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.
Feb 28, 2012

Hearts Quarterly Report

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!

Namaskar and Happy New Year Greetings to our Global Giving Donors and well-wishers.

Dear friends thank you so much for your kind support to run the “little HEARTS orphanage” without any financial disturbances since 2005.

Children at “Little HEARTS Orphanage” are doing very well and growing slowly in all aspects of life.  Our main focus is to seriously concentrate on how to educate our children who came from very poor background. Two tutors are regularly attending for evening extra classes

Hariprasad, who is studying 7th standard got first rank and selected best student award by the school authorities among from 1st standard to 10th standard in all subjects! Wow! We are really happy to inform all of our kind donors and well-wishers.  Recently the same school authorities selected 10 best and bright students, among them 4 children are from “little HEARTS orphanage” and we hope and trust that our donors will raise their heads with pride!

On 11th we participated and celebrated “Fun Day” which was organized by The Right Now Foundation, U.K. based children’s charity, Ramu from little hearts, who got free boarding at “Chandra Reddy College” for 2 years for his academic excellence in 10th standard and all round performance was picked and selected and awarded “Best Student” by Mr.Stewart Botting, The Right Now Foundation among  13 children’s homes from Nellore and Prakasham Districts of Andhra Pradesh State.

All of your kind donations spending very wisely according to the need only, not even single rupee wasted.  Our monthly budget is always around 35,000 to 37,000 but at the beginning of every academic year we have to spend more money to buy uniforms, school bags, note books, little money as school fee.

Karimulla and Kalesha both are brothers from Muslim community joined at little hearts for being their parents are died of HIV.  Nirmala, Rubini, Shirisha and Mounika (girls) also joined with little hearts family due to their fathers are alcoholic addicts and mothers are not in a position to feed these little girls.

Karthik (boy) joined with our children because father died and mother is physically challenged and also recommended by Women and Child Welfare Department and Child Welfare Committee (CWC) of Nellore District. Women and Child Welfare Department is belongs to Andhra Pradesh State Government and CWC is an autonomous body appointed by the AP State Government on child rights.

Priya couple of days ago taken to little hearts who is an HIV infected girl and completed first year from her three years graduation. She is now 19 years and no parents who fled from Khammam District in search of food and shelter. Yesterday we got a phone call from Mr.Praveen to admit 2 HIV infected boys from Kavali and requested us for feeding and shelter. We agreed to accept his request.

LOCAL DONATIONS:

On 31 st December Sk.Ismail (Muslim) donated Dinner and Cake.

On 1st January  D.K.Womens College students donated New Year Cake.

Same day, Siddhardha English Medium School children donated New Year Lunch, Cake and Rs.500/-.

On 6th January Mr.Hussain (Muslim) donated Breakfast.

On 7th January Women’s Polytechnic College students and staff donated Mats, Soaps, Underwears, Tooth Brushes, Tooth Pastes and Chocolates.

On 1st February Mrs.Renukamma donated Dinner.

On 15th Mr.Suresh donated Dinner and Cake on be half of his daughter’s Birth Day.

Once again we sincerely thank all of our kind donors.

C.P.KUMAR

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Girls with HEART!
Girls with HEART!
Feb 23, 2012

Empower AIDS Widows: Quarterly Report

Working with the maize (corn) garden
Working with the maize (corn) garden

Empower AIDS Widows - Save a community: Quarterly report February 2012

We give thanks to all our donors, friends and well-wishers who are making difference in the lives of our people in Uganda. Truly we are grateful for the donations that we received last year which contributed to social change among our vulnerable community we serve.

In the last academic year 2011 with your support we managed to have 56 OVC sit for their Uganda Certificate of Education (UEC) and 114 sat for PLE 2011.

This academic year 2012 we expect more 89 OVCs to sit for their O’Level exam and 126 sitting for Primary Leaving Exam (PLE). 

Our nutritional aspect this time round is fair compared to the past quarter when we experienced along drought till November when we received enough rain.

With your support we managed get good harvest of maize, beans and green vegetable these is improving our nutrition  and thus reducing malnutrition among young children, the aged and PLWAS.

In Tororo we got 42 bags of maize equivalent to 4,200 kgs, green vegetables and 2 bags = 200 kg of ground nuts, more 27 goats offspring of the previous distribution.

In Busia 25 bags of maize which is 2,500 kgs  4 bags of beans which are 400 kgs green vegetables and 200 local birds.

In Bugiri 3 bags of maize that is 300 kgs, we gave out 4 pigs, 10 more goats.

Two more new groups that was created of recent in Tororo and Busia i.e. (in Amonikakinei by Grace and one by Rose near Tororo Cement Industry ) also did well coming up with 14 bags of maize  = 1,400 kgs , 10 piglets and  green vegetables.

In general we realized a total of 8,400 kgs of maize, green vegetables, 37 goats, 14 young pigs, 200 kgs of ground nuts 400kgs of beans and 200 local birds.

With this good harvest, at least our members who are living with HIV/AIDS will have well balance diet and improve their immune systems, our OVCs and their care takers will have enough food in this quarter and we plan to expand our production in this planting season. 

Although we achieved good harvest this season, we are still challenged by needs of Orphans and other Vulnerable Children OVCs mainly in support of schooling material, uniforms and other basic needs. 

We request for your kindest continual support which we will highly honor it especially the need for providing the OVCs and girl-child education support.

I thank all my friends, donors and my local leaders, community members for standing with us, thanks to Ma Jaya Bhagavati  and the Director of River Fund Jaya Canterbury-Counts, all Global Giving staff and donors  who have helped us go this far.

God bless you so much.

Best regards,
Onyango Joseph
The Executive Director
RARUDO

onyangojos45@yahoo.com 

Raising local poultry
Raising local poultry
Dec 9, 2011

PROJECT QUARTERLY REPORT - December 2011

PROJECT QUARTERLY REPORT

We at Rural Women Empowerment Network send gratitude to our dear friends, donors and well-wishers. Allow me take this moment to thank you all for generous support.

In this last quarter of the year we have managed to reach number activities under the following themes: Health, Education and Economic Empowerment.

With your support the OVCs (orphans and other vulnerable children), PLWA (people living with AIDS) and the women have directly benefited and are very thankful. 

Among the benefits are:

v  Scholastic materials, uniforms, school fees Top-up, school mid-day meal for the 300 OVCs.

v   Balanced diet (nutritional support for the AIDS patients), whole food, home visitation and counseling.

v  Basic agricultural skills, improved vegetable seeds, local poultry keeping, local goats and piggery. 

As we involve ourselves in these activities we found that many lives are being changed compared to time when this programmes were not in place.

Many children are able to go school mostly the OVC, good number of people can now go for Voluntary Testing and counseling (VCT) after going through The Long Term HIV/AIDS Survival Skill Training. Many families acquire basic agricultural skills and are now practicing food security.

Although we are realizing good development in education, there are still inadequate support in areas of:

Treatment for People Living With AIDS (PLWA).

Care and Support for child headed homes and promotion of girl-child education.

Sustainable Organic Agriculture skill and inputs among women and men. 

Above all I want to send my sincere thanks to our partners, donors and friends at Global Giving and The River Fund.

Warm regards, 

Teopista Auma

Director, RWEN

 


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