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.
Aug 2, 2016

Quarterly Report

Display of different foods during the training.
Display of different foods during the training.

Empowering Acholi Women and Girls Project

Report compiled by Aloyo Innocent Jessie, Project Leader: River Fund HIV/AIDs Family Support Women Association, Kitgum.
Report period: May-July 2016


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.

Activity 1. Training of care givers of mal-nourished children on essential foods and how to prepare them.
The training which was conducted on 11th June 2016 for the purpose of empowering the care givers on how to care for and feed malnourished children was successful with a total of 35 caregivers in attendance. The table below gives the illustration of ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS, THEIR FUNCTIONS AND LOCAL DIETARY SOURCES.

1 Cabohydrates,sugar and starches Provide energy and promote body functions Cereals such as maize & rice.
Starchy roots such as cassava, sweet potatoes, irish potatoes, and yam.
Starchy fruits such as matoke and bogoya
Cane,ripe fruits and honey.

2 Fats and Oils Provide a concentrated source of energy
Form part of essential structures of body cells. Cooking oil, cooking fats(including ghee,kimbo,and cowboy) and blue band,margarine.
Fatty animal food such as meat, chiken,milk and fish.
Oily vegetable food such as grounduts and soya beans.

3 Protein Promote cell growth and repair Plant sources: Legumes and pulses such as (beans,cowpeas,garden peas,pigeon peas and groundnuts).
Animal Sources: Milk and milk products like yoghurt, and cheese, meat and meat products, poultry and poultry products, fish and fish products.

Activity 2. Follow up of the students being sponsored both at Secondary schools and Institutions.

All the 20 students being supported were visited from their schools. In the meeting with them, the students expressed appreciation towards the support being rendered to them. They explained that due to the support, they are able to continue with their studies and as such, all those in S.4 have registered for their final exams (Uganda Certificate of Education) which starts in October and those at Primary Teachers’ College have successfully completed their first round of teaching practice.


Demonstration on how to prepare a complete meal for the children was done with preparation of different dishes by the trainers and participants.
Turn up of caregivers was more than the expected number.
Active participation and interaction by both and between participants and trainers.
Follow up of students being supported was successful.


Food shortage at the households leaving the members to have a meal a day.
Inadequate food stuffs for demonstration as the care givers were tasked with the role of carrying the items from their households.

Ways Forward.

There is need to continue training the caregivers on providing a complete meal for their children with the use locally available foods as done in this training.
More caregivers need to be involved despite the little resource envelope.
Provision on both food and non food items to promote healthy feeding and hygiene at the household level of the children being supported.
Need for constant meeting with students to encourage them strive ahead in the education.


We are so thankful to GlobalGiving and The River Fund for this support. We could not have done this without all of your help!

Beneficiaries during the follow up visit.
Beneficiaries during the follow up visit.
Jul 27, 2016

Quarterly Report

Goat project - 4th distribution
Goat project - 4th distribution

Progressive report for Empower AIDS widows- Save Community
Quarterly report 2016

It is my gratitude to extend our sincere appreciation to all our partners for the financial contribution to support the project Empower AIDS widows- Save Community been the commitment of the members of rural communities, Local leaders and development partners local and International.
We are grateful for the support and involvement of all our friends, donors and partners, particularly The River Fund and Global Giving among other for continuous effort that has contributed to wellbeing and hope for the bright future of these vulnerable population mostly women and children in Tororo, Busia and Bugiri districts.


Agriculture - crop production and vegetable growing.
Agriculture in Uganda is by and large practiced on a subsistence level on low input-low –output basis. Most of the farmers still use rudimentary methods of cultivation such as hand hoes, use leftover seeds from the previous season and consequently realize poor quality and low yields. This has held farmers hostage to subsistence agricultural production and hence poverty because there is nothing extra to sell for income generation. RARUDO aims to assist these farmers to access production assets such as inputs (improved seeds, making of organic manure, Oxen and ox-ploughs),
It also plans to purchase tractors, trucks for transporting produce, milling machines for agro-processing and provision of credit and vocational training facilities as per the availability of resources.

Project Focus:

The project focuses on alleviating poverty from among women, youth and girl-child in through training thus building their capacity to manage poultry, piggery and goats project,
The project also promotes HIV/AIDS related activities to improve and sustain healthy community through counseling, nutrition, care and support,

Project Output:

Women engaged in the production of crops this year’s season since we have had a lot of rain and some places some crops were washed away by rushing floods and shortly hit by sunshine which affected the harvest leading to poor yield as indicated below:- Tororo, the women harvested a total 1,600 kg of maize and 450 kgs of beans. Busia they harvested 800 kgs of maize and 300 kgs of soya beans and in Bugiri they got 965 kgs of maize and 210 kgs of beans.


This has benefited directly and indirectly many of the following number of women and their families per district. Tororo Directly 144 women, indirectly 720 persons, Busia directly 121, indirectly 605 persons and Bugiri directly 56 indirectly 280 persons
Through the support most women are improving their activities; such as poultry, piggery and or fish farming. The project activities are in line with current development plans of Uganda such as Plan for Modernization Agriculture (PMA) which puts into consideration pillars like increasing incomes and quality of life for the disadvantaged groups of widows and orphans and child headed households.


High risks and cost of investment
Transformation from peasant to commercial agricultural production requires significant capital outlays which many poor families cannot afford. Moreover the accessibility to normal commercial bank loans is difficult because of stringent bank requirements.
Project funding that we received last quarter strengthened the capacity of the women to effectively implement their owned and managed activities. The project beneficiaries in the rural setting mainly earn their living through subsistence farming and aid. However the groups have very many responsibilities and many dependants to take care of thus necessitates more income at household levels.


As I conclude the project improves the livelihood skills and knowledge to the poor group members to ensure independence and sustainability. This will be through the availability of agricultural revolving fund, constant training, sensitization, on farm implements and use of better strategies to undertake the project activities.

I give my sincere regards to all our donors at Global Giving, The River Fund, Uganda government , local leaders and all well wishers for supporting our cause of bringing hope to the vulnerable community we serve most especially the young generations.
I remain yours faithfully,

Onyango Joseph
Executive Director

Village Savings and Loan
Village Savings and Loan
Jun 17, 2016

Quarterly Report

GG Quarterly Report

Dear Donor friends of little hearts orphanage from around the globe

Greetings to you all. We hope all is well there with you.

I am happy and glad to submit GG Quarterly report with good news.

Our boys Anil, Karthik, Dinesh, Prasanna and Moshe at little hearts orphanage passed Intermediate (college) and Xth class (High School) with very good marks. Karthik stood school 3rd in his Xth class examinations. Our boys achieved this great success with your kind and continuous donations. Please accept our sincere thanks and I humbly request you all of respected donors kindly continue and raise more donations to continue their education and to make them to stand on their own feet and to make them self-sufficient.

I am glad to inform you that our 3 boys Charan, Anil and Surendra did well in their exams. Charan, who has been supported by the River Fund stood college second in his exams with 900 marks out of 1000 Marks in Intermediate studies (college). Now he is preparing to get seat in top colleges of Andhra Pradesh run by Government to continue his Degree studies. He will be having entrance examination on 28th of May.

Anil, who got 832 marks out of 1000 marks. He is also preparing for EAMCET (Engineering and Medical Common Entrance Test) to get seat in Civil Engineering College like Ramu. He will also be having EAMCET examination on 12th May. Another boy Surendra also passed first year Intermediate with 365 marks out of 500.

Ramu who is studying Civil Engineering recently completed his 3rd year and now he is in final year of Civil Engineering. He will be the very first fruit of LHO and be given farewell to leave LHO and to find a job in construction field. He is studying very hard to achieve his goal.

This academic year Lakshmi and Tulasi (girls) would be coming to Xth class and they must pass then only they will be enter into college education.

On 4th of June, Mr. Reddy, representative of GG visited LHO but at the time of visit no children were at LHO due to summer vacation and some repairs have to be carried out at LHO. I asked Mr. Reddy to come and visit once again in the months of June/July. He accepted my request and promised to visit LHO in the month of July.

We have already been receiving phone calls from different parts of Nellore for new admissions at LHO. For every academic year we have been receiving several requests from mostly from single mothers for admissions to their girls and boys. But due to lack of space we are taking children those who are really eligible. Our priority always like this, first preference would be given to full orphans, second preference would be given to single mother, third preference would be given to father less and last priority would be given to poorest of the poor children of parents.

We have put an order to the supply back to school packs to the suppliers who supply school bags, note books, pens and pencils etc., on wholesale price. We buy all the school materials every year from wholesale suppliers in Vijayawada which is 350 kms. away from Nellore. By doing like this we save money on bags, note books, pens and pencils. Next week I will be in Vijayawada to collect the Back to School Packs.

If any potential donors from any country interested to come forward to donate to buy land and construction of buildings to feed and accommodate more children, we are very happy to work with them transparently. Because of poverty single illiterate mothers are suffering and struggling like anything to feed, accommodate and raise their kids and wanted to make their children educate and stand on their own feet, Almost all the phone calls we receive from single illiterate mothers from surrounding villages of Nellore and neighboring district Prakasham. Just now when I am typing this GG quarterly report now also I received a phone call from a woman called Vijayamma from Kavali 55kms, away from Nellore requested for admissions in LHO. Like this, I regularly received number of phone calls from unknown single illiterate mothers through their literate relatives and village heads.

On 16th May we received fund 997,914 Indian Rupees from the River Fund. With this fund we can use to feed and accommodate 45 children nearly 10 months. As I reported in my previous GG reports we are still paying less to full, part time and tutors when compared with other National and International NGOs and Charities. From this academic year we should raise salaries of full, part time staff and tutors. We spent funds very wisely and we never compromise in saving funds. There is no misuse or diversion of funds for other purposes.

See you all with more news in my next GG Quarterly report.

Friends, this is C.P.Kumar reporting from HEARTS to the Global Giving through the River Fund.

God bless you all.



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