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 13, 2013

End of Year Report

Happy New Year from HEARTS
Happy New Year from HEARTS

We are wishing and sending Happy New Year 2013 greetings to our Donors, friends and wellwishers round the world through the River Fund and GlobalGiving.

I am very happy to see you again and to submit a quarterly report on “little HEARTS orphanage” children and their development and all round performance with your kind support through the River Fund and GlobalGiving.

All the children at “little HEARTS orphanage” are doing very fine with good health and sound mind.  As I said in my previous reports, not only just feeding children with nutritious food but still my main focus is education. Almost of all the children are getting ranks in their school with grade “A”.  We have 3 regular tutors to teach all the subjects.  Tutors come at 5 PM and make class wise groups and teach until 7:30PM regularly.  We are now satisfied with their performance in education by getting grade “A” in all subjects. Taking time to bear fruit.

3 boys and 2 girls are selected for games to play at state level. Few children only get this opportunity to participate state level  sports competetion for school children.

We bought new clothes for Christmas and New Year to all the children.  Once in a month we take children for outing to play their favourate  games and once in a week children go to near-by Police Parade Ground or Darga (where open Mosque is located) to play and to renew their minds.  Mental health is also very important along with physical health. They have given lot of freedom to choose their food, clothes and education. 

In the months August and September our children suffered very much for water.  More than 90 years old well dried due to lack of sufficient rains this year.  To over come from this problem we need a bore well.  When I sent a request letter for financial support to dig a well in front of “little HEARTS orphanage” to Mr.Alex, Chairman of the Right Now Foundation, U.K. he immediately agreed and  payed Rs.39,000.  With their Rupees 39,000 we have added Rs.5,000 from little hearts money, now no more problems for water any more!  Thank you Mr.Alex.
 
Mr.Srikanth Dabbiru, from Singapore, who has been supporting “little HEARTS orphanage” through GG recently sent me an introduction letter and expressed his interest and happiness about children and also promised continuous support whenever possible to him through GG.  As he promised in the letter, he sent 500USD to GG, thank you Mr.Srikanth Dabbiru.

Recently we have received 4000 USD ( Indian Rupees 2,17,777) from the River Fund for monthly running costs of the “little HEARTS orphanage”.

May God bless and keep all of us with good health and peace abundantly in the coming Happy New Year 2013.

Fun at the park!
Fun at the park!
Enjoying leisure time at the park!
Enjoying leisure time at the park!
Oct 30, 2012

October 2012 Quarterly Report

REPORT FROM JULY TO OCTOBER 2012

Rural Women's Empowerment Network (RWEN)

I am happy to send this report to you.
Thank you for the continuous assistance you have given to us.

Send our sincere thanks to all our friends, our donors.
Teopista
Chairperson


Education:
152 get support from RWEN, this is scholastics, fees top up, uniform and mid-day meals.
Right how our children are in school getting ready for promotional examinations.


Health:
45 HIV/AIDS people i.e. they are always counseled and encouraged to get drugs (ARVs), septrine in time from their usual centers promptly.
The 10 HIV/AIDS children, five women have been assigned to take care of them and see to it that they get treatment in time. These women also visit these children weekly. They all get basic needs and food throughout.
TB cases, from the funds received in July, we managed to support them on drugs that time, and it was success for example streptomycin and tablets as required.


Elderly women and widowers:
Those near BUANOH get breakfast and lunch.


Epilepsy:
They are two i.e. one in baby class and the other in top. We always make sure that they get their drugs every month and take them in time as required and feed on breakfast and lunch.


Agriculture:
We have embarked on tree planting through Phoebe Education Fund For AIDS Orphans and Vulnerable Children (PEEFO) an NGO, matoke (steamed banana staple food), coffee and garlic have been added for trial all several training in agricultural skills by ODECO but grown on small scale. Planting grass for animals has started by RWEN. The seasonal crops did not do well during the previous season because we had a long drought. We have again planted maize, cassava and beans.


Poultry/ Goats:
Some of our members have joined Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF2). However, there is an improvement in poultry and local goats’ too.

Long term survival skills:
Good balanced diet is practiced
Holistic approach is on
Stress almost done away with it
No more stigma in our communities due to much counseling, guidance and home visits done by RWEN members.


Achievements:
Good practice in agriculture
Good standards of living in the community
Agriculture is being practiced widely
Animals can now feed wells.


Challenges:
Poor yields due to long drought last season
Child headed families still need support.
However, transport to visits still a big problem.


Accountability for July 2012

Item Quantity Unit cost Total cost
TB (STREPLOMYCIN) 12*36 2000= 864,000=
1ST
2ND      TB DRUG DOSE
3RD  12*183 3000= 549,000=
Term two fees
Top up secondary girls 5*250,000 250,000= 1250,000=
HIV/AIDS care 10 children 41,000= 41,000=
Widowers Elderly care 46*11,000
 11,000= 506,000=
Total   3.200.000=

Oct 11, 2012

Quarterly Activities Report

HIV+ Mother and child from Oyuru Village
HIV+ Mother and child from Oyuru Village

RIVER FUND HIV/AIDS FAMILY SUPPORT ASSOCIATION, KITGUM. ACTIVITIES REPORT.

Project Name:  FEED THE CHILDREN (HIV+ AND MALNOURISHED CHILDREN)

Project Area:  KITGUM DISTRICT, AMIDA SUB-COUNTY.

Project Period:  JULY-SEPTEMBER, 2012

Contacts:

MRS. ROSEMARY OPOKA (MRS)             ALOYO INNOCENT JESSIE
+256(0)772-875216                                       +256(0)774-002070
Email: romopoka@yahoo.co.uk                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.

ACTIVITIES
1. Assessment and Identification of HIV+ and Malnourished children.
Assessment and identification of HIV+ children for enrolment in the feed the children project. 10 children were identified from Amida sub-county from the villages of Akworo, Oyuru and Ganglela.
The children ranged from ages 2+ to 13 years. All children identified are on ART treatment and they are receiving the treatment from either Kitgum Government hospital or St, Joseph’s hospital. They all have their ART No. and treatment No.
 Findings of the Assessment of HIV and children
There are a lot of children on drugs that are not followed up by the counselors. As a result some are not taking the treatment seriously. A case of a 13 year old boy in Amida sub-county, Kitgum District who has abandoned taking his treatment 10 month ago citing verbal abuse from fellow children in school and stigma.
Action point; Have home base care service to follow up these children.
The households of these children are in economic hardships since most of them are being taken care of by grandparents and are overwhelmed by the so many dependants they have to fend for.
Action point; Enroll their households in to a livelihood project to enable them work together to support their households
Some of the children assessed suffer from malnutrition and poor health. Some have swollen faces/body due to the reaction to the treatment.
Action point; organize training for the caretakers on long term survivals skills and nutritional sessions to enable provide balanced nutrients for these children.

2. Support to the households;
 All the 10 household, were formed into a group and given goats for them to rear and share among themselves when the number increases from the 4 that they have received. This is aimed at building the asset base of the households to boost their household income. The idea behind group formation is also to enable the beneficiaries to support each other in times of difficulties and emotionally.


3. Training of caretakers on Long Term Survival Skills (LTSS) and feeding of HIV+ Children.
Training of the caretakers on LTSS and feeding of the children. The caretakers have been trained on LTSS (Long Term Survival Skills) by members of the River Fund HIV/AIDs family Support Association who have were trained as TOT (Trainers of Trainers) and have rendered such trainings to other women and caretakers before.
In Attendance were caretakers of the children identified for support (10 in total). The training was held at the River Fund offices at Christ the King Parish, Kitgum from 21-22 September 2012. The two days training objective was to empower the caretakers with different skills in providing for the children with the use of the local available foods in the home.
They were trained on how to provide a balanced meal for the children without necessarily looking for help from outside the home or food supplement support.
 
4. Monitoring of the beneficiaries in Alango and Pondwongo Parishes.
The beneficiaries in Pondwongo are carrying on with the VSLA (Village Savings and Loan Association) activities. They are supporting one another emotionally. The challenges they are faced with are the death of the goats. To date, the total number of goats alive are 11; 05 given by the Association and 06 produced kid goats. The total number of death is 06 since receipt of the goats.
In Alango Parish, there are 08 goats; 05 given by the Association and 03 produced kid goats. The group members are not cooperative and this is making the management of the goats difficult. Some members have as a result suggested that the remaining goats be shared out to enable each person to look after her own.
The vegetable seeds distributed were grown in their nursery beds and later transplanted. Most have need eaten by the women and some sold for cash to complement household income. The women are further keeping some for seeds production for further planting. The leaves however are continued to be eaten.

Families and children receiving goats
Families and children receiving goats
Greens for seed production
Greens for seed production
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