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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:

ENTREPRENEURSHIP     EDUCATION     EMERGENCIES     HEALTH CARE

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!

July 7th, 2017

When Clean Water is No Longer a Question

 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 this problem in Busoga, Uganda.

Without water

Lacking accessibility to clean, sustainable water carries a variety of heartbreaking implications. As one of our partners, Love Water, explains, some people do their best to obtain water in any way that they can, which often involves digging pits and waiting for them to fill with rainwater. However, even those fortunate enough to live near a river run the risk of contamination from the ground, the animals, and people using the rivers to wash. For those who do not have the luxury of a nearby water source of any kind must often trek many miles to retrieve it from a source elsewhere.

Did you know that it only costs $5,000 to build a well that will serve thousands?

With water

For the people of Busoga, the new well means:

—clean, safe drinking water

—healthier people who are not subjected to the diseases carried in contaminated water

—less time wasted walking long distances to carry water home, only to have to turn around and make the trip the next day

—healthier students who can invest more energy in their education

More about our recent partners

 

Love Water strives “to provide access to clean water in order to restore health and create opportunity in global communities. We believe that the basic need of water must be met in order for there to be a complete socio-economic transformation from poverty to sustainability… It is our goal to transform the impoverished areas we visit into thriving and self-sustaining groups.” Learn more about this organization here!

Solibad exists “to bring together the badminton community to collect funds in order to help projects involving children in different parts of the planet. We are keen on helping small scale projects initiated by locals or by ourselves. We take action seriously but with humility and without being condescending, by using the time and resources donated by individuals or groups willing to join our cause. We ask everyone to put their skills, enthusiasm, financial help and/or his time for the causes and projects that we support.” Follow this link to learn more about Solibad!

A HUGE thank you to our partners who compassionately acknowledged a basic, unmet need and worked tirelessly to make clean, sustainable water a reality for thousands of impoverished people.

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 lauren@loverowan.com.

Thank you for all of your help!

 

June 23rd, 2017

“We Couldn’t Stop Holding Hands”

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 sponsored child, Maliza, and her family.

Here are Corissa’s reflections on the day she met Maliza:

“It was such a joyous, long-awaited day—[I was finally] able to meet Maliza after two years of writing to each other! It was a beautiful and overwhelming moment [as I visited] with her and her family in their home. We sat down, chatted, got to know each other a little more, laughed, talked about nursing, and cried together.”

Corissa also spoke with ROWAN about the Lord’s sovereignty and a passion she shares with Maliza:

“We couldn’t stop holding hands. It’s amazing how the Lord works so perfectly and placed us together because she wants to be a nurse one day. She is at the top of her class—she is motivated and dedicated to succeed in order to come back and help the people in her village. I feel so proud to know her and to watch her grow as she follows her dreams. It was one of my favorite days—truly a day in the books I will always remember!”

The sole purpose of sponsorship is not just to send $38 across the world. It’s about so much more than a financial transaction—it is about creating real relationships between some of the world’s most marginalized, vulnerable people and those who have the heart and resources to help them.

Are you interested in empowering widows and orphans to become self-reliant? For only $38 per month, you can make a significant difference. This comes down to just $1.26 per day! For more information, click here!

June 18th, 2017

Father’s Day, ROWAN Style

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 is no regular day job. They have stepped in as loving, surrogate fathers to all of our women and children. They give all they can and love them as if they are their own. They contribute significantly as they foster an environment where our women feel safe, secure, and loved by their brothers in Christ. In addition to their commitment to embody Christ’s love to these widows and orphans, their character and behavior are also establishing a new, honorable standard for the treatment of vulnerable women in their society.

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” -James 1:27

We are currently reaching over 30 villages with over 300 widows. If you’re interested in helping us broaden our impact, consider making a donation or joining the sponsorship program!

ROWAN supports widows and orphans with no cut off age until they are able to sustain themselves. We see students finish school and begin their first jobs; we train widows on starting their own businesses, saving their money, and taking care of their families. You get to be a vital part of their journey!