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.
Oct 27, 2015

Quarterly Report

A mentoring meeting with beneficiaries.
A mentoring meeting with beneficiaries.

Secondary Education Support for Vulnerable Girls (Funded by Global Giving)
www.riverfund.org

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. Mentorship of the students by mentors and the project leader
3. Provision of sanitary towels to the beneficiaries.

Achievements.
• Of the 21 students being supported, 11 are now sitting for Uganda certificate of education (UCE).

• 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.

• 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.

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.
• Overwhelming demand since there are many girls with similar vulnerabilities that need support.
• Lack of support from some parents who have decided to sit back and not support their daughters with the believe that the River Fund should provide everything required for their daughters’ education since the Association is now supporting their school fees. This made some of the girls to from time to time despite their fees having been paid to return home for things like soap, books and other grabs.

Lessons learnt.
• Close involvement of the teachers is key in project success as they help in the beneficiaries’ career guidance and mentoring.
• Closely involve and work with the parents and or guardians of the girls.
• Close monitoring and follow up at school by project leader is key in fostering mentorship of the girls

Conclusion.
Term III begun well with all the supported students returning to school within the first week of new school term. The project leader made monitoring and mentorship meetings with the students and mentors in their respective school.
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!

Sep 15, 2015

Quarterly Report

Saying goodbye
Saying goodbye

Dear Donors, Friends and Well-wishers of "little HEARTS Orphanage" around the world,

We are glad to inform you all that Padma one of the girls of LHO got seat to study B.Sc. Nursing at St. Joseph’s Nursing College with 50% fee concession. It was a big topic at her village called Pottepalem. She had been with at LHO for five years. Our manager Stephen, Mahesh, my wife and I took her to the college and gave her farewell. Now she is at St. Joseph’s Nursing College in Nellore which is run by Nuns. B.Sc. Nursing is 4 years. Soon after completion of B.Sc. Nursing she will get job in corporate hospitals. For 1st year we have paid Rs.36,000.

When Padma was two years old her mother committed suicide by hanging herself at her home due to family problems. Father is mentally retarded. For all those five years at LHO her father visited her only twice! To complete her four years Nursing Course we have to pay Rs.160,000.

All of us at LHO and The River Fund are so proud of Padma!

Back on 21st July Mrs.Kalpana Pachipala from USA who is native of our Nellore District came to Nellore and conducted a dance programme with the title "Friends of little HEARTS orphanage" to raise funds for LHO with her daughter Kriya. Kriya is a classical dancer and she dances very well and also sang some classical songs (Kirtanas). To conduct this evening programme all the expenditure was paid by Mrs. Kalpana Pachipala. She invited all of her relatives and friends to enjoy the evening. LHO girls and boys also danced very well for five movie songs. Through this programme more than Rs.30,000 raised by donations.

Most of the children are now grown up and going to college. Anil and Hariprasad are second year college, five of the boys are studying Xth standard. For these Xth standard boys we paid Rs.15,000 for outside tutoring. Every evening they attend classes from 6PM to 8:30PM and in the mornings 6AM to 8AM.

The rest of the children are studying 9th, 8th, 7th, 6th, 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st classes respectively. To feed children, rent, electricity bills, staff salaries, pocket monies, books etc., we should spent nearly 70 to 75 thousand Indian Rupees.

All the children at LHO are doing very well.

In this connection I request all of our donors please donate more to meet daily expenses of LHO.

Kind regards,

C.P.Kumar
HEARTS

* This is a note from Mrs. Kalpana Pachipala who planned the fund raising event months before arriving in Nellore this July. Besides the successful fundraiser and the joy of watching her daughter perform, they had the very fun task of teaching our Little HEARTS kids to dance and sing and perform in front of an audience. What she says about the children at HEARTS is just great!

“We had a wonderful trip to India and the charity show that we planned in Nellore was a great success. It was attended by friends and family and all the children of Little HEARTS (LHO) and other children as well. I spent about three hours almost every day of my stay at Little HEARTS with the children. The children were so well mannered and cooperative and ready to learn whatever we taught them. On the stage the children were awesome! They performed five dances and my daughter did an hour of classical singing and Bharatanatyam (classical dance). Mr. Kumar gave a nice speech on how it all started and how The River Fund supports LHO. I was anchoring the whole program and we ended with a thank you by my daughter Kriya. It was well received and appreciated by the audience and they donated generously. “

The children were so respectful and obedient and always welcomed us with a smile. It was wonderful to see kids of all ages from different parts of India living under the same roof and helping each other.

“I am so happy and grateful for all what God has given us. Once again thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Kumar for their hospitality. God bless them for their devotion and dedication.”

Bags are packed! Off to college!
Bags are packed! Off to college!
Meeting new friends and dorm mates!
Meeting new friends and dorm mates!
Exciting!
Exciting!
Everybody is in the picture at the fundraiser!
Everybody is in the picture at the fundraiser!
Small girls performing!
Small girls performing!
Some of the older girls ... is that Padma!
Some of the older girls ... is that Padma!
A wonderful experience for these children!
A wonderful experience for these children!
The boys also performed!
The boys also performed!
Kriya and her mom, Kalpana. Thank you!
Kriya and her mom, Kalpana. Thank you!
Sep 15, 2015

Quarterly Report

Nola with threshed maize
Nola with threshed maize

The Rayland Rural Development Organisation (RARUDO) supports the social economic actions of women and their families to change for better future. Women are the agents of their empowerment, to contribute to progress on women’s empowerment. Women’s empowerment has been a feature of Rayland Rural development organisation focusing on development assistance since the year 2000. Given the continued resistance to ‘gender issues’ in some parts of the development community, this alone is an achievement.

This programme of Empower AIDS Widows – Save A Community is part of the Development Progress project, which identifies and address the progress across different dimensions of development, including economic development and increased household income.

We want extend our sincere gratitude to our donors and well-wishers and also to mention a few of some of the remarkable development story from some of the women supported by the River Fund, Global Giving and other well-wishers under RARUDO initiatives.

1. Margaret: A peasant farmer supported with few vegetable seeds that we got from our friends she managed to Integrate pineapple farming where she earn approximately UGX: 1,500,000 a year, maize growing earns her UGX: 500,000 this season. Her poultry raises her some UGX: 750,000 bi-annually. She is expecting to expand the pineapple growing from the current 3,000 suckers to 5,000 in 2 acres of land and this will increase and add value to her house hold income. She is so thank full to RARUDO, The River Fund, Global Giving and well-wishers

2. Christine: A peasant, from the few vegetable seeds and improved maize seeds, she harvested 4000 kg of maize (corn) compared to last year 1500kg which gave her UGX 2,000,000 and UGX 3,000,000 from 2000 kgs of beans. With this income she managed integrate fish farming and piggery of which she stocked 1900 fish lings after 6 months she expect to sell each at minimum of UGX: 5,000 which would be a total of UGX: 9,500,000 and piggery project she started with 11 piglets and after twelve months she expects have 66 mature pigs and propose to sell at least a minimum cost of UGX: 300,000 this would earn her approx. UGX: 19,800,000 at the end of 12 months. Christine has also built biogas systems which uses pig dung and cow dung, it help her for cooking and lighting the house. She is so thank full to RARUDO, The River Fund and Global giving for the support.

3. Nola: A widow grows maize, vegetables, beans, soya beans and cassava. She says these crops earned her UGX. approx.UGX: 2,410,000. She is so grateful for the team spirit of RARUDO, The River Fund and Global Giving
There are several great stories of these women, we are grateful for the support and hope that if we continue this way we believe poverty can ultimately be eradicated.
We are continuing to and train school dropout girls and women in tailoring skills and strengthening the network and participate in the special sustainable skills for women.

The Need

There is need to continue buying and distribute improved vegetable seeds for planting as source in income
Train the women in better methods of farming.
To add more goats for milk to improve nutrition especially among PLWAS (people living with AIDS) and children.
To provide simple shelter for the elderly
Provide special projects for child headed families
There is a need to provide women with garden tools help boost the output.
There is a need to provide nutritional aid and support for the orphans to combat malnutrition

Challenges

Rayland Rural Development Organisation embraced team work across it areas of operations and achieved a number of development despite of late planting due to late rain fall.
As the heavy rain fall began, most crops were washed away by rushing floods. This left some families hunger stricken.
The low prices of crops during the harvesting times and high shooting prices just after a few months may affect many families that were affected by the floods.
Since there was a delay in receiving rain water this caused late planting, contributing to hunger and malnutrition is expected in general and most especially among children.


Conclusion

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 women and young generations.
I remain yours faithfully,
Onyango Joseph
Executive Director
RARUDO

Christine
Christine's piggery project
Fish pond (tilapia) project
Fish pond (tilapia) project
Margaret checking her maize
Margaret checking her maize
 
   

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