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 26, 2013

December 2013 Quarterly Report

Happy Children
Happy Children

Dear Donors, Friends and Well-wishers around the globe,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014 greetings on behalf of children of Little HEARTS Orphanage of Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh State of India.

I am very happy to share good news that one of our grown up boys Ramu got seat at Priyadarshini Engineering College to study B.E. as a Civil Engineer for 4 years. He has been at Little HEARTS since 7th standard! We paid Rs. 5,550/- as an advance admission fee and after my personal request the College has given him free pass to travel by College Bus from Little HEARTS Orphanage to Priyadarshini Engineering College every day. My sincere thanks to all the kind donors for your love and kindness.

Couple of months ago volunteers from The River Fund, Ms. Jaya Priya and William visited children and took all of us to the Mypadu beach. All the children, except myself, swam and played half a day. Really it was joy filled to all of us! Thanks to The River Fund for sending volunteers, Ms. Jaya Priya and William.

Yesterday, we completed shopping buying new clothes, bangles for Christmas and New Year. This month is an expensive month! We paid Rs. 28,000/- for mattresses (40x700), uniforms Rs. 31,200/- (39x800), new clothes Rs.48,000/- (1200x40) and for jumpers (sweaters) Rs. 12,000/- (40x300). Every year children will be given 2 pairs new clothes to all the children and full and part time staff apart from regular expenditure.

Along with the children expenditures are also growing every year. We feed children with milk, eggs and other eatables every day. Children are always very happy. Our medical bills are less every month.

In this connection, I request you all kindly donate more to give good education to each and every child at Little HEARTS Orphanage.

Herewith, I am sending pictures to make all of our donors more and happier.

Before I close this quarterly report. once again Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to The River Fund, Global Giving and their staffs and to each and every one who have been supporting our children at Little HEARTS Orphanage.

Kind regards,
C. P. Kumar
HEARTS

Day at the beach with River Fund volunteers!
Day at the beach with River Fund volunteers!
Boys catching waves!
Boys catching waves!
Girls turn to swim!
Girls turn to swim!
Oct 15, 2013

Quarterly Report

Traditional tribal dance with male & female condom
Traditional tribal dance with male & female condom

Dear Global Giving Friends and Donors,

I am so sorry for the late report, but I just returned from a fantastic site visit to our projects in Uganda. Along with two other volunteers, we visited of our rural projects and all of the small groups associated with the projecst. Everyone is doing amazing work with very little. We continue to support childrem, mostly orphaned or other vulnerable children, including child headed households, widows, disabled people and the old and alone.

The Rural Women's Empowerment Network (RWEN) continues to train others in Long Term Survival Skills for HIV/AIDS. They teach women and men. They train people how to use condoms, male and female condoms at their local health clinic. They also train sex workers in HIV prevention including condoms. When available, they provide condoms to their community. They also provide individual counseling for those members who want to talk.

In addition to Long Term Survival Skills, they do agricultural training and provide seeds to their members. The seeds are for kitchen gardens and also include maize,beans and greens.

They have started a piggery for their members. Also each member now has a small flock of chickens for eggs.

They are planting trees in the places that have been over farmed.

The group supports over 300 children with many more identified who need their help. They provide scholastic materials and uniforms and fees. They do home visits for orphaned and other vulnerable children and do follow up visits at the school for those most in need.

They help to support a small group of elderly women and men with food, blankets and home visits.

Thank you for your support!

Welcoming visitors to project
Welcoming visitors to project
Distributing condoms to all groups
Distributing condoms to all groups
Welcome!
Welcome!
Oct 15, 2013

Quarterly Report

Welcoming our visit
Welcoming our visit

Dear Global Giving Friends and Donors,

I am so sorry for the late report, but I just returned from a fantastic site visit to our projects in Uganda. Along with two other volunteers, we visited all of our rural projects and all of the small groups associated with the projects including a very grueling trip to Kitgum. Everyone is doing amazing work with very little. We continue to support childrem, mostly orphaned or other vulnerable children, including child headed households, widows, disabled people and the old and alone.

The Acholi River Fund Women's Association group is facing very difficult situation daily. Thankfully, the war is over and people have returned to what was left of their homes. There are many land ownership issues currently left over from nearly 20 years of people not being at home. During the war, Kitgum and the whole Acholi region had many many international NGO's living and working in the area with support for all facets of life ... from World Food Program rations and food to help with PTSD for returning child soldiers. There were programs for women and girls, more medical care etc. At the present time almost every NGO has left Kitgum which has had a profound effect on the people. First, many people were employed directly or indirectly as hotel and restaurant workers, drivers, aids etc. The hotels are now empty as are the restaurants.

In spite of this, the group has continued to support woman headed groups in and around very rural Kitgum. Please note that the drive just to get to Kitgum takes 3.5 - 4 hours to travel about 70 miles depending on whether in the rainy or dry season. Many of the groups gardens are a mile or two from the road as in the days when people (mostly women) tended their gardens during the war to avoid rebel fighters. Often, there is no electricity in town.

The River Fund women help to support six groups of 10 or more women in the region.

  •  provide goats to the most vulnerable families as an incentive for raising funds and to provide milk and meat
  •  taught about and provided seeds for kitchen gardens for improved nutrition
  •  micro-finance managed by each group so that a woman can "borrow" small funds
  • counseling for those with HIV/AIDS including home visits
  • provided training in:  agriculture, animal husbandry, long term survival skills for HIV/AIDS
  • taught mothers and group leaders how to prepare the most highly nutritious food for malnourished babies and children including how to measure and assess nourishment and good health

They are so grateful for the help of all of our faithful donors, as am I.

Thank you!

Long walk to the garden
Long walk to the garden
Visiting a garden
Visiting a garden
Project goats
Project goats
On the road to Kitgum
On the road to Kitgum
Really cute baby part of the welcoming team!
Really cute baby part of the welcoming team!
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