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 30, 2017

1st Quarter Report

Bugiri Womens Group sewing uniforms for kids
Bugiri Womens Group sewing uniforms for kids

JOINT JANUARY REPORT FOR ACTIVITIES

                                           WOMEN                        CHILDREN
TORORO                                 68                                      86
BUGIRI                                     65                                     165
BUSIA                                      135                                    300
AMONIKAKINEI                       52                                      84
TOTAL                                     320                                    645

Activities

Education

Care for OVCs (Orohans and other vulnerable children)
Scholastic materials
Uniforms
Fees top ups

Under education we have nursery and primary, secondary and university students. They all got assistance in our groups from funds received from The River Fund. Their Performance for end of year exams was promising
There was care for OVCs. We made sure they went to school and we provided the necessary assistance accordingly.
Scholastic materials, through the funds received, we were able to buy scholastic materials for all our supported children.
We also provided uniforms, exercise books, pens, pencils and all other materials necessary for learning
Some of them were referred to technical institutions for further learning.
Fees top up, fees top ups were provided where applicable. (Adding to what families are able to pay for school fees).

Women activities

Drama for HIV/AIDS women
Health care for the elderly, counseling
Tailoring
Agriculture i.e. poultry, piggery, goat rearing, charcoal making, savings scheme and loaning

All the groups maintained counseling of women living with HIV/AIDS. The groups also ensure all these women took their drugs on time for proper health. The groups provided male and female condoms for security of their lives.
The group leaders kept on reminding the women on the importance of a balance diet for them and their children.
Under tailoring and hair dressing, the women were able to improve on their daily income generation.The groups have sewing machines that help in making OVC uniform as well.
The women also practiced piggery and local goats keeping and these were majorly RWEN Busia and the Tororo groups.
Poultry keeping was maintained in all the homes of the supported women
Charcoal scheme, the women continued with processing of wasted charcoal using mud to make useful charcoal for their cooking and were mostly the Tororo group
The practice of drama for women has done a lot in sensitizing the community on the dangers of HIV

Developments

Our children are very happy, active and performing well because of assistance given to them
Our children have maintained smartness because they have uniforms
We collect children from different families but these have love for others and are friendly
Women are happy because the money was got in time for activities
Our women are hard working and co-operative

Challenges

There is too much sun and no rain and life has been very hard due to the long drought
Our members on ARVs have found it hard because sometimes they fail to get food
We have realized a big problem to feed the elderly and children living with HIV/AIDS and women
Our drama groups lack costume

Bugiri Womens Group harvest to share and to sell
Bugiri Womens Group harvest to share and to sell
Bugiri Womens Group -  Muslim & Christian women
Bugiri Womens Group - Muslim & Christian women
Jan 25, 2017

1st Quarter Report

Acholi Girls
Acholi Girls

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, through educating and empowering the women and girls on HIV/AIDs Long Term Survival Skills and sponsorship and mentorship of girls in schools, economic empowerment and livelihood food security enhancement for a sustainable development for self-reliance through seeds provision, training in kitchen gardening and support to malnourished children through provision of trainings in provision of nutritious meals, 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. Mentorship of the students by mentors and the project leader
2. Provision of sanitary towels to the beneficiaries.

1. Mentorship of the students.
During school term III, the students were mentored by their mentors and project leader. These mentorship meetings focused more on guiding the students on what career they intend to undertake after their secondary education. As a result of the meetings, 3 of the 9 girls in Ordinary level intend to become teachers and plan to join primary teachers’ college after UCE results are out while the other 6 plan on continuing to Advanced level in their Secondary Education as that will give them clearer path on what career they can undertake in life.

2. Provision of Sanitary Pads.
As term III begun, the girls were supported with sanitary towels. This is key in promoting their personal hygiene. Each student received 03 packets meant to take them for the whole term.

Achievements.

• Of the21 students being supported, 09 sat for Uganda certificate of education (UCE), 04 are now in their final year at Primary Teachers’ College and 08 are in their final year of Advanced level in Secondary Education.

• 21 girls supported in Career guidance by the academic masters in which subjects they must concentrate on to achieve their desired careers.

• 21 girls supported with Sanitary towels; 3 packets each for term III.

Way Forward.

• Continue supporting those already in the program.
• Provide a full package for the girls being supported. This package shall include tuition fees, scholastic materials such as books, and pens in addition to sanitary items.
• Where funds are available enroll more 10 girls in the program.

Testimonies.

I am forever grateful to the River Fund and Global Giving Team for their support towards my education.Thank you so much in changing my life and bringing hope in my life through the financial support in paying my tuition fees for the past 03 years. Through hard work and determination I will complete my year two (final year) in primary teaching this year. I look forward to becoming a blessing in many other lives through my teaching profession. I am so humbled of your love and support towards my education and many other disadvantaged girls from my region. May God continue to bless you and the works of of your hands.
Joyce- Kitgum CORE Primary Teachers’ College.

The favorite thing about this sponsorship is that I have been given an opportunity to better my future by continuing with my education and reduce on my chances of dropping out of school an opportunity which other vulnerable girls do not have. I want to be a role model for other girls and a leader too. My desired goal in life is to study Law at the University and become a Lawyer which I believe will put me in a position to support many lives. For this I am forever grateful to the River Fund and the Global Giving team for your financial support towards my education.
Orsula – Archbishop Flyn Sec. School Pader.

Conclusion.
Girls’ education is an investment which should be taken up by every parent or nation. The challenge though is that some parents are unable to support their daughters in school due to poverty and many other constraints. Yet investing in girl’s education means her future is secured in terms of income, delayed marriage, having fewer and healthier children as well as she becoming a change agent for her society. To make this possible, a lot still needs to be done. This however requires funding support for such vulnerable girls to enable them achieve their dreams in life.

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!"

Joyce
Joyce
Orsula
Orsula
Nov 23, 2016

End of Year Quarterly Report

Uniforms and supplies
Uniforms and supplies

The following reports are from the Women's Groups that support orphans in Rural E Uganda in their own words.

AMONIKAKINEI WOMEN GROUP NOVEMBER 2016 REPORT

Activities

Education:
Our children go to school
The group provides;
Uniform
Scholastic materials
These are from funds received from the River Fund.

Achievements

Children have been maintained in schools and kept healthy
Scholastic materials have been provided to the children by the group
Members have been able to take care of their families and kept themselves healthy

Challenges

Women have lost most of the seeds due to the long drought
No maize and beans were sold because of the poor yield
Both first and second season have not done well
Without rain, there is hunger in the nearest future

TORORO WOMEN GROUP

Activities

Care for orphans
Vulnerable
Agriculture
Use of wasted charcoal
Practice in long term survival skills
Tree planting

Under care for orphans, we provide scholastic materials and uniforms to the orphans and vulnerable children.
Women used wasted charcoal to mix with mud to make charcoal for cooking
The women practiced tree planting as a group

Achievements
• Children have been kept in schools
• Homes are clean and healthy than before

Challenges

• Long drought that has caused hunger in the communities
• One orphan supported by the women died this month from cerebral malaria. She was 14 years old.

 
   

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