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.
Jan 7, 2014

January 2014 Report

Young women at tailoring training
Young women at tailoring training

I take this moment to appreciate and also register the achievements of the projects initiated by Rayland Rural Development Organisation which have been the commitment of the members of rural communities, local leaders and development partners, local and international. 

We are happy for the support and involvement of all our friends, donors and partner Jaya Canterbury Count the Executive Director of River Fund from Florida USA whose continuous effort has contributed to wellbeing and hope for the bright future of these vulnerable children and women in Tororo, busia and Bugiri districts.

Thanks to Global Giving staff and team for the tremendous support they extended towards us which changed the lives of vulnerable women, children, persons with disabilities and PLWAS contributed to their education, health and economic empowerment.

Through the support of US $10,000 in March 2013 that we received, we managed to:

  • Provide uniforms, scholastic materials and sanitation supplies to over 600 Orphans and other Vulnerable Children which enabled them complete their schooling last year.

Additional funding of US $7,000 enabled women in Tororo, Bugiri and Busia to grow enough vegetables at their kitchen gardens and thus improved their livelihoods at grass roots levels. Funding also helped us to continue training another 30 women for four months in tailoring skills and 10 out these are independent and now have opened their own tailoring business which will help them raise some income to tender for their families.

During the last quarter of the year 2013 in August together with our partners we held a refresher workshop for 10 Trainers of Trainers in HIV/AIDS Long Term Survival Skills & Stress Management Training. This also included visiting our 6 different women groups in the three districts in eastern Uganda  and thereafter Kitgum women groups in Northern Uganda.

These entire achievements have been possible because of your support and we give our gratitude to donors.

More young women have enrolled for non-formal skills training which will include tailoring, tie and dye, solar cooker making, catering, and hair dressing, but we are yet handicapped due to lack of funds. 

Thanks all Global Giving Team both in the US and UK. 

Best regards,

Onyango Joseph

The Executive Director
RARUDO

 

 

 

 

I take this moment to appreciate and also register the achievements of the projects initiated by Rayland Rural Development Organisation which have been the commitment of the members of rural communities, local leaders and development partners, local and international.   We are happy for the support and involvement of all our friends, donors and partner Jaya Canterbury Count the Executive Director of River Fund from Florida USA whose continuous effort has contributed to wellbeing and hope for the bright future of these vulnerable children and women in Tororo, busia and Bugiri districts. Thanks to Global Giving staff and team for the tremendous support they extended towards us which changed the lives of vulnerable women, children, persons with disabilities and PLWAS contributed to their education, health and economic empowerment.   Through the support of US$10,000 in March 2013 that we received, we managed to: Provide uniforms, scholastic materials and sanitation supplies to over 600 Orphans and other Vulnerable Children which enabled them complete their schooling last year.   Additional funding enabled women in Tororo, Bugiri and Busia to grow enough vegetables at their kitchen gardens and thus improved livelihoods at grass roots levels. Funding also helped us to continue training another 30 women for four months in tailoring skills and 10 out these are independent and now have opened their own tailoring business which will help them raise some income to tender for their families.   During the last quarter of the year 2013 in August together with our partners we held a refresher workshop for 10 Trainers of Trainers in HIV/AIDS Long Term Survival Skills & Stress Management Training. This also included visiting our 6 different women groups in the three districts in eastern Uganda  and thereafter Kitgum women groups in Northern Uganda.   These entire achievements have been possible because of your support and we give our gratitude to donors.   More young women have enrolled for non-formal skills training which will include tailoring, tie and dye, solar cooker making, catering, and hair dressing, but we are yet handicapped due to lack of funds.   Thanks all Global Giving Team both in the US and UK.   Best regards, Onyango Joseph The Executive Director RARUDO        

Tailoring training
Tailoring training
Woman tending her sweet potato garden
Woman tending her sweet potato garden
HIV/AIDS Long Term Survival Skills workshop
HIV/AIDS Long Term Survival Skills workshop
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
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