ROWAN Category

April 23rd, 2018

It’s ROWAN’s 10th Anniversary!

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In May of 2008, Pastor Paul Nyende and I registered ROWAN as a 501(c)3 with hopes and dreams to empower widows and orphans from helplessness to hope. As we look back on the last 10 years, we have accomplished exactly that. It has come with it’s ups and downs as you can imagine, but the joy of watching our students walk across the graduation stage is unspeakable. When we see a widow become successful in her business venture, we thank God. When we gather all 400 members together for our monthly feeding program, we serve with great thanksgiving. When we hear 150 children worshiping our Father God, it brings heaven to earth. And this is just the beginning.

Over the next several weeks we will post our top 10 accomplishments over the last 10 years, because we could not have done anything without your support. Pastor Paul and his local staff are the true heroes of this ministry, but they are fueled and encouraged by your love. We want you to know all you have done to transform lives in Uganda, so stay tuned!

As we celebrate our 10th Anniversary, we are challenging YOU to help us increase 10 new sponsorships each month until the end of the year.


Because that will cover all the remaining women and children in current need of a sponsor. And because you can trust us that every sponsorship dollar goes to work ensuring that woman or child is cherished and taken care of by our loving ROWAN family.

Thank you for spreading the word. Lets do this together!

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Kelsey Hargadine

April 12th, 2018

Hepatitis Outbreak – Please Help!


The Mayo Clinic describes Hepatitis B as “a serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). For some people, hepatitis B infection becomes chronic, meaning it lasts more than six months. Having chronic hepatitis B increases your risk of developing liver failure, liver cancer or cirrhosis — a condition that permanently scars the liver.”

We need to test and vaccinate all ROWAN members immediately, as this is highly contagious and is going around the village. One family is already infected, and we want to stop this before it spreads!

Vaccinations for Ugandans, which happen normally in government facilities, include tuberculosis, diphtheria, polio, tetanus, and whooping cough. The Hepatitis vaccine wasn’t added until recently, so many of our adults are especially at risk because they weren’t immunized as children.

We desperately need to test all and treat those who may have it within the month.

Please join us in praying for our village for complete healing as well as relief from some of these awful symptoms! According to the Mayo Clinic, people with Hepatitis B experience very uncomfortable symptoms, including:

– abdominal pain               – joint pain               – loss of appetite               – nausea and vomiting

– dark urine              – fever              – weakness and fatigue              – jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes)


It will cost $15-16 per person to have everyone tested and vaccinated for Hepatitis B. So, for our village of 400 people, we must raise a little over $6,000.

We implore you to share this need with your friends as well as to consider partnering with us yourself in order to prevent the further spread of this ugly virus. Our community is especially at risk since many of our members suffer from HIV/AIDS and already have a compromised immune system.


March 2nd, 2018

Little Man, BIG Impact

Last week, we had the great privilege of meeting with one of our dedicated donors, Little Man Ice Cream.

We used this time to thank them for all that they’ve done and enabled us to do – and most importantly, how they’ve impacted and empowered our orphans and widows.

We showed them how we’ve utilized their generosity to sustain our communities during times of hardship so that our orphans and widows NEVER have to wonder whether they’ll have enough meals.

For the last four years, Little Man Ice Cream has generously contributed to the relief portion of our budget, which encompasses our feeding programs. This means that once each month, ROWAN members gather to receive a monthly portion of dry food, primarily consisting of rice and beans, to help them through the next month.

Here is a video of some of our members thanking Little Man Ice Cream!

If you are looking for local businesses to support, Little Man’s is the way to go. Aside from making incredible ice cream, they are actively involved in improving our local and global communities. They generously partner with a wide variety of organizations in order to improve educational programs and alleviate hunger. Keep your eyes open for more locations coming soon!

Thank you, Little Man, for enabling our ROWAN community members to live confidently, for alleviating their worries, and for empowering vulnerable people like our members to achieve independence through sustainable entrepreneurship.



If you are interested in partnering with us or know of another company that would like to support our work in Uganda, please email

January 16th, 2018

R&R for ROWAN Staff

Recently, the ROWAN community decided to start 2018 off right:


The local ROWAN Staff Members work tirelessly throughout the year to help others, ensure needs are met, and to fill in any gaps when something needs to get done. They are the hands and feet on the ground with those who grieve, grow, and overcome. Without engaging in healthy self care practices, this life of service can become burdensome. However, we take great care—with a proactive rather than reactive approach—to ensure that our staff is equipped and cared for physically, emotionally, and spiritually, so that they can continue to serve selflessly while maintaining their best and healthiest lives.

Over the course of three nights away from the village, our primary goal was to empower and encourage local staff.

We focused on building them up spiritually and as well as with practical skills to help them succeed—involving anything from how to write formal reports to learning more effective communication strategies. We had training that increased their passion for our pillars of focus: education, medical treatment, entrepreneurship, and emergencies—all with the spiritual element to remind them of the bigger reason and core purpose of what they do! Our staff especially enjoyed participating in team bonding activities as well as receiving individual encouragement as they prepare for the big year ahead. Board Member David Wafula commented on the retreat, sharing that his most pressing goal for this sacred time was to “minister HOPE!” How precious and powerful it is that this rest and restoration happens best in the context of community. Our prayer for all of our readers, sponsors, donors, and followers is that you, too, find time to rest and be refreshed within a community that reminds you of your infinite worth, dignity, and purpose.

Please keep our local staff in your prayers this year!

January 8th, 2018

The First 10 Years

Friends of ROWAN,

Can you believe we’ve already been here for TEN YEARS?! We are overflowing with thankfulness, and we certainly could not have accomplished this much without all of your help, prayers, support, and generosity. While we eagerly anticipate the finished construction of the Hall of Hope (which will open just in time for Christmas 2018!), we want to take a moment to rejoice in what the Lord has ALREADY done.

As some of you may know, ROWAN’s theme verse is Romans 5:5—

“Now hope does not disappoint,

because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts

by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

This past decade has been a wild ride, but never ONCE has hope disappointed us. So while we gaze ahead, hoping and dreaming about what the next ten years will look like, we invite you to pause with us, remembering and giving thanks for the first ten.

Stay tuned as we highlight and share with you some of our favorite


We love you guys! Check back soon!