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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

18 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.....

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!!

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!

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.

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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!

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 :)

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!!!

http://loverowan.org/

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

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.

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.

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!!!

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