Early (eeeaaarrrrrly) this coming Sunday morning (12:01 am, to be exact), a team of college students and their leaders will begin their trek over to the ROWAN village in Uganda. Continue reading “College Students Leave for the Village”
The turkey is gone, the shopping madness has subsided (slightly?), and today, we slow down and zoom out to refocus on giving even when it hurts, empowering others when we’re out of energy, and generating hope when all we want is to take a nap.
slice of great news #1:
Giving Tuesday isn’t a one day sprint for us at ROWAN… we’re marathon-ing this Giving Tuesday for a 17-day stretch, ending on December 15th. Our hope and prayer is that we will receive 1,000 bricks by then. Why? So that we can START BUILDING by early 2018!
Continue reading “Brick by Brick—Giving Tuesday with a Twist (or TWO!)”
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Pastor Paul is traveling all the way from Uganda to the United States to meet all of you!
Pastor Paul’s purpose in coming is to help raise funds for … (drum-roll please) …
We recently partnered with two other organizations to tackle a problem plaguing thousands of rural Ugandans: the shortage of clean, sustainable water sources.
To date, ROWAN has dug six wells, but we serve over 35 villages. Some villages already have wells, but many are still getting water from stagnant ponds. We decided to do something about this problem in Busoga, Uganda.
Lacking accessibility to clean, sustainable water carries a variety of heartbreaking implications. As one of our partners, Love Water, explains, some people do their best to obtain water in any way that they can, which often involves digging pits and waiting for them to fill with rainwater. However, even those fortunate enough to live near a river run the risk of contamination from the ground, the animals, and people using the rivers to wash. For those who do not have the luxury of a nearby water source of any kind must often trek many miles to retrieve it from a source elsewhere.
Did you know that it only costs $5,000 to build a well that will serve thousands?
For the people of Busoga, the new well means:
—clean, safe drinking water
—healthier people who are not subjected to the diseases carried in contaminated water
—less time wasted walking long distances to carry water home, only to have to turn around and make the trip the next day
—healthier students who can invest more energy in their education
More about our recent partners
Love Water strives “to provide access to clean water in order to restore health and create opportunity in global communities. We believe that the basic need of water must be met in order for there to be a complete socio-economic transformation from poverty to sustainability… It is our goal to transform the impoverished areas we visit into thriving and self-sustaining groups.” Learn more about this organization here!
Solibad exists “to bring together the badminton community to collect funds in order to help projects involving children in different parts of the planet. We are keen on helping small scale projects initiated by locals or by ourselves. We take action seriously but with humility and without being condescending, by using the time and resources donated by individuals or groups willing to join our cause. We ask everyone to put their skills, enthusiasm, financial help and/or his time for the causes and projects that we support.” Follow this link to learn more about Solibad!
A HUGE thank you to our partners who compassionately acknowledged a basic, unmet need and worked tirelessly to make clean, sustainable water a reality for thousands of impoverished people.
This sounds like the beginning of an absurd joke; instead, it’s the genesis of a dream—and you’re invited to join!
Activate your imagination for a moment:
You are an orphan. You are infected with or affected by AIDS. You are living in rural Uganda. You know that education is the key to a better life and that it will enable you to pursue your dreams. One day, you learn that someone across the world has decided to love YOU by funding your meals, paying for your medical care, and enabling your education!
Despite this opportunity, one obstacle remains: you have to walk TEN MILES to get to and from school each day.
If you’re walking at a brisk 4 mph, that’s more than 2 hours of walking. More reasonably, a 3 mph pace requires more than 3 hours spent walking.
For our students, this trek is physically draining, which minimizes the effort and focus they have left over for their studies. Furthermore, the amount of time they spend walking makes them vulnerable to kidnapping, abuse, and disease.
This is where the bus comes in.
Common sense, right? Walking this far daily is unreasonable and dangerous. So we’re going to pick our students up and drop them off. This will not only transform an hours-long journey into one that occupies only a matter of minutes—it will also keep our orphans safer and allow them to invest more energy in their academic work.
This is where Mt. Kilimanjaro comes in.
The thing about a bus is that it costs money, and the thing about money is that we needed to find a way to raise it.
We thought the tallest mountain in Africa might catch your attention, so ROWAN launched Good Summits—a campaign that enables members of the outdoor community to combine their passion for adventure with a good cause.
Over the course of 15 days, we will be traveling to Uganda, witnessing and participating in what ROWAN is doing in the villages, and conquering the highest free-standing mountain in the world in order to raise awareness and money for our students’ transportation to school.
This is where you come in.
If you’re interested in harnessing your physical energy, available resources, and hopefulness for the sake and safety of ROWAN’s orphans, we want you to join our dream! There are several ways you can get involved: of course, you can join the expedition that will involve hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro; you can donate gear for other hikers; or you can set aside some money to help purchase the bus!
The proceeds of this effort will enable ROWAN to fund safe, reliable transportation for hundreds of children pursuing an education.
If you’re interested in visiting ROWAN villages and joining the ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro, learn more HERE or go ahead and fill out an application! If you aren’t able to participate but still want to be involved, please don’t hesitate to contact Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for all of your help!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.