Empower AIDS Widows - Save a Community

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


This report carries four groups of women

Tororo           101

Bugiri             64

Amoni            51

Rwen              135

Total               381



Care for elderly women

Education of children

Care for child headed families

Healthcare - HIV/AIDS (long term survival skills)

Drama for community sensitization


Goat rearing (small scale)

Local poultry

Home visits – HIV /AIDS elderly women, child headed

Day cares

Fees top up  - for the very needy


  • Developments
  • Challenges
  • Suggestions



We take of these widowed elderly women. Most of them lost their daughters and sons who left them with children that need help.

Our concern is to give them food and make sure children go to school, and get them with needs for education.

As we got money in August to buy food and seeds for planting and buying food for our women we gave them extra food because they are very needy.

The funding was from our donors through River Fund.



We are in term three of learning of our children and they are at school right now, there is no disturbance in our children’s learning they are getting on smoothly.



These children live alone and they care for themselves, we are very keen on them.

We make sure that they are not stressed and we try to give them love and take the position of their lost parents since we are the members of River Fund we keep our motto to help those in need.



HIV/AIDS (long term survival skills)

This group lives positively and has abandoned stress and stigma. It is the group from which our drama group originates. The trained members always visit these members to counsel and make sure they practice long term survival skills and that they survive through these skills.

We make sure they attend clinic days without fail and some of them are volunteers in the art department to write with clinic offers to arrange files and give out medicine on clinic days.



This group is our tool in sensitization of AIDS / HIV.  

Members live positively and freely

They sensitize the community on HIV/ AIDS through music, dance and drama. And this has educated our communities a lot, there is no stress, people live knowing what they are (self-awareness)



Our basic way of life

We get food through agriculture practice

This season looks fare because the seeds planted are doing well.

These are beans, maize, ground nuts, soya and green vegetables. There is rain now in this season, whatever planted is growing well.



It is at small scale but it is doing well. At least every member has a goat in her home and able to take care of it, it is easy to keep and maintain.



We have tried very much to train our members to practice local poultry

One can eat and egg or sell it and sell a hen or a cock and get a small income and to this every member practices. They are small and easy to maintain.



We visit our members especially those who need counseling or take drugs, for those that have problems sometimes take them for treatment when sick and take food for them.

We also visit the elderly and take food for them.

Sometimes wash their clothes and take them for treatment when they are sick.



These are just coming up Covid affected them a lot but we are trying to maintain them.



This is done to those very needy especially children in the family of the old women and very needy children and withdrawals are made we always keep for them the top up of school fees.



Our crops are doing well and we expect good yields the season is good

All our children are at school and those in no disturbance in learning are going on smoothly.

We gave some food to our children and their parents when we received funds from our donors.



We had a long drought and we faced a challenge of having no food in the last season.



We are planning for next year 2023. Our prayers is to pray for our kind donors to be well so that we keep touch to at school,and get scholastic materials funds are released .

Thank you.

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HIV/AIDS Education Drama Group
HIV/AIDS Education Drama Group


The report comprises of fourgroups


Tororo     101

Bugiri        64

Amoni        51

Rwen       135

Total        342 

Our activities

  • Care for elderly
  • Education
  • Care for children headed families (OVC - Orphans and other Vulnerable Children)
  • HIV/AIDS (long term survival skills)
  • Drama for community sensitization
  • Agriculture
  • Tree planting
  • Home visits, elderly /child headed
  • Daycares
  • Challenges
  • Developments
  • Suggestions


·       Care for the elderly women

Most of them are old and widowed.

They have lost their daughters and their sons. They have great sorrows

They are always given maize flour and beans to feed their orphans as we take care.

As we are getting well and out of the threatening COVID 19, we are far much better than before at least our people are happy because we received funds from our donors we were able to buy enough food for them, we are happy with river fund. It has trained us to feed those in need. 

·       Education

Schools have been opened and we are now in term two learning and our children are at school

The learning is going on well and smoothly

When we received funds early this year we provided enough scholastic materials to the end of term II

·       Uniforms 

Were given to our children uniforms

Maize and beans were provided to our children and they are happy and doing well/ we are grateful for the great assistance given to us

  • HIV/AIDS (longterm survival skills)

This is the group that we put great care to see it that these people know their status, receive counseling and practice long term survival skills to keep healthy and be strong

We have trained them to live positively overcome stress and know their status, maize and beans are provided to them whenever funds are released through the River Fund who loves children and African women in Uganda – Busia, Bugiri,Tororo and Amonikakinei


This group is HIV /AIDS which lives positively and has educated our communities to know their status and over come stress which is no longer in our communities

As this group sings, dances, they give education to our people on HIV/AIDS

·       Agriculture

This makes our people to practice the long term survival skills be practiced and it is the base  in our groups because balanced diet originates from here.

We grow beans, vegetables ground nuts, sim sim, maize, cassava, onions, bananas and other crops  which make our women, children and men to keep healthy

·       Treeplanting

Every member practice tree making because it is from where we get  firewood for cooking to construct ourhouses and charcoal

·       Home visits;

Visitations are always done for counseling our old women, HIV/AIDS people and child headed families to monitor their wellbeing

·       Child headed families

These families need great attention because there are families headed by children who need a lot of counseling and courage, we are very close to this group and maize and beans are provided to them whenever funds are released. We also encourage them to grow food like maize, green vegetables for their consumption in case what have provided to them gets finished them they will be ablet o survive

·       Daycare

Day cares are now on and run smoothly that was during the pandemic season ofCOVID19.Children are  now happy and able to play in their groups.

·       Challenges

This season is not good, rains are on and off and in some parts it rained with too many storms which destroyed the maize, beans and the yield may not be good.

We need to give more seeds for the women to plant in case funds arer eleased.

·       Development

We have been able to put leaders for Tororo which lost their leader Rose.

It is now led by Gloria. (Following the death of Rose in February)

Bugiri is led by Kevina. (Following the death of Mama Blandina last year)


We shall need to provide seeds for planting in the next season because some have not done well

We are happy our drama group is dressed with T-shirts donated by Riverfund and these people are very smart and identified in the community at the time of drama and counseling.

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Families and children receiving food Jan.  2022
Families and children receiving food Jan. 2022



The report comprises four groups of women.





Total:   349


  • Care for elderly women
  • Education
  • Care for child headed families(OVC)
  • HIV/AIDS (Long term survival skills
  • Drama for community sensitization.
  • Agriculture
  • Treeplanting
  • Home visits /child headed.
  • Daycares



  • Challenges
  • Developments /benefits
  • Suggestions


Most of these old women are widows. They  have lost their sons and daughters and they take care of orphans.

We make sure their orphans feed well. We give them maize and beans and take care of them.

Life has been hard during the COVID period but we have tried to secure them wherever possible especially when we receive funds from our dear donors.


We make sure our children go to school. There has been a lot of disturbance during COVID period for two years and there has no smooth learning of children for allthat period. Some children have grown so big and girls have found it hard despitethe fact boys have also grown but are vulnerable. Most of them have reported to school.

We received funds through Riverfund in December; we have tried to provide scholastic materials, uniforms and food as required


We love this group. There is special attention for this group. The councilors visit and encourage them to take their drugs in time and attend clinics’ days regularly.

We have always trained them to live positively, avoid stigma, avoid stress and  get early treatment whenever sick, eat food in time to keep healthy and strong.


This is our tool for sensitization in our communities. Most people have over come stigma and stress. People have very keen interest in testing themselves to know more about how they live in connection with HIV/AIDS using the practice of long term survival skills of the great Linde who trained women in the skills.

T-shirts were provided for the drama group. We have made our drama group very smart on these shirts and it now part of (we serve people in need) the motto on theT-shirts.


It is our base in our groups. We bought seeds like beans, maize, ground nut, green vegetables for women in the second season 2021. The season was very poor no rains from August to November.

It was a very dry season and we lost all the seeds. Right now it is raining but we have no seeds to plant this first season of the year and we expect hunger in our people which has already started.


It is a practice in the members’ homes. It helps the members to get firewood, charcoal sell and get some little income.


We visit our elderly women we go and check on their well being and the children they live with (OVCS) and provide them with whenever necessary.


These difficult group children head their fellow children and it is not easy. This group needs greater attention; provide food, get drugs for them, the positives among them should drugs in time. Sometimes, they need money for transport and it is not easy.


During COVID, It was to take care and maintain daycares but we struggled on to give them food in our own ways fully as the struggle went on for 2 yrs of COVID.

We are trying to catch up and go through with them through this fair period now as we move on.


There has been a very long drought in the second season of three months and all  planted seeds dried up as rains were realize in late November.

There are no seeds for our women for planting.

We are expecting famine/hunger in the nearest future as a result of a long drought in our catchment areas of our members in our groups.

Our friend Rose, the leader of Tororo group is very sick since last November 2021 to date. It has been found out by the medical technicians that it is meningitis the deadly disease.


Our children are back in school.

We have been able to provide scholastic materials to our children.

We have been able to provide food to 242 families and 556 children including ourchild headed families.

We have dressed our drama group with T-shirts. We are grateful.


When funds are realized, I suggest that seeds be bought for our 4groups for planting.

If transport is got for the group it will be easy for drama group to move for sensitization to  the communities concerning HIV/AIDS.

God bless you.


Secretary for the 4 groups.

Families and children receiving food Jan.  2022
Families and children receiving food Jan. 2022
Families and children receiving food Jan.  2022
Families and children receiving food Jan. 2022
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RWEN 22/09/2021


The report comprises of our groups of women.

RWEN                  :              150

Tororo                 :              102

Bugiri                    :              75

Amon                   :              55

Total                     :              382

The number of women is larger due to Covid-19 and we had to include some other suffering families.

Our activities

Care for OVC

Care for child headed families

HIV/ Aids (Long term survival skills)

Care for elderly women

Drama group for (Communication and sensitization)


Local Poultry

Local goat rearing

Tree planting

Small saloons


Day care


Care for OVC

We take care of the above group making sure the school age going group go to school. This time we have a problem due to Covid-19. There is lockdown of schools and children don’t go to school. Taking care of them is hard they have grown, may not suit the levels where they belong. There is fear for some may not turn up.

Child headed families

Those sick especial those HIV/Aids positive, our counselors visit them and make sure they get drugs in time.

We give them food that is posho and beans and some other items like salt and soap

HIV / Aids Long term survival skills.

Each group leader is very well informed of the skills above. They always guide their members and counsel them where necessary the positive group is very safe due to these skills no more stress, stigma, this group is always self-aware and they keep health; take their drugs in time and keep their clinic days always known to them.

Elderly women

We have tried to keep them happy, by giving them food whenever it is available.

We try to keep them happy we have given them seeds like beans, maize, Sukuma because life has been so hard there has been a very long drought since May but we started receiving rain in this September but the funds received through River Fund have enabled us very much because no sooner we got funds this September than rain started.

Drama group

Drama is our tool for sensitization in our communities. HIV/Aids and members live positively to be self-ware of themselves and have engaged pre and post counseling be very good examples for our counselors.


It is the most practiced activity in all our groups as they stand. We are very happy because we have received funds this month and agriculture is going on. We are grateful seeds like beans, maize, Sukuma, Ground nuts are being given out in our groups, this is RWEN, Tororo, Bugiri and Amonikakinei.

Local poultry

We lost most of our birds during the drought

We have few birds but we shall keep on with whether we have if realize some funds we shall boast this project in our groups because it helps women a lot. They eat eggs and sell some at their small birds at a small scale; they also sell their birds for small income.

Local goat rearing

Women in their homes have tried to maintain goat rearing; when they produce they sell off some as an income also to buy what is needed in their families.

Tree planting

All four groups practice tree planting it is essential for constructing, selling, and fire wood and charcoal. It is a simple program.


The youth women had been referred PEFO and benefited, some own their small saloons and go to bigger saloons to work there and get a little income. (Hair care salons.)


In our groups people keep healthy.

Give advice to follow laws of covid-19.

They go for immunization, some complete the dose some not yet  but in tune with rules- keep distance, washing hands with soap and water, wear masks all the time, don’t make unnecessary visit, keep at home most of the time.

Day care

We try but we are not allowed yet to converge in groups. Children stay at their home and eat food we supply with their families.


It is our base in our, four groups.

We make sure that children go to school and supply the basic needs applicable

Scholastic materials, maize and beans, and uniforms also maintain standard of learning but now we don’t know, how we shall keep standards of education. Some children have taken 2 (two) years without going to school. We have kept with the needs of children using funds from our donors through River Fund but we are very disappointed because after giving scholastics and food, schools closed this time have to go up to January 2022. We are not certain that those items are there.





Fredrick of Amonikakinei is graduating from university on 20-09-2021.

It is a good achievement to us.

We have received rain this September and are using the funds we received this month to buy seeds for planting.

We are planting maize beans, sukuma and ground nuts.

Immunization of covid-19 is going to save life.


Children in Uganda don’t go to school as used to be in the past.

Lockdowns have affected children’s learning and standards may be very low because some children have taken 2 years not going to school especially P1-P.43, S.1-S.2.


We received 34,000,000 through Riverfund on 18-09-2021

Love, Teopy

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HIV/AIDS Education Drama Group
HIV/AIDS Education Drama Group

Women’s report of 30th May 2021.

The report comprises of four groups:

Rwen, Tororo, Bugiri, Amonikakinei

Rwen                       135

Bugiri                        65

Tororo                       102

Amonikakinei            52

Total                          354

Our activities:

Care for the OVC (Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children)

Child headed families

HIV /AIDS (Long term survival skills)

Care for the elderly women

Drama group for the sensitization (HIV/AIDS)

  • Health
  • Agriculture
  • Local poultry
  • Local goat rearing
  • Tree planting
  • Saloons
  • Sex workers
  • Development
  • Challenges
  • Suggestions

Care for the OVC

We take care of the orphans and vulnerable

Children and make sure they go to school.

When we receive funds from our kind donors:

We provide scholastic materials, uniforms and buy them maize and beans to feed at school and at home.

This year it has been hard because children have not gone to school at the same time due to covid-19. It is in June when all children will be in school. P.1 to P.3 and also other secondary classes.

Child headed families.

These have to be provided with food all the time to feed at school and at home.

HIV/AIDS (Long term survival skills)

All our group leaders in the four groups are well informed of long term survival skills because they were trained. They keep counseling the positive living women and children.

Care for the elderly.

We love them and take care of them

We provide food (posho and beans) and see to their well being

Drama group

This is our tool for sensitization in HIV/AIDS, through drama, singing and miming. We are proud of them.


Our women live healthy and living on a balanced diet, get early treatment whenever sick especially those, HIV/AIDS positive livers they practice long term survival skills.

It is covid-19 scaring our people.


It’s the most practical for our women because every one of us depends on agriculture to live strong and healthy.

The members grow cassava, Irish potatoes, maize, beans, groundnuts, peas, onions green vegetables, sim sim (sesame), garlic, sweet potatoes.

They have also picked interest in growing matooke (bananas) which they can sell for little income and eat some.

Weather is not being favorable to the women because rain delayed to begin and the seeds given to them for growing, like beans, maize, ground nuts, sukuma, garlic may not do well because it stopped. In early May the crops are flowering without rain and the yield may not be good.

Local poultry.

Every member practices local poultry to eat and sell at a low scale.

Local goat rearing

This is done by most of our members but at a small scale. One can sell at a small scale in our groups.

Tree planting

Most women are now awake. They all plant trees at least not below 20 trees. This helps in firewood for cooking, charcoal and building.

Small saloons.

Some youth women we trained, they now own their small saloons due to covid-19 they are not doing well people are still scared. Hair salons.

Day care.

They are not doing but resuming slowly, you see some still fear of Covid-19. There are cases of Covid-19 in other places.

Sex workers

Their work is not on well they have been told to pay tax, money is scarce and it is hard for them to practice this activity as before since there is also fear covid-19. This group is very un-happy but we are with them, they need a lot of assistance because some fatherless children who need care like any other child.


We received funds through River Fund and managed to buy food for our children and elderly.

We have given seeds to women for planting maize, beans, gnuts, sukuma, garlic and onions and tomatoes.

We have provided food for the very needy families

We have been able to provide scholastic materials for our children who are about to begin learning

We are yet to take care of the group beginning on 27th June 2020 and we shall provide for their needs as we did to the others next week.


Now there is drought and the planted plants are not doing well. We are worried of having food problems.

There are still some cases of covid-19 realised and detected at the health centres. There is a big worry.


We did not buy uniforms for our children because of learning in beats. We suggest that since all children, all classes will be in school in August, that is when we shall buy uniforms for them when realise funds at that time through donations.

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