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.
Dec 23, 2010

December Update

Children
Children's Park Nellore India

We had unexpected heavy rains twice, experiencing cold and cold winds after 48 years of Andhra Pradesh State weather report!

I was busy as usual in my job. Last month children celebrated Diwali festival by lighting candles, fire crackers etc., with lot of fun and joy. All the children studying well and getting very good marks in school. Both the tutors are regularly coming to Little Hearts to teach all the subjects and helping children's home work. At present one Manager and two sub staff working at little hearts.

Last month, local people donated pillows and blankets to all the children of little hearts. Last month we have paid Rs.3,500 electricity bill for 3years! Electricity Board shown mercy and charged us minimum for all the 3 years, a new electricity consumption meter was also fixed by the electricity department. For Kiran we have paid Rs.3000/- as college fee. Recently we bought a new iron cupboard to keep records, children things for Rs.3,850/-.  For Christmas and New Year clothing, the Right Now Foundation, U.K. donated money. Rs.800/- to each child to buy two pairs of new clothing for Christmas and New Year.  November was an expensive month! Total expenditure was Rs.49,000/-. Due to heavy cold and cold winds few children fallen sick and now they are doing well. For weekends we take all the children to Children's Park, Sea and Police Parade grounds to play.

Orwald who is HIV+ is also doing very well and recently we have received his medical records from Mumbai.  Yesterday, I sent a letter to the local Government ART center for transfer and treatment. Today he went to the ART for doctor checkup. He is on ART. Special nutritious food like milk, egg, green leaves providing to him.

Please give our love to all friends for their love and kindness.

Rickshaw ride home
Rickshaw ride home

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Dec 19, 2010

November Site Visit Report

Women welcoming us
Women welcoming us

The Rural Women's Empowerment Network:

Group 1

-          2010, presented in Bugiri, Lumino, and Masaba to groups of female and male adults, whole day presentation in each setting
-          When the town councils have gatherings, the 'Trainers of Trainers' are called to make presentations.
-          They have made 3 visits so far to sex worker groups in Busia

Group 2

-          Janet and Rose have a group of 25 that meet weekly for savings and agriculture
-          They meet monthly with the positive test clubs in 3 parishes; total about 120 people
-          Plans to start talk with sex workers at truck park near cement factory
-          Speak with people after church weekly.  Funerals are another informal venue for HIV/AIDS survival skills topics

RARUDO group

-          Meet with 3 positive test clubs, total 90 members
-          Visit local schools and present dramas about HIV/AIDS
-          Identify and counsel positive members at their homes
-          Train prevention of mother/child transmission, and have trained 2 additional counselors in this area
-          Coordinate with disabled group for increased survival skills training and IGA (income generating activities)

GOALS / FUNDING NEEDS

-          One day training at Amonikakinei Village
-          Three day training Aug. 2011
-           School fees, uniforms, seeds, blankets, mosquito nets, female condoms

Additionally the Busia Group has a nursery school caring for 170 poor children and a primary class to primary 4 for 70 children. 150 of the children are orphans. Several children are HIV+. The trainers have taught nutrition to parents and guardians.

HIV+ child
HIV+ child
Beautiful children
Beautiful children
Children lining up for lunch
Children lining up for lunch
Child not in school
Child not in school
Old women next to house group built for her.
Old women next to house group built for her.
Dec 15, 2010

November Site Visit to Acholiland - Northern Uganda

Monument to captured children.
Monument to captured children.

Our recent visit to the River Fund Women's Association of Kitgum found an organized structure of four groups presenting educational workshops on HIV/AIDS Long Term Survival Skills to the villages of the 2 local districts.  Along with their presentation, they weigh and measure infants for signs of malnutrition and give special nutritional counseling to mothers.  Future plans are to expand the Survival Skills workshops to 20 more villages within their travel range, and to add cooperative kitchen gardens and micro-financing  to the program.  Funds are needed for transport, umbrellas and raincoats for travel in the rainy season, and seeds to share with workshop participants. They would like to purchase goats - $25 for a female goat for widows and child headed households and $125 for a male exotic goat for breeding for the community. With funding they can also start poultry breeding projects.

Meeting with the leaders under the trees!
Meeting with the leaders under the trees!
Acholi women leaders.
Acholi women leaders.

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