ROWAN Category

April 12th, 2018

Hepatitis Outbreak – Please Help!


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 the liver.”

We need to test and vaccinate all ROWAN members immediately, as this is highly contagious and is going around the village. One family is already infected, and we want to stop this before it spreads!

Vaccinations for Ugandans, which happen normally in government facilities, include tuberculosis, diphtheria, polio, tetanus, and whooping cough. The Hepatitis vaccine wasn’t added until recently, so many of our adults are especially at risk because they weren’t immunized as children.

We desperately need to test all and treat those who may have it within the month.

Please join us in praying for our village for complete healing as well as relief from some of these awful symptoms! According to the Mayo Clinic, people with Hepatitis B experience very uncomfortable symptoms, including:

– abdominal pain               – joint pain               – loss of appetite               – nausea and vomiting

– dark urine              – fever              – weakness and fatigue              – jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes)


It will cost $15-16 per person to have everyone tested and vaccinated for Hepatitis B. So, for our village of 400 people, we must raise a little over $6,000.

We implore you to share this need with your friends as well as to consider partnering with us yourself in order to prevent the further spread of this ugly virus. Our community is especially at risk since many of our members suffer from HIV/AIDS and already have a compromised immune system.


March 2nd, 2018

Little Man, BIG Impact

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 generosity to sustain our communities during times of hardship so that our orphans and widows NEVER have to wonder whether they’ll have enough meals.

For the last four years, Little Man Ice Cream has generously contributed to the relief portion of our budget, which encompasses our feeding programs. This means that once each month, ROWAN members gather to receive a monthly portion of dry food, primarily consisting of rice and beans, to help them through the next month.

Here is a video of some of our members thanking Little Man Ice Cream!

If you are looking for local businesses to support, Little Man’s is the way to go. Aside from making incredible ice cream, they are actively involved in improving our local and global communities. They generously partner with a wide variety of organizations in order to improve educational programs and alleviate hunger. Keep your eyes open for more locations coming soon!

Thank you, Little Man, for enabling our ROWAN community members to live confidently, for alleviating their worries, and for empowering vulnerable people like our members to achieve independence through sustainable entrepreneurship.



If you are interested in partnering with us or know of another company that would like to support our work in Uganda, please email

January 16th, 2018

R&R for ROWAN Staff

Recently, the ROWAN community decided to start 2018 off right:


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 overcome. Without engaging in healthy self care practices, this life of service can become burdensome. However, we take great care—with a proactive rather than reactive approach—to ensure that our staff is equipped and cared for physically, emotionally, and spiritually, so that they can continue to serve selflessly while maintaining their best and healthiest lives.

Over the course of three nights away from the village, our primary goal was to empower and encourage local staff.

We focused on building them up spiritually and as well as with practical skills to help them succeed—involving anything from how to write formal reports to learning more effective communication strategies. We had training that increased their passion for our pillars of focus: education, medical treatment, entrepreneurship, and emergencies—all with the spiritual element to remind them of the bigger reason and core purpose of what they do! Our staff especially enjoyed participating in team bonding activities as well as receiving individual encouragement as they prepare for the big year ahead. Board Member David Wafula commented on the retreat, sharing that his most pressing goal for this sacred time was to “minister HOPE!” How precious and powerful it is that this rest and restoration happens best in the context of community. Our prayer for all of our readers, sponsors, donors, and followers is that you, too, find time to rest and be refreshed within a community that reminds you of your infinite worth, dignity, and purpose.

Please keep our local staff in your prayers this year!

January 8th, 2018

The First 10 Years

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!), we want to take a moment to rejoice in what the Lord has ALREADY done.

As some of you may know, ROWAN’s theme verse is Romans 5:5—

“Now hope does not disappoint,

because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts

by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

This past decade has been a wild ride, but never ONCE has hope disappointed us. So while we gaze ahead, hoping and dreaming about what the next ten years will look like, we invite you to pause with us, remembering and giving thanks for the first ten.

Stay tuned as we highlight and share with you some of our favorite


We love you guys! Check back soon!



January 5th, 2018

Government Update – What the Amendment Means to Ugandans

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. In addition to greater relative stability, his leadership has allowed for increased economic growth decreased HIV/AIDS, as much of his programming has prioritized education and prevention of the disease.

President Museveni came to power through a coup in 1986, and under his government, the democracy was born in 1996. Under the constitution of the new government, presidential term limits were set at two terms of five years each. However, at the start of his second term in office in 2001, strides were taken to do away with the two-term limit, which would allow Museveni to re-run for the presidential election in 2006. These efforts were successful, and Museveni won yet another election by a landslide, repeating his victories in 2011 and 2016.

During his current term, the threat to President Museveni’s power was no longer term limits, but rather the age limit set in the constitution, declaring that citizens under the age of 35 or over the age of 75 cannot hold the presidential office. This would disqualify the 73-year-old president from further re-election. So, on December 27, 2017, he passed a law, amending the constitution to abolish the age cap.

Although President Museveni’s efforts and programs have greatly improved Uganda, he has been Uganda’s only president. His refusal to relinquish his power for a second time highlights a major concern for many Ugandans, as Uganda has never seen a peaceful transfer of power since declaring its independence from Great Britain.

To learn more, follow this link to read an article published by Al Jazeera, a major global news organization, concerning this new development in Ugandan government. According to MP Robert Kyagulanyi (better known by fans of his musical career as “Bobi Wine”), the age amendment and implicit extension of Museveni’s power indicate bigger issues beneath the surface. Among these problems, Kyagulanyi mentions that over 85% of the Ugandan population is under 35 years old, but that most cabinet ministers are over 70; he sees this imbalance as a foundational for a government that is disconnected from the people it serves. Kyagulanyi also indicates that the message being sent by Museveni’s extended presidency is one of exclusivity that undermines the hope, freedom, and process of democracy rather than helping to prepare the next generation to serve their country well.



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