The River Fund

The River Fund is dedicated to providing physical, emotional and spiritual support, to people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS and other life challenging illnesses and circumstances, as well as their loved ones and caregivers. We serve the poor, those who often are alone and in need - regardless of a person's religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender or age.
Nov 20, 2014

Final Report

Unfortunately, last month The River Fund made the difficult decision to retire this project on Global Giving.

The project leaders live and work in a very rural area of E Uganda. Please look at the map below. They were just not able to reliably send in quarterly reports. Transportation to a town (Busia) with an internet shop is expensive and often reached on the back of a 'boda boda' motorcycle.

The project leaders as well as the women and children the project serves have no regular electricity. They have no running water and many must travel a distance to carry water for cooking and bathing. Malaria is endemic. HIV continues to have a strangle hold on this population which is near a border town. The border towns across East Africa were the original AIDS highway and that devastation is still felt.

Women, especially widows, face sexual exploitation, polygamy, extreme poverty, poor medical care, destruction of families by HIV/AIDS and domestic violence.

This project has helped women and families develop stronger families and healthier children who stay in school. They have reached deep into rural areas, training women and men in HIV/AIDS long term survival skills and the network is growing.

Even though this project is deactivated on GG please know that we have not abandoned them. They are still a part of our network of E Uganda programs that The River Fund will continue to fund and support.

If you would like to continue to support this project, you may do so by donating to either of the following projects. Both of the projects below support parts of Empower Rural Women - #2175.

 Empower AIDS Widows - Save a Community (#1015)

Educate 600 Orphans in Rural Eastern Uganda (#12259)

Nov 18, 2014

Fourth Quarter Report 2014

Demonstrating types of food
Demonstrating types of food

1. Long Term Survival Skills Training.

Recognizing that food insecurity and low nutritional status can be a causal factor as well as a consequence, deliberate programme for capacity building and empowerment of PLHA (People Living with HIV/AIDS) in terms of skills building for better feeding and positive living are urgent for self reliance and advocacy for their food and nutrition as well as treatment rights. In line with this, the River Fund Kitgum conducted training on long term survival skills and better feeding approaches for PLHA.The training participants were both men and women living positively as well as care givers and parents of HIV positive children who are being supported in education by the Association. The training looked at the table of health, and explained the food groups for wellbeing of a person. A total of 47 (Male 05: Female 42) Participants attended the training.

The Objectives of the training were

  1. To empower the PLHA on positive living for better health and long life.
  2. Demonstrate and explain the importance of better feeding for healthy living.

The training explained how one can provide a complete meal with the use of the local available foods that are grown in their backyard without spending any or much money to acquire them.

It further explained why as a PLHA it is important to live a fruitful and productive positive life. The illustration of table of health was used to enable the participants to understand the important aspect of health. The table of health explains the relationship and interdependence of health on the nutrition (top) to the four legs of the table (one representing the mental health, another the physical well being, spiritual life and the fourth the social relations and support a person has and gets).All the five aspects must be accorded equal consideration for one to have a longer life.

Findings:

Despite the many community education and sensitization carried out by government and other civil society organization implementing HIV/AIDs projects, many PLHAs still express wrong notions that one can get cured of HIV citing situations that some people have been tested to be negative after taking ARVs for many years. This thinking is reported to be encouraging behaviors that increase the spread of the HIV virus and behaviors that discourage positive living like excessive alcohol consumption, engaging in extra marital affairs/having multiple sexual partners, and failure to adhere to drug intake.

2. Community sensitization outreach programme.

With the need to reach more people, the group conducted sensitization and education to 8 chapels within Christ the King parish in Kitgum.A total of 624 people(Male 297: Female 327) were reached. This was purposely done to provide information and education the Christians on HIV/AIDs, Positive Living and proper feeding to revitalize their health. Being a group formed by women from within the church well aware that many people are getting infected and affected by the virus due to the lack of information on prevention and other educative messages in place in the parishes and chapels, the Association believes that with extensive engagement in community education and sensitization and with the use of referral mechanisms, many people will be able to receive better health services and attain improved health. The initiative must therefore be conducted at different levels to ensure that as many people as possible are reached.

Findings:

  1. Alcohol abuse is on the rise and this is limiting the community from carrying out productive work that can support their livelihood and wellbeing of those affected by HIV/Aids.
  2. Married couples are facing difficult situations especially with the lack of home based care services and counseling to encourage men to open up and take HCT
  3. The youth and children living positively lack the societal support to promote positive living. This is leading to increased risky social behaviors and lack of guidance on how they as youth can live for long with the virus.

 Challenges:

Transport to the chapels was a challenge due to distance and lack of transport means. The group members depended on hired transport means which was expensive.

Conclusion:

The findings from both the training and the outreach illustrates the need for further community engagement and education to encourage more people to come up and test for HIV and if one is positive to encourage adherence to treatment and doctor’s advice to promote positive living and long life.

We would like to thank our donor for the continued partnership in providing service to the needy community of Northern Uganda. Without this support, the activities mentioned would not have been carried out.It is our wish that the partnership continues to strengthen the approaches to contribute to the mitigation of the impact of HIV & AIDS on the people we work with and for.

Facilitator explaining the uses of the foods
Facilitator explaining the uses of the foods
The community listening to the facilitator
The community listening to the facilitator
Nov 11, 2014

End of year report

Typical rural classroom
Typical rural classroom

A PROGRESS REPORT FOR EDUCATE 600 ORPHANS PROJECT IN RURAL EASTERN UGANDA.

It is my sincere gratitude to report to you that our children have started doing their end of the year exams leading them to another level of education.

As the year 2014 is ending and we are happy that all our 600 children are at school, they are completing their end of year examination in mid December 2014. This has been made possible by our dear donors in the US and UK.

Your generosity has engraved remarkable memories in the hearts of these little young children.

To effectively fulfill our objectives and reach our educational support services to every child, RARUDO has a dedicated team of leaders in three districts Tororo, Busia and Bugiri where it operates, these team leaders work hand in hand with various respective school head teachers handling the task of educating and also bridging the gap between child and school staff and community members for better up bringing the children to be good citizens.

Challenges:

75% of Uganda ‘s population live in rural setting where poverty and  pandemic disease has stricken and where most cannot afford to meet better health, quality education  and majority of these are women and children who are has faced by  many of these  challenges, high cost of educational material, uniforms and infrastructure, teachers are underpaid, all rural school children go bare footed  and some stay  without a meal at school.

RARUDO is privileged to partner with The River Fund, Global Giving and Uganda local government whose contribution has allowed us support over 600 OVC with scholastic materials, School uniforms and sometimes meals at home.

The needs:

These are the needs that may give our children better life and better future  our hope is that we get the funds which can allow us  provide them with items as listed below:-

  • Scholastic Material
  • School Uniforms
  • Some Foot Wear
  • Girl-child support
  • Bathing and washing soap
  • Out of school dressing ( at least second hand clothing)
  • Beddings (mattress, blankets, mosquito nets among others.)
  • Tooth paste and tooth brush.
  • At least a meal at school.
  • The Measures to retain children at school to control the dropout rate

It is my humble request that we may have resources available to allow our children have a better bright future and build a strong nation Uganda.

 I give my sincere regards to all our donors at Global Giving, The River Fund, the Uganda government, local leaders and all well wishers for supporting our cause of bringing hope to the vulnerable community.

May God Bless you.

I remain yours in service,

Onyango Joseph

Executive Director

RARUDO

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