Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls

by The River Fund
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Girls returning to school after Covid 19 lockdown.
Girls returning to school after Covid 19 lockdown.

RIVER FUND HIV/AIDS FAMILY SUPPORT WOMEN ASSOCIATION is a Community Based organization established in 2006. Its office is situated in Kitgum Town Council, Kitgum district, Uganda. It has a total membership of 30 women who have volunteered to help sensitize and restore hope to the traumatized community (orphans, child headed families, people affected with HIV/Aids) as well as improve the nutrition of malnourished children.

Key focus areas of intervention include; Training People Living With Aids (PLWAs) on long term Survival skills, Care of malnourished children through providing food stuff, Counseling of married couples on coping with the Aids pandemic situation in their families, Home visits of PLWA, Educating mothers on providing proper and balanced nutrition using locally available resources and Initiating livelihood and economic strengthening schemes for PLWA that do not demand too much energy.

ACTIVITY REPORT OF GIRLS EDUCATION SPONSORSHIP PROJECT:

Reporting period: 14th October, 2020

Report compiled by: Aciro Hellen Rose (Chairperson)

Date: 14th October, 2020

Introduction

The girls’ sponsorship is a sub component of Feed Educate and Empower Girls and Women of Acholi supported by GlobalGiving. It is implemented by River Fund HIV/AIDS family support women association, a CBO located in Kitgum district northern Uganda. The River Fund USA provides leadership and support.

The project aims to help prevent drop outs of secondary school through provision of school fees, sanitary towels and monitoring.

Numbers of girl under sponsorship

There are twenty girls (20), 15 girls are new ones and five girls are now in final year O level at St Bhakita girls school. They will report to school on 15th October 2020.

Payment of school fees

Fees will be paid as per reporting back to school.

School visit

Mentors will visit the girls mostly to encourage them.

Home visit

None of the members visited the homes due to Covid 19, no movement, no transport available.

Challenges

  • We could not avail you with their photos at the moment because the report date is due on the 15th October 2020. This will be done when they are in school.
  • Our fear is that many girls may not come back to school due to pregnancy.
  • A valid email address for the team will be ready after meeting the executive members.
  • We also lost one of our members, Francesca A. about two weeks ago.

Recommendation

Mentors will be visiting the girls. We request for increase in donation so as to enable us to take some food items to the nodding patients at Lamola and Okidi villages

Conclusion

We wish to extend our appreciation to the River Fund team in USA and our donors in the GlobalGiving who are helping the River Fund members in Kitgum district to make it possible to help the needy girls’ education and nodding patients.

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Distribution of food items
Distribution of food items

The River Fund transferred emergency funds to our project in Kitgum Northern Uganda at the end of May. We realized that due to the Covid 19 total lockdown in the country since March 18, that our very rural project members were hungry and, as always, without running water or electricity. Because this is Kitgum, they had to receive permission from the Resident Commissioner of Kitgum District to take food to the villages of Lamola and Okidi. Also these villages contain many children with Nodding Syndrome.

The Riverfund Women’s Association of Kitgum delivered food on 8 June to approximately 400 people by family group. These people had no food.

The local schools are shut down for now and we hope that when they open the girls we were sending to school will return.

We will need to provide more funds in the near future.

These are the foods items that were distributed per family group. They spent more than $4,000.

Sorghum - 500kg

Sardine (small fish) - 1 bag

Beans - 200kg

Sim Sim - 100kg

Salt - 1 1/2 cartons

Soap - 3 boxes

Children waiting
Children waiting
Distribution of food items
Distribution of food items
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ACTIVITY REPORT

 

SUPPORTING FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WITH NODDING SYNDROME

 

REPORT PERIOD: FEBRUARY 14TH 2020

 

REPORT COMPILED BY: ACIRO HELLEN ROSE – CHAIRPERSON

 

INTRODUCTION:

Support to families of children with Nodding Syndrome is a sub – component of the Project, Feed, Educate Empower Women and Girls of Acholi funded by GlobalGiving and Implementation by River Fund HIV/Aids Family Support Women Association a CBO located in Kitgum District, Northern Uganda. The River Fund USA provide Leadership.

OBITUARY:

One of the beneficiary by the name Kilama of Laraba Village, Okidi Parish died in December 2019 when he went to bath and was drowned in the river due to Nodding Syndrome.

FOOD ITEMS DISTRIBUTION:

We have not yet distributed any food item to the identified victims. This is because we wanted to square the school fees first and since it is still the period which people have just harvested some food stuff but when balance is realized after paying school fees, we shall buy those items and distribute to them.

ACTIVITY REPORT OF THE GIRLS’ EDUCATION SPONSORSHIP PROJECT

 REPORT PERIOD: 15TH FEBRAURY 2020

 REPORT COMPILED BY: ACIRO HELLEN ROSE – CHAIRPERSON

NTRODUCTION:

The Girl’s Education Sponsorship is a sub – component of the Feed, Educate, Empower Women and Girls of Acholi supported by GlobalGiving. It is implemented by River Fund HIV/Aids Family Support Women Association a CBO located in Kitgum District, Northern Uganda. The River Fund USA provides Leadership

The Project aims to help prevent drop outs of secondary school girls through provision of school fees, sanitary pads and mentoring.

NUMBER OF GIRLS UNDER SPONSORSHIP IN 2020:

In 2019, the organization had twelve (12) girls. Of these, seven (07) sat for “O” Level final examination, while five (05) girls will sit their “O” Level this year. As per the meeting we had with you, we had agreed to increase the number of girls to twenty (20). The executive identified the new fifteen (15) girls who have just to enter Senior One (S.1) this year. The admission letter says they will begin school on the 18th February, 2020. The executive tried to reach some of these girls’ homes to find out the truth about their vulnerability.

PAYMENT OF SCHOOL FEES:

Fees will be paid immediately they begin school. The executive discussed and agreed to pay fees not more than Two Hundred Thousand Shillings (200,000/-) for the new girls while balance will be met by their parents while the continuing girls will be paid fully.

CHALLENGES:

  1.  High cost of living has made even school administration to raise up school fees especially for boarding. This made the executives to identify students in day schools only.
  2. The inadequate funding.

 RECOMMENDATION:

  1. Cost sharing with parents.
  2. Increase the funding if possible.
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Visiting Nodding Syndrome family Kitgum District
Visiting Nodding Syndrome family Kitgum District

ACTIVITY REPORT OF THE GIRL’S EDUCATION SPONSORSHIP PROJECT

REPORT COMPILED BY MARGARET ACAYO

PROGRAME COORDINATOR

Introduction

The Girls Education Sponsorship is a sub component of Feed Educate Empower Women and Girls of Acholi supported by Global Giving. It is implemented by River Fund HIV/AIDS Family support Women Association a CBO located in Kitgum District Northern Uganda. The River Fund USA provides leadership support.

The project aims to help prevent drop outs of secondary school girls through provision of school fees, sanitary pads and mentoring.

Number of girls under sponsorship.

These are  twelve (12). Seven girls who sat for their O Level Final examination this year while five girls will complete next year 2020.

Payment of School fees.

Fees for all the 12 girls have been fully paid.

School Visits

Mentors made special efforts to visit to the girls sitting their final O level Exams to encourage and wish them success.

Home visit

Lillian a day Scholar at Kitgum Comprehensive Collage, one of the girls sitting her O level exam, was having challenges attending classes. Her mentor, a member of the Women association visited her home to find out what was the problem.

She reported that Lillian beside others chores had to get up very early in the morning to go to the main market every day to buy vegetables for her mother to cook latter on in the day.

After her mentor met with Lillian’s mother, the mother agreed to reduce on the chores allocated to her daughter so as to not negatively affect her school performance.

Increased Enrollment 2020

At a meeting of the women association with the Executive Director and Mama Jaya Canterbury-Counts in Kitgum, it was agreed that the number of students for sponsorship be increased to 20 in the New Year. It was also agreed that parents show their commitments by shouldering some of the expenses like PTA, Remedial lesson/Booster program and others.

  1. Parents tend to abandoned their duties with the expectation that project will cover all the needs of their daughters
  2. The ever increasing cost in tuition fees,
  3. Inadequate funding.

Recommendation

1)   Sensitive Parents on the value of Education and their roles.

2)   Share cost with parents.

3)   Increase in funding where possible.

Conclusion

I wish to extend my appreciation and those of the members to the River Funds team in the USA and our donors on Global giving who are making it possible for us to help the less fortunate.

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ACTIVITY REPORT

SUPPORTING FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WITH NODDING SYNDROME

Report Compiled by Magaret Acayo

Programe coordinator

Introduction

Support to Families of Children with Nodding Syndrome is a sub-component of the project Feed Educate Empower Women and Girls of Acholi funded by Global Giving and implemented by River funds HIV/Aids family support women Association a CBO located in Kitgum District, Northern Uganda. The River Fund USA provide leadership.
Activity; Selection of new banditries;

Given the organization small resource envelope, the Executive Committee of the association decided to reduce the on the current number of households receiving support from 34 to 20.

The exercise of screening the old beneficiaries and identifying new ones was carried out at the beginning of November 2019.

Criterion for selection included:

1)   Ability of Parents/Care givers looking after the victims.

2)   Numbers of victims in a family.

3)   Widows/elderly looking after these children.

4)   Home environment.

Consequently 20 households were selected from the Parishes of Lamola and Okidi covering 11 villages. Previously the project was located in Okidi Parish with 3 Villages.

Below are samples of Victims and households selected:

Homestead of  Hellen. Hellen is a widow with 3 of her Children affected. One of the victim  Pamela 22 years old is a Mother of 2 Children, one is a baby of only 3 months. Pamela was normal but started showing signs of the disease in 2019 with her  second pregnancy. She cannot breastfeed the baby on her own and has to be helped by the mother.

Sarafina a widow of 50 years from L Village.  She is taking care of her daughter who is a victim, she lost two of her children who were also sick. One in a fire and another in a pool of water. Now  she has two to tie up the remaining daughter so that she does not wonder off.

Christine is a grandmother from A Village. She is care taking her Grand Children Denis and Vicky who are both victims. They live a badly leaking hut and are being chased from their home in a land dispute.

CHALLENGES

  1. The villages are far in between and can only be reached through bushy foot paths.
  2. High cost of transport.

CONCLUSION

Parents and victims of the nodding syndrome live in dire condition with “no change in our lives” according to widow Sarafina of L Village. “……….we parents have struggled to look after these children as best as we can but we need help”.

On behalf of these care givers and their charges, we welcome any support that will be given.

Visiting Nodding Syndrome family Kitgum District
Visiting Nodding Syndrome family Kitgum District
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We have received very sad news this week that one of our most active team leaders in Kitgum has passed away.

Its on a sad note that i write to you about the passing on of Mystica Canrac Grace who was a member of the River Fund women's group in Kitgum.

She had a young family, was a school teacher as well as a River Fund Team Leader. The members at this time are in pain and shock of her passing on.

The project is implemented by River Fund HIV/AIDS Family Support Women Association a registered Community Based Organization located in Kitgum district, Northern Uganda. The association founded in 2007 by a group of motivated and committed women, aims at improving the quality of life of persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and life threatening diseases, sponsorship and mentorship of vulnerable girls in schools.

Feed Educate Empower Women of Acholi has 3 target beneficiaries/components:

  • Educational sponsorship and mentorship to vulnerable school girls
  • Long term survival skills training and economic empowerment for rural women and families infected and affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Supporting families of children with nodding syndrome

ANNUAL WORK PLAN 2019/2020: FEED EDUCATE EMPOWER WOMEN AND GIRLS OF ACHOLI PROJECT

TIMELINE 2018/2019

TARGET GROUP/BENEFICIARIES

RESPONSIBLE PERSON

  • Identification of beneficiaries 

34 Vulnerable girls and 55 CNS/households in the target area

Coordinator

  • Payment of school fees 

20 Vulnerable girls

Treasurer and Chairperson Programs Committee

  • Provision of scholastic and sanitary materials 

12 vulnerable girls

Treasurer and Chairperson Programs Committee

  • Life skills training

12 vulnerable girls(school)

Chairperson Programs Committee

  • Training in soap making 

7 girls O’ level leavers

Coordinator 

  • Supply of food and nonfood items to Children/household with Nodding Syndrome - CNS 

34 CNS/households

Treasurer/Coordinator

  • Home care and counselling visits to CNS 

55 CNS/households

Coordinator/Group Team leader 

  • Poultry production (eggs/meat) 

20 vulnerable girls/households and 55 CNS/householdsSecretary and coordinator 

  • Monitoring and Evaluation 

Board /members and donor 


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The River Fund

Location: Sebastian, Florida - USA
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Project Leader:
Jaya Canterbury-Counts
Executive Director
Sebastian, Florida Uganda
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