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.
Sep 23, 2013

September Quarterly Report

Happy children!\ with new clothing!
Happy children!\ with new clothing!

Namaste respected donors, friends and well-wishers of little HEARTS orphanage

Loving greetings from the heart of HEARTS.

Once again I am delighted to speak and share our children's progress and all round performance through this Global Giving quarterly report through the River Fund.

Because of the River Fund and all of your love and donations through Global Giving we have successfully been running "little HEARTS orphanage" since 2005.  

At present we have been feeding, accommodating 39 children. From this academic year we have given admission to 4 children and their names are Charmi (5), Ashirwad alias Nani (4) Karthik (14) and Prasanna Kumar (13). Charmi lost both of their parents, Nani whose father died of HIV this May and mother is also infected with HIV.  Karthik and Prasanna Kumar both are brothers whose mother got re-married and abandoned. Charmi and Nani are our new little ones and both are hyper active.  They are always playing and running around, now they are our new super heroes of little hearts!! We really are enjoying their stay.

At last we have completed 3rd floor which was built for 26 HIV infected children and we named it Simhapuri Children's Home (SCH).  When the Kings ruled they named it as Simhapuri which is original and oldest name of Nellore. The newly constructed 3rd floor will be occupied by HIV infected children on 1st September. 

Ramu who successfully completed college got seat in Engineering College and now he is busy in submitting certificates to the government like study, conduct, caste, 10th and Intermediate (college) certificates to the government. 

All the children are studying well and also feeding with nutritious food like egg, milk and fruit every day. Recently local donors collected lots of used clothes and donated to little hearts which are enormous help to children.  After distribution of clothes we shared some of them to other children's homes run by HEARTS.  Not less than thrice in every month local people are donating chocolates, fruits, sweets, biscuits etc., one woman whose husband is a Police donated 7 pillows from their children's scholarship!.

Some of the local Engineering College students visited and took a list of things from children and promised to donate sandals, underwears, Tooth brushes etc., next month 8th. Along with them a psychiatrist will also be visiting little hearts to give a brief.

2 women tutors are regularly attending little hearts to help and teach maths, english subjects to Elementary children. 9th and 10th class children are regularly attending outside tutor to "Sreedhar Coaching Centre" to learn mainly Maths, English, Physics and Biology. 9th and 10th class children need more attention because their education system and examinations are different before they go to college.  Unless they pass 10th, they would not go to college. This academic year is crucial mainly for 10th class boys and girls. For each 10th class student we paid Rs.3000/- and for each 9th class student we paid Rs.2000/- as their yearly tuition fee.

On 21st of this month, Professor M.Srinivasulu Reddy, Principal, Vikrama Simhapuri University (www.simhapuriuniv.org) donated dinner on behalf of their daughter Ms.Vandana who's Birthday and Marriage day, who is doing her MS at Lamore Univeristy, Texas. May God bless Ms.Vandana and her family richly. 

Our previous Manager V.Raghuram left the job and now my wife Mamatha and I are taking care of little hearts children.  Everyday we spend most of time with children from morning to afternoon and evening to until they go to bed. They call us Mummy and Daddy.  We always happy and love to hear and proud for being called us as their parents. We have given lot of freedom to all the children to share their happiness and to express their feelings or stress or agony without any fear or shy.  We, as parents and they, as children really blessed by living together. Also we are doing our level best to keep and make them happy and self esteemed.

In front of little hearts, recently we made a shuttle court! whenever children get time, without delay, immediately they start playing shuttle!! On holidays we take them to Children's park or Police Parade Grounds or Darga Grounds where Muslims pray for Ramdan and Bakrid which is very big ground and Swarnala Lake (Nellore Cheruvu). 

In my personal observation children are now more confident than previous years.

Ms.Jaya Priya and her husband William from Florida, USA visiting little hearts from 27 - 29 of September on be half of the River Fund.  We are eagerly waiting for their visit and also Mr.Amit Shaan and Ms.Neha from the Netherlands also visiting little hearts in the month of October.    

Before I close this quartely report, I would like to give a BIG HUG to the River Fund, Global Giving and our kind donors.

Until next quarterly report See You all...God bless you all and Bye.

Kind regards,

C.P.Kumar

HEARTS

Loads of gently used clothing donated ...
Loads of gently used clothing donated ...
Jun 10, 2013

Quarterly Report - June 2013

Young girl going to school in her uniform!
Young girl going to school in her uniform!

Our dear donors, friends and well wishers we are pleased to present our quarterly progress report in this first quarter of the year 2013. Thanks for your generous support.

We have learned to value and appreciate the importance of networking with local governments and other stakeholders. This has helped to avoid duplication of work and wastage of resources.

We have targeted 558 orphans and other vulnerable children for support and over 1000 children in Tororo alone came requesting for support.  However we could not take them due to delayed and limited funding as per demand. Even for the meetings and trainings that followed we always had more people than we had planned and budgeted for. This definitely put a strain on our budget.

There is a limited resource base which does not only make it difficult to meet the demands of the target areas of interventions but also the overwhelming requests from the general community.

Our current coverage is limited to 3 out of over 15 sub counties in Tororo, 2 in Busia out of 13 and 1 in Bugiri out of 11.  Efforts to lobby from other sources to supplement support have not been very successful yet.

Support is confined to mainly women, Orphans, youth, girl-child, PLWAS the Elderly and persons with disability thus leaving very many other impoverished children like orphans due to others factor; illegitimate children, child mothers, children with disabilities and those who have dropped out of school helpless.

Rise in costs of items and commodities due to fuel crisis and the global financial crisis. This mainly affected the feeding and materials costs.

Besides, there is need to vigorously diversify the income sources so as to increase the area of coverage and also include other aspects like formal education for orphans and other vulnerable children in school, HIV/AIDS affected children, human rights programmes geared towards protecting widows and orphans due to HIV/AIDs, among other programmes.

Our sincere thanks go to the local community leaders, school and church leaders and other actors with whom we have worked together in planning and implementation of most of the programme activities already carried out. Thank you our donors and thank you for your cooperation, insights and support that have helped us to become more relevant and owned by the beneficiaries.

Yours sincerely,
Onyango Joseph

Jun 4, 2013

Quarterly Report - June 2013

Banana plantation
Banana plantation

MAY 2013 REPORT ON RWEN ACTIVITIES

I thank you for your continuous assistance to the children and women of Africa Uganda Busia. Thank you once again for SHS 6.000.000 (six millions) we received through Onyango Joseph in early March. The accountability is attached.

UPDATE REPORT

Women:  125

Children:  

            Children living with HIV            08

            Epilepsy                                   03

            Living in orphanage center         52

            Children in other schools           245

            TOTAL                                          308

 EDUCATION:

Term one performance for our children has been fair because most children's performance was average in general.
We have been able to feed our children (52) at the centre through your continued assistance and great thanks to you We provided school uniforms to 152 children out of the 308
Provided scholastic materials to all
We paid school fees top-up for five (S) very needy children
We paid examination registration fee for five children in Ordinary Level

Out of 10 children living with HIV/AIDS, 1 boy in Primary six now has been tested again for several times and the results report confirm that he is negative and free from HIV/AIDS. He is now in primary six but still under RWEN's care.

One (1) has died and he had a problem with his liver

LONG TERM SURVIVAL SKILLS

We have continued to teach Long Term Survivor Skills for HIV/AIDS in our communities through counseling and providing conducive exercises to their heath.

45 HIV/AIDS people still live on Septrine and others on Anti Retrovirus (ARVS). Balanced diet and hard work, positive living has maintained these people's health as we continue to counsel them and encourage them to
get their drugs. However, they are stronger than before.

Elderly Women:

These feed at the centre on breakfast and mid-day meals

Health: 

Epilepsy children 3

We always collect their drugs monthly

There is also one mature boy and orphan who have epilepsy in our community. We have picked him up
and feeding him too. We get drugs for him monthly.

OUR ACTIVITIES 

1. Agriculture:

Matoke and cassava is now in plenty
However, women are busy planting beans, maize, ground nuts, sweet potatoes, green vegetables and also weeding them.

2. Poultry Local poultry has become simple for women and most of the women have based on it

3. Goat keeping; this is practiced on a low scale

4. Piggery;this has become a problem. There is piggery epidemic and most of them are dying and only a few women are on that scheme.

5. Tree planting is emerging because most women are trying to plant.

Achievements of RWEN

  • Most children go to school
  • Active women and hard work
  • Women contribute maize and beans from their gardens for their children  
  • Balanced diet is practiced widely in our communities
  • RWEN feeds children, elderly and those with epilepsy
  • RWEN cares for the sick

Challenges

  • Lack of sewing machines to train school dropout girls
  • Lack of transport at the centre to move out to reach;
    • Child headed families
    • To take orphans and vulnerable children out
    • There is need to visit children we support in p!aces of learning
    • The centre needs fencing for security purpose

Great thanks go to all our donors and all our well wishers, and all friends in particular.
You are well come to Uganda.

God bless you in all your endeavors.

Teopista

Day care
Day care
Day Care children at lunch
Day Care children at lunch
Elderly at lunch
Elderly at lunch
Henry with goats
Henry with goats
Expenditures / Accountability
Expenditures / Accountability

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