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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

77 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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!

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!

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.

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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

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.

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!