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.
Apr 21, 2016

Quarterly Report

School children in Nambogo Village
School children in Nambogo Village

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 2016. Thanks for your 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 Youth on non-formal skills (vocational skills).
Supporting 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.

PROJECT OUT PUTS
Women sensitized and mobilized into Self Help Groups.
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.
Women supported with goats, pigs and chickens

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. 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; 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

Young women trainees
Young women trainees
Mar 15, 2016

Quarterly Report

Having fun and snacks!
Having fun and snacks!

Dear Donors, Friends and Well-wishers of "little HEARTS orphanage" all over the world,

Greetings to you all from "little HEARTS orphanage" of Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh State of India. We hope you are all well in health and wealth!

Recently, Mr. R from USA visited LHO and spent some time and asked few questions about children and their welfare.. Through GG he donated some money to LHO. He also promised in the near future he will do more for LHO through GG.

All the children at LHO doing well physically and mentally. This is final examinations period all over Andhra Pradesh State. All the children from 1st class to Intermediate are very busy in studies at LHO. They are studying very well and working more hours on studies to get good marks and ranks. As I told in my previous GG Quarterly Reports, after food and accommodation education is the most important to every child for bright future.

After food we are spending more money on education materials, tuition fee for Xth and Intermediate students. The Xth class children must pass examinations to go to college (Intermediate). At LHO 5 children including one girl appearing for Xth class final examinations which starts from 21st March to 2nd April. We hope they all will get very good marks and ranks to join college.

Anil who is studying IInd year Intermediate did all the examinations well so for. Today is the last examination for him. Like Ramu, Anil is also interested to join and study Civil Engineering. To send him to Engineering College from this year we need more financial support along with Ramu who successfully completed IIIrd year. He is having only one year to complete his Civil Engineering studies who is studying at Priyadarshini Engineering College, Nellore.

Padma is now studying first year B.Sc. Nursing at St. Joseph’s Nursing College which near to LHO. Tomorrow my wife and I are going to visit her. Every Second Sunday of every month they will be given permission to go outing. Yesterday Padma made a phone call from her college office land line and reminded me about fee. I also spoke with the office staff and enquired about the fee and told them on Monday I will be coming to pay college fee in instalments. We should pay Rs.36,000 each year. Like this we should pay for 3 years. We have already paid Rs.16,000 for Padma. Rest of the fee should be paid by us before this August for 1st year.

The rest of the children are studying from 1st class to IXth class. 3 tutors are regularly attending for every evening to help children homework and teach all the subjects. Every Sunday evening all the children will go to nearby Police Parade Grounds to play. They play from 3PM to 6PM. Local people donate Food and Biscuits at least once or twice in a month by celebrating their little ones Birthdays. Three full time and three part time staff are working for lower salaries. When compared with other institutions we are paying less salary. Our staff is demanding for raise in their salaries. I promised them that we will raise salaries from next academic year which starts in the month of June of 2016.

Beloved donors please donate more to meet the regular expenditure in addition to salaries of staff.

Kind regards

C.P.Kumar
HEARTS

Taking care of each other ... snacks help!
Taking care of each other ... snacks help!
Little girls playing!
Little girls playing!
Growing children are always hungry!
Growing children are always hungry!
Feb 24, 2016

Quarterly Report

Nodding Syndrome family
Nodding Syndrome family

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 andsupport 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. Identification of children suffering from Nodding Syndrome for support.

A group of young 10 children suffering from Nodding Syndrome have been identified for support. The children will be supported with food items. The feeding programme or provision of the food items is to supplement whatever meal the household can provide. The purpose for this is to provide an alternative and nutritious meal to the children to boost their immunity and growth.

They will further be provided with play items to enhance their physical health and mental development.

This was done by assessing their individual household feeding plan to ascertain the number of meals per day, the quality and quantity. Home visits and used of medical reports, questions and observation were employed to enable the identification of children suffering from the syndrome.

The children identified are between the age of 12 years and 18 years.All the children identified are from Okidi parish, Amida Sub-county in Kitgum District.

Achievements.

10 children suffering from Nodding syndrome have been identified for support.

Challenges.

Transport has been a problem as hire of motorcycles has become expensive.

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 help!

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