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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

ROWAN is the most incredible organization I have ever worked with. I have seen the healing and hope God has done through ROWAN first hand. I started out as a college intern because I knew their holistic approach and emphasis on building self reliance was the best model for long term positive impact. I had to be a part of sharing that vision! Then I had the opportunity to see the work being done in the villages for myself. That experience changed my life as well as the lives of my Ugandan friends. When visiting the homes of the widows I saw hope enter their lives when our Ugandan volunteers told them about their options for bettering their lives through our micro enterprise opportunities, or through medical aid. The intense poverty of those villages are haunting, but not without hope. ROWAN has tapped into that hope and you can SEE how the villages have improved. The students in our education program melted my heart. Their dreams and their zeal for life might not have ever been heard or encouraged if not for ROWAN. Those kids are talented and smart! They deserve an education! ROWAN is passionate about giving those kids an environment where they thrive physically, mentally, and spiritually. Every person in ROWAN knows they are amaka (family). I love my amaka! Even though I visited the village over a year ago, I still keep on contact with my dear friends from the village. It's speratic of course, but precious. I was so excited this winter when my church's youth group did the Let's Make Cents program and raised school tuition for a student I met and befriended in the ROWAN program. ROWAN works to build authentic relationships between supporters and the village. To pass over ROWAN is to pass over miracles being done. Your heart will be changed the more you plug into ROWAN! There's no other organization like ROWAN in the world!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a blessing to walk alongside the staff with ROWAN in Mawanga, Uganda. They love Jesus, love their community, and love visitors! We were brought into their ministry as welcome participants in their life as community. Their hospitality was filled with kindness and generosity. We loved our evening chats over beans, rice, greens, hot sauce, and boiled milk! Our team of volunteers saw many facets of effective community development - from successful savings and loan groups, to adult literacy training, to developmental programs for orphans and agricultural training for widows. We wholeheartedly endorse this non-profit and look forward to supporting them in any way possible.

Donor

Rating: 5

I met the co-founder, Kelsey Hargadine, last year when we were both living in Kremmling, CO. What an inspiration she is! I sat back and listen to her heart about Uganda and Jesus...and fell in love with both. Uganda, for the first time, and Jesus--well, that's continual:-) She brought ROWAN to this small mountain town and to me! Whenever I wear the beads of hope, I think of the verse that ROWAN lives out - because hope doesn't disappoint!

Donor

Rating: 5

I first gained a passion for Uganda after studying abroad there last fall. After returning back to Colorado I had the privilege of meeting co-founder of ROWAN, Kelsey. Kelsey's love for the orphans and widows was evident in our very first conversation. I saw a lot of ministries while in Uganda that attempt to force their "Western ways"and typically end up failing, but ROWAN is different. ROWAN is family. People from around the world coming together to better each others lives, and it is one of the most unique organizations I have ever had the chance to be a part of. They are on to something great, and I can't wait to see how the Lord will continue to bless them.

Advisor

Rating: 5

ROWAN does the Lord's work, plain and simple. From supporting widows and orphans to bringing medicine and clean water to the region, ROWAN touches all aspects of the people of Uganda.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met the founder, Kelsey Hargadine, in Singapore and we have been best friends ever since. There are so many things I could say about Kelsey, but one thing that I think stands out the most is her dedication and commitment to carrying out the mission and vision of ROWAN. She has put her whole heart and soul into this ministry and the fruits are showing as a result. She has a heart for the African people like no one I have ever seen and I can't wait to continue to watch this ministry grow and thrive through her extraordinary ability to connect people together and rally them around a common vision. God is glorified and people's lives are being changed each day through ROWAN!!

Michaela W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with ROWAN for about a year now and the experience has been simply life changing. ROWAN is a non-profit that, not only cares for widows/orphans urgent needs, but also gives them a sustainable life. ROWAN has taught me so many things about ministry and life. I love working side by side with people that understand how to live in community well.

Leigh3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known the co-founder of ROWAN, Kelsey Hargadine, for about 7 years. Through those years I have seen her grown the beautiful vision that GOD gave her into a very personal, powerful, positive and prayerful ministry organization that is doing amazing things in Uganda! Her heart for the people is contagious, her love for God permeates all aspects of ROWAN and the ministry as a whole is growing and thriving!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I get to know about Rowan at the year of 2010 when Kelsey was in Singapore speaking to a group of students and i'm one of the them! I graduated at year of 2011, April, and decided to go for a graduation trip, so this is how my volunteering journey with Rowan begin. I graduate as nurse and thus i'm finding way if i can contribute in anyway, after being in touch with Rowan, i realize that i can put it to good use in the village clinic. After much planning and arrangement, I flew to Uganda and into Mawanga village for 3 months and eventually came up with a needs assessment proposal for the clinic. Rowan is supporting the villagers by empowering them with life skills to eventually becoming independent with living, having them becoming a member of Rowan for those who are orphan and women who are infected with Aids. Supporting them financially for medical health care is just one of the aspect and is also the area that i'm focusing in due to my faculty. Rowan started out with tears but ever since it show how great a positive impact it has in the village, joy is what they have now, yes it tough but it can be even tougher if it's without the presence of Rowan. I always find it amazing how a nonprofit like Rowan that situate in a village like this can gain recognition world-wide, even in Singapore! Thank you Rowan for even impacting my life for good!

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering for this great nonprofit this Summer. It has been a wonderful experience. ROWAN is so open about their work in Uganda, and the ROWAN team are definitely the kind of people who live what they believe. ROWAN helps serve the widows and orphans of Uganda, Africa. They empower the village to become a self-sufficient community, and their efforts there do not go to waste! It's a privilege to write a review for this nonprofit, because I feel like they have done so much more for me than I am doing for them. Glory to the Lord!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ROWAN is an amazing organization with firm foundations and the ability to truly do the work they set out to do. I get the email notifications sent to me, and love reading about how they are teaching widows and orphans with AIDS. I am constantly surprised by their updates, as they are always full of deeds they are doing for the people of their community. I believe wholeheartedly in their ability to change lives and if given the opportunity, to grow in their outreach exponentially.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with this organization and have been able to experience, first hand, how much it is doing to personally affect the everyday lives of orphans and widows living in a very remote part of Sub-Saharan Africa who have been affected by AIDS. They are learning how to sustain themselves and become active members of their community, and getting some much-needed supplies and support in the process. Every person on the ROWAN team has a heart for the people. The founder, Paul Nyende, is the best of men; the co-founder, Kelsey Young, is an amazing young woman with an incomparable drive and spirit for the women and children; and the other volunteers who head up the organization are all people I would call friends. Honestly, I couldn't dream up a better organization.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Begun in 2005 as a ministry to rural Uganda, ROWAN seeks to transform and empower AIDS victims to a state of spiritual strength and economic independence. Current 30+ adults attend the Adult Literacy Program, the Mawanga Medical Clinic impacts a rural population of approx. 8,000 with ROWAN's assistance and support, Micro-enterprise allows its sponsors to meet weekly to decide organization and maintenance of pineapple farming and other agrarian projects,the Higher Education Program is sponsoring its first orphan at law school at Kampala Univ, Vocational Training in something that ROWAN would like to expand, Bibles and Studies complement the Adult Literacy Program. These are life changing programs, done in the name of Jesus and a small amount of U.S. dollars does so very much! ROWAN overhead is all volunteer.