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  • 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 […]
  • When Clean Water is No Longer a Question (7/7/2017) -  We recently partnered with two other organizations to tackle a problem plaguing thousands of rural Ugandans: the shortage of clean, sustainable water sources.   To date, ROWAN has dug six wells, but we serve over 35 villages. Some villages already have wells, but many are still getting water from stagnant ponds. We decided to do something about […]
  • You, Mt. Kilimanjaro, and a School Bus (6/30/2017) - This sounds like the beginning of an absurd joke; instead, it’s the genesis of a dream—and you’re invited to join! Activate your imagination for a moment: You are an orphan. You are infected with or affected by AIDS. You are living in rural Uganda. You know that education is the key to a better life and that it […]
  • “We Couldn’t Stop Holding Hands” (6/23/2017) - The story of how a simple sponsorship blossomed into a friendship Corissa Morrison is a nurse from Southern California and has been a dear friend to ROWAN for many years. Recently, she went to the village for two weeks to assist our newly opened Hope Clinic! While there, she had the opportunity to spend time with her […]
  • Father’s Day, ROWAN Style (6/18/2017) - These men have ventured lovingly into the void of Uganda’s most vulnerable people Why do they do it? They have no familial or legal obligation to serve ROWAN’s orphans and widows; they easily could have said, “Not my problem.” They didn’t. They don’t have to stay, but they do. For these men and others not pictured, being on staff […]
  • Do You Know What Today Is? (6/16/2017) - Education in Africa: From Horror to Hope It’s June 16th—the International Day of the African Child! Beginning in 1991, the African Union designated this day as such, setting it aside to honor the students who were massacred during the Soweto Uprising of 1976. During the uprising, South African students marched for their right to a quality […]
  • A Mother’s Day to Remember (5/15/2017) - We asked for prenatal care support, and you gave it. As ROWAN is serving diligently in the 30 surrounding villages, the need for prenatal care was evident. And because we now have an official clinic, it was our dream to kick off our prenatal care unit as our Mother’s Day Wish. You heard our dreams, […]
  • Celebrate the Women of Uganda! (3/15/2017) - Last week women around the globe celebrated International Women’s Day! According to www.internationalwomensday.com, the ten International Women’s Day values are: *Dignity *Hope *Equality *Collaboration *Tenacity *Appreciation *Respect *Empathy *Forgiveness *Justice   The women that we are privileged to work with in Mawanga and surrounding communities embody these qualities. So many of them have overcome major […]
  • What’s the plan for the land? (2/24/2017) - Land is indeed the greatest investment. ROWAN bought 13 more beautiful acres close to our center! Many of us think there is plenty of land in the rural areas, but it is not so easy to find the right plot. Much of the land is owned by certain clans, which is terribly hard to buy. […]
  • New Year, New Adventures (1/19/2017) - Happy New Year from all of us at ROWAN!     We are so excited to see what God will do in and through ROWAN in 2017! We envision increasing the amount of sponsored orphans and widows, continued success through our saving’s groups, thriving businesses and the opportunity to impact so many lives in Mawanga […]