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  • It’s ROWAN’s 10th Anniversary! (4/23/2018) - View widows and orphans in need of a sponsor In May of 2008, Pastor Paul Nyende and I registered ROWAN as a 501(c)3 with hopes and dreams to empower widows and orphans from helplessness to hope. As we look back on the last 10 years, we have accomplished exactly that. It has come with it’s […]
  • Hepatitis Outbreak – Please Help! (4/12/2018) - DONATE HERE The Mayo Clinic describes Hepatitis B as “a serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). For some people, hepatitis B infection becomes chronic, meaning it lasts more than six months. Having chronic hepatitis B increases your risk of developing liver failure, liver cancer or cirrhosis — a condition that permanently scars […]
  • Little Man, BIG Impact (3/2/2018) - Last week, we had the great privilege of meeting with one of our dedicated donors, Little Man Ice Cream. We used this time to thank them for all that they’ve done and enabled us to do – and most importantly, how they’ve impacted and empowered our orphans and widows. We showed them how we’ve utilized their […]
  • R&R for ROWAN Staff (1/16/2018) - Recently, the ROWAN community decided to start 2018 off right: together. The local ROWAN Staff Members work tirelessly throughout the year to help others, ensure needs are met, and to fill in any gaps when something needs to get done. They are the hands and feet on the ground with those who grieve, grow, and […]
  • The First 10 Years (1/8/2018) - Friends of ROWAN, Can you believe we’ve already been here for TEN YEARS?! We are overflowing with thankfulness, and we certainly could not have accomplished this much without all of your help, prayers, support, and generosity. While we eagerly anticipate the finished construction of the Hall of Hope (which will open just in time for Christmas 2018!), […]
  • Government Update – What the Amendment Means to Ugandans (1/5/2018) - At 73 years old, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni was only two years away from the constitutional age limit to serve as president. However, he just signed into law a new amendment, which abolishes the age limit, thereby allowing him to extend his presidency. Since the beginning of his presidency, Uganda has seen many notable improvements. […]
  • Brick by Brick—Giving Tuesday with a Twist (or TWO!) (11/28/2017) - The turkey is gone, the shopping madness has subsided (slightly?), and today, we slow down and zoom out to refocus on giving even when it hurts, empowering others when we’re out of energy, and generating hope when all we want is to take a nap. slice of great news #1: Giving Tuesday isn’t a one […]
  • How Revive Fit Studio Is Changing the World! (11/21/2017) - Revive Fit Studio approaches fitness holistically by addressing the body, mind, AND spirit of every participant. Not only do they invest deeply in those attending their classes, Revive is also very involved in expanding ROWAN’s ministry to orphans and widows in Uganda! Founder Megan Prentice visited the village—and returned home with a dream and the passion […]
  • Fears We Don’t Have To Face: Eddy’s Response to Election Violence (11/1/2017) - How the Kenyan Re-Election Affects Our Student, Eddy Eddy (pictured above on the right) is currently finishing law school in Nairobi. During Kenya’s recent presidential re-election, which was scheduled after the annulled results from the questionable one in August, Eddy shared with us that he was feeling very nervous about the political climate and fearful about […]
  • Funding for Phase One is DONE! (10/4/2017) - Break out the party hats—we have an exciting update! Co-founders Kelsey and Pastor Paul have enjoyed 30 beautiful, busy days together in America, but it’s time for Pastor Paul to head back to Uganda with some incredible news: By God’s grace and your generosity, Phase One of the Hall of Hope is FULLY FUNDED! Phase […]
  • “We Have Started a Movement” (9/26/2017) - “We have started a movement: A movement with all of you people, who have different skills and ideas—all to improve the lives of widows and orphans affected by HIV and AIDS, so that they may be powerful agents of change in their communities.” — Pastor Paul   Traveling from the east coast to the west with […]
  • DEADLINE EXTENDED – are you big-hearted & adventure-hungry? (9/4/2017) - If you clutch courage tightly in one hand and compassion in the other, we want you on our team! ***The original deadline for this trip was August 31st, but we wondered if we missed a few compassionate trailblazers. If that’s you, we don’t want you to miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime! So we […]
  • The Toddler Who Dreams of Flying a Plane (8/22/2017) - Meet sweet little Alian Walwigi. He’s only 1,000 days into his adventure on earth, but he’s wasted no time dreaming up some big plans! About Alian: – Alian’s grandmother has taken care of him for his whole life. Despite his age, he lightens his grandmother’s load by helping with chores, whether that involves fetching water […]
  • A Sweet Tooth and a Soft Heart: Sponsor Spotlight (8/18/2017) - psssst—if you’re a sucker for free desserts and changing the world, keep reading! What do cupcakes and ice cream have to do with helping orphans and widows in Uganda?   The Dessert Stand What’s better than art that’s made out of sugar and used to help others? Yeah, we couldn’t think of anything either, until we […]
  • Too Much Cuteness from Our Prenatal Clinic! (8/15/2017) - Celebrate with us! This precious boy is the first baby to be born in ROWAN’s prenatal clinic. Amuge Hadija is a brand new mama, and babies don’t come much newer than this beautiful baby boy of hers. He may be the first one to be born here, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be the last—we are expected […]
  • Pastor Paul is coming to America – to meet YOU! (8/9/2017) - KEEP READING FOR EVEN MORE EXCITING NEWS! Pastor Paul is traveling all the way from Uganda to the United States to meet all of you! As ecstatic as we are to have him here at last, our great news doesn’t stop there— Pastor Paul’s purpose in coming is to help raise funds for … (drum-roll please) … […]
  • Friendship Day: Celebrating the Smiles (8/6/2017) - Today, people all across the world are celebrating the significance of friendship! Instead of just talking about it, we want you to see for yourself! We hope you enjoy these snapshots of the deep joy, resilience, and hope found in friendship and in the fabric of fellowship in Uganda.        Thank you for taking a […]
  • Calling Locals and Tourists Alike: Don’t Miss the Jinja Central Market! (7/30/2017) - What kind of market is it, you ask? Well, the “everything” sort—the thousands of vendors at the three-story, four-acre Jinja Central Market meet a vast array of the needs and desires of locals and tourists alike. In a single walk-through, a shopper can purchase anything from fruits and vegetables to clothes, shoes, and furniture; they can acquire electronics, […]
  • Finding Faces Beneath the Facts and Figures (7/25/2017) - Although we would love for all of our readers, sponsors, donors, and partners to visit the people and villages they help from afar, we acknowledge that there may be many practical obstacles and challenges in getting you there. So, we figured we’d use some facts and figures to bring Uganda to YOU! Our purpose in providing […]
  • Ugandan Politics: One Man’s Climb from the Ghetto to Pop Music to Parliament (7/14/2017) - As of late June, Mr. Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu was elected as the newest member of the Tenth Parliament of Uganda. He has long been known by his performing name, Bobi Wine, but before he was known as Bobi Wine, he was not well-known at all. After transitioning from his humble beginnings in the ghetto to a career as […]