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November 1st, 2017

Fears We Don’t Have To Face: Eddy’s Response to Election Violence

How the Kenyan Re-Election Affects Our Student, Eddy

Eddy (pictured above on the right) is currently finishing law school in Nairobi. During Kenya’s recent presidential re-election, which was scheduled after the annulled results from the questionable one in August, Eddy shared with us that he was feeling very nervous about the political climate and fearful about the implications of this re-election.

Despite our own tumultuous stateside election last fall, our election-related fears seem insignificant and even petty when compared with political situations elsewhere, including Kenya. As they seek to implement democracy, free and fair elections come at a price—often including inevitable violence between opposing parties, polling stations enduring attacks of various sorts, barricaded roads, and the deaths of targeted victims as well as innocent civilian bystanders.

This re-election was no exception, and the validity of Eddy’s fears has been confirmed in many heartbreaking stories since then. Despite his fears, Eddy will continue to study hard, preparing for the selfless career he’s long pursued: as a lawyer, he plans to offer his expertise as a source of hope, becoming a legal voice for the voiceless.

What can you do?

Join us in praying for Kenya and other African governments that are desperately taking strides towards stability in their courts and safety in their neighborhoods.

Join us in praying for Eddy—that he would remain brave and determined to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

Join us in praying for our other sponsored students and those yet to join our program, who also have big dreams that may take them into scary places, just like Eddy’s. In fact, if you’re interested in helping other ambitious but underprivileged kids like Eddy pursue their dreams, please follow this link to read the stories of the kiddos who are waiting for your help!

And finally, join us in praying for our world—that we would all be a bit more relentless in hope, more resilient in adversity, and more committed to compassion for one another.


October 4th, 2017

Funding for Phase One is DONE!

Break out the party hats—we have an exciting update!

Co-founders Kelsey and Pastor Paul have enjoyed 30 beautiful, busy days together in America, but it’s time for Pastor Paul to head back to Uganda with some incredible news:

By God’s grace and your generosity, Phase One of the Hall of Hope is


Phase 1 focuses on building a proper foundation, which includes the 7,750 square-foot cement slab for the building. This aspect is absolutely essential in order to get the best, safest, and longest-term use out of the community center!

This means we are one phase closer to having a place to call our own, where we will host all weekly activities and provide office space for our 20 local staff. Your contributions will enable even more programming, which will include classes and sessions on literacy, business and savings, HIV training, kids’ programs, counseling, and worship and holiday programs, just to name a handful!

Together, with your help and local partnership, this project will take place in four phases. We are overflowing with thankfulness to know that funding for Phase One is DONE!

Stay tuned for more updates on upcoming phases and invitations! 

September 26th, 2017

“We Have Started a Movement”

“We have started a movement:

A movement with all of you people, who have different skills and ideas—all to improve the lives of widows and orphans affected by HIV and AIDS,

so that they may be powerful agents of change in their communities.”

— Pastor Paul


Traveling from the east coast to the west with several stops between, Pastor Paul made the trip to America to share about our biggest need: a building. After serving faithfully under the trees for over a decade, we’ve finally agreed that it is TIME to build a community center!

For those of you who were able to join us for a night of free ice cream and loads of laughter at Little Man Ice Cream, GUESS WHAT? $14,545 came in toward Phase 1: the Foundation! Since that night, our donations have been climbing… We have officially raised $17,145!

That means we only need about $33,000 to finish Phase 1. Despite the temptation to call this number daunting or disheartening, we are determined to do everything we can to get it done…but we can’t do it without you!

To learn more about what the Hall of Hope is all about, take 4 minutes and check out our latest video, filmed by the incredible Kairos Media!

Please prayerfully consider helping us finish Phase 1 of the Hall by September 30—we need you on our team!

To learn more details and to donate, CLICK HERE! 

September 4th, 2017

DEADLINE EXTENDED – are you big-hearted & adventure-hungry?

If you clutch courage tightly in one hand and compassion in the other, we want you on our team!

***The original deadline for this trip was August 31st, but we wondered if we missed a few
compassionate trailblazers. If that’s you, we don’t want you to miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime!
So we decided to extend our deadline through the end of September. ***

At ROWAN, we’re all about finding creative ways to bring hope to the helpless.
This time, we’re coming at it from a new angle. A very steep angle. Like tallest-mountain-in-Africa steep…
We will be conquering Mt. Kilimanjaro and spending some time in a ROWAN village! During this trip, you’ll get to see exactly how your generosity, prayers, and participation impact real people every single day.
A few fun facts if you’re still on the fence:
 This trek up Kilimanjaro will feature a great variety in scenery, as you will hike through FIVE
completely different climates!
 By the end, you will have conquered the most accessible high altitude challenge available.
 From the top, you will watch an unfathomably beautiful sunrise and enjoy a clear view of the Earth’s

Ready to apply?! CLICK HERE! When you’re finished, send your completed application to

For some fun facts about Kilimanjaro, follow this link.

To learn more about the company we’re going with, click here.

And finally: the last link! The one below will take you to the main page so that you can explore the details of the trip 🙂


Good Summits


If you can’t come, can you think of anyone else who might be interested? Please share this with them!

August 22nd, 2017

The Toddler Who Dreams of Flying a Plane

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!

About Alian:

– 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,

explore the possibility of sponsoring him!

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!