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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

56 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.....

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

I grew up with Kelsey and I always knew that she was the type of person to truly make a difference in the world. How she has taken a passion project and turned it into something beautiful and successful and full of love is just amazing!! It's a wonderful thing to support her, support my boy Sulaiman and know that it is actually helping!! Love, Love, Love!!

Elaina G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pastor Paul came to U.S. this year and shared all the recent miracles ROWAN's ministry. Such a joy to hear how our giving is showing the love of Jesus in a real way and transforming lives.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is a privilege to be a supporter of ROWAN and I feel very connected to this God-inspired ministry through the loving staff and volunteers who have shared their stories.
My daughter has volunteered twice in Mauwanga and the expeience changed her perspective on life... God's perspective of valuing every being He has created!
It is a pleasure to sponsor a student and I greatly enjoy communicating with her by email. God has allowed me to invest in her life through encouraging words and support to be able to receive an education and hear the gospel.
I am grateful for the work done through ROWAN to empower people by teaching vocations and how to start small businesses to support families. The love of Christ is the key element of success in this ministry and is evident through the many testimonies shared! May God continue to bless those at ROWAN!

Sherlee C.

Donor

Rating: 5

Very unique charity who also focuses on the widowed women in the community, who are often neglected due to HIV. Sponsoring a widow means she has the means to get better and take care of her children. Also sponsoring them means they obtain the seed funds to build business which can then fund the health and education of herself, children and community at large.

Brook C.

Donor

Rating: 5

All who are involved are selfless and are striving to make the world better by sharing what they can. Kelsey is the most genuine person, and she does a great job at making Rowan feel personal to every individual. The Rowan crew share processes, shares struggles, and always give praise where is due. It is a wonderful organization that I have had a privilege of being a part of.

Donor

Rating: 5

ROWAN is a great non-profit! They are a very trustworthy business.

Donor

Rating: 5

ROWAN is a reputable organization empowering the local community towards transformation, and it's happening! Local leader Pastor Paul is a man of integrity and humility - and after 15 years of serving in ROWAN the fruit has come! Highly recommend!

Lauren137

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

Rowan is a fantastic nonprofit!! When you join you feel like you are joining a family. We can connect with our sponsor child via e-mail or hand writing notes. I would strongly recommend Rowan over other nonprofits such as compassion.

Suzanne86

Donor

Rating: 5

I fell in love with ROWAN after hearing about their Christmas project last year that gave goats to the families in Uganda to help sustain them economically. Just this past August, my precious 2 year old little boy passed away from a terrible accident. We asked instead of flowers that donations be sent to ROWAN. About a month later I received photos from the Great Goat Giveaway in honor of our son. It brought me to tears. This ministry is so wonderful. They were purposeful in using the funds exactly how we asked (to give goats) and they sent pictures showing us how the families were impacted by the donations. I was overwhelmed and so blessed that my son was honored in this way. This minsitry is run very efficiently and the good they do has eternal significance.

Hannah48

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Kelly210

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

ROWAN is an ministry that is glorifying the Lord in every thing they do! They are loving people, loving God, accepting the poor, hurting, lost and building the Kingdom of God. I have been with this ministry for 4 years now and I've had the pleasure of watching it grow, impact lives, and change the face of ministry forever. God is moving in miraculous ways; the lead team and everyone involved keeps God at the forefront, always going to him in prayer-- and impossible things are made possible because of FAITH. Kelsey, the co-founder and Pastor Paul are a force to be reckoned with, God is using them in mighty ways. I recently started sponsoring a child (newborn to be exact) and I have to say it's one of the most rewarding things I've been a part of. My husband and I are truly blessed and thankful to walk in ministry with ROWAN!