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 11, 2013

Quarterly Report

School children!
School children!
Dear GlobalGiving Friends and Donors,
I an so sorry for the late report, but I just returned from a fantastic site visit to our projects in Uganda. Along with two other volunteers, we visited all of the small groups associated with the project. Everyone is doing amazing work with very little. We continue to support children, mostly orphaned or other vulnerable children, including child headed households.
We visited two of the public primary schools where we help children with uniforms, school supplies, food and basic medical care. Segere Primary School has 1152 children with 11 teachers. We are supporting 120 children to attend school. Nambogo Primary School has 820 students with 10 teachers and we support 68 children to attend this school.
The other 370 children are in several different rural villages. While most of these children are attending primary school at least 50 are in secondary school and we have 2 in university and technical training. The village schools are in: Amonakakine, Nambogo, and rural Busia, Bugiri and Tororo.
Although the schools are overcrowded and sometimes chaotic, teachers are dedicated and enthusiastic. The children are happy and excited to be at school. While we were there, they were studying for and taking the national primary school exams. Every child was at school on Sunday preparing for the exams. Every teacher was availabe and it didn't matter that it was the weekend.
While some families in rural Eastern Uganda struggle to survive and often find it more valuable to have their children work in the fields most want their kids to have an education and hope for a better life. Education can have a profound effect on their lives and on their communities lives as well. We know that by attending school even just up to the eighth grade helps children, especially girls to have less incidence of HIV/AIDS, they will marry later and have fewer and better educated children. 

Finally, because today, October 11 is the International Day of The Girl:

1. Globally, 66 million girls are out of school.

2. 80% of all human trafficking victims are girls.

3. There are 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary school

4. 75% of AIDS cases in sub-Saharan Africa, the region hardest hit by the disease, are
women and girls.

5. In a single year, an estimated 150 million girls are victims of sexual violence.

6. 50% of all the sexual assaults in the world are on girls under 15.

7. 14 million girls under 18 will be married this year; 38 thousand today; 13 girls in the last 30 seconds.

8. The #1 cause of death for girls 15 - 19 is childbirth.

9. Girls with 8 years of education are 4 times less likely to be married as children.

10. A child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5.

11. Educated mothers are more than twice as likely to send their children to school.

12. A girl with an extra year of education can earn 20% more as an adult.

13. Women operate a majority of small farms and business in the developing world
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14. There are 600 million girls in the developing world.
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Segere Primary School
Segere Primary School
Nambogo Primary School
Nambogo Primary School
Segere Primary School with 1152 children!
Segere Primary School with 1152 children!
Oct 7, 2013

Quarterly Report

Many children!
Many children!

Dear Global Giving Friends and Donors,

Sorry for the late report, but I just returned from a fantastic site visit to our projects in Uganda. Along with two other volunteers, we visited our Rayland Rural Development Project and all of the small groups associated with the project. Everyone is doing amazing work with very little. We continue to support childrem, mostly orphaned or other vulnerable children, including child headed households, widows, a very empowered group of disabled people and the old and alone.

The activities of the members include:

  • home based care and counseling
  • referral to health clinics as needed
  • micro-financing
  • distributing goats for milk and for income generating activity
  • monthly meetings to continue eduation in Long Term Survival Skills for HIV/AIDS
  • training in mother to child prevention of HIV/AIDS (PMTC)
  • vocational training in tailoring,baking and hair dressing
  • supporting orphand and other vulnerable children in school and with nutrition
  • distributed seeds to widows for kitchen gardens
  • care for the sick
  • follow up drug compliance for those on ARV
  • dig and protect new wells
  • mainstream people with disabilities and HIV
  • bought 200 chairs and some tents to rent out for events for income generation for disabled group members
  • trained PWD (people with disabilities) in music performance for pay!

Thank you! We had a great visit and are so grateful for your help.

Jaya

 

 

 

 

 

  • bought 200 chairs and tents to rent out for events
Local school where we support more than 100 kids
Local school where we support more than 100 kids
Turkey in Uganda ... micro project
Turkey in Uganda ... micro project
Mother and child
Mother and child
Sep 23, 2013

September Quarterly Report

Happy children!\ with new clothing!
Happy children!\ with new clothing!

Namaste respected donors, friends and well-wishers of little HEARTS orphanage

Loving greetings from the heart of HEARTS.

Once again I am delighted to speak and share our children's progress and all round performance through this Global Giving quarterly report through the River Fund.

Because of the River Fund and all of your love and donations through Global Giving we have successfully been running "little HEARTS orphanage" since 2005.  

At present we have been feeding, accommodating 39 children. From this academic year we have given admission to 4 children and their names are Charmi (5), Ashirwad alias Nani (4) Karthik (14) and Prasanna Kumar (13). Charmi lost both of their parents, Nani whose father died of HIV this May and mother is also infected with HIV.  Karthik and Prasanna Kumar both are brothers whose mother got re-married and abandoned. Charmi and Nani are our new little ones and both are hyper active.  They are always playing and running around, now they are our new super heroes of little hearts!! We really are enjoying their stay.

At last we have completed 3rd floor which was built for 26 HIV infected children and we named it Simhapuri Children's Home (SCH).  When the Kings ruled they named it as Simhapuri which is original and oldest name of Nellore. The newly constructed 3rd floor will be occupied by HIV infected children on 1st September. 

Ramu who successfully completed college got seat in Engineering College and now he is busy in submitting certificates to the government like study, conduct, caste, 10th and Intermediate (college) certificates to the government. 

All the children are studying well and also feeding with nutritious food like egg, milk and fruit every day. Recently local donors collected lots of used clothes and donated to little hearts which are enormous help to children.  After distribution of clothes we shared some of them to other children's homes run by HEARTS.  Not less than thrice in every month local people are donating chocolates, fruits, sweets, biscuits etc., one woman whose husband is a Police donated 7 pillows from their children's scholarship!.

Some of the local Engineering College students visited and took a list of things from children and promised to donate sandals, underwears, Tooth brushes etc., next month 8th. Along with them a psychiatrist will also be visiting little hearts to give a brief.

2 women tutors are regularly attending little hearts to help and teach maths, english subjects to Elementary children. 9th and 10th class children are regularly attending outside tutor to "Sreedhar Coaching Centre" to learn mainly Maths, English, Physics and Biology. 9th and 10th class children need more attention because their education system and examinations are different before they go to college.  Unless they pass 10th, they would not go to college. This academic year is crucial mainly for 10th class boys and girls. For each 10th class student we paid Rs.3000/- and for each 9th class student we paid Rs.2000/- as their yearly tuition fee.

On 21st of this month, Professor M.Srinivasulu Reddy, Principal, Vikrama Simhapuri University (www.simhapuriuniv.org) donated dinner on behalf of their daughter Ms.Vandana who's Birthday and Marriage day, who is doing her MS at Lamore Univeristy, Texas. May God bless Ms.Vandana and her family richly. 

Our previous Manager V.Raghuram left the job and now my wife Mamatha and I are taking care of little hearts children.  Everyday we spend most of time with children from morning to afternoon and evening to until they go to bed. They call us Mummy and Daddy.  We always happy and love to hear and proud for being called us as their parents. We have given lot of freedom to all the children to share their happiness and to express their feelings or stress or agony without any fear or shy.  We, as parents and they, as children really blessed by living together. Also we are doing our level best to keep and make them happy and self esteemed.

In front of little hearts, recently we made a shuttle court! whenever children get time, without delay, immediately they start playing shuttle!! On holidays we take them to Children's park or Police Parade Grounds or Darga Grounds where Muslims pray for Ramdan and Bakrid which is very big ground and Swarnala Lake (Nellore Cheruvu). 

In my personal observation children are now more confident than previous years.

Ms.Jaya Priya and her husband William from Florida, USA visiting little hearts from 27 - 29 of September on be half of the River Fund.  We are eagerly waiting for their visit and also Mr.Amit Shaan and Ms.Neha from the Netherlands also visiting little hearts in the month of October.    

Before I close this quartely report, I would like to give a BIG HUG to the River Fund, Global Giving and our kind donors.

Until next quarterly report See You all...God bless you all and Bye.

Kind regards,

C.P.Kumar

HEARTS

Loads of gently used clothing donated ...
Loads of gently used clothing donated ...

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