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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

85 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter introduced us to ROWAN several years ago. My husband and I were touched by their story, and supporting ROWAN became our Christmas gift to each other. We first purchased goats and were able to watch video of the goats actually delivered to the villages. How delightful! We next purchased beds and netting and saw the joy on the faces of the recipients. A bed for the first time! It just warmed our hearts. Now we sponsor a widow. A house was built for him and his children this summer, and we saw the photos of their beautiful faces on the steps of their new home. Wow!As you can see, supporting ROWAN is a tangible experience. We see the actual results of our commitment. And we get to be a part of the hope and love that ROWAN is spreading in Uganda. What a blessing!

Donor

Rating: 5

ROWAN, or Rural Orphans & Widows Aids Network Inc, is a great organization, and one that I have been supporting and following closely for several years. I continue to be impressed by the professionalism, personal communication, and follow up on community involvement. My husband and I first discovered ROWAN several years ago while researching organizations we were considering supporting and volunteering with. Although it did not work out for us to volunteer with ROWAN while we were in Uganda, we continued to follow this incredible organization; we remain inspired and encouraged by the very valuable work they are accomplishing. It is amazing to see so many lives changed for the better by the mission and work of this great group. We will continue to support and encourage ROWAN as they continue to make the world a more beautiful place.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been working with ROWAN stateside with Kelsey for about 2.5 years, and everything I learn only makes me more proud to partner with this incredible nonprofit. My favorite thing about ROWAN is that the vision comes exclusively from Ugandan leaders who grew up there and still live in their communities. It's not us telling them what they need -- it's THEM telling US. Also, one of the coolest programs we have is a micro-financing model with savings/loans classes and groups to enable widows with dreams to start their own businesses. SO COOL!! My husband and I are proud to be part of the sponsorship program. 100% worth joining. :)

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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

I traveled with ROWAN in May 2019. My wife and three children joined me on this trip to meet the widows and orphans of the Mawanga area. The work done on the ground by ROWAN is incredible. We were able to witness the growth on the ground and could see how much passion and purpose is going towards the self sustainability of the Rowan widows.
We look forward to the future of Rowan and those who are blessed by the program.

Emily V.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rowan is an amazing organization that helps orphans and widows in the small village of Mawanga. I knew the founder and co founder of this organization, and they do a fantastic job with this program. I traveled to this small village in 2014, and it was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had! Everyone there is so humble and kind. Rowan talks about the kids that live in the village along with their back story. These kids are extraordinary. Rowan is an amazing program that more people should become apart of!

Melissa Strahan K.

Donor

Rating: 5

Lovely organization that personally interacts with the sponsors and sponsered. I appreciate the way that practical needs are met through this ministry. ROWAN has had my support for the past 4 years and will continue to!

reidphifer

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known the folks at ROWAN for several years and they and they're work are top-notch and always above board. They are doing great work in Uganda and are worthy of support.

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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.

Carrie Schayer G.

Donor

Rating: 5

ROWAN is a non profit dedicated to truly helping others. The staff is "boots on the ground" and focused on implementing their mission; to help orphans and widows effected by the AIDS virus. They use their funding in a smart and judicious manner and the love they have for their mission is palpable. My family sponsors two of their children monthly and we love to receive updates and photos which is often. If you are interested in truly making a difference in the life of another human being you won't be disappointed with ROWAN.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love how personal this ministry is as a sponsor I see where my support goes and get updates on the child I support! It is led with integrity and passion to empower the widows and orphans in Uganda!

Cowboy Brad

Donor

Rating: 5

ROWAN is a world-class nonprofit! The donor-recipient oversight in the US and in the ground in Uganda defines. Professional, compassionate team that is above reproach in its operations. I have visited Uganda physically on two occasions and they are performing as reported by their leadership.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am so honored to have a platform inwhich to express my feelings, knowlwdge and support for ROWAN !! A young nonprofit, Christian organization, ROWAN is the "pulse of Uganda." The seed of God's love is now in full bloom with ROWAN, which (through the grace of God) has developed a village low in hope into a self-sustaining community whose faith and efforts are framed into a picture of hope for the surounding population to see. The widows and orphans who are discovering hope through Christ's church in an AID's torn region is the BEST financial investment I have ever made. I am so blessed to be a life-long supporter and donor. Brad Young, Elder Acton Faith Bible Church Acton, CA USA

scasale

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ROWAN continues to grow and thrive, making wise and helpful impact in the lives of widows and orphans in Uganda. I am continually impressed with their expanding and thoughtful vision and stewardship of resources. Lives are changed through healthcare, education, food and housing sources and relationship. It’s hard to describe the impact—but each life that’s changed affects several others so the hope and real-world solutions for a host of needs continues to grow.

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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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Donor

Rating: 5

I began sponsoring a child through ROWAN and was given the opportunity to go with a team to Uganda earlier this summer to meet my sponsored child. While in Uganda we participated in many home visits. Never in my life have I seen so many people with so much hopefullness. ROWAN was the reason for this hopefullness. ROWAN offered hope to them in what most of us would feel was a hopeless situation. The trip was life changing. I sat and cried and prayed with these amazing widows and orphans. I saw first hand what my sponsorship money was being used for. I entered homes that were built for the women and children enrolled in Rowan. I also saw the tremendous need for ROWAN and sponsorship. The things that ROWAN is doing in Uganda is nothing short of miraculous. While in Uganda I also was there for the grand opening of the Hall Of Hope, these amazing widows and orphans now have a place to go to learn and worship inside away for the hot African sun and African rains. If you are debating as to weather you should sponsor a widow or a child through ROWAN, you absolutely should!! You would be changing the lives of these incredible, incredible women and children!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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

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.

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!

1 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

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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".

AshleyN

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Being a part of Rowan has greatly humbled me, seeing God transform lives from nothing to something through this great non profit organisation. Wow. All I can say.
ROWAN is exactly what Uganda needed. We can never thank you enough.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have watched ROWAN grow from a dream and passion to a fully operational and professional international non-profit. They combine a rare combination of indigenous led on the ground programing with US based support and accountability. The program is driven and owned by local leaders with "skin in the game". ROWAN reflects the best of a local culturally appropriate approach that is designed for social and economic sustainability.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being involved with this organization has been a catalyst in my life. For as long as I can remember, I have yearned to make a difference and looked for a worthy cause to support. Every single individual involved in this organization has a servant's heart and desires to work together to find a solution for any given problem presented. Rather than throwing money at an issue to make someone feel better, ROWAN seeks to partner by empowering and educating in order to produce sustainability. The widows and orphans are given value and made to feel valued and that is where the change happens and hope comes in. I am honored to be identified with this organization and what they stand for. Growth is evident and there are exciting things happening in communities as a result of the ministry of ROWAN.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ROWAN has become my extended family! I heard about them and went on a short-term trip to their headquarters in Mawanga, Uganda and fell in love with their staff and the people they serve.
They are not just an organization that helps rural Ugandans, they are a group of people -local and American volunteers and staff- that live missionally at every opportunity they can.
I was taken to home after home of villagers and told their stories and how ROWAN has taught them that their is hope and taught them how to dream. Because of ROWAN 30+ villages contain members of ROWAN that have improved quality of life in some way: children sponsored for school, AIDs survivors, widows supporting their families, women saving for entrepreneurial efforts, young adults sponsored for college, villagers in literacy programs, women creating their own farms and most importantly villagers relying on Jesus for their security in every way.
ROWAN is relationally structured and staff visit members homes regularly every week to check up on them, encourage them and pray with them.
They are truly remarkable, always thinking of new ways to help the people in their corner of Uganda and new ways to glorify God.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot express the gratitude I have for this organization. They have spent more time with me as a volunteer than any other organization has. They have listened to my needs, addressed all concerns, and created unique opportunities that benefit everyone. The attention to detail, care, and genuine love they have for everyone they come in contact with is unprecedented. I am truly honored to volunteer with this world-changing organization!

Donor

Rating: 5

We sponsor 5 women and children at Rowan and their co founder Kelsey always keeps us in the loop on how they are doing. There's a Facebook group for all the sponsors too to be updated and we feel so blessed to be connected to such a responsible, accountable and transparent non profit organization that is doing amazing work with women and children. As a sponsor it really makes us feel like we know where our funds are directed to and helps us feel like we are truly making a difference even in the small contributions we can make from wherever we are - that we can play a part even if only by financial means and prayer :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ROWAN is a grass-roots organization providing support and encouragement to so many lives in rural Uganda. Coming alongside what the community is already doing, ROWAN helps to scale up the impact, improving the lives of children and adults. It is strategic and innovative and well worth our investment of time and funding.

1 brandonth93

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an utterly amazing organization that builds up leaders in the communities it operates within. I have never come across a group that more fluidly engages local leaders, donors, and teams from around the world in a partnership that values and maximizes the skills that each individual brings to the table. I volunteered with ROWAN in the summer of 2014 and met a group of Ugandan men and women who care very passionately about their community, especially widows and those suffering from HIV/Aids. They made it a priority to not only coordinate the administration of necessary medication, but also bring impactful change into the lives of individuals in the village by teaching them skills that they could use to build a business and thrive. Treating every person with respect and a implementing a tangible, long-term plan for success are hallmarks of this organization and things that really set ROWAN apart from other organizations I have worked with in the past. I would recommend ROWAN to anyone if they are seeking to donate or volunteer for a group with an impeccable track record who is changing the lives of hundreds of people and growing at an impressive rate. From the top down, I want to stress the character and integrity of the men and women who are a part of ROWAN and the life-changing work they are doing.

Aubua

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I echo all of the reviews that fellow past and present volunteers have written about their experience with ROWAN on their home soil or during their time in Uganda. I traveled to Uganda to intern for ROWAN the summer of 2011 with the intention of serving those I met, building relationships, and changing their lives in the smallest of ways. However, little did I know, the people of Mawanga had hearts that reached out, touched my soul, and changed my life forever.

One specific thing that I appreciate most about ROWAN is where the money goes and how it is effectively used. The money goes to help the orphans and widows; however, it is not handed over to them. It reaches them in the form of ARVs, urgent needs, weekly educational classes, and through a variety of programs that help the people of the village empower and sustain themselves. I have seen it first hand and am grateful that my money is going straight to empowering the lives that I have come to care so much about.

Thank you for you interest in ROWAN! We would love to hear your story and share with you the the stories of our family in Mawanga!

Stay Gold, Aubua

Kate53

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My life collided with ROWAN in January 2013 when I had begun searching for the right organization in Uganda to get behind. I fell in love with the business model and leadership that I saw in ROWAN. They are organized, determined, smart and practical. Their leadership comes from the inside, the very source, Mawanga, and then extends out into others here on the ground in the USA. I had the privilege of visiting Mawanga this July, and I was absolutely blown away. Their programs are built around sound, strategic models for how to make this village and these beautiful people, build lives that are self-sustaining rather than reliant on outsiders. It's so easy to rally others behind this cause, and the efforts of ROWAN, because the people that are leading the organization are honest and genuine. And the people who are benefitting from ROWAN are living stories of the blessing that has come from the time and energy spent building and carrying out ROWAN's vision.

Bess T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The lives of Ugandan villagers this organization touches are truly changed and enriched. The women in these villages have learned how to be self sufficient, provide for their family's and even learn how to save enough money to buy land and have a home built. This non-profit is the best non-profit organization I have ever had the pleasure of being apart of. It is so exciting the movement and momentum this organization has had to strengthen the economy of these Ugandan villages.

katedugg

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Kelsey Hargadine, co-founder of ROWAN, 5 years ago when the organization was just starting out. This past July I was fortunate enough to get to travel with ROWAN to the frontlines - Mawanga, Uganda. It is hard to put the experience into words, but it was an extraordinary trip. ROWAN's leaders were professional in their trip planning and execution of the complex itinerary. I felt safe, cared for, and all the details were taken care of.

Now to speak to their work in rural eastern Uganda - what comes to mind is the strong leadership. Kelsey, along with the local leaders, are great decision makers with hearts of gold. They are visionaries with big dreams - God dreams - and are fully committed to seeing them come alive for this otherwise forgotten community. I was deeply moved by the complete dedication the team has to raising up HOPE in the hopeless. This is a ROWAN specialty.

ROWAN is a part of the very fabric of Mawanga so the leaders know the needs intimately. The impact that their presence and love has had on the community will only be known in Heaven one day.

ROWAN strengths to me include pouring unconditional love on to the women and children, along with empowering them through the teaching of new skill sets and education.

Simply priceless.

JOIN our ROWAN family today and be a witness to God's work in our world!!!

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Kate Duggan
Los Angeles, California

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Donor

Rating: 5

It has been a great privilege to meet and get to know ROWAN's cofounder, Kelsey Young. She is a true visionary and leader who has the biggest heart for the ROWAN community. I believe in her mission and this young non-profit is only going to continue to grow bigger and stronger each year. ROWAN is making a huge, positive impact in Uganda and I am deeply grateful to have the opportunity to play my own very small role. I recommend ROWAN 100%!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

This August I visited the small village of Mawanga, Uganda. It is not on any map, other than God's. In the midst of what most would define as a poverty level community of the lost and forgotten was the most hope & joy I have experience in my adult life. The people there have evidence of God's love...the most visible is R.O.W.A.N. (Rural Orphans & Widows Aids Network). This non-profit was co-founded by village Pastor Paul Nyende and American born Kelsey Hargadine.

If you have ONE CENT to donate...consider the working of non-profit ROWAN in a community that receives the benefit directly from generous donors like you!

Brad Young, Retired Law Enforcement Executive
Los Angeles, CA
actonlawman@yahoo.com

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have recently helped ROWAN though our own charity organisation called Solibad through a common partnership, and I must admit that I was simply amazed by the way Rowan was run both from the USA by Kelsey and Pastor Paul and his staff on site, in Mawenga. They know where they are heading and they are going with a great smile in spite of all the difficulties. Their hearts is a big as their goal even if they have little means to achieve it. They try hard and it makes all the difference.
Most charity organisations tend to help local people financially. At Rowan, they go far beyond that, as they help them spiritually, with joy, and also, they help them help themselves. As an old African saying goes, it is better to teach the fishermen how to catch a fish than to give him a fish. This is what Rowan does.
It's been a real delight to discover this amazing network of people, who are really doing a fantastic job on the field.

Donor

Rating: 5

My sister, Megan, is the co-founder and I have met Kelsey a couple of times. I have only just recently become a true part of ROWAN, but I have watched it grow and know that the world couldn't ask for a better, more ambitious, caring, hard-working, inspired team to help the orphans and widows in Africa. I wholeheartedly agree with their approach for building self-reliance in this village. I have witnessed first-hand the dedication and determination of the people of this organization. They truly want to help. And they ARE helping. I am very happy to be a supporter of this wonderful program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been so blessed by my time spent with ROWAN. The local staff are so warm and genuine, and I have no doubt that they truly care for the widows and orphans in Mawanga. They love God, and their love for God is demonstrated in their love for the people. The organization has inspired me in so many ways, and I would love to return.