Meet sweet little Alian Walwigi. He’s only 1,000 days into his adventure on earth, but he’s wasted no time dreaming up some big plans!
– Alian’s grandmother has taken care of him for his whole life. Despite his age, he lightens his grandmother’s load by helping with chores, whether that involves fetching water from the well, collecting firewood, or sweeping the kitchen.
– His favorite color is green.
– Alian loves goats because they chew grass while shaking their ears.
– Some of his favorite foods include fish and an African dish called matooke, which you can learn more about here!
Alian hopes that someday he will become a pilot! He has always loved to watch planes fly through the sky, and whenever he sees them, he dreams that someday he might be flying up there, too.
Alian’s birthday is just around the corner: October 24th! He’ll be turning three this year. What birthday present could be better than to enable and empower him to pursue his precious dream?!
If you want to be part of helping Alian’s dream become reality,
ROWAN prioritizes meeting the basic human needs of the orphans and widows in Uganda who have been impacted by AIDS, but we don’t stop there.
We support our orphans and widows until they are able to sustain themselves WITH NO CUT-OFF AGE! Furthermore, we walk with them as they pursue self-sustenance, providing everything from healthy, consistent meals and education/literacy classes to medical care and entrepreneurship training.
To learn more about what sponsoring an orphan or widow might look like, follow this link!
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.
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 last—we 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!
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!
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!