World AIDS Day is marked on December 1st each year as an opportunity to raise awareness about the disease (AIDS) and the virus (HIV) that causes it. CROSO has typically focused on HIV/AIDS as a cause of street children. When parents or guardians are sick or have passed away due to HIV/AIDS, children are left with few resources, often becoming child-headed households and can be forced to the streets to support themselves.
Our partner organization, C.R.O., does great outreach in the communities to support parents of C.R.O. children… many who do suffer from HIV/AIDS. During their August trip to Uganda, board members Molly Heineman and Beth Lampson accompanied a social worker from C.R.O. to visit a grandmother who is HIV positive and is the sole guardian of the C.R.O. child. They visited her in her home in Namatala, a slum area in Mbale. (See photo above.) Molly wrote the following reflection on the experience:
“As we entered her hut, Janet (the social worker from C.R.O.), Beth and I all had to duck our heads to avoid the grass-thatched roofing. The hut was dark, especially in comparison to how bright it was outside, so it took a moment for our eyes to adjust. Janet greeted the old woman in the local language and introduced us. Beth and I each leaned down to shake hands with the grandmother while she sat on a straw mat on the floor. She offered for us to join her in having a seat, but there was only one small stool available, so we declined. The small hut was barely large enough to hold all of us. As Janet and the grandmother conversed, I watched as the old woman continued to smile and carry on with a positive attitude, despite the fact that it was clear that her body was failing her. It was obvious that her frail body was not up to the task of adequately taking care of a child and I couldn’t help but imagine the responsibility her grandchild must take on around the home.”
To add some depth to our understanding of how HIV/AIDS affects street children differently than other populations in Uganda, we asked one of our CROSO Scholars to share his opinion. Shibolo Awali, a CROSO Scholar studying law at Islamic University In Uganda, explains how difficult it is for street children to adhere to the treatment regimens of ARVs (antiretroviral medications) effectively without parents/adults in their lives to help.
Thinking about how appreciate our scholars are for the education they’re receiving. In turn, CROSO is so grateful to our students for continuing to study hard and work together with fellow students at their colleges and universities! CROSO is also grateful to all our donors who make it possible for our scholars to access higher education!!
Your holiday shopping dollars could make a big difference to a former street child in Uganda this year. Looking for unique and fair trade presents from around the world? We’ve got just the place…
The Board of CROSO invites you to shop
on Tuesday, December 10th from 6:30-9:00pm
at Ten Thousand Villages– 719 Main Street in Evanston
15% of all proceeds will be donated to CROSO!
Enjoy hot cider and baked treats as you browse the fairly-traded crafts, jewelry, coffee, musical instruments, Nativity sets, and fabrics from around the world. Come support us and cross some gifts off your list at the same time! We hope to see you there!
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What a wonderful event! The Dance Marathon students from Niles West and Niles North did an awesome job planning and executing this event. We are so grateful for the hard work that they’ve invested in raising money and awareness about our students. Use the link below to check out photos from the event!
And start thinking now about participating in CROSO’s next 5k in the spring…
Grab your running shoes and join us for a 5k on Sunday, November 10th!
Location: Harms Woods– corner of Golf and Harms Rd. in Morton Grove
Time: Registration begins at 8:00am.
Race starts at 9:00am.
Early Registration: (completed online)
$20 per individual runner
$15 per runner if registering as a team (4 or more)
Day of Registration:
$25 per individual runner
$20 per runner as part of a team
This race is organized by District 219′s Dance Marathon clubs. Dance Marathon has chosen CROSO as their charity this year and we are so excited by the partnership! Join in on the fun on Sunday
It’s time to gather (and DANCE, if you’d like) for our CROSO Scholars!
Join us on Saturday, September 7th from 7:00-10:00pm in Evanston at the Heartwood Center. Our event will be in the Skylight Room of the Heartwood Center, located at 1818 Dempster St, Evanston, IL 60202.
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(Sliding scale available for families, students, church workers, etc.)
Donations can be made at the door or can be made online through the donate button on the left.
We will have appetizers, a cash bar, a raffle and the Mofindu African Drum and Dance company. This year, we also will have photos and videos from a recent board trip to visit our students in Uganda and of course, plenty of stories about our CROSO Scholars!
Feel free to come by yourself, or invite plenty of friends- all are welcome as we gather together to support the college education of former street children in Uganda!
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us. Also, look for updates on our Facebook page!
Join us on the night of Sunday, April 7th for a Zumbathon to support our CROSO Scholars!
In honor of the International Day for Street Children, we will be “Dancing to the Beat for the Children on the Street!” Come join us! Admission is $25 for this two-hour zumbathon. It will be led by some of Chicago’s finest Zumba instructors and we’ll also provide refreshments. There will be a raffle with prizes that include pedicures, dance classes, gift cards to local eateries and more! Feel free to bring friends and you can RSVP on our Facebook page!
Sunday, April 7th
6:30-8:30pm (Check-in starts at 6:15)
4055 Oakton St.
Skokie, IL 60076
Can’t come, but still want to support CROSO? Click the “Donate” button on the right side of your screen.
CROSO will again be a participant at the Global Activism Expo. CROSO president, Molly Heineman, was interviewed on WBEZ’s Worldview show in July, 2008. This will be CROSO’s fifth year participating in this event! Each year, we enjoy the opportunity to meet folks interested in getting involved in global issues, but also the opportunity to network with similar organizations based in the Chicago-area. We hope you’ll join us this year!
The following press release came out at the end of February:
WBEZ 91.5 FM, Vocalo 89.5 FM and the UIC Social Justice Initiative are looking forward to presenting the 6th Annual Global Activism Expo (GAX) as part of the 2012-2013 Off-Air Event Series. Worldview host Jerome McDonnell invites everyone to come out to learn about the pressures people face outside our boarders and what activists featured as a part of Worldview’s long-running series, Global Activism are doing to lend a hand.
UIC Social Justice Initiative’s topic of conversation this year is Restorative Justice. Gender Justice. Global Justice. and will feature nationally known activists, scholars and journalists. They will be asking discussants difficult questions: “What does it mean to make amends? How do we not only diagnose and “treat” injustice when we see it, but how do we “repair” a situation when harm is done. Is this always possible?” Break-out sessions and discussions will be hosted all day.
New this year is World Music on an outdoor concert stage and a short film festival. Bringing together hundreds of Chicago-area activists of all ages, the all-day event is free to the public and takes place at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, on Saturday, April 6 from 12-6pm.
“The Expo is an opportunity for people to see their community and their world as a caring, thoughtful, and generous place,” says emcee Jerome McDonnell. “Join us as we make a difference with our love, respect, and compassion.”
Expo-goers can also ride mini bikes, perform circus arts and discuss great films from across the globe. Global Activism Expo 2013 highlights include:
- The Vocalo Music Stage outdoors on the plaza will feature an array of local artists and bands with an international influence
- Working Bikes will bring an array of demonstration bikes (power a phonograph or your cell phone) as well as mini bikes for us to ride inside