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.
May 26, 2016

Quarterly Report

Child with Nodding Syndrome
Child with Nodding Syndrome

Supporting families of Children with Nodding Syndrome
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Report compiled by Aloyo Innocent Jessie, Project Leader: River Fund HIV/AIDs Family Support Women Association, Kitgum.

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.

Training of caretakers on Long Term Survival Skills (LTSS) and feeding of HIV+ Children.
Training of the caretakers on LTSS and feeding of the children. The caretakers have been trained on LTSS by members of the River Fund HIV/AIDs family Support Association who have were trained as TOT and have rendered such trainings to other women and caretakers before. The objective of the training was to provide knowledge and skills on healthy living with emphasis on healthy eating through the consumption of traditionally micronutrient rich foods.

In Attendance were caretakers of the children identified for support (15 females). The training was at Okidi Central, Okidi Parish in Amida Sub-county in Kitgum, from 14-15 May 2016. The two days training objective was to empower the caretakers with different skills in providing proper feeding for the children with the use of the local available foods in the home.

They were trained on how to provide a balanced meal for the children without necessarily looking for help from outside the home or food supplement support. Focus was made on vegetable growing and the importance of serving vegetable in every meal looking at the benefits got from eating traditional vegetables such as mbuga (dodo), which are high in vitamin A, iron, zinc and other micro nutrients.

Focus was also made on the importance of growing oil rich seeds like soya beans, sunflower, groundnuts and simsim (Sesame) which provide natural proteins.

Support to the households

The entire 10 households identified have been bundled into a group for easy management and monitoring. In addition, the idea behind group formation is also to enable the beneficiaries to support each other in times of difficulties and emotionally. They shall be supported with food items such as sugar, cooking oil, salt, sardines to help supplement their household feeding as well as boost the body immunity of their children suffering from the Nodding syndrome.

The Association will support the households with seeds such as soya beans, sunflower to enable them produce food for themselves and that they can eat more than once.

Achievement

15 care givers were trained on proper feeding and care for children suffering from Nodding syndrome.
Challenge.

Funding received could not support more than 10 households despite the many households having children suffering from Nodding syndrome.

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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May 5, 2016

1st Quarter Report

Group photo after a meeting in Kitgum Uganda
Group photo after a meeting in Kitgum Uganda

Secondary Education Support for Vulnerable Girls
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Report compiled by Aloyo Innocent Jessie, Project Leader: River Fund HIV/AIDs Family Support Women Association, Kitgum.

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. Meeting with parents of supported students
2. Provision of sanitary towels to the beneficiaries.
3. Payment of Fees for the beneficiaries.

Achievements.

• Of the 11 students who sat for Uganda certificate of education (UCE), last year, four have joined Primary Teachers’ College, one is to join Nursing School this April and 6 have joined A’ Level to pursue Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE)
• 9 students are now in S.4 waiting to sit for their UCE this year and 1 student is in S.3.
• 21 girls supported with Sanitary towels; 3 packets each for term I.
• Conducted a meeting with parents of the beneficiaries. The meeting streamlined on what the sponsorship covers and what parents of the students should do in-order to enable the girls concentrate on their education. It further highlighted on the roles and responsibilities of the school, parents, the students and the River Fund in supporting the students’ education. Parents agreed to contribute towards their children’s education.

Challenges.

• Transport to and from the project sites is yet another of the challenges being faced. River Fund does not have a reliable means of transport and hence relies majorly on hiring motorcycles to facilitate field activities.
• Increase in School Dues that can’t be supported by the limited fund for the project.
• Some parents are unable to provide for scholastic materials and some basic items like soap, sugar for their children leaving them to always go without to school. This to some extent keeps them going in and out of school to ask parents to provide them.

Lessons learnt.

• Close involvement of the teachers is key in project success as they help in the beneficiaries’ career guidance and mentoring.
• Close involvement and work with the parents and or guardians of the girls to help provide moral support and encouragement.
• Close monitoring and follow up at school by project leader is key in fostering mentorship of the girls
• Mentorship of the students is a key factor to their performance and moral education which should continue.

Conclusion.

Term 1 begun well with all the supported students returning to school within the first week of new school term. The project leader made and executive members made a number of school visits to meet with the students and mentors in their respective school.

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

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
 
   

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