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Celebrate the Women of Uganda!

Last week women around the globe celebrated International Women’s Day!
According to www.internationalwomensday.com, the ten International Women’s Day values are:

*Dignity *Hope *Equality *Collaboration *Tenacity
*Appreciation *Respect *Empathy *Forgiveness *Justice

 
The women that we are privileged to work with in Mawanga and surrounding communities embody these qualities. So many of them have overcome major adversity and have grown to be respected in their villages. They have forgiven wrongs against them and they strive for equality for themselves and their daughters. They work together to ease the burdens of others and they work hard to accomplish their goals and dreams.

We have seen their lives transformed by the love of Jesus — now they have hope for the future.

 

 
We have seen our women reach their savings goals, after being equipped with the training to put aside a little bit each week. We have seen that grow into enterpreneurship and they have taught us so much about persevering in order to accomplish what they set out to do. These women are my heroes and some of the most giving people I have ever encountered.

Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed.
Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential.
-(http://www.unwomen.org)

 

 
We encourage them to pursue education and to learn new skills in order to improve their earning potential, but we strive to foster sustainable practices. We rejoice with our women and girls who graduate with a degree, build a successful business in their community or band together to rebuild houses. So many stories of hope and victory have emerged from this ministry ROWAN has in Uganda.

Denying the rights of women and girls is not only wrong in itself; it has a serious social and economic impact that holds us all back. Gender equality has a transformative effect that is essential to fully functioning communities, societies and economies.
Women’s access to education and health services has benefits for their families and communities that extend to future generations. An extra year in school can add up to 25 per cent to a girl’s future income.
-(http://www.unwomen.org)

 

 

We would love for YOU to partner with us as we continue to provide more opportunities for these amazing women! Help us empower these people.

And if you ever get the chance to visit Mawanga — know that you will be welcomed and loved by these dear ladies. Everyone who has experienced it knows there is nothing like being welcomed into the village.
 
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Post Author: Liz Kliewer

New Year, New Adventures

Happy New Year from all of us at ROWAN!

 
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We are so excited to see what God will do in and through ROWAN in 2017! We envision increasing the amount of sponsored orphans and widows, continued success through our saving’s groups, thriving businesses and the opportunity to impact so many lives in Mawanga and surrounding communities.
 
Since December and January are the warmest months in Uganda, that means it is time for camp! We recently sent a group of our youth to camp and we are eager to hear all they learned and how they have grown in their faith since their return.
 
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We already have trips planned to take people to the village to get involved in ministry, and we look forward to welcoming them into the family. Looking forward, we are anticipating improvement in farming methods as Robert shares with others what he gleaned from Farming God’s Way this past year.
 
Our leaders have bathed this year in prayer and continue to seek God’s wisdom and guidance as we stay true to the calling and vision of ROWAN. And as always, we welcome YOU to find a way to become involved; whether it be sponsorship, partnering with us or volunteering your talents to serve. Looking ahead to an adventurous year filled with God’s blessings!
 
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Post Author: Liz Kliewer

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.

Post Author: Liz Kliewer

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.

Post Author: Liz Kliewer

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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Post Author: Liz Kliewer

World AIDS Day 2016: Access Equity Rights Now!

“World AIDS Day is observed each year on December 1 and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and remember those who have died. Started in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.” (www.worldaidsday.org) This past July the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) was held in Durban, South Africa. The theme this year is Access Equity Rights Now — in other words, everyone, regardless of their economic situation, gender, geographical location, etc should receive the same opportunities to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS.
 

21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), Durban, South Africa. Sunrise Branding Images of Durban ICC Photo©International AIDS Society/Abhi Indrarajan
21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), Durban, South Africa.
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Photo©International AIDS Society/Abhi Indrarajan

 

Access Equity Rights Now

When Nelson Mandela addressed the 12,000 participants at the XIII International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, no one knew what the future held for the AIDS response. Access to lifesaving antiretroviral drugs in 2000 was sharply limited, and donor spending on AIDS activities amounted only to a small fraction of current funding levels.
 
More than a decade later, the global AIDS response has been transformed. We’ve reached the goal of providing 15 million people with access to life-saving HIV treatment by 2015. Additionally, UNAIDS estimates that from 2002 to 2012, expanded access to HIV treatment averted 4.2 million deaths globally and contributed to a 58% reduction in new HIV infections.
 
However, many of the obstacles that impeded effective HIV prevention and treatment programs in 2000 still exist today. More than 60% of people living with HIV remain without antiretroviral therapy; including women and girls…
(source)

 
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Access Equity Rights Now is a call to action to work together and reach the people who still lack access to comprehensive treatment, prevention, care and support services.
Access Equity Rights Now is a call to action to strengthen the commitment to HIV research evidence-based interventions.
Access Equity Rights Now is a call to action to all HIV stakeholders to unite and overcome injustices caused by violence and the exclusion of people on the basis of gender, class, race, nationality, age, geographic location,
sexual orientation and HIV status.
Access Equity Rights Now is a call to action to repeal laws that infringe on people’s human rights and deny communities the ability to participate in the world as equals.
Access Equity Rights Now reminds us that all our gains will be lost if we do not continue to push forward and build a strong global movement to change the course of the epidemic.
(www.AIDS2016.org)

 
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In eastern and southern Africa, for example, three quarters of all new HIV infections among adolescents aged 10–19 years are among adolescent girls. Adolescent girls are often prevented from accessing HIV services owing to gender inequality, a lack of age-appropriate HIV services, stigma, a lack of decision-making power and gender-based violence. In 2014, only 57% of countries globally (of 104 countries reporting) had an HIV strategy that included a specific budget for women. It is estimated that worldwide only three in 10 adolescent girls and young women between the ages of 15 and 24 years have comprehensive and correct knowledge about HIV. Reaching adolescent girls and young women, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, will be a key factor in ending the AIDS epidemic. (www.unaids.org)

 
We are passionate about bridging the gap, providing education and necessary treatment through our programs in ROWAN and have seen so many success stories. But the unfortunate truth remains that there is still discrimination and basic human rights denied to so many. Help us to continue to reach out to Mawanga and surrounding communities to share the love of Jesus and give hope for the future while serving this demographic by taking care of medical, social and spiritual needs in their lives.
 
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Post Author: Liz Kliewer

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