Empower AIDS Widows - Save a Community

 
$32,760
$19,240
Raised
Remaining
Jul 7, 2014

Quarterly Report

Tailoring graduate at her shop
Tailoring graduate at her shop

We apologize for the lateness of this report. Our project leader in Uganda has been very sick for weeks now. He is slowly improving and we hope he will be back to work soon.

I have talked with him and will do my best to give a project update.

Earlier this year, the project leader attended a training given by Samaritans Purse in mushroom growing etc. which led to a proposal asking for support in learning how to make bar soap, liquid soap, mushroom growing and candle wax, because they felt that the market of these products was readily available and many of the members are living day to day.

This proposal was rejected due to very high cost and what we felt were unrealistic outcome expectations as well as no long term ability to maintain the proposal goals.

This has led to a recommitment to and a focus on our core mission to help the very neediest help themselves and each other.

  1. In that vein we are continuing our practice of purchasing and distributing “good” and healthy seeds for home kitchen gardens and community gardens to share and to sell.  Better seeds equal better gardens which results in better nutrition for individuals and families.
  2. We are continuing in poultry raising and egg production. Goat raising helps orphans and other vulnerable children especially child headed households live better lives. By raising, breeding and selling goats, these children can better feed themselves and send siblings to school.
  3. Our amazing group of disabled members continues to educate others about the issues and prejudice they face daily. They have become more political and vocal. They are activists and provide a voice for the most vulnerable. Many support themselves by entertaining with song, dance, music and storytelling.
  4. Our trainers are sharing with small and large groups of men and women about Long Term Survival Skills for HIV/AIDS. The trainers were given a refresher course last August.
  5. Our tailoring program is going strong but we are in need of some specialized equipment such as a button hole machine. Our sewing machines are the “old fashioned” pump machines that can be used without the need for electricity.

One of the goals for the near future is connecting our tailoring shop to electricity which is now finally available in the village.

Thank you to all of our faithful and committed donors. Your donations truly make a difference.

Delicious & highly nutritious sweet potato garden
Delicious & highly nutritious sweet potato garden
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

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
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
May 31, 2013

May 2013 - Quarterly Report

Sewing skills - pattern design
Sewing skills - pattern design

Empower AIDS Widows Save a Community

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.

PROJECT STRATEGIES

The project focuses on empowering women and girl-child in rural eastern Uganda targeting three districts of Tororo, Bugiri and Busia. Empowering 5 Self Help Groups (SHGs) and educating them on aspects of Non-formal skills, agro-livestock (poultry, piggery and goats project), HIV/AIDS related activities including counseling, nutrition, care and support, OVC educational and basic support. RARUDO also intends to integrate cross cutting issues of environmental conservation in project activities of empowering women in the next quarter

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

Sensitization and mobilization of women and youth for training.

Training 120 Youth on non formal skills (vocational skills).

Supporting 558 needy children with scholastics, uniforms, and basic needs.

Purchase a variety of improved seeds for 5 women groups to mitigate food insecurity and tree planting to conserve environment.

HIV/AIDS counseling, nutrition, care and support for PLWAs.

Conducting planning, monitoring and evaluation of project activities.

The Needs (Nutritious foods for a better health) for 203 people December 2013.

PROJECT OUT PUTS

203 women sensitized and mobilized into 6 Self Help Groups.

50 youth and women trained on non formal and vocational skills this quarter and 30 are to graduate on August 2013.

The 5 Self Help Groups 3 districts in Tororo, 2 in Busia and 1 in Bugiri attained survival skills  training on HIV/AIDS in the past quarter, counseling,  nutrition and care in ongoing.

558 received scholastic and uniform this quarter 2013

86 women supported with 86 goats, 8 pigs.150 birds

761 both adults and children received Christmas package during December 2013 festive season.

LESSONS LEARNT

RARUDO has learnt 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. For instance, before
selecting the sub counties and villages to support, we had to carry out a stakeholder’s analysis to know who does what where? We agreed to target villages with few service providers for our intervention so as not to duplicate
resources. We thus work together with the local community leaders, the schools, churches, health departments.

CHALLENGES

Overwhelming numbers of impoverished people needing support. We targeted only 120 youth and women and 50 of them for non formal skills course but over 300 turned up and wanted to join the non formal skills training, 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 for RARUDO 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.

RARUDO is confined to support 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.

WAY FORWARD

There is need to continue empowering communities through sensitizations and training especially in HIV/AIDs, guidance and counseling, non formal skills, modern agriculture and Income Generating Activities management.

Enhance the capacity of the local community leadership and other existing structures so as to strengthen their participation in the implementation, ownership and sustainability of programmes.

Besides, there is need to vigorously diversify the income sources for RARUDO 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.

CONCLUSION

In a nutshell, RARUDO is a very unique programme in the eyes of many stakeholders and beneficiaries. Although the project is ongoing, it has tried to work hard towards the attainment of planned outputs and results. The programme is being implemented based on the project plan and has so far registered a number of results which are positive but were not devoid of challenges as stated above. The challenges however, form a basis for RARUDO to
plan for scale up and for diversification of the funding sources so as to fill the gaps.

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 make RARUDO more relevant and owned by the beneficiaries.

Yours sincerely,
Onyango Joseph
Executive Director,
RARUDO

 *Please see the attached expenditure detail chart.

Instruction
Instruction
Learning a trade
Learning a trade
Membership planning meeting
Membership planning meeting

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Organization

The River Fund

Sebastian, Florida, United States
http://www.riverfund.org

Project Leader

Joseph Onyango

Executive Director
Kampala, Uganda

Where is this project located?

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