Riverfund, Inc.

Serving People in Need

aka The River Fund   |   Sebastian, FL   |  http://www.riverfund.org

Mission

Physical, emotional and spiritual support to people living with or affected by HIV and AIDS and other life threatening illnesses, to their loved ones and caregivers including visits with the elder poor. We serve the poor, those who often are alone and in need - regardless of a person's religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender. In the ongoing fight against AIDS, The River Fund is a strong advocate for HIV/AIDS education, awareness and prevention.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Ms. Jaya Canterbury-Counts, M.Ed.

Main address

11155 Roseland Rd Unit 16

Sebastian, FL 32958 USA

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EIN

59-3212877

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Nutrition Programs (K40)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Florida, Northern & Eastern Uganda

In Florida, we serve the poorest communities in an area with limited resources for those in need. Without much fanfare, we take our food and support programs directly into the community, feeding people right in their own neighborhoods. Our team of volunteers brings our mobile pantry of groceries and meals directly to some of the most underserved families in our county.
The economic downturn brought an unprecedented sustained jump in unemployment in the Treasure Coast of Florida. Particularly affected are the working poor. Local food pantries and meal programs are seeing huge increases in the number of people needing food. With 49 million people facing hunger every day in America, including nearly 16 million children, food pantries and school Back Pack Buddy programs are essential ways to help.

UGANDA - NORTHERN REGION
The River Fund Women's Association of Kitgum is an organized structure of four groups presenting educational workshops on HIV/AIDS Long Term Survival Skills to the villages of the 2 local districts. Along with their presentation, they weigh and measure infants for malnutrition and give special nutritional counsel-ing to mothers. Future plans are to expand the Survival Skills workshops to 20 more villages within their travel range, and to add cooperative kitchen gardens and micro-financing to the program. Funds are needed for transport, umbrellas and rain-coats for travel in the rainy season, and seeds to share with workshop participants.
Local women were trained in HIV/AIDS education, nutrition and empowerment. These women are taking the lessons to other villages, distributing seeds for planting, and feeding malnourished children.
Challenge
20 years of war has devastated N. Uganda. The disruption of the family has led to loss of traditional culture resulting in abuse, domestic violence, alcoholism, & even higher rates of HIV/AIDS. Women and girls have borne the brunt of this. Food & Education can improve the future of everyone in the family. This project can benefit up to 10,000 individuals.
Solution
30 Acholi women have been trained to educate their peers in HIV/AIDS safety, nutrition, and women's empowerment; to form community groups to assist vulnerable children; and to provide counseling for those affected by HIV/AIDS. We are also helping 20 vulnerable young women attend school.
Long-Term Impact
Community stabilization will benefit from the organization and education of women who are most often the head of household. Their children will have increased knowledge and opportunity.

UGANDA - EASTERN REGION
Our partner in East Uganda since 2002, The Rural Women's Empowerment Network , is teaching HIV/AIDS Long Term Survival Skills in school workshops and with support groups for HIV+ persons. They are also working to empower women through micro financing, craft making and cooperative farming projects. Children are provided with uniforms and school fees, the elderly and infirm with basic needs, and the HIV+ with counseling. They are also working with child headed households in goat raising, school and agriculture. Members with disabilities are speaking in schools and other forums to teach people with disabilities about their rights and abilities. Everyone is re-ceiving training in best practices for HIV pre-vention, nutrition, and sanitation.
We are helping to change the life of 600 orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) in very rural E. Uganda.
Challenge
Imagine that a child cannot go to school because she doesn't have a uniform. This is the reality for children, both girls and boys, when a uniform is required. What about the child who cannot keep up with his lessons because he doesn't have a pencil or an exercise book? Many of these children are from child headed households. Or being raised by a granny that may also be caring for 10 or 15 of her cousins. School falls behind housing, food and medicine in many households.
Solution
We will provide uniforms, exercise books, black books, pens, pencils, rulers, geometry sets and washing soap. We will also provide help with school fees for 27 of the older students. In Uganda, primary school is free, but the uniforms and supplies are not.
Long-Term Impact
The project will keep 600 children in school giving them the opportunity to rise out of poverty. Education decreases early marriage, early pregnancy, and HIV. Education increases a community's ability to provide better nutrition, better health, HIV/AIDS education, sustainable agriculture and greater employment. Education is especially critical for girls.
Together we can break the cycle of poverty and disease by empowering AIDS widows, orphaned and other vulnerable children, disabled children and adults and child-headed households. Help us help them by working toward economic sustainability through improved farming skills, vocational training, better seeds for better health and kitchen gardens, training in HIV counseling and long term survival skills.
Challenge
In a region devastated by AIDS, widows have joined small plots of land to form an organic farming co-op. With your help, they bought equipment, started training programs, learned solar food processing, opened a sewing business. The work already underway will eventually sustain this community and spur regional development. Right now they need farm animals, school supplies, and tools for children's health. Help these women keep developing their community for a truly sustainable future.
Solution
4 year plan includes skills training, new crops & markets, food processing technology, tailoring business, animal husbandry.
Long-Term Impact
The goal is to move from subsistence farming to income-generating projects. The project will affect the larger community by improved nutrition, better health, HIV/AIDS education, sustainable agriculture and greater employment.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

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Riverfund, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 5/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jaya Belinda Canterbury-Counts

Riverfund, Inc.

Term: 2012 - 2015

Jaya Belinda Canterbury-Counts

Riverfund, Inc.

Arlene Ableman

Kashi Church Organization

Suzanne Baird

No Affiliation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No