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.
May 31, 2013

May 2013 - Quarterly Report

Little HEARTS children have big hearts and smiles!
Little HEARTS children have big hearts and smiles!

Dear Donors, Friends and well-wishers around the world greetings from the heart of HEARTS.

I am so happy to say hello to you all through the River Fund and GlobalGiving through this quarterly report.

As a President of HEARTS and Director of “little HEARTS orphanage” I am very happy to share my joy with you all about Ramu’s success in his Intermediate results. He got 92% of marks in both first and second year examinations and also stood first in the college. On 10th this month he attended for EMCET (Engineering, Medical Common Entrance Test) and expecting 140 out of 160 marks. He will be our very first froot. He will definitely get a rank and would get a seat in government Engineering College. 

In this connection I would like to share a small story about him. Seven years ago when he was at little HEARTS orphanage his aunt (mother’s elder sister) forced him to leave the orphanage  and planned to send him to a local Barbar shop (he belongs to Barbar community) to work as a daily laborer to earn money. She was so jealous and tried to discourage him because her sons are illiterates!  I got angry over her and stood besides and encouraged him to stay at little hearts. His success is an eye witness before all of us and grateful for your kind donations. Please keep donating more to give life to all the children who are staying at little HEARTS orphanage.

Last month Ms. Linda Rose from the United Kingdom visited little HEARTS orphanage and conducted one day work shop for children. It was really a joy and fun filled day for our children.  It was her first visit to India.  As staff we also learned several new things from her one day workshop.

The Right Now Foundation, U.K. based children charity donated Rs.10,00,000 (Ten lakh Indian Rupees) for construction of another floor over the top of little hearts building which will be for 25 HIV infected
children. The construction work is under progress. The construction work will be completed by the end of May.  Thanks Mr.Stewart Botting and Mr.Alex, Chairman of the Right Now Foundation, U.K.

All the children at “little HEARTS orphanage” doing very fine and studying very well.  For Xth standard boys and girls we are taking more care for their studies.  These Xth standard children will have separate tuition outside of little HEARTS orphanage. They attend extra classes from 6 PM to 9PM everyday.  Besides education, all the children having nutritious food every day.  The money which you are donating 100% directly goes to the children and their
welfare.  We are spending all of your kind donations very wisely and no wastage of money.  We give you 100% guarantee to your kind donations. 

Our monthly spending raised to between 52 to 53 thousand Indian rupees. 
We are paying fewer salaries to our staff when compared with other homes run by National and International NGOs, Charities and Foundations. We are keeping all the genuine receipts, bills and records month by month and open for
public and state government of Andhra Pradesh.

Before I close this quarterly report, once again I would like to say thanks to the River Fund and GlobalGiving.

Kind regards,


May 31, 2013

May 2013 - Quarterly Report

Sewing skills - pattern design
Sewing skills - pattern design

Empower AIDS Widows Save a Community

Our dear donors, friends and well wishers we are pleased to present our quarterly progress report in this first quarter of the year 2013. Thanks for your generous support.


The project focuses on empowering women and girl-child in rural eastern Uganda targeting three districts of Tororo, Bugiri and Busia. Empowering 5 Self Help Groups (SHGs) and educating them on aspects of Non-formal skills, agro-livestock (poultry, piggery and goats project), HIV/AIDS related activities including counseling, nutrition, care and support, OVC educational and basic support. RARUDO also intends to integrate cross cutting issues of environmental conservation in project activities of empowering women in the next quarter


Sensitization and mobilization of women and youth for training.

Training 120 Youth on non formal skills (vocational skills).

Supporting 558 needy children with scholastics, uniforms, and basic needs.

Purchase a variety of improved seeds for 5 women groups to mitigate food insecurity and tree planting to conserve environment.

HIV/AIDS counseling, nutrition, care and support for PLWAs.

Conducting planning, monitoring and evaluation of project activities.

The Needs (Nutritious foods for a better health) for 203 people December 2013.


203 women sensitized and mobilized into 6 Self Help Groups.

50 youth and women trained on non formal and vocational skills this quarter and 30 are to graduate on August 2013.

The 5 Self Help Groups 3 districts in Tororo, 2 in Busia and 1 in Bugiri attained survival skills  training on HIV/AIDS in the past quarter, counseling,  nutrition and care in ongoing.

558 received scholastic and uniform this quarter 2013

86 women supported with 86 goats, 8 pigs.150 birds

761 both adults and children received Christmas package during December 2013 festive season.


RARUDO has learnt to value and appreciate the importance of networking with local governments and other stakeholders. This has helped to avoid duplication of work and wastage of resources. For instance, before
selecting the sub counties and villages to support, we had to carry out a stakeholder’s analysis to know who does what where? We agreed to target villages with few service providers for our intervention so as not to duplicate
resources. We thus work together with the local community leaders, the schools, churches, health departments.


Overwhelming numbers of impoverished people needing support. We targeted only 120 youth and women and 50 of them for non formal skills course but over 300 turned up and wanted to join the non formal skills training, over 1000 children in Tororo alone came requesting for support.  However we could not take them due to delayed and
limited funding as per demand. Even for the meetings and trainings that followed we always had more people than we had planned and budgeted for. This definitely put a strain on our budget.

There is a limited resource base for RARUDO which does not only make it difficult to meet the demands of the target areas of interventions but also the overwhelming requests from the general community.

Our current coverage is limited to 3 out of over 15 sub counties in Tororo, 2 in Busia out of 13 and 1 in Bugiri out of 11.  Efforts to lobby from other sources to supplement support have not been very successful yet.

RARUDO is confined to support mainly women, Orphans, youth, girl-child, PLWAS the Elderly and persons with disability thus leaving very many other impoverished children like orphans due to others factor; illegitimate children, child mothers, children with disabilities and those who have dropped out of school helpless.

Rise in costs of items and commodities due to fuel crisis and the global financial crisis. This mainly affected the feeding and materials costs.


There is need to continue empowering communities through sensitizations and training especially in HIV/AIDs, guidance and counseling, non formal skills, modern agriculture and Income Generating Activities management.

Enhance the capacity of the local community leadership and other existing structures so as to strengthen their participation in the implementation, ownership and sustainability of programmes.

Besides, there is need to vigorously diversify the income sources for RARUDO so as to increase the area of coverage and also include other aspects like formal education for orphans and other vulnerable children
in school, HIV/AIDS affected children, human rights programmes geared towards protecting widows and orphans due to HIV/AIDs, among other programmes.


In a nutshell, RARUDO is a very unique programme in the eyes of many stakeholders and beneficiaries. Although the project is ongoing, it has tried to work hard towards the attainment of planned outputs and results. The programme is being implemented based on the project plan and has so far registered a number of results which are positive but were not devoid of challenges as stated above. The challenges however, form a basis for RARUDO to
plan for scale up and for diversification of the funding sources so as to fill the gaps.

Our sincere thanks go to the local community leaders, school and church leaders and other actors with whom we have worked together in planning and implementation of most of the programme activities already carried out. Thank you our donors and thank you for your cooperation, insights and support that have helped us to make RARUDO more relevant and owned by the beneficiaries.

Yours sincerely,
Onyango Joseph
Executive Director,

 *Please see the attached expenditure detail chart.

Learning a trade
Learning a trade
Membership planning meeting
Membership planning meeting

May 31, 2013

May 2013 Quarterly Report

Member of the association handing over a cash box
Member of the association handing over a cash box





Support of groups in VSLA (Village Saving and Loan Association) component.

The VSLA Component : 

Members formed self-selected economic groups and manage them by setting own rules and regulations using the
framework of the component guidelines. However, in these groups, the beneficiaries have all been identified and supported earlier with goats.

The groups have a management committee of 7 members selected by the group.

Transactions for savings, loans and emergency/insurance are carried out on a weekly basis.

All group transactions are witnessed by all the members during the meeting.

Benefits of the VSLA component:

  • Convenient savings choices catering for all members.
  • Savings are made on a weekly basis in the form of shares purchases.
  • The value is determined by the members at the beginning of every cycle.
  • Individual members save for various reasons like for meeting immediate basic needs.
  • Members get back their savings at the end of the saving cycle.
  • The profits made by the group are shared at the time of share out.
  • Every member with savings at the time of share out earns profit worth their saving.
  • Loans are affordable for business, investment and consumption
  • All loans are paid back with interest
  • Every member is entitled to one (1) loan at a time.
  • The monies paid as fines for defaulters in the group can be used to cater for vaccines for treating their goats.

Activities carried out:

  • Distribution of Cash boxes and all the items for the implementation of VSLA activities. Five (5) groups have been supported with the items for the VSLA.
  • Training of the groups on the VSLA Component. Five (5) groups have been trained in total in the VSLA methodology and its principles.
  • Support monitoring during group’s meetings.

Sharing out of the goats by groups:
In two (2) groups from Pongdwongo and Alango parishes which received the goats in 2011, they have now
shared the goats among the members since the numbers have multiplied. Each member received a goat and in another (Pongdwongo Parish), they have more than the number of the members which excess are being kept by the chairperson awaiting delivery sine two of the goats are expecting to deliver soon.


Our major challenge has been means of transport. We hire motorcycles to take staff to the field for group supervision and monitoring which is quite costly for the Association’s meager resource.

The Association is currently looking for another office space as the one being occupied is now taken by the
school in which the Association had been offered space.


River Fund HIV/AIDS Family Support Association would like to thank all its supporters; Global Giving and
the team, JAYA Canterbury-Counts and all who have endeavored and continued to support those in need. With the support,10 groups have so far received goats, 5 groups of the 10 received VSLA activities kits, and more attention is focusing on the children and households affected by the ‘mysterious’ Nodding Disease in
the districts of Northern Uganda.

We however can’t do much without knowing what our donors feel about our project and or how we can make
it better and unique from what we are offering now. Please do post your comment.

Support & supervision of the groups (with goats)
Support & supervision of the groups (with goats)

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