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.
Jan 13, 2014

January 2014 Quarterly Report

Safe sex education by dance and drama group
Safe sex education by dance and drama group

Dear Friends and Donors,

UPDATE REPORT

ENROLMENT:
Women, Elderly living with HIV/AIDS:     125

Children living with HIV /AIDS:                   09

 Epilepsy:                                                    03

 Living in orphanage center:                       52

 Children in other schools:                         245

                                                 Total:         307

EDUCATION:

Our end of year performance for our children was good because most of our children were promoted to the next levels of learning.

In term three, funds were scarce and only scholastic materials were bought for them in small numbers and getting food was also a problem.

There was an attack of TB to one boy and he passed away in October 2013.

HEALTH:

Long term survival, HIV I AIDS:

Female condoms; we have visited clinics on clinic days and supplied to women and even when they are in need in other places through counseling

Male condom; we have at the same time done the same to men

Septrine and ARV's:

All our members attend clinics for their treatment in time during clinic days

We also make sure we get control tablets for the epilepsy

Elderly women, epilepsy and Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC) feed at the center and get care when they are sick

Child headed families; these are a big problem when we run short of funds i.e. life becomes too hard

There is also a new child headed family of five (5 children) and these need a lot of care although under RWEN support

The center takes care of 52 children who live there at school and at times taken back to guardians and care takers to stay with them

Our activities:

Agriculture: matooke (banana), maize, beans and green vegetables, the yield for the year was good and hardworking members have got a good yield of beans, matooke and maize

Poultry: local poultry is doing well in all members because it is simple for them

Local goats keeping:

Members have made improvement on their animals

Piggery:

Five members have maintained piggery project

Achievements:

  • Hard work in women and children
  • Women will make some contributions for food for their children at school
  • There has been good performance for the children in end of year examinations
  • RWEN is able to feed elderly, OVC’s and those with epilepsy at the center
  • RWEN has trained a drama group to sensitize communities on HIV!AIDS through music, dance drama (MDD)

Challenges:

Lack of transport to move to far places to reach people in need for example;

  • Child headed families
  • To take OVC’s out

There was a big problem to feed children in term three of 2013 due to lack of money to buy food

Prepared by RWEN and initiated by

Teopista chairperson

 

Jan 7, 2014

January 2014 Report

Young women at tailoring training
Young women at tailoring training

I take this moment to appreciate and also register the achievements of the projects initiated by Rayland Rural Development Organisation which have been the commitment of the members of rural communities, local leaders and development partners, local and international. 

We are happy for the support and involvement of all our friends, donors and partner Jaya Canterbury Count the Executive Director of River Fund from Florida USA whose continuous effort has contributed to wellbeing and hope for the bright future of these vulnerable children and women in Tororo, busia and Bugiri districts.

Thanks to Global Giving staff and team for the tremendous support they extended towards us which changed the lives of vulnerable women, children, persons with disabilities and PLWAS contributed to their education, health and economic empowerment.

Through the support of US $10,000 in March 2013 that we received, we managed to:

  • Provide uniforms, scholastic materials and sanitation supplies to over 600 Orphans and other Vulnerable Children which enabled them complete their schooling last year.

Additional funding of US $7,000 enabled women in Tororo, Bugiri and Busia to grow enough vegetables at their kitchen gardens and thus improved their livelihoods at grass roots levels. Funding also helped us to continue training another 30 women for four months in tailoring skills and 10 out these are independent and now have opened their own tailoring business which will help them raise some income to tender for their families.

During the last quarter of the year 2013 in August together with our partners we held a refresher workshop for 10 Trainers of Trainers in HIV/AIDS Long Term Survival Skills & Stress Management Training. This also included visiting our 6 different women groups in the three districts in eastern Uganda  and thereafter Kitgum women groups in Northern Uganda.

These entire achievements have been possible because of your support and we give our gratitude to donors.

More young women have enrolled for non-formal skills training which will include tailoring, tie and dye, solar cooker making, catering, and hair dressing, but we are yet handicapped due to lack of funds. 

Thanks all Global Giving Team both in the US and UK. 

Best regards,

Onyango Joseph

The Executive Director
RARUDO

 

 

 

 

I take this moment to appreciate and also register the achievements of the projects initiated by Rayland Rural Development Organisation which have been the commitment of the members of rural communities, local leaders and development partners, local and international.   We are happy for the support and involvement of all our friends, donors and partner Jaya Canterbury Count the Executive Director of River Fund from Florida USA whose continuous effort has contributed to wellbeing and hope for the bright future of these vulnerable children and women in Tororo, busia and Bugiri districts. Thanks to Global Giving staff and team for the tremendous support they extended towards us which changed the lives of vulnerable women, children, persons with disabilities and PLWAS contributed to their education, health and economic empowerment.   Through the support of US$10,000 in March 2013 that we received, we managed to: Provide uniforms, scholastic materials and sanitation supplies to over 600 Orphans and other Vulnerable Children which enabled them complete their schooling last year.   Additional funding enabled women in Tororo, Bugiri and Busia to grow enough vegetables at their kitchen gardens and thus improved livelihoods at grass roots levels. Funding also helped us to continue training another 30 women for four months in tailoring skills and 10 out these are independent and now have opened their own tailoring business which will help them raise some income to tender for their families.   During the last quarter of the year 2013 in August together with our partners we held a refresher workshop for 10 Trainers of Trainers in HIV/AIDS Long Term Survival Skills & Stress Management Training. This also included visiting our 6 different women groups in the three districts in eastern Uganda  and thereafter Kitgum women groups in Northern Uganda.   These entire achievements have been possible because of your support and we give our gratitude to donors.   More young women have enrolled for non-formal skills training which will include tailoring, tie and dye, solar cooker making, catering, and hair dressing, but we are yet handicapped due to lack of funds.   Thanks all Global Giving Team both in the US and UK.   Best regards, Onyango Joseph The Executive Director RARUDO        

Tailoring training
Tailoring training
Woman tending her sweet potato garden
Woman tending her sweet potato garden
HIV/AIDS Long Term Survival Skills workshop
HIV/AIDS Long Term Survival Skills workshop
Dec 26, 2013

December 2013 Quarterly Report

Happy Children
Happy Children

Dear Donors, Friends and Well-wishers around the globe,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014 greetings on behalf of children of Little HEARTS Orphanage of Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh State of India.

I am very happy to share good news that one of our grown up boys Ramu got seat at Priyadarshini Engineering College to study B.E. as a Civil Engineer for 4 years. He has been at Little HEARTS since 7th standard! We paid Rs. 5,550/- as an advance admission fee and after my personal request the College has given him free pass to travel by College Bus from Little HEARTS Orphanage to Priyadarshini Engineering College every day. My sincere thanks to all the kind donors for your love and kindness.

Couple of months ago volunteers from The River Fund, Ms. Jaya Priya and William visited children and took all of us to the Mypadu beach. All the children, except myself, swam and played half a day. Really it was joy filled to all of us! Thanks to The River Fund for sending volunteers, Ms. Jaya Priya and William.

Yesterday, we completed shopping buying new clothes, bangles for Christmas and New Year. This month is an expensive month! We paid Rs. 28,000/- for mattresses (40x700), uniforms Rs. 31,200/- (39x800), new clothes Rs.48,000/- (1200x40) and for jumpers (sweaters) Rs. 12,000/- (40x300). Every year children will be given 2 pairs new clothes to all the children and full and part time staff apart from regular expenditure.

Along with the children expenditures are also growing every year. We feed children with milk, eggs and other eatables every day. Children are always very happy. Our medical bills are less every month.

In this connection, I request you all kindly donate more to give good education to each and every child at Little HEARTS Orphanage.

Herewith, I am sending pictures to make all of our donors more and happier.

Before I close this quarterly report. once again Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to The River Fund, Global Giving and their staffs and to each and every one who have been supporting our children at Little HEARTS Orphanage.

Kind regards,
C. P. Kumar
HEARTS

Day at the beach with River Fund volunteers!
Day at the beach with River Fund volunteers!
Boys catching waves!
Boys catching waves!
Girls turn to swim!
Girls turn to swim!

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