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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.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Dwight P.


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.....

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!!


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.

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