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by The River Fund
Empower AIDS Widows - Save a Community
Empower AIDS Widows - Save a Community
Empower AIDS Widows - Save a Community
Empower AIDS Widows - Save a Community
Empower AIDS Widows - Save a Community
Empower AIDS Widows - Save a Community
Empower AIDS Widows - Save a Community
Empower AIDS Widows - Save a Community
Empower AIDS Widows - Save a Community
Empower AIDS Widows - Save a Community
Empower AIDS Widows - Save a Community
Empower AIDS Widows - Save a Community
Empower AIDS Widows - Save a Community
Empower AIDS Widows - Save a Community
Empower AIDS Widows - Save a Community
Empower AIDS Widows - Save a Community
Empower AIDS Widows - Save a Community
Empower AIDS Widows - Save a Community

RWEN

Dear Friends,

I am happy to write you, I greet you on behalf of the women and children and on my own behalf.

I thank you, very much for the care and continuous assistance to the women and children of Tororo, Bugiri, Busia and Amonikakinei.

Thanks for the funds we received previously including our bank balance was shs. 14,000,000/=. We withdrew shs. 13,000,000/=.

Out patients Blandina and Jenet gave:-

  1. 2,000,000/=

Tororo                   2,750,000/=

Amoni                   2,250,000/=

Bugiri                    3,000,000/=

Busia                     3,000,000/=

Bank Balance         1,556,000/=

Bugiri and Rwen have more children than Tororo and Amonikakinei.

Blandina can not change but we have kept taking care of her she called me and wanted help.

Jenet got treatment but she needs operation for her thigh’s bone near the knees have cracks, worthy shs. 8,000,000/= which we can’t afford. She is back at home.

Rose fell in the bathroom and she has a back problem. She is on treatment, she has been given support but between the shoulders and the waist, she is improving as she explains.

July, 2019, we had to withdraw shs. 800,000/=

Blandina                         Shs.

Treatment                        300,000/=

Food & up keep               200,000/=

Jenet                                200,000/=

Rose                                50,000/=

Transport                         50,000/=

Total                               800,000/=

We have given the money according to the needs of people above.

Grace Apadete is our 3rd signatory on the RWEN account because Blandina can not move freely.

Greetings to your family and to all out friends.

God bless.

Thank you.

RURAL WOMEN EMPOWERMENT NETWORK (RWEN)

8/05/2019

REPORT OF WOMEN OF 8TH MAY 2019

Report Comprises Four Groups

Amonikakinei                     52

Tororo                                75

Busia                                   134

Bugiri                                   65

Total                                    296


Our activities:

Care for elderly women

Care for OVC / child headed

HIV/AIDS – long term survival skills

Drama for sensitization

Agriculture

Tree planting

Goat rearing

Local poultry

Piggery

Heifer

Hair dressing

Home visits

Day care centres

Health

Developments

Challenges

Suggestion

Conclusion

Care for the Elderly

We care for the elderly women, visit them whenever there is food we give posho and beans, cassava flour and other needs as demanded.

Our Blandina is becoming weak every day when there are funds we give treatment and make sure we get food. She can eat due to her complications. One of our elderly died on the 28/04/2019.

Janet is also sick in Mulago and walks by support of stick on both sides of the legs.

Care for OVC / Child headed

We make sure our children go to school and provide them with the necessary materials to aid proper learning and these materials were given in early January this year.

These are books, sets, pencils, rulers, exercise books

Our children are at home for holidays of term 1

We make sure child headed family children are safe and healthy, we provide them with food at school and at home, those who are on ARV’s we make sure they attend their clinic and take drugs in time.

HIV/AIDS – long term survival skills

Counseling is always done by our counselors trained in long term survival skills. These skills have made our women, active strong and very healthy as they practice them, they have proper diet e.g. protective, proteins, for balance diet.

Women are aware of themselves and out of stress and stigma they live positively.

PLW get attacks, we counsel and guide them, we visit them and give them courage.

Drama

We are proud of our drama group because it is our sensitization tool through songs plays in drama this has up lifted care and encourage our communities, this drama group in a positive living group. Very open and active group no more stigma in our people.

Agriculture

These four group practice agriculture. Likely grow beans, maize, sweet potatoes, Sukuma, ground nuts, sim sim (sesame), cassava, green vegetables we are in our first season but there has been a long drought, the rains have just started thus May and people are busy planting but this late planting has caused some members a problem and have eaten seeds for planting we pray rains continue otherwise people will be very much disappointed

Goat rearing – local goat rearing at least in every home of a member there local goats’ rearing at times members sell to solve their problems in their home, like feeding, buying clothes, treatment when sick and other needs as required.

Piggery - Members rear pigs lent a lower scale as their death is always a problem but a few members practice it.

Heifer - Members got this project from NAADS program but had to rear and very complicated most members have lost their animals. Many members fear to pick on these projects.

Home visit

We visit the HIV/AIDS positive members to counsel and also make sure they get their drugs and take them in time we also visit child headed families to monitor their needs, the positive ones to take their drugs and get them in time.

We visit our old people to encourage them, take them food and chart with them.

Hair dressing

Done mostly by RWEN (Rural Women’s Empowerment Network) the mother group. Some trained members have their saloons and train others in hair dressing.

Day care centre

Day care centre is mostly practiced by Rwen old women who are around the centre get break and lunch together with the children.

These people feed on beans and posho and porridge

Developments

Our women are active and can plan a balanced diet for their families.

The community people have come to admire our activities and in most cases they have made us to  be their  consultants in HIV/AIDs in long term survival skills.

All school age going go to school and we have provided them with scholastic materials.

Challenges

One of our elderly women in Rwen group died last month, may her soul rest in peace.

Blandina has become very weak and sickly ever on treatment.

Food for children for term 2 is not available for that, we don’t know how we shall feed the children.

Suggestions

If possible  let there be way of buying food for OVC for term 2 which begins at the end of May on 28th May, 2019 if funds are realized.

Conclusion

On behalf of women and children and on my own behalf, I am very grateful on at all assistance received through the River fund.

God bless you.

Compiled and prepared by

Teopy

WOMEN REPORT OF JANUARY 31ST 2019,

The report covers four groups

Rwen                           134

Tororo                           96

Bugiri                            65

Amonikakinei               52

Our Activities

Care for OVC / Child headed families

Agriculture

Care for the elderly women

Drama / HIV/AIDS group

Tree planting

Crafts making

Hair dressing

Health

Day care centres

Home visits

Poultry

Heifer

Hoes for ploughing using bulls

piggery

Rearing of local goats

Referrals

Scholastic materials

Uniform

Developments

Challenges

Care for OVC / child headed families.

We are making sure that all the school age going go to school from lower levels to high levels. We also monitor their performance when the school term closes.

Child headed families.

There is great care taken on this group of children. We provide them food both at school and at home.

Every group has to see to it that children of these families who are positive of HIV/AIDs go for their drugs and get them in time.

Agriculture.  

All the four groups’ members practice agriculture. The members grow crops like maize, cassava, beans, rice, g. nuts, garlic and green vegetables.

HIV/AIDs and long term survival skills. The long term survival skills have made HIV/AIDS positive members to be very active and have a sense of creativity. For survival according to their health.

These women have over come stress and  have developed a sense of self awareness through the counseling they go through because the groups have trained counselors in long term survival skills by the great late Lindy may her soul rest in the eternal peace.

Care for the elderly women.

We take care of them and each of the four groups’ members has to make sure they get food and maintain their health like our Blandina who is sickly, we have never given up but we love her and see to it that she gets the necessary treatment. Whenever we get funds from our donors through River Fund are received we save for her for her treatment.

Drama / HIV / AIDs group.

This group is a very instrumental tool. It helps us to sensitize the communities question HIV/AIDs through music dance and drum. We use it in centres as they sing, dance and do drama people are counseled as they listen, They overcome stress and self-stigma. Many people in our community developed self-awareness, they freely go for pre and after testing in HIV/AIDs. The group is very active.

Tree planting

All our women practice tree planting and in every home of a member there are growing trees. Theses trees are for sell, timber, charcoal and Tororo group has high growing of tree and even went to Tanzania for training for the same by NEMA.

Hair dressing

Our women have started training in hair dressing and have made small saloons and some train their friends. They get some little money to sustain themselves as a way of life.

Health

We make sure our women, children and the community around keep healthy through balanced diet and quick treatment in short comings.

Day care centre

Some of our groups have formed day care centre, take care of children, provide break porridge and lunch for  children and the elderly women mostly done by Rwen group.

Home visit

We visit our child headed family and listen to their needs and counsel them, Those on ARVS we check on whether they take their drugs promptly. We also visit old women, take food, give comfort talks to avoid worries.

Local poultry

Almost every body keeps local poultry for eggs and chicken meat they also sell eggs and if there are cocks, they sell them.

Heifer

Some of our members got Heifer from NAADs but very hard to take care of them this is Rwen group but not yet ready for milk.

Piggery

We started with piggery but it is not well practiced because they die very quickly. Most members fear keeping them.

Bulls and ploughs for ploughing

Our group in Tororo got a chance for this project. Ten women were selected each got one bull and two got a plough so they join two bulls and one hoe to plough their gardens. This project was initiated by new vision news programe.

Referrals

We have continued to refer our youths to PEFO for tailoring, computer and hair dressing and these are girls from Rwen group.

Scholastic materials

 We have continued to provide scholastic materials to our children. This help them to go to school in time and well equipped whenever we receive funds  through River Fund.

Uniforms

Uniforms are provided at every beginning of the year. Right now we are looking forward to providing scholastic materials and uniforms schools are opening on 04 -02-2019.

Developments

Our children’s performance has improved. Our children’s food is already in place since we bought it in time.

We have been boosted with new projects besides what we had but at a small scale.

HIV / AID, some our positive members’ treatment has been simplified to one tablet a day and with time they others will come to the same. They are very happy.

Challenges

Agriculture. The yield for the second, season has been very poor. Very little food and poor yield of the crops. There has been a long drought and we expect famine for our people.

Suggestions

We suggest that if possible food be bought for our groups to, be on a safe side for security of life this is posho and beans to avoid hunger in the nearest future.

God bless you.

Compiled by:

TEOPISTA

Meeting under a tree!
Meeting under a tree!

OCTOBER 2018 REPORT AS OF 30TH October 2018

Group                               No. of Members

RWEN                             134

Tororo                              96

Bugiri                               65

Amonikakinei                     52

Working Activities

  • Care for the elderly women
  • HIV/AIDS-long term survival skills
  • Care for ovc / child headed families
  • Drama-HIV/AIDS
  • Hair dressing
  • Agriculture
  • Crafts making
  • Heath care
  • Day care centres
  • Home visits
  • Poultry-local
  • Heifer
  • Piggery
  • Rearing of local goats
  • Referrals
  • Scholastic materials, uniforms, challenges, developments/suggestions

Care for the elderly women.

We have continuous care for those old women. One of them died last week (one Achieno) who got a serious stroke due to blood pressure/or hypertension and sadly we lost her. Another member of the Bugiri group is also down; she has a wound on her lungs and has a problem of hypertension. One of her legs is swollen from thigh to toes. Her life is generally bad. We do take them for check up and they access treatment and also ensure they get food. Another Blandina has become weak and so is Suzan who is sick.

HIV/AIDS-long term survival skills

For HIV/AIDS, positive children always get counseling and each positive child has his/her own counselor. We make sure they get drugs in time since each one has a counselor.

It is the long term survival skills we trained from 2006-2008 that help us to help our HIV/AIDS women and children. These skills have kept us alive and strong and we have managed to make HIV/AIDS women know what they are and hence there’s no more stress.

Care for OVC / child headed families

We have made it a rule that every school age child goes to school. we provide meals, beans and posho. We are now busy looking for maize and beans for we are stocking for term I of 2019.

We are also preparing for next year and immediately we realize funds to buy them uniform. We provide for them food to feed on at home after school.

Drama

We have drama group composed of our positive women/men who sensitizes the community and it is one interested in music and drama to narrate the stories of HIV/AIDS.

Tree planting

This activity is a source of little income, cooking and shade, women have liked and like this activity for fire wood is got from it.

Hair dressing

Most youths trying to make their source of income and have made small salon places at the trading centres

Agriculture

All the four groups practice agriculture; we are in the second season of the year. There has been a drought after planting maize, beans, sweet/Irish potatoes, cassava, ground/nuts, green vegetables and others.

The season is not good for it has just started raining since August and the crops are not doing well. We expect a poor yield during harvest this season.

Crafts making

Bugiri group is out standing in making mats as other groups follow.

Health care

The women look healthy. The practice table of health through hand skills and their families too are healthy.

Day care centres

These take care of the children and the elderly women and positive HIV/AIDS persons who are weak. Children and elderly women feed on break porridge, posho and beans.

Home visits

It is an activity in the four groups, we visit child headed families, HIV/AIDS families and elderly women. We counsel and guide them.

Poultry

All members practice local poultry on a low scale and they take care of their birds and they get eggs to eat and sometimes to sell.

Heifer

NUSAFU has provided some members with heifer. It is a task to the beneficence. Heifers keep them so busy and they like the exercise as they expect milk in the nearest future if the heifer survives.

Rearing of local goats

Most women do the activity at a very low scale of one to four goats only.

Piggery

A few women practice piggery but they keep on dying reducing the number. The number however is increasing and we are happy about the increase.

Referrals

We have continued referring our youths to PEFO that is near RWEN. PEFO does tailoring and hair dressing because it has materials for them and hence they carry the knowledge to the groups they belong.

Scholastic materials and uniforms

These are provided at the beginning of the year and we are looking forward to providing these items in January 2019.

Meals

We feed our children as a duty of the mothers at school and when they come back home. We provide meals for child headed families and make sure as group members that it is a must.

Challenges

This season we are likely to have a poor yield due to drought of August to October and it is a big problem.

One of our members, an elderly passed on

Members may fail because they not capable of the project because it was abrupt without training.

Developments

Heifer project was given to some of our members

Suggestion

If possible, we should give more septrine because it isn’t at the centres.

Need for transport for some very weak members of HIV/AIDS positive members. Sometimes home visits fail due to lack of transport to faraway places.

God bless you all our friends in our line of needs.

Thank you very much.

Compiled by;

TEOPISTA

CHAIRPERSON RWEN

A group leader with children she cares for.
A group leader with children she cares for.

RURAL WOMEN EMPOWERMENT NETWORK (RWEN)

26TH/07/2018

 

REPORT FOR WOMEN FOR THE MONTH OF JULY 2018

This report covers activities of the 4 groups

RW Group                                No of women

RWEN                                            135

TORORO                                          96

BUGIRI                                             65

AMONI                                             52

OUR ACTIVITIES

Care for the elderly women.

Care for OVC/ child headed families

HIV/AIDS – long time survival skills

Drama/HIV/AIDS

Tree planting

Crafts making

Hair dressing

Agriculture

Health

Day care centres

Home visits

Poultry

Heifer

Piggery

Local goat rearing

Referrals

Care for the elderly women

We have maintained this care for the elderly and one of our group leaders and elderly we are following up her condition and on the 24th July 2018, we visited her when she was admitted and we paid for her medical bills but she is still weak.

We have also kept on providing posho and beans to the elderly.

Care for OVCs and child headed families.

 We make sure they go to school and cater for their mid day meals, we also provide scholastic materials, cover school fees top ups, fees and uniforms.

The child headed homes are always visited and provided with food.

For the HIV/AIDS positive children, each has a counselor member from the groups to visit and take care of them. Right now we provide Septrine for them which was lacking at their centres.

Drama group / Long term survival skills

This is our tool for sensitization on HIV/AIDS through music dance and drama in our centres.


Tree planting

Every group member has to plant trees. It is now considered a crime for a group member to have no tree planted.

Crafts making

Bugiri group is well known for this activity of making mats, baskets and are very good for decorations.

Hair dressing

This is mostly practiced within RWEN group and most of our members that were trained in hair dressing have made their own projects on small saloons scale.

Agriculture

We plant beans, simsim (sesame seed), maize, ground nuts, sweet potatoes, sorghum and millet. Green vegetables have been planted to cater for meals; Dodo, Sukuma, pumpkin leaves have mostly been grown.

The season has been fairly good and the yields are promising.

Health /HIV/AIDS

Our people have kept healthy and strong due to the long term survival skills studied on health we have provided to them in workshops of Linde, the great woman of Zimbabwe in Harare.

Day care centres

Our day care centres help children and the youths. We provide porridge and mid day meals, beans and posho are also provided.

Home visits

It is an ongoing activity for all groups.

Poultry (Local)

This is carried out on small scale for every group member in the four groups. It helps members to earn a small leaving in their homes when they sell eggs and hens.

Heifer project

Government Wealth creation programme has boosted RWEN group with one heifer for milk and it was given to one of the members of RWEN.

Piggery

Some of our members do the project of piggery and it is doing well though in small numbers because most of them died.

Local Goats

Most members practice local goat rearing but on a small scale.

Referrals

We have referred 10 youths to PEFO for tailoring, computer studies and more hair dressing from RWEN.

Challenges

  • Septrine. We have already given septrine to the members for 3 months but expecting to end this July. Unfortunately our members in RWEN group may not get septrine in August because they are not under TASO. If the problem proceeds, there will be no septrine for RWEN HIV/AIDS positive members.

Developments

  • The yield for the crops grown like maize, beans and green vegetables was promising the previous season, so are the crops not mentioned
  • We have been able to give septrine to HIV/AIDS positive members of the group.

Recommendations    

  1. Septrine supply should go on for members not under TASO but in ART clinics under hospitals,
  2. If funds are available we request that more maize and beans should be bought and stored for the day care centres because the cost is still low (Beans – 2000/= and maize – 600/= Uganda shillings).
  3. We still request for transport means for exchange visits and tours for OVCs and women.

Compiled by:

Teopista

Chairperson RWEN

 

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