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.
Mar 26, 2015

PROGRESS REPORT 1ST QUARTER OF 2015

Day of distribution of seeds
Day of distribution of seeds

RARUDO PROGRESS REPORT 1ST QUARTER OF 2015 By Onyango Joseph, Tel: +256 752 964 642,
Email: rarudouganda@gmail.com

Empowering 327 AIDs widows through provision of seeds for vegetable gardens

It is our sincere gratitude to all our dear donors and well-wishers for generous support that they have always extended us.

 RARUDO’s programme of empowering women is very crucial and important to mitigate poverty and vulnerability and essential to advancing gender equality most especially when natural disasters take place like the long drought we have currently, women often have no way to escape poverty and malnutrition for themselves or their children. They always fall victims of such circumstances.

In December 2014 we received support from The River Fund to help alleviate the suffering of our community particularly when and children. This women support was of a total of UG. Shs. 33,000,000 which were spent by women to have vegetable seeds for vegetable garden. We have distributed the seeds but the women have not planted anything because of the drought. They are waiting when the next rain begins then garden work continue extensively meanwhile the gardens have been prepared and ready for planting

The details of the expenditures are as indicated below:

Cabbage seeds                 100 gm Sachet 4 x4,000 x 327                     5,232,000
Maize seeds                      5 kg x 3,000 x 327                                         4,905,000
Beans seeds                       3 kg x 5,000 x 327                                       4,905,000
Eggplant seeds                  100 gm Sachet 4 x 4,000 x 327                   5,232,000
Green pepper seeds      100 gm Sachet 4 x 4,000 x 327                       5,232,000
Carrot seeds                      100 gm sachet4 x 4,000 x327                      5,232,000
Blandina’s medical support                                                                    1,000,000
Refreshment during the distribution                                                      1,000,000
Balance on account                                                                                       62,000
Total expenses                                                                    33,000,000 

Activities carried out and ongoing:
The main activities this quarter has been basically purchasing the seeds, distributing and preparing the gardens. Since there is still a lot of sunshine, crops may get dry out, everybody is waiting for the rain and then planting starts. The long-term impacts: Our expectations are many; improved nutrition especially among children, increased income from the sale of surplus vegetables, balanced diet by providing hope for the future as they improve on their own gardens by adopting of sustainable organic agriculture so as to maximise the crop yields and thus better income.

When women are empowered, the benefits ripple outwards and bring benefits to many others more especially children and their closest families. We call up on more donors, friends and well wishers to join us and be part of this great venture as we continue in our quest to fund this project for the deserving participatory Empower AIDs widows-save a community tospread the word about the need for vegetable seeds.

Challenges
We have experienced long spell of drought since November 2014 to date i.e. 5 months, this may cause outbreak of famine and hunger if rain still will take another week or month to fall. I wanted to let you know we may experience hunger in Eastern Uganda this time round due to late rain because as I speak even animals (cows, goats ) are starving and some are dying. No grass for animals to feed, no water for families, women walk long distances spending whole day looking for water. The nearby wells and springs have dried out even the home dug wells are dry now.

Conclusion
My sincere thanks goes to all our dear 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 women

May God Bless you.

Onyango Joseph Executive Director RARUDO

Kitchen garden
Kitchen garden
Receiving the seeds
Receiving the seeds
Mar 24, 2015

Quarterly Report

Dear Donors
Thank you so much for your kind support to "little HEARTS orphanage" of Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh State of India.
All the children at LHO doing very fine. Now we have 40 children at present. Another 10 children from HIV infected parents will join to LHO from next academic year which begins from 11th June. 
In February we took an HIV infected boy referred by Child Welfare Committee (CWC) which a wing of Women and Child Welfare Department of Andhra Pradesh Government. R is very well and feeding him with extra nutrition like Egg, Milk every day separately.
On 3rd March a woman Police Constable from Kavali town which is 56kms. away from Nellore took a 5 years old girl who was an adopted girl. Her father killed mother and sentenced life term and does not want to keep the little girl by her adopted father. 
In January we took all the children to Somasila Dam for outing and spent a day there. Children enjoyed like anything. 
Padma attending for annual exams of IInd year Intermediate, Anil also attending for Ist year annual exams and Karthik will be attending Xth class annual exams which begins from 26th March. All the children are very busy in preparing for annual exams which begins from 15th April. 
In this regard I request all of our Donors please donate more to feed another 10 new children belong to HIV infected parents next academic year. 
Our sincere thanks to the GlobalGiving and The River Fund, Florida, USA.
Regards,
C.P.Kumar
HEARTS
Feb 18, 2015

Quarterly Report

OVC receiving supplies
OVC receiving supplies

PROGRESS REPORT JANUARY 2015

As we ended the year 2014 we are honored to see our children complete their end of exams excelling to another level of education, here comes again another great year of hope 2015, year for success believing that many of our dreams come to pass as the struggle continues.

We entered the year 2015 with a lot joy and happiness as our children receive schooling materials and uniforms for another long journey of academic struggle in 2015. This has been made possible with donation support which we received in early December 2014 Ug. Shs. 35,348,000 was spent on children’s education support and Ug. Shs. 960,000 on housing support for one student at St. Laurence University.

Your financial support has left long lasting memories in the hearts of these children.

This gives us the will to fulfill our objectives and reach our educational support services to every child. We have a dedicated team of leaders in three districts: Tororo, Busia and Bugiri where 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:

Majority 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.

We are blessed to partner with The River Fund, Global Giving and Uganda local government whose contribution has allowed us support over 600 OVC (orphans and other vulnerable children) with scholastic materials, School uniforms and sometimes meals at home.

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 particularly children and women.

School supplies and uniforms
School supplies and uniforms
Boy being measured for a new uniform
Boy being measured for a new uniform
Girl measured for new school uniform
Girl measured for new school uniform

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