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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 :)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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Los Angeles, California
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%!!!
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
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.
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.
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.
I've been doing volunteer work my entire life, but I have never before worked with an organization that I have felt this confident in. ROWAN is doing amazing things through local leaders in the areas that it serves. They're building up people to help them solve their own problems and become self-reliant. The opportunity that I had as a short term mission volunteer to walk along side ROWAN and see their vision has inspired me and I plan on supporting them as much as I can for the rest of my life.