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.
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!
Oct 11, 2013

Quarterly Report

School children!
School children!
Dear GlobalGiving Friends and Donors,
I an 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 the small groups associated with the project. Everyone is doing amazing work with very little. We continue to support children, mostly orphaned or other vulnerable children, including child headed households.
We visited two of the public primary schools where we help children with uniforms, school supplies, food and basic medical care. Segere Primary School has 1152 children with 11 teachers. We are supporting 120 children to attend school. Nambogo Primary School has 820 students with 10 teachers and we support 68 children to attend this school.
The other 370 children are in several different rural villages. While most of these children are attending primary school at least 50 are in secondary school and we have 2 in university and technical training. The village schools are in: Amonakakine, Nambogo, and rural Busia, Bugiri and Tororo.
Although the schools are overcrowded and sometimes chaotic, teachers are dedicated and enthusiastic. The children are happy and excited to be at school. While we were there, they were studying for and taking the national primary school exams. Every child was at school on Sunday preparing for the exams. Every teacher was availabe and it didn't matter that it was the weekend.
While some families in rural Eastern Uganda struggle to survive and often find it more valuable to have their children work in the fields most want their kids to have an education and hope for a better life. Education can have a profound effect on their lives and on their communities lives as well. We know that by attending school even just up to the eighth grade helps children, especially girls to have less incidence of HIV/AIDS, they will marry later and have fewer and better educated children. 

Finally, because today, October 11 is the International Day of The Girl:

1. Globally, 66 million girls are out of school.

2. 80% of all human trafficking victims are girls.

3. There are 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary school

4. 75% of AIDS cases in sub-Saharan Africa, the region hardest hit by the disease, are
women and girls.

5. In a single year, an estimated 150 million girls are victims of sexual violence.

6. 50% of all the sexual assaults in the world are on girls under 15.

7. 14 million girls under 18 will be married this year; 38 thousand today; 13 girls in the last 30 seconds.

8. The #1 cause of death for girls 15 - 19 is childbirth.

9. Girls with 8 years of education are 4 times less likely to be married as children.

10. A child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5.

11. Educated mothers are more than twice as likely to send their children to school.

12. A girl with an extra year of education can earn 20% more as an adult.

13. Women operate a majority of small farms and business in the developing world
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14. There are 600 million girls in the developing world.
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Segere Primary School
Segere Primary School
Nambogo Primary School
Nambogo Primary School
Segere Primary School with 1152 children!
Segere Primary School with 1152 children!
Oct 7, 2013

Quarterly Report

Many children!
Many children!

Dear Global Giving Friends and Donors,

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 our Rayland Rural Development Project and all of the small groups associated with the project. Everyone is doing amazing work with very little. We continue to support childrem, mostly orphaned or other vulnerable children, including child headed households, widows, a very empowered group of disabled people and the old and alone.

The activities of the members include:

  • home based care and counseling
  • referral to health clinics as needed
  • micro-financing
  • distributing goats for milk and for income generating activity
  • monthly meetings to continue eduation in Long Term Survival Skills for HIV/AIDS
  • training in mother to child prevention of HIV/AIDS (PMTC)
  • vocational training in tailoring,baking and hair dressing
  • supporting orphand and other vulnerable children in school and with nutrition
  • distributed seeds to widows for kitchen gardens
  • care for the sick
  • follow up drug compliance for those on ARV
  • dig and protect new wells
  • mainstream people with disabilities and HIV
  • bought 200 chairs and some tents to rent out for events for income generation for disabled group members
  • trained PWD (people with disabilities) in music performance for pay!

Thank you! We had a great visit and are so grateful for your help.

Jaya

 

 

 

 

 

  • bought 200 chairs and tents to rent out for events
Local school where we support more than 100 kids
Local school where we support more than 100 kids
Turkey in Uganda ... micro project
Turkey in Uganda ... micro project
Mother and child
Mother and child

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