I have been to Mawanga, Uganda twice with ROWAN, and both times it has changed my life! The partnership between the US and the people of Mawanga is so beautiful and inspiring, and has taught me a lot about how to help those in poverty. They are making a difference in not just children's lives, but adults too! And that is rare! If you are thinking about missions (long- or short-term) I highly recommend starting with ROWAN! It is truly a model nonprofit!
I had the joyous experience of returning to ROWAN this past June with a team of 4 people. It was amazing returning to the village of Mawanga, it felt like a homecoming. The staff of ROWAN are so filled with love and caring for not only those they serve in their region but also those who come to share life with them for a snippet of time!
I sponsor an amazing young man through ROWAN's sponsorship program. While visiting, the ROWAN staff ensured that I was able to meet Suliaman and his family! We spent an entire afternoon with them and I got to know him, his sisters and mother. It was one of the most meaningful experiences I've had. ROWAN also has a great system for communicating with sponsored individuals that is online, quick, easy to use and a fast response rate due to the staff dedicated to translate and feed the sponsored individual's replies back! I feel very connected to the staff and the young man I sponsor and I feel loved by ROWAN.
During my time living in Uganda I had the privilege of spending time with ROWAN. The leadership are faithful, authentic, and serve with integrity. I experienced a community marked by joy and hope. The leadership and staff of ROWAN are inspiring the whole community to pursue lives of wholeness.
I had the opportunity to be with ROWAN in Mawanga for two weeks in June 2016. ROWAN truly stands apart from other nonprofits I have interacted with through their willingness to not just help the community but to live life with the community and this deep commitment & long term investment is what makes ROWAN so successful on a relational level. All the local ROWAN staff are joyful and willing to help whenever and wherever they can - whether interacting with children during Saturday program or working at a building site rebuilding houses for clients of ROWAN, the staff members lead with a humble grace and meekness of spirit that truly reflects God's spirit. I was so blessed to have had the opportunity to visit households and talk to men & women about their lives, their hopes and challenges. Thank you for letting us walk next to you in these weeks ROWAN & keep doing the amazing work that you're doing!!!
ROWAN is one the most sustainable and healthy ministries I have ever worked with. They are doing amazing and transforming work in their communities through empowering orphans, widows and those living with HIV/AIDS. Our team got to see how each person in their community is walking out the mission of ROWAN, it is more than just a mission statement, it is God's dream for them being fulfilled before our own eyes. It was such an honor to be able to see the fruit that people are bearing in Mawanga, Uganda.
Serving with ROWAN was one of my best experiences yet! I cannot begin to explain nor can I adequately articulate how incredible the people running ROWAN in Mawanga are. I've seen in everyone there the most genuine, selfless, and giving hearts. It was nothing but a blessing to have been taken care of and lead by the ROWAN staff and I am back having learned and received so much joy, life, and wisdom from them. ROWAN is truly rooted and grounded in Jesus and that comes out in everything that they do. ROWAN is blessing and truly being Jesus to so many people through their presence, their giving, their sacrifice, and their wisdom. I hope that ROWAN continues to do what they're doing because they're truly making a difference in Uganda, spreading the raw love of Christ. Thank you ROWAN!!! I had the most incredible time meeting everyone in Mawanga. You guys truly changed my life. Thank you!!!
I had the opportunity to volunteer with ROWAN in Uganda last summer of 2014. It was honestly the most eye opening and uplifting missions trip/volunteer trip that I have been on. Hearing from the villagers about how ROWAN has positively impacted them, their families, the village of Mawanga, and the surrounding villages was inspiring and heartwarming. The work of ROWAN, in the US and in Uganda, is truly changing lives and the power of God can be greatly seen at work. I cannot wait to return to the village someday and visit the friends I have made. ROWAN is a genuine organization that I look forward to following the growth of! Please, if you haven't heard of ROWAN before, make sure to check out this organization. From helping widows and orphans to empowering communities, ROWAN is all-encompassing.
I have had the amazing opportunity to spend 4 months in Uganda with ROWAN. From what I experienced I can see that God truly has plans for this organization and it is thriving, along with it's beneficiaries. The ROWAN staff have genuine compassion for all the people in their community whether they be orphans, widows or people that are HIV positive. The beneficiaries are spiritually, morally and financially supported as well as given access to health care and business trainings to help them get back on their own feet. I have learned so much from the ROWAN staff and beneficiaries about life, love and never giving up. I am grateful for having met the ROWAN family and will continue to help in whatever ways I can.
I first learned of ROWAN just a couple of months ago and was deeply inspired and moved by how this organization has helped so many. Hope has been achieved as dreams have been realized thru tireless efforts and love. The joy I've received from sponsoring a child is beyond words! This is a beautiful, well organized, incredible organization and I am so thankful! I feel a sense that even in my comparatively small contribution I'm helping make a difference- "From helplessness to HOPE".