Written by Randy Roberts, reflects on meeting CROSO Scholar, Washi Ronald, while in Uganda in November, 2017. Randy and his wife, Margy, have been longtime supporters of CROSO.
Washi Ronald’s enthusiasm is contagious from the moment you meet him. And thanks to his CROSO scholarship, I believe he will be a very successful lawyer and force for change in Ugandan society in the future. CROSO’s Executive Director Molly McCready and I were able to visit him at Islamic University in Uganda (Kampala campus) during our recent trip to Uganda.
Written by Molly MacCready, CROSO's Executive Director
For a few years now, Margy Roberts (one of our long-time CROSO Board Members) and her husband, Randy Roberts, have been interested in planning a trip to Uganda. Having accepted our largest number of new scholars in July, the timing felt right to visit this fall. Thanks to a generous donation covering the flights, hotels and food expenses for me, I was able to join the Roberts on their visit to Uganda from November 1st to November 16th this year!
Our sold-out 10th Annual CROSO Benefit on October 5th set the stage for an amazing month ahead. Thanks to our awesome Annual Benefit Committee, dedicated CROSO Board members, passionate volunteers and, of course, our generous supporters, the evening was a complete success! With 200 people in the room, this was by far our largest CROSO event yet and the energy in the room was palpable. It was a room full of people excited to connect with one another and to hear new stories about the CROSO Scholars. I was honored to stand on that stage and share what an amazing impact this community of supporters has had on a group of resilient young people in Uganda. And I was humbled to stand at the back of the room as paddles were raised in continued support of these scholars. The event raised over $75,000! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Written by Elsa VanHove, CROSO Board Member and Chair of the Scholar Support Committee.
As we welcome our 2017 cohort of CROSO scholars, we wanted to provide insight into how CROSO selects our participating scholars. Many of our Scholar Selection Committee members can attest that this is rarely an easy or stress-free project, but always an uplifting and rewarding one. It is also a great way to gain an intimate knowledge of the students our organization supports, and connecting with our scholars is the best way to understand the importance of CROSO’s work.
Written by Beth Garstki Lampson, President of the CROSO Board of Directors
In the midst of all the exciting news about our CROSO Scholars, graduates, and our upcoming 10th Annual Benefit, I'd like to take a quick break and share a wonderful update about our own Executive Director and Founder, Molly MacCready. Molly was recently honored by her alma mater, the University of Dayton, by being awarded the Joe Belle Memorial Young Alumni Award.
Since July 1st, I've been working for CROSO full-time and I am loving it! I have been anticipating this shift for a while and there were some things I knew would happen, but others that have really blown me away.
Written by Sally Ryan, CROSO Board Member (Photos above are of CROSO Scholars Esther and Pamela with Sally in June 2016)
It is a bit over a year since Molly and I represented CROSO by travelling to Uganda and spending time in Mbale. Our goal was to assure that our partnership with CRO, the street children rehabilitation program, was appropriate, respectful, and coordinated as we continue to offer scholarships and training to their secondary graduates. I loved spending time playing with the children in the CRO playgrounds and communicating in person with present and future scholars. One year later, all I have to do is walk by my refrigerator where pictures are posted from the trip, and I am instantly transported back to Mbale.
I am both excited and humbled to step into the role of interim President of CROSO. While I recognize the value of my 5 years of work as Treasurer, I have often felt that I could contribute more, and in different ways, to the growth of CROSO. Ever since I visited Uganda in 2013 and met our scholars in person, I knew that CROSO would end up a huge part of my life – and to me, stepping up to fill the role of President seems a natural next step.
Mark your calendars now and start inviting your friends to join you for this fun event!
CROSO is celebrating our TENTH anniversary later this year and we’d love for you to join us! We will host our annual benefit on Thursday, October 5th at Monastero’s Ristorante & Banquets in Chicago. This will be a great opportunity....
Meg recently met CROSO’s executive director, Molly MacCready, and the two discovered that they both participated in the same study abroad program in East Africa! After reflecting on their shared love for Uganda and the entire SIT study abroad experience, Molly and Meg exchanged contact information to remain in touch and get Meg involved. Meg’s experience in Uganda was both educationally and personally formative. She left the country in tears, with a longing to stay and a respectful awareness of the resilience, culture, and need among the Uganda people that welcomed her into their lives.