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July 25th, 2017

Finding Faces Beneath the Facts and Figures

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 a statistics-based framework of the demographic climate in Uganda is neither to overwhelm you with information nor to overload you with useless facts. Rather, we hope that this will enhance your understanding and expand your empathy for the marginalized people of Uganda; ultimately, our prayer is that this combination of knowledge and compassion translates into some sort of action on behalf of the faces beneath the numbers!

While examining information published by the CIA World Factbook, we stumbled upon some compelling demographic differences. Here is a table depicting some of those differences:


Rather than interpreting these numbers for you, we want to challenge you to reflect on these figures. Form your own opinions; let your compassion and curiosity guide your own research. Ingest information. Ponder well. Perhaps, when you reach the bottom of all of the charts, numbers, graphs, and percentages, you may even pack up and go searching for the people that live the stories those numbers tell. Until then, know that we are thankful for you—for your refusal to distance yourself, disengage, or dismiss the people who rely on your help… the ones whom you provide with hope.

Learn more about how you can join ROWAN in making a dent in some heartbreaking stats:


All incorporated statistics are from The CIA World Factbook. For more descriptions and statistics that numerically depict the reality of life in Uganda, follow this link. As always, we invite you to partner with us on behalf of Ugandans living with or impacted by AIDS however you can!

June 30th, 2017

You, Mt. Kilimanjaro, and a School Bus

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 will enable you to pursue your dreams. One day, you learn that someone across the world has decided to love YOU by funding your meals, paying for your medical care, and enabling your education!

Despite this opportunity, one obstacle remains: you have to walk TEN MILES to get to and from school each day.

If you’re walking at a brisk 4 mph, that’s more than 2 hours of walking. More reasonably, a 3 mph pace requires more than 3 hours spent walking.

For our students, this trek is physically draining, which minimizes the effort and focus they have left over for their studies. Furthermore, the amount of time they spend walking makes them vulnerable to kidnapping, abuse, and disease.

This is where the bus comes in.

Common sense, right? Walking this far daily is unreasonable and dangerous. So we’re going to pick our students up and drop them off. This will not only transform an hours-long journey into one that occupies only a matter of minutes—it will also keep our orphans safer and allow them to invest more energy in their academic work.

This is where Mt. Kilimanjaro comes in.

The thing about a bus is that it costs money, and the thing about money is that we needed to find a way to raise it.

We thought the tallest mountain in Africa might catch your attention, so ROWAN launched Good Summits—a campaign that enables members of the outdoor community to combine their passion for adventure with a good cause.

Over the course of 15 days, we will be traveling to Uganda, witnessing and participating in what ROWAN is doing in the villages, and conquering the highest free-standing mountain in the world in order to raise awareness and money for our students’ transportation to school.

This is where you come in.

If you’re interested in harnessing your physical energy, available resources, and hopefulness for the sake and safety of ROWAN’s orphans, we want you to join our dream! There are several ways you can get involved: of course, you can join the expedition that will involve hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro; you can donate gear for other hikers; or you can set aside some money to help purchase the bus!

The proceeds of this effort will enable ROWAN to fund safe, reliable transportation for hundreds of children pursuing an education.

If you’re interested in visiting ROWAN villages and joining the ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro, learn more HERE or go ahead and fill out an application! If you aren’t able to participate but still want to be involved, please don’t hesitate to contact Lauren at

Thank you for all of your help!


March 15th, 2017

Celebrate the Women of Uganda!

Last week women around the globe celebrated International Women’s Day!
According to, 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 adversity and have grown to be respected in their villages. They have forgiven wrongs against them and they strive for equality for themselves and their daughters. They work together to ease the burdens of others and they work hard to accomplish their goals and dreams.

We have seen their lives transformed by the love of Jesus — now they have hope for the future.


We have seen our women reach their savings goals, after being equipped with the training to put aside a little bit each week. We have seen that grow into enterpreneurship and they have taught us so much about persevering in order to accomplish what they set out to do. These women are my heroes and some of the most giving people I have ever encountered.

Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed.
Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential.


We encourage them to pursue education and to learn new skills in order to improve their earning potential, but we strive to foster sustainable practices. We rejoice with our women and girls who graduate with a degree, build a successful business in their community or band together to rebuild houses. So many stories of hope and victory have emerged from this ministry ROWAN has in Uganda.

Denying the rights of women and girls is not only wrong in itself; it has a serious social and economic impact that holds us all back. Gender equality has a transformative effect that is essential to fully functioning communities, societies and economies.
Women’s access to education and health services has benefits for their families and communities that extend to future generations. An extra year in school can add up to 25 per cent to a girl’s future income.



We would love for YOU to partner with us as we continue to provide more opportunities for these amazing women! Help us empower these people.

And if you ever get the chance to visit Mawanga — know that you will be welcomed and loved by these dear ladies. Everyone who has experienced it knows there is nothing like being welcomed into the village.
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November 30th, 2016

World AIDS Day 2016: Access Equity Rights Now!

“World AIDS Day is observed each year on December 1 and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and remember those who have died. Started in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.” ( This past July the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) was held in Durban, South Africa. The theme this year is Access Equity Rights Now — in other words, everyone, regardless of their economic situation, gender, geographical location, etc should receive the same opportunities to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS.

21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), Durban, South Africa. Sunrise Branding Images of Durban ICC Photo©International AIDS Society/Abhi Indrarajan

21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), Durban, South Africa.
Sunrise Branding Images of Durban ICC
Photo©International AIDS Society/Abhi Indrarajan


Access Equity Rights Now

When Nelson Mandela addressed the 12,000 participants at the XIII International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, no one knew what the future held for the AIDS response. Access to lifesaving antiretroviral drugs in 2000 was sharply limited, and donor spending on AIDS activities amounted only to a small fraction of current funding levels.
More than a decade later, the global AIDS response has been transformed. We’ve reached the goal of providing 15 million people with access to life-saving HIV treatment by 2015. Additionally, UNAIDS estimates that from 2002 to 2012, expanded access to HIV treatment averted 4.2 million deaths globally and contributed to a 58% reduction in new HIV infections.
However, many of the obstacles that impeded effective HIV prevention and treatment programs in 2000 still exist today. More than 60% of people living with HIV remain without antiretroviral therapy; including women and girls…

Access Equity Rights Now is a call to action to work together and reach the people who still lack access to comprehensive treatment, prevention, care and support services.

Access Equity Rights Now is a call to action to strengthen the commitment to HIV research evidence-based interventions.

Access Equity Rights Now is a call to action to all HIV stakeholders to unite and overcome injustices caused by violence and the exclusion of people on the basis of gender, class, race, nationality, age, geographic location,
sexual orientation and HIV status.

Access Equity Rights Now is a call to action to repeal laws that infringe on people’s human rights and deny communities the ability to participate in the world as equals.

Access Equity Rights Now reminds us that all our gains will be lost if we do not continue to push forward and build a strong global movement to change the course of the epidemic.


In eastern and southern Africa, for example, three quarters of all new HIV infections among adolescents aged 10–19 years are among adolescent girls. Adolescent girls are often prevented from accessing HIV services owing to gender inequality, a lack of age-appropriate HIV services, stigma, a lack of decision-making power and gender-based violence. In 2014, only 57% of countries globally (of 104 countries reporting) had an HIV strategy that included a specific budget for women. It is estimated that worldwide only three in 10 adolescent girls and young women between the ages of 15 and 24 years have comprehensive and correct knowledge about HIV. Reaching adolescent girls and young women, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, will be a key factor in ending the AIDS epidemic. (

We are passionate about bridging the gap, providing education and necessary treatment through our programs in ROWAN and have seen so many success stories. But the unfortunate truth remains that there is still discrimination and basic human rights denied to so many. Help us to continue to reach out to Mawanga and surrounding communities to share the love of Jesus and give hope for the future while serving this demographic by taking care of medical, social and spiritual needs in their lives.
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November 3rd, 2016

2016 Top Rated Non-Profit Organization

We can’t do what we do without our supporters and are truly thankful for each donor, volunteer and partner in this ministry.

God is so good to us! For another year we have been awarded as one of the top rated non-profit organizations on Here is a sampling of the reviews we have received recently.

During my time living in Uganda I had the privilege of spending time with ROWAN. The leadership are faithful, authentic, and serve with integrity. I experienced a community marked by joy and hope. The leadership and staff of ROWAN are inspiring the whole community to pursue lives of wholeness.


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!


I have watched ROWAN grow from a dream and passion to a fully operational and professional international non-profit. They combine a rare combination of indigenous led on the ground programming with US based support and accountability. The program is driven and owned by local leaders with “skin in the game”. ROWAN reflects the best of a local culturally appropriate approach that is designed for social and economic sustainability.

Read more reviews about ROWAN and add yours here!