ROWAN: A Year in Review

We are so thankful to God for blessing this ministry and providing for our needs. We could not have done all that we accomplished in the last year without our loyal sponsors, prayer partners and fellow non-profit organizations with which we network.

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Highlights of 2016

This past year has gone by so quickly and was very eventful for ROWAN. We now have 150 sponsored orphans/widows, our people survived a famine, we have seen growth in savings and local businesses, participated in several fund-raising campaigns, learned how to make bricks and build houses, seen an election, watched one of our orphans graduate with a degree, and hosted many visitors in the village.
 
JANUARY
–>Annual ROWAN Staff Retreat
 
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FEBRUARY
–>Elections in Uganda — President Museveni was re-elected, but God remains in control
MARCH
–>Unbridled Acts visits Mawanga
 
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We are thrilled for the future of Unbridled Acts and thankful for their support, friendship and transparency! The Lord blesses those who live as servants to one another, not competitors. ~Kelsey Hargadine, Co-founder

APRIL
–>Received donation from Solly Baby (wraps to help mommas carry their babies safely while working)
MAY
–>Raised funds for 3 brick machines, which resulted in building many houses for those in need!
 
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–>2nd Summit for Uganda Unite (35 people, 12 non-profit organizations, 2 businesses involved)
JUNE
–>team from Harvard and Cornell Universities in Mawanga
–>Mariam graduates with Bachelors in Mass Communication
 
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JULY
–>Culver Christian Church en route to Mawanga
AUGUST
–>Partnership with Revive Fit Studio
SEPTEMBER
–>Reports from Savings’ Group Successes
OCTOBER
–>Wyatt’s goats — we raised funds to purchase 50 more goats for people in the villages!
 
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NOVEMBER
–>Named top-rated non profit organization
–>Campaign for a Safe Place to Dream
DECEMBER
–>ROWAN Christmas Party – 337 sleep bundles distributed
 
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Thank YOU for making this a successful year and enjoy as we remember all that God has done in and through ROWAN the past twelve months.

What Christmas Looks Like in Mawanga

Christmas is a season centered around the person of Jesus Christ; how He came to earth as a baby and was the greatest gift to mankind. Many people around the world celebrate by giving gifts to each other and spending time together rejoicing that the Christ child was born in a manger many years ago.

And Mawanga is no exception — just a few days ago the people of ROWAN gathered for the annual Christmas party. Look at their faces…Joy. Wonder. Amazement. Never have they received a gift like this one.

 
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People gathered from Mawanga and surrounding villages like they do each year, but they had no idea what was in store for them. Up until the truck carrying all these gifts arrived, our villagers had no idea they would be going home with their very own mattresses.
 
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Just look at the mountain of mattresses we created for this celebration!

Because of God’s goodness and provision and the generosity of so many of YOU we were able to distribute 370 mattresses, blankets and mosquito nets this year!

 
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This is the first mattress the majority of these people have ever owned. And it truly is a life-saving gift; as the mattress will keep them off the ground, the blanket will keep them warm, and the mosquito net will help protect against malaria. I forgot how much you can fit on a boda boda — but as illustrated here, where there’s a will there’s a way.
 
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So to everyone who was involved in this mattress giveaway, whether it be by prayer or financial support — THANK YOU! To God be all the glory for what He has accomplished.

From Famine to Strategic Farming

This is a season that can get so busy amid the packed schedules, growing to-do lists and preparations for the holidays. But it is good to stop, change our perspective, and remember how we have been blessed. So much has happened in the past several months on the ground in Mawanga and surrounding communities. Our people have seen joys and triumphs, but also experienced sorrow and faced hardships.
 
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If you recall with me, just a handful of months ago our people were struggling with a famine like we had never seen before. Families were starving, supplies were exhausted and we prayed for a miracle — that God would intervene. Funds were raised and grain was purchased to assist the many hungry mouths that needed to be fed. But we also took a step to be proactive. We wanted to plan ahead and attempt to prevent tragedies like this in the future.
 

So we sent one of our own, Robert, to Farming God’s Way in Kampala. The idea was to put him through training and in turn, he would come back and share all he had learned with various villages.

He set out to learn all he could about strategic farming and maintaining a sustainable way of living through farming. He started later than many of the other participants, and had to catch up on a portion of the classes.
 
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But praise God, he completed the training! Robert recently graduated from Farming God’s Way and has returned to Mawanga to share his knowledge. Here he is with Pastor Paul, beaming from ear to ear…and we couldn’t be prouder. Thank YOU for supporting this venture; for trusting God to complete this work and investing in lives and communities around Eastern Uganda. We are excited to see the fruit of this labor in the coming months and years.
 
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