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

Children at school with teacher and no desks!
Children at school with teacher and no desks!

Project Report for Educate 600 Orphans in Rural Eastern Uganda
By Onyango Joseph: Executive Director RARUDO.


Background Information
Rayland Rural Development Organisation this year 2015 is marking 15years of existence since its inception and various achievements are realized these include Educational Support to Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC), Empowering Women and Youth through Skills Training, Carrying out the Long Term HIV/AIDS Survivor Skills, Awareness and Prevention.
As an NGO we are so grateful for our certificate to be renewed by the National NGO Board and also to permit us to operate country wide for another period of 36 months (3 years).
In this we commend the government of the republic of Uganda most especially Ministry of Internal Affairs for having trusting in our organisation to serve her people. This gives us great confidence to work with all diligence and reach out to many needy population as per the availability of resources.
We shall continue to provide support to the orphans who have lost their parents or guardians and enable them to fit into the society.

ACTIVITY REPORT:
Education
Knowing very well that School-related costs are the major obstacle for children in abject poverty to access education, we are continuing to work for and vigorously demand for orphans educational rights and attain high standards of education for all Ugandan children providing them other necessities of life on regular basis so as to become better people in great nation and be able to serve their families and the society.
I take this opportunity to say that our candidate class children O’Level and A’ Level have started doing the end of year exams we have 248 candidates have started the final exams and other 352 are sitting for promotional exams.
I therefore humbly request our dear Donors, partners and well-wishers at Global Giving, The River Fund, friends from local and Global to join me as we wish our children great success in their Examinations.

Challenges
During our visit to school this quarter to see how the children are faring at schools we found that environment our children studying in is not all that good, most classes has no school desks (furniture) the children sit on the floor. The numbers of children per teacher is outnumbering, each class has over 120 instead of 35 per teacher as recommended by ministry of education. This would contribute to poor academic performance, poor hygiene at school.

Needs
Based on our findings during the visit, there is great need to scale out the resource base to create better way of providing these children with better learning environment.
There is need to have these children in one central place, in this we propose to build a primary and kindergarten school where we can take close care and support while at school.
School uniforms and scholastic materials are the basics a child needs to enable them study.

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 young generations.

I remain yours faithfully,
Onyango Joseph
Executive Director
RARUDO

Children at school.
Children at school.
Primary Seven candidates preparing for exams
Primary Seven candidates preparing for exams
Renewed NGO certificate
Renewed NGO certificate
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!
 
   

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