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.
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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Feb 18, 2015

Quarterly Report November: 2014 - January 2015

River Fund handing over a package to a child
River Fund handing over a package to a child

November 2014 - January 2015

ALOYO INNOCENT JESSIE                

Mobile: +256(0)774-002070

Email: jescaopoka@yahoo.co.uk

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. Provision of food and non-food items.

Provision of Christmas packages to clients and those in need to enable them have a decent meal. With the belief that everyone is connected to one another in a way, the Association provided food items and non-food items to those in need in the eve of Christmas for them to take to their families and together have at least a better meal as they celebrate the birth of Christ. A total of 150 people received these packages (Rice, Sugar, Salt, and Soap) with most clients being middle aged women and men, elders who are taking care of their grandchildren whose parents have died mostly of the HIV pandemic. With as little as a kilogram of rice, we put a smile on the faces of these disadvantaged and needy community members.

With this event, we saw in the eyes of the people the need to reach out to many who are suffering alone and without hope of having a meal the next day.

2. Women’s workshop on Gender education.

The group engaged women in dialogue meetings in two different interfaces at Aloto Chapel in Latanya Sub-county, Pader district and Oryang Demkulukwac in Kitgum Matidi Sub-county Kitgum district all within Christ the King Parish Kitgum to discuss gender and its relation to women’s health, participation in public affairs as well as decision making.

Questions revolved around who controls tradition, culture and gender roles? How does tradition affect the health of women and girls in this time of AIDS? How can we as women help other women? What are our hopes for our daughters? These questions were asked with the intension of hearing from the women what would be the solutions or better ways of improving on the social relations within the families especially now in harvesting and marketing times when Gender Based Violence (GBV) cases are increasing due to conflict over what to sell and how the proceeds be shared between husbands and wives.

We acknowledge that to combat HIV/Aids, the social relations within the community is very important for the intervention to succeed and community dialogue is one avenue for the women to open up and talk about the issues surrounding their relations within their very families, community and how these relations impact either positively or negatively to their own development and empowerment. The exercise had an average attendance of 50 people per session, an equivalent of 100 people were reached.

Findings from the discussions:

Gender is always related to women’s affairs in that the women themselves have always misused the word to their own disadvantage. The men on the other side have taken this as a way of relieving all their domestic duties of being bread winners or home providers to the women and children. This is changing the gender roles.

3. Participation in International Celebrations.

This year, Kitgum District joined the rest of the world to celebrate World Aids day on 1st December 2014 at Kitgum Public School playground. As a women’s group whose focus is on combating HIV/AIDs with nutritional education, the group exhibited the different foods while explaining their importance in one’s diet. This demonstrated to the community that everyone is rich with different local foods to boost their immunity and for promoting long life.

Recommendations:

  1. More dialogue with the community with the involvement of both men and women is required to explain that with equal power relations within the families, it does not change the fact that men are the heads of households and as such both have to contribute equally for the welfare of their households.
  2. Sensitization on the different approaches of conflict resolutions without necessarily resorting to physical fights or verbal abuse which are common practices now within the communities.
  3. Networking with other stakeholders who can provide referral services to victims of GBV as well as psychosocial support to facilitate access to different services and justice.
  4. Form family support groups within the community who shall play a role in helping families solve conflicts; mobilize youth to help most needy households farm small plots for the family foods.
  5. Continue conducting women’s workshops on Long-term Survival skills with focus on nutrition and positive living.

Conclusion:

We would like to thank all of our donors for without their continuous support we wouldn’t have reached out to the people in need and known the plight of the community. Our plan is to have as many women and men formed as family support groups to help in mediating family conflicts and helping those most needy families without anybody to grow crops for them to help put a meal on their table even if it’s once a day.

Elderly mother teaching gender relations
Elderly mother teaching gender relations
Celebrating World AIDS Day 2014
Celebrating World AIDS Day 2014
Dec 23, 2014

End of Year 2014

Namaste Dear Friends,

Thanks for this opportunity to express something about the Little Hearts and its activities for all these years.

When I see children in the streets who are quite insecure and are deprived of love and affection of the parents, no hope for the future and know not what to do to fill their bellies, it had been a big question for me how to eradicate this social evil. Of course, I know for sure that I cannot change the whole situation, but I had the strong inclination of making something for the good of these unfortunate children.

These children, who are mostly unwanted and unclaimed, are being punished for no fault of them. 

The parents who are HIV effected, agricultural labourers go to work to earn a wage for their bread leave the children in charge of the younger ones who are toddlers. They do not think of education for a better life than the parents who toil all the day to earn a meagre wage.

There are children who are left in the streets just because their mother is dead and the father marries another; there are children whose mother is deserted by the father and the mother is not in a position to maintain the family by herself; there are children whose parents are died and are at the mercy of their relatives who rarely pay any attention for their wellbeing except using them for household purposes; there are children whose parents might have died of some dreadful disease and no relative comes forward to take up the responsibility. In these days, it is enough if one maintains his own family. No one can bear nor spare something for anyone.

When I took up the task and trying my best for some generous agency that can fund my project, God could make me to come across a benevolent agency like you who have agreed and showed interest to carry on this noble task.  Thus I could make things take physical shape and have been running successfully for the upliftment of these children who deserve every help, love and affection, social security and a bright future and can stand on their own as good citizens of the country.

The “little HEARTS orphanage” which was started 25th February 2005, with 20 children grew faster in number and now there are more than 40 children in our care. They are being provided with everything i.e., nutritious diet, clothing, education, love and affection, security besides entertainment, games etc., to fill in them a sense of courage and hope for their future.

Really the River Fund and Global Giving have changed many lives and they will be grateful for your generosity and love you have bestowed on these helpless and unfortunate children.

Everyone is doing well and showing progress in every respect. I am sure all our efforts yield god fruits.

Let me give you an account of the children who are grown up in our home who are hopeful and I expect good future for them.

Ramu is doing his B.Tech. course and Civil Engineering and is nor in II year.

Ramalakshmi is doing Nursing and she will come out next year

Padma is in her II year of Intermediate Course.

Anil who secured school Ist in School final exam got a free seat in a Private Junior College in Nellore itself.

Hari who stood 2nd in his school got a seat in the Govt. Residential College.

Charan also got a seat in Govt. Residential College as he secured 3rd rank in school final.

Mahesh is doing Polytechnic Course after Intermediate.

We expect some more children to secure high marks in their school final examination.  At present there are 2 boys who are going to write the examination in March, 2015.

Please give our love to all at The River Fund and Global Giving.

Brother,

C.P.Kumar

HEARTS

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