this added support possible!

4. Our annual benefit grew from an informal night (like we’ve had in the past) to a sit-down dinner event with a paddle raise. We raised over $30,000 as a result of your generosity and that of our event sponsors! We were thrilled with the outcome and look forward to continued growth next year.

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3. One of our CROSO scholars, Muganzi Solomon, was recently elected as the Guild Speaker for Uganda Christian University. He worked hard to gain support of his classmates and the community and we are so proud that he has been elected into this position. We know he will represent CROSO well!

2. District 219’s Dance Marathon club donated over $60,000 to CROSO as a result of their fundraising efforts throughout the 2013-2014 school year! These high school students were amazing ambassadors of CROSO’s mission throughout the year and some even emailed directly with our scholars in Uganda. We are so grateful for this donation!

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1. Our scholars have had the chance to complete some great internships and training experiences in 2014. To share just a few stories:
Margaret and Carol interned with the Bugisa Coffee company in Mbale while studying Business and Business Administration at Uganda Christian University.
Samson went with one of his professors to complete field research in Kajjansi about how local income generating activities impact the economic development of the community.
George worked as a student teacher in Mbale early in the year and was even asked to stay on as a part-time teacher!
Titus completed a three month industrial training experience with the Mbale Municipality.
These opportunities are clear examples of how access to higher education can help these former street children create professional networks and build strong resumes as they move forward with their careers.

Holiday Shopping to Support CROSO!

As we approach the holiday season we are reminded of how grateful we are for supporters like you. As a part of this holiday season we encourage you to support CROSO in a few different ways. You can support our scholars by completing your holiday shopping online at, or at our Ten Thousand Villages shopping night, or by simply donating to CROSO in honor of a loved one. See the information below on how to make any of these possible.

Ten Thousand Villages Shopping Night:
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Now when you shop online at Amazon, a percentage of your purchase can go to CROSO! Simply go to and start shopping!


Donate in Honor of a Loved One

Please use our PayPal “Donate” button (on the right side of this website if you’re using a computer, on the bottom if you’re using a cell phone). Donations of all sizes are welcome! To support a scholar for one full year (including tuition, books, housing and meals) costs $2,000.

Thank you and happy holidays!

A wonderfully successful annual benefit!

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We would like to say THANK YOU to all of our supporters for a successful annual benefit. On July 23rd, over 100 people joined us at Monastero’s Ristorante in Chicago to celebrate the accomplishments of our scholars and organization. This year we raised over $30,000!! Thank you to all who attended the event and participated in the paddle raise or raffle! Your continued support helps us to ensure scholarships to former street children in their pursuit of higher education in Uganda.

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We are especially grateful to our event sponsors (both individual and corporate) who so generously supported CROSO in covering the evening’s costs. Also, a big thank you to Monastero’s for offering beautiful space and quality service. What an amazing evening! If you missed the event, but would still like to donate, feel free to use the “Donate” button on the right.

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Check out the photo album below that we posted to our Facebook page. Feel free to tag yourself in the photos and be sure to “like” CROSO’s Facebook page while you’re there!

CROSO 7th Annual Benefit!

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Complete your purchase by clicking the “Donate” button on the right side of the screen.


Thank you and we look forward to being with you on July 23rd!

Brains and Beer Trivia Night- July 1st!

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CROSO is teaming up with local Chicago non-profit, Taller de Jose, to host our first ever trivia night! 

Time to brush up on your current events and recruit your smartest friends for Taller de José’s “Brains and Beer” trivia night on July 1st!
Ticket includes beer, wine, snacks, trivia with comedian Mark Nabong, and prizes for the winning teams. Buy your tickets in advance to save $5!

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Tickets can be purchased here!

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