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August 18th, 2017

A Sweet Tooth and a Soft Heart: Sponsor Spotlight

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 started talking about the fact that they don’t just have a bakery—get this: they also have a mobile dessert food truck.

And the sweet facts don’t stop piling up there! The Dessert Stand supports ROWAN monthly and is generously donating 100 cupcakes for the upcoming event with Pastor Paul on September 9th.

It seems that the only thing more beautiful than the cupcakes and desserts they create is the fact that they do this all with generous hearts and seek out ways to improve the lives of others. That’s one of many reasons we are proud to call them our partners! If you have a chance, go check ’em out. Eat some sugar art (sugart?) and help change the world!

Little Man Ice Cream

Have you ever walked past a 28-foot tall milk can in Denver’s Highlands? The one where people arrive in droves and depart with satisfied smiles and mouthwatering ice cream in hand? That’s another one of our business partners!

Little Man “was built on a belief: a belief that business exists to make a difference. Since the day we opened for business, we have made giving back a part of who we are.”

Here’s how they have faithfully supported our orphans and widows:

“Since most of ROWANS adult beneficiaries are HIV+ themselves, it is critical that they receive proper nutrition to supplement their medication. Since 2014, [we have] supported a Saturday food program at their community center aimed at increasing their health and well-being. [It] includes two meals on Saturdays for 130 children at the center, as well as the provision of bags of food for 100 families to take home for the rest of the week.”

fellow sugar addicts, here comes the part where we let you in on Part Two of free dessert!

On top of all of their past and current contributions, Little Man has agreed to — drumroll, please! — let us use their space for free for the event with Pastor Paul as well as give us FREE ICE CREAM!

We invite you to join us as we support these incredible businesses that are full of selfless, passionate people. They inspire us, as they have proved time and time again that you can turn almost ANYTHING — any passion, time, resource, or talent — into an avenue for helping others.

Thank you to The Dessert Stand and Little Man Ice Cream for dreaming big with us and for never settling for dreams that stay as just dreams.

 

 

All pictures and excerpts in this post are the property of the specified businesses.

August 15th, 2017

Too Much Cuteness from Our Prenatal Clinic!

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 lastwe are expected to have about 30 pregnant mamas coming to our clinic in the near future!

In order to ensure that these women receive proper care, ROWAN is actively pursuing a grant for prenatal vitamins. Unfortunately, the government and other organizations in the ROWAN area do not supply prenatals. Therefore, we are advocating for our women and finding a way to get these vitamins to them. Without the vital nutrients found in prenatal vitamins, it can be more challenging to prevent or combat problems that may arise with a pregnancy.

ROWAN loves to empower and equip Ugandan mothers as they bravely embark on the adventure of motherhood!

Do you share our heart for these women and babies? Join us! We seek to provide high quality medical care to the people of Uganda, beginning with the widows, orphans, and women just like Amuge Hadija, who is learning quickly and working hard to be there in every way for her new son.

We need you on our team!

August 9th, 2017

Pastor Paul is coming to America – to meet YOU!

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)

the first actual ROWAN building: the Hall of Hope! Most organizations build big structures and hope people show up. Instead, we’ve served thousands of people under the trees for 10 years, and it’s finally time to build a building!

 

Our fundraising efforts and Pastor Paul’s visit are about so much more than just a building, though. The way we serve Ugandan orphans and widows is through our programs, and ALL of our programs will be housed there— savings groups and business courses, Saturday kids’ programs, tutoring and counseling, HIV training, sewing and jewelry-making classes, and every other meeting or event imaginable will all take place in this building:

 

 

This will allow us to be even more inclusive and hospitable to those in the surrounding community, and it will also make our programs and service more effective! THANK YOU for partnering with us as we take this next step!

 

Colorado friends—want to meet Pastor Paul, learn more about the Hall of Hope, AND get some free ice cream?! Come hang out with us! We’ll be at Little Man Ice Cream on September 9th from 7 – 9 pm. We’d love to have you join us! Just email kelsey@loverowan.org by August 31st with your number of guests!

 

Not in Colorado but still eager to spend some time with Pastor Paul and hang out with the ROWAN team? CLICK HERE to access our calendar and schedule of events that outline Pastor Paul’s time here!
August 6th, 2017

Friendship Day: Celebrating the Smiles

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 moment to rejoice with us over these friendships. We challenge you to tell a few of your friends how they’ve changed your life today!

Friendship is a centerpiece of ROWAN’s work. We love to connect with Ugandans who suffer with or who have been affected by HIV/AIDS and help them in any way possible. In doing so, we’ve had the joy of building many sweet friendships with the people we help. Our hearts are with them today! To learn more about ROWAN’s presence in Uganda, click here!

We also love to befriend our sponsors and hear stories of how our sponsors become friends with those they choose to help. If you have a story you’d like to share with ROWAN, please comment below or reach out to Kelsey at kelsey@loverowan.org. We’d love to feature your story!

 

July 30th, 2017

Calling Locals and Tourists Alike: Don’t Miss the Jinja Central Market!

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, household appliances, arts and crafts, and many souvenirs. On top of all of this, the variety of products and energy of the atmosphere guarantee an unforgettable cultural and social experience.

The Jinja Central Market has served as a primary location for business, socializing, and tourism since 1932, but the local government recently recognized and responded to the need for updates and expansion in order to enable greater economic prosperity for the Ugandan people. Thus, in 2014, they undertook a $11-13 million dollar project, rebuilding the Jinja Central Market from the ground up.

Their purpose? According to the report published by Uganda’s official Office of the Auditor General, their aim was documented as follows: “Jinja Central Market was built to serve as a regional market for the districts of Buyikwe, Mukono, Kayunga, Iganga, Kamuli, Buyende, Pallisa, Kibuku, Budaka and Mbale districts. Following its completion and hand over, the market is now fully operational with registered vendors of over four thousand. The project objective [was] to provide additional working space, improve working conditions, [create] social amenities, [and establish] better trading opportunities for vendors.”

If you are interested in seeing the market for yourself but cannot travel there at this time, you may find a virtual visit via this video intriguing! Just follow this link!