ROWAN is a faith-based community of widows, widowers, caregivers and orphans affected by the plight of HIV/AIDS. We have been in existence since 2008 and are now supporting over 300 members across 30 villages. Together we create holistic approaches toward poverty alleviation, resulting in self-reliance.
3 PILLARS OF OUR SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM:
Secure financial needs for individual members:
Establish relationships between the donor and the child/widow.
Empower someone in need toward self-reliance and graduate ROWAN sponsorship.
FREQUENLTY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Will I sponsor an actual child? Yes. You have the opportunity to choose and sponsor a specific orphan or widow and to communicate with them if you choose. This allows you to connect with your sponsored child/widow and to establish a friendship that will carry a special meaning for you both.
How much is sponsorship? Sponsorship starts at $38 a month – that’s $1.26 a day. Your contribution will help change the lives of women and children in Uganda.
What happens to those who aren’t sponsored yet? Our experience has taught us that the most effective way to help children is by combining your sponsorship with those of other sponsors and donors – rather than just giving it directly to your sponsored child. This ensures that children in sponsorship communities, who may never have the opportunity to have a sponsor of their own, will still benefit from your support and our programs. Best way to get those women and children sponsored is to spread the word!
How can I communicate with my sponsored widow or orphan? You will be able to write letters, send emails and send photographs of your family throughout the year. Details are emailed to you once you sign up for sponsorship.
Can I send a special gift to my sponsored child? Yes! You will be contacted once a year to hear the special needs of your widow/orphan and be able to give above your monthly donation. Sponsors have gifted bicycles, school supplies, even small houses! And around the holidays we encourage every sponsor to join our end of year campaign for a special Christmas gift.
How long do I sponsor a widow or orphan? Sponsorship is a voluntary, ongoing contribution depending on the needs of your sponsored member. You decide how long you are able to help. Depending on age of the student or abilities of our widows is in the program, our goal is to see them become self-reliant. For students, that means helping them find their calling and equipping them with training to get a job and take care of themselves. For widows, we help them start or sustain their business, teach them how to save and take care of their own families.
Are my contributions tax deductible? Yes. We will send you a tax receipt at the end of the year specifying your donations. You can also view it under your profile online anytime.
Who can I contact if I have any questions? You may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 970-724-7140. As a sponsor, you can also manage your account through our website.
ROWAN supports the widow or orphan until they are able to sustain themselves with no cut off age. We see students finish school and begin their first jobs; we train widows on starting their own businesses, save and take care of their family.
You get to be a vital part of their journey!
(information taken from promotional brochure for ROWAN Sponsorship Program)