Empower Rural Women - AIDS Skills for Women

by The River Fund
Empower Rural Women - AIDS Skills for Women
Empower Rural Women - AIDS Skills for Women
Empower Rural Women - AIDS Skills for Women
Empower Rural Women - AIDS Skills for Women
Empower Rural Women - AIDS Skills for Women
Empower Rural Women - AIDS Skills for Women
Empower Rural Women - AIDS Skills for Women
Empower Rural Women - AIDS Skills for Women
Empower Rural Women - AIDS Skills for Women
Empower Rural Women - AIDS Skills for Women
Children lining up for lunch
Children lining up for lunch

RWEN (Rural Women's Empowerment Network)

Happy Christmas and happy New Year 2013

Orphanage centre-
We now have 352 orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC), 52 live at the center, and 152 are in other schools. All of them under RWEN (Rural Women Empowerment Network) of which they get assistance from you. These are both primary and secondary
The results-of-our children of 2012 are promising and. most of them have been promoted to the next
classes of their levels. 25 are joining higher level of education.
Schools opened on the 4th of February 2013 and we still lack scholastic materials, uniform, mid -day
meals for OVC’s and fees top up not paid yet.
Some secondary students and those at higher levels are still at home due to lack of funds.
45 children living with HIV/AIDS live positively and are encouraged to work hard through counseling. Stigma is completely
out of our communities.
10 children living with HIV/AIDS are always visited and encouraged to get drugs, assisted by the 5 councilors. These go to school and are provided with meals throughout.
These are 3 who are also helped and always taken for medical check up and drugs are always got for
them. 2 live at the center
These get mid-day meals and breakfast at the center. These are assisted throughout
Other women are working very hard to maintain their families
Tree planting project has started seriously by most women and the youth 
Through training and counseling exercises, women and children have become healthy and active.  ~  .
Most women have picked up interest in growing matoke (banana) and the plantations are doing well
with some matoke (banana). Maize did not do well but beans, green vegetables, cassava and potatoes
have done well.
There is great improvement and most women are practicing local poultry and goat keeping at a small

- The women have become active than before in their day to day activities. 
-  Education for OVCs has improved and most of them have picked a lot of interest in learning,
most of them being in schools.
- Balanced diet in schools is practiced, at home and in the community.

- Child headed families need special attention
- Elderly women need better shelter
- The children's center/school need fencing though there is lack of shelter for children.
- The piggery project has not done well

Great thanks go to all our donors and all our friends in partnership. Thank you for Christmas gifts for the children and the women worthy Uganda shs.3.250.000.

Children at school
Children at school
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Rural Women's Empowerment Network (RWEN)

I am happy to send this report to you.
Thank you for the continuous assistance you have given to us.

Send our sincere thanks to all our friends, our donors.

152 get support from RWEN, this is scholastics, fees top up, uniform and mid-day meals.
Right how our children are in school getting ready for promotional examinations.

45 HIV/AIDS people i.e. they are always counseled and encouraged to get drugs (ARVs), septrine in time from their usual centers promptly.
The 10 HIV/AIDS children, five women have been assigned to take care of them and see to it that they get treatment in time. These women also visit these children weekly. They all get basic needs and food throughout.
TB cases, from the funds received in July, we managed to support them on drugs that time, and it was success for example streptomycin and tablets as required.

Elderly women and widowers:
Those near BUANOH get breakfast and lunch.

They are two i.e. one in baby class and the other in top. We always make sure that they get their drugs every month and take them in time as required and feed on breakfast and lunch.

We have embarked on tree planting through Phoebe Education Fund For AIDS Orphans and Vulnerable Children (PEEFO) an NGO, matoke (steamed banana staple food), coffee and garlic have been added for trial all several training in agricultural skills by ODECO but grown on small scale. Planting grass for animals has started by RWEN. The seasonal crops did not do well during the previous season because we had a long drought. We have again planted maize, cassava and beans.

Poultry/ Goats:
Some of our members have joined Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF2). However, there is an improvement in poultry and local goats’ too.

Long term survival skills:
Good balanced diet is practiced
Holistic approach is on
Stress almost done away with it
No more stigma in our communities due to much counseling, guidance and home visits done by RWEN members.

Good practice in agriculture
Good standards of living in the community
Agriculture is being practiced widely
Animals can now feed wells.

Poor yields due to long drought last season
Child headed families still need support.
However, transport to visits still a big problem.

Accountability for July 2012

Item Quantity Unit cost Total cost
TB (STREPLOMYCIN) 12*36 2000= 864,000=
3RD  12*183 3000= 549,000=
Term two fees
Top up secondary girls 5*250,000 250,000= 1250,000=
HIV/AIDS care 10 children 41,000= 41,000=
Widowers Elderly care 46*11,000
 11,000= 506,000=
Total   3.200.000=

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Children receive school supplies
Children receive school supplies


DATE: 25 – 06 – 2012

Our school term two has started and our children are in school now.

 Members 123
 5 old men widowed
 5 old women needy and sick
 300 OVC (orphans and other vulnerable children)

 152 OVC given full assistance from funds received from you, thank you.
 On scholastic materials, midday meals and uniforms are provided.

 10 HIV/AIDS children and 1 epilepsy boy have special care e.g. counseling, drug sensitization, basic needs during school time and holidays.

 45 Women HIV/AIDS positive
Always receive home visits and encouraged to go for drugs on time as required.

 46 elderly women unable to take care of themselves

 52 other women in the group.
These are taking active part in agriculture by growing crops, green vegetables, groundnuts, maize, sweet potatoes, beans, sim-simu and cassava.

 Provision of scholastic materials, fees top ups, midday meals and school uniforms.
 Train women in basic agriculture skills, improved vegetable seeds, beans, groundnuts, sweet potatoes.
 Small scale saving scheme exchange agriculture.
 Training women in animal husbandry e.g. local goats, local poultry and piggery.
 Planting grass for animals

 Practicing planting of crops in variety to have balanced diet in our homes.
 Lobbying for the women income generating activities.
 Counseling HIV/AIDS people in the community.
 Training women in long term survival skills as usual.
 Training women tailoring and hair dressing

 Standard of children has improved and go to school in big number
 Women have improved in their day-to-day life and very active.
 Positive living is taking place
 Basic agricultural skills in place
 Home basic care in homes

  Lack of drugs for our patients especially people with T.B./HIV.
 Septrum is scarce.
 There is slowness to reach sick people due to lack of transport for home visits.
 Lack of proper shelter for old women and men.
 Child headed families need a lot of support but we lack funds.
 Slow promotion of girl child.
 Inadequate materials for tailoring and hair dressing.

 Exchange of ideas for children, e.g. pen friends from abroad to Africa Uganda- Busia.
 Children we support to get friends from over seas through you Jaya.

Above all, I wish to thank you very much for your continuous assistance to us, sincere thanks.
God bless you.

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New school uniform

I thank you very much for the continuous assistance you are giving us.

Thank you very much for the money you sent to us on the 9th March, 2012. The delay to acknowledge is due to poor network in my area.  It was Shs. 6,549,000

Let thanks reach all your friends of River Fund and all our kind donors at Global Giving.

Report 123, women, 5 old men and 5 widows, 300 children
How RWEN works

Education: - Through your continuous assistance, we have now covered 152 OVC on scholastic materials, mid-day meals and uniforms.

Health and Nutrition- PLWA:  We have five (5) children who are HIV/AIDS positive. They are still in primary five being the highest class.
They feed at school and we provide all basic needs during school time and holidays and under health care.

45 women who are HIV+/AIDS have been encouraged to go to health centres to get septra (antibiotic used to treat opportunistic infections) and others are on ARVs. Some of them are so weak and cannot get food on their own.             

One epilepsy boy and 5 very old needy are also under day care.

Our activities

We have 300 OVC

Provision of scholastic materials, fees top up, school mid-day meals and school uniforms.

Trained women in basic agricultural skills, improved vegetable seeds, beans, maize, local poultry, keeping goats and planting grass for animals.

Small scale saving scheme like piggery

Our women are now practical.

Long term survival skills

Tailoring and hair dressing is in practice

Lobbying for women income generating activities.


Our children now go to school in a big numbers

Women have become very active and creative to live a better life and they are very hard working.

Improved positive living

Sustainable organic agricultural skills and inputs among women and men.


There is still inadequate support in areas of treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWA) care and support.

Slow to reach our sick people due to lack of transport.

Child headed families:  hard to care for them due to lack of money.

Lack of shelter for elderly women.

Slow promotion of girl child education.


Exchange of ideas for children e.g. letter writing to friends from abroad to Africa- Uganda, Busia.
Children we support to get friends from schools overseas through you Jay.

Above all, I wish to thank you very much for your endeavors in assisting us.

Sincere thanks to our Partners, River Fund, Donors and friends at Global giving.

God bless you
I love you

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We at Rural Women Empowerment Network send gratitude to our dear friends, donors and well-wishers. Allow me take this moment to thank you all for generous support.

In this last quarter of the year we have managed to reach number activities under the following themes: Health, Education and Economic Empowerment.

With your support the OVCs (orphans and other vulnerable children), PLWA (people living with AIDS) and the women have directly benefited and are very thankful. 

Among the benefits are:

v  Scholastic materials, uniforms, school fees Top-up, school mid-day meal for the 300 OVCs.

v   Balanced diet (nutritional support for the AIDS patients), whole food, home visitation and counseling.

v  Basic agricultural skills, improved vegetable seeds, local poultry keeping, local goats and piggery. 

As we involve ourselves in these activities we found that many lives are being changed compared to time when this programmes were not in place.

Many children are able to go school mostly the OVC, good number of people can now go for Voluntary Testing and counseling (VCT) after going through The Long Term HIV/AIDS Survival Skill Training. Many families acquire basic agricultural skills and are now practicing food security.

Although we are realizing good development in education, there are still inadequate support in areas of:

Treatment for People Living With AIDS (PLWA).

Care and Support for child headed homes and promotion of girl-child education.

Sustainable Organic Agriculture skill and inputs among women and men. 

Above all I want to send my sincere thanks to our partners, donors and friends at Global Giving and The River Fund.

Warm regards, 

Teopista Auma

Director, RWEN


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The River Fund

Location: Sebastian, Florida - USA
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Project Leader:
Joseph Onyango
Executive Director
Kampala, Uganda

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