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ROWAN Annual Report – 2020

2020: The Year of God’s Faithfulness

In spite of (and in light of) the unpredictable, tumultuous year we all had, God proved faithful time and time again!

Thank you for partnering with us in serving hundreds of orphans and widows in rural Uganda. We invite you to celebrate with us as we see all of the small miracles that came through on behalf of these women and children, our neighbors.

We know that when disaster strikes, it always strikes the marginalized hardest. Thank you for the part you played in alleviating that suffering. Your prayers and gifts will have ripple effects for generations, and we’re already seeing evidence of that!

ROWAN deeply values integrity, accountability, and transparency with our community, and sharing this Annual Report for 2020 is one of the ways we are pleased to follow through on that. We hope you enjoy this snapshot filled with testimonies of hope in one of the hardest years the world has seen.



Download this PDF to check it out: 2020 Annual Report – ROWAN

Here’s a sneak peak…

Post Author: Micayla

How to Make Sure You’re Receiving Newsletters

“Why am I not receiving ROWAN newsletters and email updates?”


We know you love seeing good news and exciting updates from ROWAN. If you’ve experienced problems receiving our email newsletters, it’s probably that they’re being mistakenly filtered out of your inbox.


The good news? It’s not your fault, and it’s easy to solve!


Here are some quick fixes to be sure your email settings aren’t preventing you from seeing our encouraging emails:


If you use Gmail:


1. At the top right of your email inbox, click Settings > Mail Settings > Filters (second from the left).

2. Click the tab that says Create a New Filter.

3. In the From field, type “” and “” without changing any other settings on this screen.

4. Click Next Step.

5. Check the box that says Star It.

6. Click Create Filter to confirm.



1. Open an email sent to you by ROWAN. (Check both the inbox and junk/spam folders.)

2. Click on More Options (three vertical dots) in the upper right-hand corner of the email.

3. Click on Add Sender Name to Contacts List.

4. A notification saying “The sender has been added to your contacts list” should appear at the bottom of the screen.

For Apple mail users: 

1. Open an email sent to you by ROWAN.

2. Click “Add to VIPs.” ….. or …..


1. Open an email from ROWAN.

2. Tap the email address or ROWAN (at the top of the email).

3. Tap ‘Create New Contact’ from the menu at the bottom of the screen.


If you use Microsoft Outlook:

1. From the menu, select Actions > Junk E-mail > Junk E-mail Options.

2. Go to the “Safe Senders” tab.

3. Click “Add.”

4. Type “” and “”.

5. Click “OK”.

6. Click “OK” or save.


For those of you using Hotmail/MSN:

1. Login to your Hotmail or MSN Mail account.

2. Click on Options > Junk Mail Protection > Safe List.

3. In the box provided type in “” and “”.

4. Click “Add”.

5. When you see the address you entered in the Safe List box, click on the “OK” button.


If you receive your emails through Yahoo! Mail:

1. Login and click on Mail Options (on the right of your screen) > Filters (on the left of your screen) > Add.

2. Assign a name for this filter: “ROWAN Emails”, for example.

3. Go to the top row labeled “FROM header” (it’s underneath the heading “if all of the following rules are true…”).

4. Click the dropdown menu. Select Contains, then type “” and “” in the box.

5. At the bottom, where it says “Move the message to:”, select “Inbox” from the dropdown menu.

Click Add Filter to confirm.


Need more help?

Click here for in-depth directions to help make sure your email settings are correct based on your email provider. If you’re still having trouble, please email


Please note: Regardless of your email provider, if you see an email from ROWAN in your Junk Mail folder, click “This Is Not Junk Mail” to avoid having ROWAN e-mails sent to the Junk Mail folder in the future!


Post Author: Micayla

Christmas Party + Ice Cream = Everything

Together we raised over $38,000

to buy a bus for ROWAN.

For ROWAN members, the new bus means everything:

– no more time wasted walking countless hours to get to the Hall of Hope

– time + energy reinvested in education + business

– fewer safety threats along the way + more accessible healthcare

– field trip + exploration opportunities

Pastor Paul made the announcement at the Christmas Party. Check out the video:

There was dancing, praying, singing, and lots of laughing. People tried ice cream for the first time ever, they thanked God, and the excitement was off the charts. See for yourself:









Remember when we fundraised for the Hall of Hope for Christmas in 2017?

Here it is: everyone gathered under one roof.


We’re praising God for how far we’ve come in the last decade

and so excited to see where he takes us in the coming decade.


Thanks for supporting ROWAN!


Post Author: Micayla

Cyber Monday Called…

…it wants you to give the gift of


If you’re like most of us, each year while shopping for Christmas gifts you might catch yourself thinking,

“This is great. But it’s all just… stuff.”

Relatable? Well, you don’t have to feel that way today. 

Reports divulge that on Cyber Monday in 2018, Americans spent $7.9 billion. On stuff. We’re still waiting to see what the numbers are this year, but we all know one thing: they’ll be up there.

In the midst of the chaos created during what ought to be the most peaceful time of the year,

consider making a donation in someone’s honor.

It’s easier than wading through online shopping ads, it’s faster than cutting coupons, and it’s just downright fun to be part of something important. When you give a gift in someone’s honor, you’ll help them feel confident that they left this world a bit better than they found it. With this gift, you’re saying,

“I know you’re the type of person who would care about something like this; I know you’re a helper. I appreciate that about you. That’s why I gave this gift in your honor.”

Do you have a child or grandchild who rides a bus? Or maybe your little tribe is just starting to feel like they’ve mastered the bus schedule this year. Are you friends or neighbors with any bus drivers? Do you know any teachers who work at schools where buses safely pick up and drop off students each day? How many buses will you see while you’re driving to work tomorrow?

To many of us, buses have become commonplace. We see school buses, public transit city buses, double-decker buses, mini-buses, shuttle buses, luxury coach buses… but in Mawanga, most folks still get around with the same transportation they were born with: their own two feet.

When you give a bus pass in someone’s honor, that gift restores up to 10 hours in an orphan or widow’s day that they would have spent walking. That could be 70 hours in a week… or up to 3,640 hours in a year. Imagine the possibilities.

Give a Christmas gift your friends and family won’t forget.

Give them a gift they’ll be proud of.


Post Author: Micayla

Honoring Tikabula’s Memory

We just received heartbreaking news that Tikabula Kafuko passed away yesterday at 86-and-a-half years old.     

She will be remembered as a world-changer who had twice as much spunk and life in her than most people have at 25. Tikabula dearly loved to dance, was known to speak boldly, and (as Pastor Paul says) you could always count on her to “make funs” (make jokes). She played an integral part of our pineapple and passion fruit gardens at ROWAN. She enjoyed tending to her small garden at her home, and the community will always remember how hard she worked. Here are some pictures of her gardening:

For the last few years of her long and beautiful life, her body struggled with arthritis and joint pain. Ultimately, she passed away of cancer in her intestines. We would like to thank Tikabula’s sponsors, Norma and Philip Tubbs, for helping make her final years her very best. She called ROWAN “family” and never missed an event. Life expectancy in Uganda is currently about 60 years old, and we are so thankful for so many years beyond that where we were able to learn from and laugh with Tikabula. We are missing her deeply but thankful to know she is resting in the Father’s arms.

If you ever had the privilege of meeting Tikabula, we would love to hear and share your stories and memories to honor her legacy.

Post Author: Micayla

International Day of the Girl

The International Day of the Girl was last week, but we still want you to meet some of our neat young ladies!

Meet Mariam:


She recently finished higher education. With a heart for her nation and especially the women there, she determined to study mass communication and journalism. Her dream is to speak up for women’s rights by documenting stories in Uganda so that each coming generation is one step closer to gender equality. In a country where women haven’t been allowed to own land, Uganda is coming a long way. But paving the road for women’s rights is not going to be a quick or simple task. Young ladies like Mariam represent the way forward, but they can’t do it alone!

Mariam successfully completed our program, but many other young ladies still need your help on their journey! 

Zulaika Babirye:


Joan Naikazi:


Zaina Kagoya:


Consider joining our sponsorship family today!

Many more orphans and widows are still hoping for a sponsor.

Click here to see who you can help!

Post Author: Micayla

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