Turning Dreams into Reality

 

Here is a Video about our DREAM School of Hope! Watch and Dream with us!

The Facts:
-There are 200 secondary school kids from Mawanga.
-Closest secondary school is 20 miles away (3-hour walk by foot)
– Majority of students who graduate do not get the chance to university or learn skills for livelihood.
-Over 50% of these students are orphans.
See where we’re going with this?
Mawanga needs a secondary school. It’s a dream that we are going to pray into reality.
You see, a school is the key to transformational change within this community. Not only will it spur new employment opportunities but it will help to implement quality faith-based education, vocational training, and international teaching. Plus, it will play a crucial role in sustaining ROWAN as a ministry.
Currently, there is no secondary school in the region. Our dream is to build a school in the village for our children to experience quality education, while simultaneously learning vocational skills. That way, by the time they graduate, they will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to start or run a local business! The vocational classes will also be open to our widows, so they can learn a variety of skills to make a living for their families.
Kelsey will be traveling to Mawanga in August to look at the land available and speak to the authorities about how to begin this process.
We would appreciate your prayers regarding this project:
-For sufficient funds and resources to complete the project.
-For a plot of land to open up for the school.
-For wisdom and guidance in getting the project going.
-For the community and it’s leaders to have faith in the project and the willingness to help as needs arise.
Have a heart for Education? Teaching? Vocational Skills? Children? Join us, as we seek to live out our vision to empower and equip ROWAN orphans to live out the fullness of God’s calling over their lives!
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ROWAN Stories Take Center Stage

No matter what tribe or tongue, drama is a timeless universal language. A language through which stories come to life, culture is preserved and information on issues like AIDS, can spread. Local drama director, Mugoya Muzamiru, has started to train our ROWAN youth how to use drama as a form of expression and education.
ROWAN is seeking volunteers with a heart for drama ministry to assist in the training of our children. We also are in need of costumes, instruments and funds to continue the training.
We feel that creating opportunities for our ROWAN kids to express themselves through various creative mediums like music, dancing, and drama, will enrich both their lives and the lives of their community. If you are interested to contribute to this initiative in any way, contact us. We’d love to have you join our next team!
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Housing Hope

Late last year, one of our beautiful women, Mirabu Namunyago, passed away due to several sicknesses caused by AIDs. She left behind five beautiful children—four boys and one girl—to live in their own. The eldest girl is now the head of the household, taking care of her four siblings. They own a small plot of land and have one small grass thatched house.
ROWAN designated caregiver and head volunteer Christopher, to love and help oversee these little ones. He is currently helping with a building project to improve the quality of their home.
Please pray as the local volunteers pitch in to refurbish their home. As the ROWAN community provides support, food and shelter for this family, we hope it will create a safe and loving environment in which they can grow up.

ROWAN Land

Over the last four months, Pastor Paul Nyende has been negotiating with a local farmer to buy his four-acre plot of land. It us located right next to our ROWAN office. The land holds one large house, one small house and 188 healthy coffee trees.
After much prayer and petition, the man brought his price down to a reasonable level. However, the ROWAN board did not have the funds for the land at that time. So they prayed for a miracle and that same week, ROWAN received a check in the mail for the exact amount needed for the land! The land was marked SOLD that very day!
ROWAN is now in the process of deciding how best to utilize the land and all it offers. So far:
-The widows have planted a second pineapple garden on the land with the suckles (seeds) from their first garden.
-Kelsey Young, ROWAN’s co-founder, is setting up plans to sell raw coffee beans in Singapore.
-The main house on the land will become a ROWAN Guest House for anybody to come get involved in the projects. However, the house needs refurbishing before guests can stay comfortably.
If you have any interest in helping in the areas of coffee, agriculture, or improving the Guest House, contact us.

ROWAN Christmas Party 2009

Belated merry Christmas! Hope all went well on your side. I was so much involved in this Christmas party and am happy to give you details. The church was decorated so nicely for the party. We gave out:
The package for the Children to to take home each included the following: (67)
1 pair of bed sheets with pillow cases, Bathing and washing soap, Tooth paste, Tooth brush, Body oil, Balloons, A paper bag
The package for the Widows to take home each included the following. (33)
Kilos of rice, kilos of sugar, and Washing soap
During the party time, we feed both the children and the widows the following
Rice, Meat, Sodas, Ugali (Posho)
We even were able to show Jesus film in Lusoga at the party! It was a good time of sharing together and encouraging these people….Be blessed and Happy New Year!
David Wafula for Pastor Paul”

A Glorious 1st Christmas at the New ROWAN Office

Hello friends, Jambo.
Please I request you not to get tired of my thanking you, there is no way I can avoid thanking you for your commitment towards ROWAN Ministry. Your words have become keys to people’s hearts. The economy is going down but people are ready to give from the little they have. You can imagine!!!! May God Bless you all. Please enjoy the photos of our ROWAN Christmas party At our office. Again thank you so much for your support.
From your brother, Pastor Paul.
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