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Milestones

History and Mission

The River Fund is dedicated to providing direct care services to people in need, including spiritual and educational support to people living with HIV/AIDS, their families and caregivers, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender.  We began working in Florida and Los Angeles in the 1980’s, as HIV/AIDS was running rampant.  Starting in 1999, we began international programs, and currently support community development projects in Africa and India.  

Florida Achievements

  • Developed and operated an 8-bed respite for 8 years, caring for adults with HIV/AIDS; funded and volunteered at Mary’s House, caring for babies and children with HIV/AIDS.
  • Feed Everyone Program: Since 1990 local volunteers have offered direct help, such as hospital visits, food for the needy and school supplies. 
  • Partnership with Friends-Together, Inc. and Project Response: Supporting AIDS education and awareness to thousands of high school students throughout Florida. Recreational programs for HIV affected youth.
  • Partnership with Kingdom Church, Gifford, Florida. Twice-monthly meals and food pantry in the neighborhood with the highest incidence of HIV and poverty in our county.
  • Partnership with Stamp Out Hunger, national food drive sponsored by U.S. Postal Service; We distribute donated food locally.
  • Grantee spotlight - Broadway Cares.

International Achievements - Africa and India

  • Provided technical, program, and financial support to Ma's Centre, Tororo, Uganda supporting 1400 OVC and runs secondary schools, kindergartens, and programs for women and elders. (2000-2009)
  • Provided technical, program, and financial support for RARUDO, an agricultural co-op working on health, education, and economic sustainability. (Since 2002)
  • Sponsored and developed training for rural women. (Since 2005)
  • Raised funds to build a library and girls’ dormitories for Great Aubrey Memorial College, a UMOP project. (2004-06)
  • Raised funds for children’s projects in the townships of Cape Town, SA. (1999-2003)
  • Currently supporting a home for 45 AIDS orphans in India. (Since 2005)
  • Partnerships for development, women’s empowerment, nutrition, HIV/AIDS Long Term Survival Skills in war ravaged N Uganda (one million internally displaced refugees returning to their home – Since 2004).

Organizational Affiliations

  • Presented at the XVI International AIDS Conference, Toronto Canada. Abstract Title: Community, Church and Children: Breaking the Cycle of HIV/AIDS.
  • UNGASS: United Nations Global Assembly Special Session on AIDS; Accredited Civil Society Organization participating in High Level Meeting at the UN June 2011, 2008, 2006, and 2001.
  • Worked with AIDS Treatment Access to collect and distribute AIDS medications to people in Africa and the Caribbean (1999-2000)
  • Hosted AIDS Empowerment Treatment International (AIDSETI) conference, 2001
  • Statement of Conscience: Developed international statement calling on world religious leaders to increase awareness and responsibility for HIV/AIDS (1999).
  • As a chapter of Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, facilitated AIDS education to schools, churches, prisons and the local community; helped take the Quilt to Africa for the Parliament of the World’s Religions in 1999.
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