Olive Aneno is a passionate advocate of healthcare as a human right. As a mental health social worker for the state of Georgia, she facilitates community relations among mental health service agencies that serve children and teenagers.
Olive was born and raised in Northern Uganda, in a region terrorized by the Lord’s Resistance Army. When she was 6 years old, she was forced to hide alone in the forest overnight as the LRA seized her village. Spared from death, abduction or worse, Olive soon moved to the capital city of Kampala to live with her single mother, who registered her for Compassion’s child development program. For the first time, she was able to attend school, wear properly fitting clothing and shoes, eat nutritious meals and receive healthcare. When her mom passed away three years later, though an orphan, Olive had valuable family and support through her Compassion sponsorship.
South Carolina State University awarded Olive a volleyball scholarship, and she graduated summa cum laude with her bachelor’s degree in social work. She went on to earn her master’s in social work from the University of Georgia, and is currently pursuing a second master's degree in public health, graduating in May 2016. Olive is highly respected and sought after in her field, having received multiple awards, scholarships and merits for her work.
Energetic, engaging and compelling, Olive is a gifted speaker, often called on to speak about advocacy, grace, forgiveness, poverty and the plight of vulnerable children around the world. She and her son, Felix, live in Athens, Georgia.