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.
Feb 23, 2017

1st Quarter Report

Washing up for mid day meal
Washing up for mid day meal

RURAL WOMEN EMPOWERMENT NETWORK (RWEN)
FEBRUARY 2017 REPORT

Area of coverage:
Busia, Bugiri, Amonikakinei and Tororo

Enrolments:
Group No.
Rwen Busia 300
Bugiri 165
Tororo 86
Amonikakinei 84

Total 645

Area of support

Nursery education, primary education, secondary education, technical education and university education
Care for OVC (Orphans and other vulnerable children) including childring living with HIV and AIDS
Scholastic materials, uniforms, fees and fees top up in the center schools, health, referrals, child day celebrations and psychosocial support.

Performance

All our children go to school and the performance for the supported children for all the levels was good at the end of 2016. Most children were promoted to their next levels of learning for 2017.
The different groups as mentioned ensure that children keep healthy. The HIV positive children are given support and continuous counseling. These children get their drugs in time. Where possible the counselors take drugs at their homes. Women make sure these children go to school.

Scholastic material support

These materials like exercise books, pens, pencils, rulers are provided for their learning and other necessary materials using funds from River fund.
Uniforms and sometimes shoes and sandals are given to all the children that the project supports
Fees/fees top up- to some very needy especially child headed families, we pay fees for them and we pay the top ups for secondary OVCs and other top demands like P.T.A. For primary children we also pay for their tests, exam fees. At University level we still have one girl who is in her second year of study.

Center schools

At our center school, we support 150 children from nursery to primary seven. Other children in different schools also get support.
We feed our children with mid day meals at their places of learning i.e. at the center and at their places of learning. The children are fed on porridge, beans and posho.
     *Note from The River Fund: Posho (Uganda), often called ugali is a dish made of maize flour, millet flour, or Sorghum flour cooked in boiling liquid to a porridge- or dough-like consistency. It is the most common staple starch featured in the local cuisines of the African Great Lakes region and Southern Africa. When ugali is made from another starch, it is usually given a specific regional name.

Health

We make sure our children keep healthy. The HIV/AIDS parents grow crops of balanced diet for their children at homes from the seeds we provide like beans, maize and green vegetables.

Referrals

The center school children are referred to a community library owned by an NGO PHOEBE EDUCATION FUND for reading lessons at all the levels and all our children of support in the nearby schools do the same during their free time even during holidays. Primary, secondary go for studies. This is a big achievement to our children.
We have 2 children in technical education and 1 child is heading the family and on top of that he is HIV positive. He does brick laying and concrete practice course. The other also does the same course.
We have a child’s day in every group where children meet and share ideas. It is a day to celebrate as children.

Developments so far:

All our children go to school.
We support children from nursery to university level.
There is great interest in learning in our children.
The communities where these children stay admire the children.
Our children look healthy and those who are HIV positive have no stigma.
There is continuous counseling to our children.

Challenges

Child headed families stay in poor shelters.
The food is very expensive due to long droughts.
Fees for university level is very high and cannot support many.
Counselors have a problem of transport to reach them for drugs and counseling.

Children eating posho and beans
Children eating posho and beans
Supplies including uniforms, blankets and mattress
Supplies including uniforms, blankets and mattress
School supplies
School supplies
Feb 21, 2017

1st Quarter Report

Breakfast at Little Hearts Orphanage
Breakfast at Little Hearts Orphanage

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

Greetings to each and every one from the hearts of all the children at "little HEARTS orphanage", Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh State of India.

We are glad to see and talk to you through this Quarterly GG report.

Hope everything well there with you all.

In our State Andhra Pradesh, (AP) not just in AP almost all over India it's examinations time and from Ist Standard to Degree students it's time for tension among the every student.

Our children of "little HEARTS orphanage" also do not escape from this tension time of examinations.

Education Departments of Andhra Pradesh State have decided to conduct Annual examinations to all Elementary, High Schools, and Intermediate (College) and Degree students. Intermediate examinations will be conducted from 1st March, for Elementary and High Schools from 6th March
and for Degree students will be conducted from 10th April.

On 12th morning of this month, a lady and a man from Child Line conducted a surprise visit (it's like Police)!

Both of them verified all the related records and surprised when they saw Idlis as breakfast and also tasted, because almost in all orphanages and children's homes it's not possible to serve Idlis as breakfast because it takes time and little bit expensive. Inspected every nook and corner of LHO and finally they felt happy and appreciated our services. Also gave some instructions and tips.

    *Note from The River Fund:  "Idli is a traditional breakfast in South Indian households. Idli is a savoury cake that is      popular throughout India and neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka. The cakes are made by steaming a batter consisting of fermented black lentils and rice. The fermentation process breaks down the starches so that they are more readily metabolized by the body."

Children are well and as I mentioned above, studying day and night! As a Director of LHO, I am little strict with the children to prepare them mentally to attempt exams and to pass with above good marks from December to March. Always I encourage them to be a successful students and good citizens of our country India. In my each personal meeting with the each child, I remind them about your generosity and hardly earned money from your pockets.

We have four boys and one girl Priyanka 1st year and a boy attending 2nd year Intermediate exams. Two boys attending for 10th class examinations which will held from 18th March. One boy Charan attending 1st year Degree exams.

Ramu is now final year Civil Engineering and the 4 year course will be completed by this May. He is the first boy with higher education going out. Padma is doing her 2nd year B.Sc. Nursing at St. Joseph’s Nursing College.

Tomorrow we are going to visit four little girls who lost father few years ago and a week ago their mother also died in a car crash who had been working as a housemaid in Kuwait. They are living in Rapur which is more than 70kms. I am trying to contact the Eenadu News Paper which is largely circulated news paper in Telugu speaking States Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. We are very curious and anxious to meet the children and bring them to LHO.

Dear donors, this is all happening through your kind and generous donations.

In this connection, I request you all please try to donate more to give a good life to these orphans, abandoned, neglected and downtrodden children of Nellore and nearby Districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States.

Please see the attached attachment for donations received from local kind local people of Nellore.

This is C.P.Kumar reporting from LHO through the River Fund.

Kind regards

C.P.Kumar
HEARTS

Good morning!
Good morning!
Training for caring for children
Training for caring for children
Child Rights Training - group photo
Child Rights Training - group photo

Attachments:
Feb 7, 2017

1st Quarter Report

Training in nutrition
Training in nutrition

Project: Supporting Families of Children suffering from Nodding Syndrome.

Report compiled by Aloyo Innocent Jessie, Project Leader: River Fund HIV/AIDs Family Support Women Association, Kitgum.
Report period: November-January 2017

Background.

The River Fund HIV/AIDs Family Support Association is a Community Based Organization (CBO) founded in 2007 by committed and motivated women to contribute towards improving the quality of life of persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and life threatening diseases, through educating and empowering the women and girls on HIV/AIDs Long Term Survival Skills, sponsorship and mentorship of girls in schools, economic empowerment and livelihood enhancement for self-reliance through seeds provision, training in kitchen gardening and support to malnourished children through provision of trainings in nutrition, and provision of basic items like soap, sugar, cooking oil, salt.
The organisation envisions a just and caring society where people yearn to help one another and realize that every human being is connected to one another for a change in the world with values such as: sharing, Love, Non-Discrimination, Humility, Peace, Non Violence, Justice, Inclusiveness, Service, Dedication, Honesty, Transparency, and Compassion.

Activities carried out this quarter.

1. Training on nutrition.
To empower the women and girls, the project conducted training in Nutrition 20 care givers.Te caregivers who comprised of 18 women and 2 men expressed their appreciation to the group for the knowledge in providing a balanced meal within the families’ means.

The session characterized the foods into Energy Giving, Body building and protective foods and also explained the importance of having each in their daily menu where possible. The challenge is that most of the protective foods are seasonal fruits that require the families to spend money to buy them in times when it is not the season for them in the region.

2. Provision of food and non food items.
Giving of Christmas packages to families of NS patients to enable them have a decent meal. With the belief that there is more happiness in sharing and giving, the Association provided food items and non food items to those households in need in the eve of Christmas for them to take to their families and together have at least a better meal as they celebrate the holiday.

A total of 25 households received these packages (5kgs-Rice, 5kgs-Sugar, 5pkts-Salt, 3ltrs-cooking oil, 5kgs-beans, 1basin-fish, 10kgs-Posho, and 4bars-washing Soap each) as well as sanitary towels for the adolescent girls.
With as little as a kilogram of rice, we put a smile on the faces of these needy children and caregivers.

Achievements.

20 care givers were trained on proper feeding and care for children suffering from Nodding syndrome.
25 households received both food and non food items
11 teenage girls received 3 packets of sanitary pads each.

Challenges.

Funding received could not support more than 25 households despite the many households having children suffering from Nodding syndrome.
The funding could not allow us do the by-monthly distribution as planned.
The distribution of 5kgs of food items is not adequate to feed a household of more than 8 children for 3 months before the next distribution.

Conclusion.

We are so thankful to Global Giving and the River Fund for this support. We could not have done this without all of your support and big hearts for the suffering in our community!

Nutrition training
Nutrition training
Distribution of food for Nodding Syndrome families
Distribution of food for Nodding Syndrome families
 
   

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