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 25, 2014

February 2014 Update

Report for projects progresses 24th Feb 2014.

We are so grateful that all the children have gone back to school in time with all what they needed for their schooling.

With funds we received on 10th Jan 2014 US $ 12,000 greatly helped us send back children to school thank you much for wonderful support.

Between 24th and 30th Jan 2014 we purchased and distributed the scholastics to the Children registered with RARUDO across its project areas, while the uniforms were being sewn and were given out on
10th Feb 2014 at Nambogo, Tororo and Amonikakinei, on 18th Feb 2014 at Busia and Bugiri.

This 1st term, year 2014 about 50 young girls turned up for Vocational skill training but we were un able to give them all the skills they wanted to learn due to lack of some equipment and training materials. The women are planning for this planting season but they don’t have enough /improved vegetable seeds.

If we can provide them with the improved seeds and some few training materials and a few machines like over lock machine, Button and button holler machine, Designing machine, hand sewing for the disabled etc at least it would make thing work for us somehow.

The trainees and group members are ready to meet the cost of facilitating the trainers during the learning secession.

Thanks and sincere regards.

Onyango Joseph

Executive Director

Rayland Rural Development Organisation

Feb 25, 2014

February 2014 Update

Participants at a session on children
Participants at a session on children's rights

RIVER FUND HIV/AIDS FAMILY SUPPORT WOMEN ASSOCIATION is a Community Based organization established in 2006. Its office is situated at Christ the King parish, Kitgum Town Council, Kitgum district, Uganda. It has a total membership of 30 women who have volunteered to help sensitize and restore hope to the traumatized community (orphans, child headed families, people affected with HIV/Aids) as well as improve the nutrition of malnourished children.

Key focus areas of intervention include; Training Women Living With Aids (PLWAs) on long term Survival skills, Care of malnourished children through providing food stuff, Counseling of married couples on coping with the Aids pandemic situation in their families, Home visits of PLWA, Educating mothers on providing proper and balanced nutrition using locally available resources and Initiating livelihood and economic strengthening schemes for PLWA that do not demand too much energy.

This report is on activities carried out 1st quarter, 2014 in the month of January to March.

  1. Support to children in School.

This quarter with the beginning of the new school calendar, the project supported 30 (thirty) disadvantaged children with scholastic materials, and uniforms to contribute to their stay in School. The children most of whom are in their lower primary of education will receive these kinds of support through to term III of the 2014 school calendar.

      2. Training of care givers on Nutrition and HIV/AIDS Long Term Survival Skills.

To empower the women and girls, the project conducted training in Nutrition and HIV/AIDS Long Term Survival Skills (LTSS) to 150 care givers. The training highlighted the key areas of child’s survival amidst HIV/AIDS and poor nutrition. Other important component covered topics of children’s rights and the various roles and responsibilities of parents, care givers and the children.

Lessons learnt.

There are many cases of child abuse and neglect especially of Children with health related problems like HIV/AIDs. Many Parents look at them as children who can never achieve in life. This has also led to some children running away from home to live with other relatives or move from friend and to friends.

With the support for education, many children are keeping out of school due to lack of fees or scholastic materials as most parents are taking to alcohol consumption other than meet the children’s needs.

What did not work well?

There project was not able to support the children in terms of fees payment. With more than three pending activities yet to be carried out the available fund was not enough to cater for fees. The children will be supported in Scholastic materials this school calendar.

Jan 13, 2014

January 2014 Report

School kids performing in a play
School kids performing in a play

Dear Donors and Friends,

As the children, many who are orphans or other vulnerable children, begin returning to school after the holiday break in Eastern rural Uganda, we continue to be in need of enough funds to get them back to school with what they need to succeed.. We are sending 558 children and young adults back to school this week. When the children gather to pick up their uniforms and supplies, hundreds more children show up hoping for education / school support as well. These kids are orphans or other vulnerable children. It is important to keep them in school for as long as possible, especially the girls.

According to the World Bank, one extra year of secondary school increases a girl's future wages by up to 25%!

Please see the attached budget from our partners in Eastern Uganda. It includes details of how many children and in which gourp / village they live. The village school are in Amonakakine, Nambogo, and rural Busia, Bugiri and Tororo. The majority of these children are living in very rural areas without running water or electricity. Many of them deal with hunger every day.

Please join us in giving these kids a brighter future.

Thank you so much!

School visit!
School visit!

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