Child Restoration Outreach (CRO) - how it began
In 1992, a group of committed Christian leaders who were concerned about the growing numbers of children on the streets and their plight in Mbale town following instability in Teso and Karamoja sub-regions, founded Child Restoration Outreach (CRO) as an organization to address the problem.
Originally, CRO operated in Mbale only but overtime it extended its services to three major towns in Uganda, that is, Jinja(1998), Masaka (2002) and Lira (2007) to become a leading Christian National Organization assisting street children and their families in Uganda
With such expansion, the CRO National Office was established to oversee the four projects with its offices in Mbale along Bishop Wasike Road, Mbale town. The organisation is registered with the National NGO Board in the Ministry of Internal Affairs as S.5914/667.
Having started working with a small number of children in 1992, over the years the number of street children has been increasing and this made the project to strengthen its strategies to save the plight of these children.
CRO supports street children and their families. Street life means a daily struggle for survival. Children experience assault, drug abuse, diseases, hunger, exploitation through child labor, physical and emotional abuse.There are part time and full time street children who are the direct beneficiaries of CRO. Other children in the community and schools are indirect beneficiaries through the peer education activities and outreach programs. There are many street children of great talents (music, sports, dance) which we try to develop.
To contribute towards the prevention, rehabilitation, education and resettlement of street children and empowerment of their families in order for them to become productive and self reliant.
Children formally living on the streets holistically transformed into productive and responsible persons in society.
To rebuild the lives of children on the streets, restore and reconcile them with God and with their families, empowering them to become productive.