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.
Oct 8, 2014

Quarterly Report

Progressive Report of Empower AIDS Widows –Save A Community A Project of Rayland Rural Development Organisation (RARUDO).

This report has been complied with the help of all stake holders in the organisation RARUDO and I commend all of you who generously and wholeheartedly contributed towards our achievements.

Rayland Rural Development Organisation, now a registered Local NGO with number.5914/ 9938 carried out her activities in the fields of Empowering the Unemployed Women and Youth through Non-Formal Skills Training, Extending Educational Support to Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC), Carrying out HIV/AIDS Awareness and Control of the Spread through the Long Term HIV/AIDS Survival Skill. Improving The Standard of Living of The Indigenous Economically through Agriculture, local Savings and Credit Facility.

Empowering the Unemployed Women And Youth Through Non-Formal Skills Training.

Year 2013 we passed out 40 young women in Tailoring skills and this year 2014 we managed train only 35. We are happy to see that most of these women are now operating their small scale tailoring businesses which were never there before and now they can afford to make small income to support their families.

Future plan on this aspect.

We are also trying to include other skills  in raring fish on open dry ground while containing water in polythen PVC bags  and feeding them with local feeds, mushroom growing  at home gardens, herbal cream and jellies  to help fight skin diseases and maintain healthy skin, candle wax  among others. We are establishing partnership with Union of Developmental Organisations a local NGO in Uganda who would be willing to provide these training at low cost if not freely to our people.

We believe that once these skills are acquired our women will be able to gain sustainable resource base to support household income at the grass root level.

Extending Educational Support to Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC).

I am happy to report to you that the year 2014 is ending and all our 600 children are at school, one boy at the University and two girls at college, soon they are sitting for their end of year examination taking them to another level. This has been made possible by our dear donors in the US and UK. Thank you for your generosity.

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  and on this note since  RARUDO came in partnership with The River Fund, since 2002 to date every year we support over 600 OVC with scholastic materials , School uniforms and some meals at home.  It is our prayer that if there could be a way we may also be able to give them some foot wear and at least a meal at school.

HIV/AIDS Awareness and Control of the Spread through The Long Term HIV/AIDS Survival Skill

The Long Term HIV/AIDS Survival Skill program initiated to us in has tremendously contributed to the awareness and control of the spread of the pandemic killer disease HIV/AIDS which has left many homes fatherless or motherless or both leaving many children orphaned with some child headed homes.

We started gaining hope when our trained AIDS counselors monthly visit homes, schools, churches, community clubs /women groups disseminating the knowledge to the community teaching them better ways of avoiding getting the Virus, better feeding methods and how live positive with HIV/AIDS if already sick, better hygne and sanitation, encouraging the population to go for Voluntary Counseling and Testing VCT and fight the stigma.

Due to limited resources we always refer our reached communities to referral hospitals and other established institutions such as Uganda Cares and TASO for better treatment freely.

Improving the Standard of Living of the Indigenous Economically through Agriculture, local Savings and Credit Facility.

This quarter we have not had shortage of food in among our groups; many women opened their gardens and collected enough food & vegetables some of them were support by micro credit got through local saving in the groups. We see the lives of the vulnerable women are improving

Major Achievements

Among all these I want highlight some our major achievements which include but not limited to these listed below:

1)      Strengthen our Legal Status with The Uganda National NGO Board.
2)       75 young women graduated in Tailoring skills.
3)      Over 600 OVC enrolled, retained at school to acquire better education.
4)      Two young girls at college.
5)      A boy at University
6)      Homes, schools, churches, community clubs /women groups are visited monthly
7)      Many populations are aware of dangers of HIV/AIDS and getting tested for HIV.
8)      The stigma is mitigated
9)      The livelihoods of the women is enhancing socially and economically.
10)   Food security is improving thus reducing malnutrition.
11)   Number dairy goats increasing.

Need:

There is need for more funds, our fund base is still inadequate since we still entirely depend on donations and there are more projects to be supported.

There is need to expand our training center to help keep more trainees and add other courses.

Long distances in among the projects areas make the monitoring work so difficult due lack means of transport.

The need to retain children at school at least to control the dropout rate

The need to provide at least a meal at school and footwear

Conclusion:

I want to end by giving my sincere regards to all our donors at GlobalGiving, The River Fund, Uganda government , local leaders and all well wishers for supporting our cause of bringing  hope to the vulnerable community we serve.

I remain yours in service,
Onyango Joseph
Executive Director
RARUDO

Aug 20, 2014

Quarterly Report

In the bean garden!
In the bean garden!

RIVER FUND HIV/AIDS FAMILY SUPPORT WOMEN ASSOCIATION is a Community Based organization established in 2006. Its office is situated at Christ the King parish, Kitgum Town Council, Kitgum district, Uganda. It has a total membership of 30 women who have volunteered to help sensitize and restore hope to the traumatized community (orphans, child headed families, people affected with HIV/Aids) as well as improve the nutrition of malnourished children.

Key focus areas of intervention include; Training People Living With Aids (PLWAs) on long term Survival skills, Care of malnourished children through providing food stuff, Counseling of married couples on coping with the Aids pandemic situation in their families, Home visits of PLWA, Educating mothers on providing proper and balanced nutrition using locally available resources and Initiating livelihood and economic strengthening schemes for PLWA that do not demand too much energy.

Activities this quarter

1. Gender community education.

We acknowledge that to combat HIV/Aids, the social relations within the community is very important for the intervention to succeed. Being an organization with the value of justice and equal enjoyment of rights, we embarked on gender sensitization and education of the community through drama and discussion. The group moved to chapels which is an organized Catholic Church structure in the community. The group moved out to 4 chapels of Dure, Oryang Ojuma, Okidi and Akworo all in Amida Sub-county, Kitgum District and conducted 4 community ensitization/education. The exercise had an average attendance of 100 people per session, an equivalent of 400 people were reached.

2. Food Security Intervention.

At River Fund Kitgum, we integrate food security activities into our HIV/Aids work.HIV accounts for the low life expectancy in Uganda and reduced labour supply to the agricultural sector as reported by FAO in its state of food security in the world report. Northern Uganda faces a bigger problem of acute food insecurity being a post conflict region. In our intervention, 6 beneficiaries’ groups with an average number of 15 members per group which is an equivalent of 90people as direct beneficiaries and a trickle down benefit to 8 people per household reaching to720 indirect beneficiaries received beans seeds which are an effort to contribute to a reduction of the food insecurity at the household level.

All these were made possible with the continuous support from the Global Giving and the River Fund. It is our sincere appreciation for your endless love and service to the poor and those in need.

Our plan is to reach out to as many people in the community as possible but all is dependent on funding possibilities and as such he River Fund Kitgum is sending out proposals to other prospective funding agencies.

A drama session in the rural community
A drama session in the rural community
Aug 20, 2014

Quarterly Report

Girls attending secondary school and thriving!
Girls attending secondary school and thriving!

We have really exciting news and progress to report that we now have three more young people attending college.

F, a young man, is attending Saint Lawrence University in Kampala Uganda for business and computer training.

In Kenya, O and A, are studying IT and accounting at a college near the Rift Valley. These young women graduated from S6 in Tororo, Uganda in 2008 and have been working throughout Kenya, their home country, for the last six years.

The Riverfund has supported these children and their education and helped their families since they were quite young. We first met them in 2001! F was a little boy and still at his mother's skirts. O and A were not yet in secondary school but had travelled a long distance to attend school in Eastern Uganda.

The funds we received in early 2014 enabled us to send 600 children back to school. We purchased and distributed the scholastic material to the children registered across the project areas. These children are happy and excited to be in school and without our help they simply could not attend.

Thank you for your help!

We will need additional funds to continue to send children to school and to keep them in school for as long as possible. One extra year of secondary school can increase a girls future earning by as much as 25%!

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