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, 2012

Quarterly Activities Report

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




Project Period:  JULY-SEPTEMBER, 2012


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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.

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
Sep 28, 2012

Quarterly Report

Grace, a project recipient tending to her pigs.
Grace, a project recipient tending to her pigs.

Update on Empower AIDS Widows – Save a Community Project
By Onyango Joseph, Executive Director, RARUDO.

We give thanks to our beloved donors, friends and well-wishers for their support which is contributing a great impact across the three districts Tororo, Busia and Bugiri where we operate.
As we strive to save a community, we realize that the level of infections and illness associated with HIV/AIDS is dramatically increasing poverty levels.
The increasing number of people living with and households affected by HIV/AIDS shows an increase in the number of widows, widowers and orphans. It also indicates that households spend more time on caring for the sick; that their medical costs are greater; and that their expenditure on inputs was reduced.
Migration is also increasing: some people are moving from the rural to urban areas in search of greener pastures, while others, seeking a cheaper life-style, are moving back from the towns to rural areas.
 At the same time households have a deteriorating dependency ratio with a low number of healthy adults to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), children and elderly people.

RARUDO recently requested for food assistance to be distributed to PLWHA and their household members in order to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS on agricultural production which threaten particularly the vulnerable people.
The programme reaches directly 203 households and indirectly approximately over 800 and over 700 Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC). In every household of 203, each has at least an average of 4 to 5 dependants who benefit from our service indirectly.
PLWHA receive appropriate care while remaining in their own homes with their family members.
Food has provided a useful nutritional input to households, increasing the health and  
well-being of beneficiaries.
Food has also acted as an economic transfer, reducing the economic burden on households caused by increasing expenditure on medical care and the loss of an income-earner.

Upon our request, we received funding support from The River Fund worth 
US $ 6,500 equivalent to UGx 15,340,000 at a rate of US $ 1.00 = UGx 2,360.
The total 15,340,000+123,000 + 432,000 (income of local proceed) = 15,895,000 and was spent as detailed below

1. Medication for 40 AIDS patients 26,000x40 = 1,040,000
2. Soya millet flour 5kg x 2,800 x 203 = 2,842,000
3. Unrefined maize flour 10kg x 2,200x203 = 4,466,000
4. Soya bean 2kg x 3,200x203 = 1,299,200
5. Beans 5kgx2300 x 203 = 2,334,500
6. Soap 1 bar x 4,500x203 = 913,500
7. Salt 3kg x1,000 x 203 = 609,000
8. Sugar 3kg x3,300x203 = 2,009,700
9. Transport (for collection, grain milling and distribution) = 112,000 
Total expense UGX. Shs.  = 15,625,900
B.C/f              = 269,100

In conclusion
The increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on agricultural production systems threatening rural, urban and national food security, the agriculture sector needs to be at the forefront of concern. Our existing HIV/AIDS programmes require agriculture sector-based interventions to mitigate the devastating effects of the disease in rural areas, the actual HIV/AIDS situation in specific localities determine the linkages between the epidemic and agriculture more specifically; the following major aspects should be taken into account:
• Impact on local food production and income of rural households;
• Farming systems that are highly vulnerable to HIV/AIDS;
• Impact on cash crop production
• Impact on farm households and rural communities.
Much thanks and love to our dear friends at the River Fund and Global Giving as well as the teams and staff at large and all our individual well wishers and donor organizations that have made our progress an outstanding one.

Maize (corn) to be milled for PLWA
Maize (corn) to be milled for PLWA's in Tororo.
Sep 28, 2012

Quarterly Report - September 2012

Meal time at Little Hearts Orphanage
Meal time at Little Hearts Orphanage

Dear Donors, Friends and Well-wishers of "little HEARTS orphanage",

We are happy to talk to you through this Global Giving quarterly report through the River Fund, USA who has been supporting the children since 2005.

From this academic year 10 more new children joined at “little HEARTS orphanage”. All the new children are 6 to 10 years old those lost their mother or father or both parents.  After joining at LHO these new children are looking good and feeling happy. Now we have 45 children!  Now the “little HEARTS orphanage” is packed with children and 3 full time staff! The balance and gap between rich and poor are growing drastically!

As a registered NGO we always respect child rights.  Children have given freedom to think and practice their rights.  “little HEARTS orphanage” always seems to be a family rather than an institution closed with compound walls and big gates.  We hate to keep children between walls and big gates.  This is also one of the reasons to keep children happy.  Whenever festivals come we send children to their villages to celebrate with their grand parents or relatives those who are interested to go to join with their beloved ones.

Feeding children with nutritious food like milk, egg , chicken, fish and fruits regularly.  Every month at least twice or thrice local people visiting children with cakes, chocolates, pens, pencils and some times with lunch or dinner. Last month one Muslim brother donated Rs.14,000/- for children’s school uniforms.  This is the biggest donation we have received ever.  I have forwarded latest pictures of children.

This academic year we have taken 4 HIV infected children but these 4 children (2 girls and 2 boys) are supported by The Right Now Foundation, U.K. with monthly contribution of Rs.800/- to each child. 

Costs of all commodities are up now high and monthly budget also went up to Rs.50 to 52 thousand from this academic year.  We have been regularly receiving funding from the River Fund, USA. We are spending all of your support wisely.  There will be no wastage of money.

Due to increase in number of children from this academic year we have appointed one more tutor. One tutor for 15 children.  Each tutor will be paid Rs.2000/-.  All these 3 tutors are qualified and teaching all the 6 subjects.  Educating children is our main priority.  Two girls are now studying 10th standard.  They go to outside tuition from 6PM to 8:30PM regularly.  For these two girls we have paid Rs.5000/- for this academic year.

Our sincere thanks to all of our Donors for their kind donations and love once again.  See you all with more news in the next quarterly report.

Kind regards,

More girls enjoying their dinner.
More girls enjoying their dinner.
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