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Rural Orphans & Widows Aids Network Inc

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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, International, International Relief

Mission: To love & empower orphans & widows infected or affected by HIV & AIDS in Uganda through education, medical care and treatment, spiritual nourishment and business training, resulting in self-reliance. ROWAN partners with local Christian leaders & development organizations empowering each person to discover their God-given gifts & passions. Together, we assess quality of life, identify physical, spiritual & social needs & implement innovative strategies to meet these needs within the community.

Results: Over 150 community members that are HIV+ have easy access to their medications, 116 children in school from primary all the way to higher education, 4 students graduated with a degree, 7 savings and loans group among the community, empowered community to plant and sustain passion fruit for income, taught over 200 community members in a local literacy program, successfully networked with 17 other Ugandan organizations for collaboration under #UgandaUnite.

Target demographics: widows and orphans affected/infected by HIV/AIDS

Direct beneficiaries per year: 400community members

Geographic areas served: 30 rural villages in East Uganda

Programs: medical care, education, business training, spiritual nourishment and urgent needs.

Community Stories

73 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Dwight P.

Donor

Rating: 5

ROWAN is a remarkable and impactful nonprofit that has been and continues to transform lives. This is what nonprofits ought to be.....hands on, real life, compassionate service that meets the needs of people right where they need it most....I encourage everyone I know to become a sponsor.....

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband sold his music CDs to as a fundraiser for Rowan. They are a joy to work with and are impacting lives with work they do. We hope to continuing to partner with them in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spend some of a summer in the wonderful village of Mawanga with ROWAN. Amazing organization which truly empowers all they serve - true community based partnerships that OVERFLOW with the love & focus on Jesus.

Donor

Rating: 5

ROWAN is a great outreach to the orphans and widows in Uganda. Over the past 10 years I have seen so many lives touched and empowered by ROWAN. The cofounders Pastor Paul and Kelsey love God so much and it is shown by what they are doing For God’s glory.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working for ROWAN! There are only 3 of us stateside... everything and everyone else is all UGANDA! work doesn't feel like work when it means orphans get educated and learn to dream big, widows become entrepreneurs and take pride in who they are, and those infected with/affected by HIV/AIDS get access to quality medical care and learn to stand tall! all efforts are inspired by active compassion and HOPE, and all programming/projects are hand-picked and implemented by local leadership... not by out-of-touch foreigners. So proud to be a small part of the ROWAN team!

Donor

Rating: 5

Even as a peripheral observer, I could tell ROWAN was doing great things. But the more involved I become, the more I learn, and the more ROWAN grows, the more certain I am that this is truly a world-changing non-profit. One notable area is in programming. At ROWAN, all programming needs are determined by, planned by, and implemented by the local, native Ugandans in the region where ROWAN is active. This isn't one of the many white-hero non-profit stories where foreigners elbow their way in to change/ "improve" things as they see fit. No way! Pastor Paul, who was born and raised in Uganda and has lived his whole life in the village, is very in tune with his neighbors, their needs and desires, and is leading them toward economic & entrepreneurial thriving, expanded opportunities due to the priority of education, increased access to better medical care.... AND MORE! Additionally, I can personally vouch for the reliability, trustworthiness, honesty, and accountability of this non-profit. It is an honor to be associated with ROWAN.

Donor

Rating: 5

The folks at Rowan work tirelessly for those they serve. They do so with open eyes, hearts and minds. I’m honored to be able to support then in their endeavors. God Bless!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went out to ROWAN with a very good friend of mine, and I was very impressed with the clinic, and the other work they are doing! The clinic is top notch, and is definitely helping this community tremendously! Amazing work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been at the site of ROWAN in Uganda many times and every single time, everyone is so so friendly and welcoming and they are really do amazing things!! i love what they are doing so much ❤❤ its really changing the community for the better.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with ROWAN for five years now, and have visited the village three times. Each time my understanding of cultures, nonprofits, and foreign aid has increased exponentially, and each visit has changed my life in a different way. The people and experiences impacted by ROWAN have greatly influenced my career path and the motivations behind it. The people in Mawanga, Uganda have even greater stories to tell, however! It has been a great joy to see the growth over the years, and to see and hear the success stories in both the children and the adults! It’s a rare nonprofit that can focus on empowering every aspect of a person’s life (again, child and adult), and ROWAN does it so well in so many pioneering ways! Pastor Paul Nyende and Kelsey Hargadine are two of the most humble and committed people I know, and their teamwork has created an incredible organization!

Donor

Rating: 5

My first experience with ROWAN was in 2017 when I visited Mwanga, Uganda with a group of university students from the University of Penn, Harvard and Cornell. We spent an amazing few weeks serving and learning with the beautiful and skilled community there in Mwanga. I returned again this past summer and will return again this summer of 2019. This will be my third year leading students to serve and grow alongside our ROWAN family. This organization provides for the physical, spiritual and social needs of so many who are so deserving. They are led well by pastor Paul and Wafu, who love and care for so many, so well. It has been an honor knowing and working with them to help to provide sustainable opportunities for rural Ugandans in Mwanga. Have had many years of experiences working with nonprofits in Haiti and I can say ROWANS commitment to excellence and professionalism is astounding. Love each and every person in ROWAN!

Donor

Rating: 5

R.O.W.A.N. is a top notch organization! Everything they do is above board and the people running their operations are also first rate personally. Couple this with the focus of their labor, and they truly are an organization worth your attention.

Donor

Rating: 5

ROWAN has been a pleasure to work with and we've supported them for several years. When we signed up as a business sponsor they even took the time to match a sponsee that matched our business - a baker - which we thought was quite fitting. They do a phenomenal job serving the windows and orphans with the supplies and needs that they have directly. I love to see their reach grow and expand so successfully.

Amelia H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a worthy and sustainable cause! ROWAN is truly doing big thing in Eastern Uganda and is changing the trajectory of so many lives. I love how Kelsey the director is so ready and willing to jump in with what the community needs. I would recommend getting involved with ROWAN to anyone!

Leah T.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rowan is a wonderful organization that serves the poorest of the poor in the Eastern Region of Uganda. They strive to empower widows and children and help them reach their full potential! They truly empower locals to lead within their own committees.
I have loved working with this organization as they truly have the heart of a servant and have completely good and honest intentions. I trust them completely and know they are truly having a positive impact and helping make a change.

scasale

Donor

Rating: 5

ROWAN is a non-profit full of people of integrity, purpose, and action. Lives are changed and the money raised goes directly to helping widows and orphans. ROWAN continues to grow and reach more people who need help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having been involved with many different nonprofits over the years, and working for a few, I can honestly say that ROWAN stands out for it's mission, execution of needs, helpfulness, efficiency, integrity, and the transformation of lives and communities for all involved. It has grown and will continue to grow, reaching more lives with help and hope in Uganda and beyond. And the great thing is, that doesn't even matter, because they would do all the same things to help 2 people, or 2 million people.

Donor

Rating: 5

ROWAN has truly impacted our hearts and minds through sponsorship and Christmas giving. To be able to correspond with our sponsor children online and through mail is such a blessing. I truly feel like I am part of their journey. I can rest easy knowing the funds we donate are used for exactly what is intended. The clear communication between Rowan and their supporters allows us to not only completely trust their vision but to be proud of what is being done.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The people who run ROWAN are truley the hands and feet of Jesus!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with ROWAN since 2012 and have been so impressed with the quality of their organization. They continually develop and re develop programs to best fit the community they serve. I have traveled with them to the villages in Uganda and have seen the projects first hand. They are exceptional at valuing the community members they serve and the donors funding the projects. With all the programs developing they are closer to self- sustainability than ever. A great organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for ROWAN for a few months now and the experience I have had is life-changing. The impact that this nonprofit has on the countless people it touches is truly amazing. Every time I hear about a new accomplishment by this nonprofit I am so moved. ROWAN has strong foundations and is driven by a great motivating force to accomplish the goals it sets out. They have a great ability to motivate others as well. ROWAN continuously amazes me and I am so proud to be a part of it.

Lisa N.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ROWAN first caught my attention as something special when I learned that they help the villagers with money management and business development. The focus is on helping the people use their gifts and talents to create income, thus alleviating poverty for a lifetime. I had the pleasure of visiting ROWAN in Uganda last year and it was such a blessing to see how much Pastor Paul and the ROWAN team pour their lives into helping Orphans, Widows, and HIV/AIDS patients overcome obstacles and achieve their potential! ROWAN is the real deal!