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.
Jul 3, 2010

HEARTS Orphanage Site Visit

Bill Brower is a Field Program Officer with GlobalGiving who is visiting our partners’ projects throughout South and Southeast Asia. On June 8th & 9th he visited the Little Hearts Orphanage in Nellore, India. His “Postcard” from the visit:

The facilities at HEARTS’ orphanage seemed basic but adequate for the 42 children currently living there. As the kids grow they will need more space and they’re hoping to add a floor to address this. The children, all from the “untouchable” class, looked healthy and appeared happy. I saw the home at about half capacity as many of the children go to stay with other family members in the summer for 5-10 days (Little Hearts provides transportation money and pocket money to do so).

According to the founder CP Kumar, about 80% of the children are “full” orphans having lost both parents, and 60-70% of the children have lost parents due to AIDS. The orphanage usually doesn’t take in children who are HIV-positive because according to CP Kumar they are “too big of a risk”. They have 2 boys and 1 girl who are infected.

While the project description claims Little Hearts is working to fight the stigma against HIV/AIDS, it sounds like this is not actively being done. They have taken women to get tested, but it appeared that the organization does little beyond this and support the children.

This is a highly founder-driven organization and CP Kumar was open with their financial records. Other organizations in the area steal 90% of the money they receive according to CP Kumar and so he was eager to show me they were part of the other 10%. He even showed me bank account details on his mobile phone. Everything appeared to be in order (though I’m far from a certified accountant).

The true test of the success of an orphanage in my opinion is how well the children transition out of that environment as they get to be adults. HEARTS is too young of an organization to tell, but there is little doubt that these children are in a better situation than they would be otherwise.

May 12, 2010

Update Spring 2010

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Community

RARUDO Updates to Global Giving. Empower AIDS Widows, Save a Community Progressive Report Great thanks to our donors through Global Giving and gratitude to dear sponsor The River Fund whose tireless work has contributed to the reducing of the vulnerability of the women, Orphans, the disabled, the elderly women, widows, youth and other disadvantaged groups in Tororo, Busia and Bugiri Districts in Eastern Uganda. On behalf of our community in Uganda I want to appreciate the efforts Global giving is rendering to transform the rural poor and improving the standards of living of the disadvantaged people world wide more specially Uganda. Achievements: With the support we received we managed to reach the needy mostly women, AIDS widows, the OVC, the disabled and the elderly mainly through education, health, awareness in food security and nutrition and treatment of opportunistic diseases. The following OVCs received educational materials from the resent funding support; these included all OVC from the three districts Tororo, Busia and Bugiri. In Tororo District 270 out of 450 OVC, Busia 100 out of 300 OVC, Bugiri 60 out of 76 totaling to 430 OVC benefited directly from the support. At least the following are receiving treatment of opportunistic diseases as well as nutrition, 20 out of 67 reached PLWAS from Tororo 9, from Busia 6 out 16. They receive ground millet mixed with Soya bean for porridge to improve nutrition, 15 women of Tororo and 20 of Bugiri received clothing, 3 PLWAs in Busia received blanket 50 women in Busia received pigs & birds for poultry farming as well as Bugiri. The project Empower AIDS widows Save a community is improving the OVC academic performance by providing them with basic scholastic materials, school uniform and other related schooling items. Problems encountered: Although improvements have been noted in child education and health, the constraints in achieving high impact include the inadequate coverage of effective education and health interventions and the poor quality of services provided. The major reasons for this include weak / poor infrastructure, shortage of skilled personnel, inadequate awareness in nutrition, Inadequate funding for the project interventions. In spite of the inadequate resources, the project is empowering women by improving the standard of living through provision of improved seeds (for vegetable production purposely for income generation) - Access to clean water and sanitation. - Skills training basically tailoring training and crafts - Nutritional support to mainly the PLWAS - Access to treatment of opportunistic diseases as result of HIV/AIDS As RARUDO is extending its programmes activities to the other parts of rural areas in the three districts i.e. Tororo, Busia and Bugiri, the constraints in realizing its goals include inadequate funding / resources for effective capacity building and poor infrastructure. Challenges: The challenge for the organization’s activities is to scale- up the OVC survival interventions, management of child hood infections, nutrition promotion, and management of social economic activities and address the provision of clean and safe water supply in rural areas, integrating, reaching out to the people with disabilities and addressing issues that concern them so have one common understanding with other vulnerable groups. Conclusion: I want to recognize the visits of our friends and partners particularly Marci Valeria a global giving volunteer who visited us in Jan 2009, Alexis Nadin and Brain visited us in May 2009, Their presence in our rural poor village was so wonderful and memorable. Thank you, our dear friends, donors and partners for your generosity in which without your support we would not be able to accomplish what we have so far. Kind regards to you all. Yours Sincerely, Onyango Joseph Executive Director. RARUDO

Feb 10, 2010

Rural Women Empowerment Update

RURAL WOMEN EMPOWERMENT NETWORK On behalf of the women, I wish you a merry Christmas season and a prosperous new year 2010 together with our friends who are always with us in their hearts. Thank you very much for your donation of 1,000,000 shillings which was delivered to us on 20 December 2009. The women were so delighted. The group started in October 2008 with five trained members. These were: Teopista Auma Chairperson Mary Justin Ayo Vice Chairperson Sabina Wanyongo Secretary Rose Awwo Treasurer Annie Namanyi Publicity The group has now grown to rural women as a base and we have a branch in Bugiri too. Right now the group stands as follows: -women, widows, children and the elderly. Widows 55 Elderly 25 Women 4 Men 4 men; 2 are HIV positive'2 are widowers Total 125 Children 300 We are now taking care of 100 children only due to capacity of our group. Long term survival skills HIV/AIDS- Creating awareness; On health and nutrition: On nutrition we prepare millet porridge and soya porridge flour for HIV+ sick people. Nurse ulcers wound and daily dressing. 'Women: We have given 50 pigs kept in different homes for multiplication to reach each member in The nearest future. Elderly women: We have bought 3 blankets for three old women how are very needy. Also a blanket for an HIV positive boy of 12 years. Education: We have provided scholastic materials for 100 school age children. We gave a top-up boarding fee for 2 girls who are now joining senior 2 this year. We went to Bugiri and trained more than 50 women in long-term survival skills. Our plans for 2010: To continue with long-term survival skills for Bugiri & Busia. To continue assisting OVCs & elderly, HIV+ women & widows. To involve in poultry & piggery as income generating activities. To continue nursing the sick- Agriculture for nutrition e.g. vegetables, beans, soya & millet. Greetings to our donors. Love, Teopista.

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