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

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)
Mar 8, 2013

Quarterly Report

Children lining up for lunch
Children lining up for lunch

RWEN (Rural Women's Empowerment Network)

Happy Christmas and happy New Year 2013

Orphanage centre-
We now have 352 orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC), 52 live at the center, and 152 are in other schools. All of them under RWEN (Rural Women Empowerment Network) of which they get assistance from you. These are both primary and secondary
The results-of-our children of 2012 are promising and. most of them have been promoted to the next
classes of their levels. 25 are joining higher level of education.
Schools opened on the 4th of February 2013 and we still lack scholastic materials, uniform, mid -day
meals for OVC’s and fees top up not paid yet.
Some secondary students and those at higher levels are still at home due to lack of funds.
45 children living with HIV/AIDS live positively and are encouraged to work hard through counseling. Stigma is completely
out of our communities.
10 children living with HIV/AIDS are always visited and encouraged to get drugs, assisted by the 5 councilors. These go to school and are provided with meals throughout.
These are 3 who are also helped and always taken for medical check up and drugs are always got for
them. 2 live at the center
These get mid-day meals and breakfast at the center. These are assisted throughout
Other women are working very hard to maintain their families
Tree planting project has started seriously by most women and the youth 
Through training and counseling exercises, women and children have become healthy and active.  ~  .
Most women have picked up interest in growing matoke (banana) and the plantations are doing well
with some matoke (banana). Maize did not do well but beans, green vegetables, cassava and potatoes
have done well.
There is great improvement and most women are practicing local poultry and goat keeping at a small

- The women have become active than before in their day to day activities. 
-  Education for OVCs has improved and most of them have picked a lot of interest in learning,
most of them being in schools.
- Balanced diet in schools is practiced, at home and in the community.

- Child headed families need special attention
- Elderly women need better shelter
- The children's center/school need fencing though there is lack of shelter for children.
- The piggery project has not done well

Great thanks go to all our donors and all our friends in partnership. Thank you for Christmas gifts for the children and the women worthy Uganda shs.3.250.000.

Children at school
Children at school

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