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.
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.
Jun 26, 2012

Quarterly Report

Children receive school supplies
Children receive school supplies


DATE: 25 – 06 – 2012

Our school term two has started and our children are in school now.

 Members 123
 5 old men widowed
 5 old women needy and sick
 300 OVC (orphans and other vulnerable children)

 152 OVC given full assistance from funds received from you, thank you.
 On scholastic materials, midday meals and uniforms are provided.

 10 HIV/AIDS children and 1 epilepsy boy have special care e.g. counseling, drug sensitization, basic needs during school time and holidays.

 45 Women HIV/AIDS positive
Always receive home visits and encouraged to go for drugs on time as required.

 46 elderly women unable to take care of themselves

 52 other women in the group.
These are taking active part in agriculture by growing crops, green vegetables, groundnuts, maize, sweet potatoes, beans, sim-simu and cassava.

 Provision of scholastic materials, fees top ups, midday meals and school uniforms.
 Train women in basic agriculture skills, improved vegetable seeds, beans, groundnuts, sweet potatoes.
 Small scale saving scheme exchange agriculture.
 Training women in animal husbandry e.g. local goats, local poultry and piggery.
 Planting grass for animals

 Practicing planting of crops in variety to have balanced diet in our homes.
 Lobbying for the women income generating activities.
 Counseling HIV/AIDS people in the community.
 Training women in long term survival skills as usual.
 Training women tailoring and hair dressing

 Standard of children has improved and go to school in big number
 Women have improved in their day-to-day life and very active.
 Positive living is taking place
 Basic agricultural skills in place
 Home basic care in homes

  Lack of drugs for our patients especially people with T.B./HIV.
 Septrum is scarce.
 There is slowness to reach sick people due to lack of transport for home visits.
 Lack of proper shelter for old women and men.
 Child headed families need a lot of support but we lack funds.
 Slow promotion of girl child.
 Inadequate materials for tailoring and hair dressing.

 Exchange of ideas for children, e.g. pen friends from abroad to Africa Uganda- Busia.
 Children we support to get friends from over seas through you Jaya.

Above all, I wish to thank you very much for your continuous assistance to us, sincere thanks.
God bless you.

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