Abraham lived with his parents and 10 siblings in the northern part of Uganda (Karamoja), a semi-arid region that regularly faced drought and famine, leaving his family struggling for survival. He moved with his brother to Namatala, a slum in Mbale, but as the situation worsened his brother abandoned him. C.R.O. staff found Abraham sleeping on the street in 2007 and he has remained with C.R.O. since then. He now lives at the C.R.O. Youth Center together with other C.R.O. supported students.
Abraham is very involved in activities at C.R.O. and his secondary school. In addition to assisting C.R.O. staff with street outreaches, he is the chairperson of the Peer Educators Club and works at the C.R.O. youth stationary shop. After a 2015 Peer Educators exchange visit to learn to make soap, he mobilized his team to collect local materials and made soap for use at CRO. As president of the Red Cross Club at his school, he organized students to carry out community service aimed at enhancing hygiene. Abraham’s hobbies are singing, dancing and playing volleyball.
abraham’s croso scholarship
Abraham was accepted as a CROSO Scholar in 2017 and began pursuing a Bachelor of Development Studies at Makerere University, with a goal to become a social worker. Abraham wishes to use the knowledge and experience he has gained through his years of community-based work at C.R.O. to help address the social problems facing Uganda and his home district. Abraham expects to graduate in 2020.