The story of how a simple sponsorship blossomed into a friendship
Corissa Morrison is a nurse from Southern California and has been a dear friend to ROWAN for many years. Recently, she went to the village for two weeks to assist our newly opened Hope Clinic! While there, she had the opportunity to spend time with her sponsored child, Maliza, and her family.
Here are Corissa’s reflections on the day she met Maliza:
“It was such a joyous, long-awaited day—[I was finally] able to meet Maliza after two years of writing to each other! It was a beautiful and overwhelming moment [as I visited] with her and her family in their home. We sat down, chatted, got to know each other a little more, laughed, talked about nursing, and cried together.”
Corissa also spoke with ROWAN about the Lord’s sovereignty and a passion she shares with Maliza:
“We couldn’t stop holding hands. It’s amazing how the Lord works so perfectly and placed us together because she wants to be a nurse one day. She is at the top of her class—she is motivated and dedicated to succeed in order to come back and help the people in her village. I feel so proud to know her and to watch her grow as she follows her dreams. It was one of my favorite days—truly a day in the books I will always remember!”
The sole purpose of sponsorship is not just to send $38 across the world. It’s about so much more than a financial transaction—it is about creating real relationships between some of the world’s most marginalized, vulnerable people and those who have the heart and resources to help them.
Are you interested in empowering widows and orphans to become self-reliant? For only $38 per month, you can make a significant difference. This comes down to just $1.26 per day! For more information, click here!
These men have ventured lovingly into the void of Uganda’s most vulnerable people
Why do they do it? They have no familial or legal obligation to serve ROWAN’s orphans and widows; they easily could have said, “Not my problem.” They didn’t. They don’t have to stay, but they do.
For these men and others not pictured, being on staff is no regular day job. They have stepped in as loving, surrogate fathers to all of our women and children. They give all they can and love them as if they are their own. They contribute significantly as they foster an environment where our women feel safe, secure, and loved by their brothers in Christ. In addition to their commitment to embody Christ’s love to these widows and orphans, their character and behavior are also establishing a new, honorable standard for the treatment of vulnerable women in their society.
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” -James 1:27
We are currently reaching over 30 villages with over 300 widows. If you’re interested in helping us broaden our impact, consider making a donation or joining the sponsorship program!
ROWAN supports widows and orphans with no cut off age until they are able to sustain themselves. We see students finish school and begin their first jobs; we train widows on starting their own businesses, saving their money, and taking care of their families. You get to be a vital part of their journey!
Education in Africa: From Horror to Hope
It’s June 16th—the International Day of the African Child!
Beginning in 1991, the African Union designated this day as such, setting it aside to honor the students who were massacred during the Soweto Uprising of 1976. During the uprising, South African students marched for their right to a quality education in their own language. They argued that trying to understand a government-enforced foreign language detracted from their ability to grasp complex concepts. Tragically, the students met a violent police force, and many of them sacrificed their lives for what they knew to be their right: education.
The response of the African Union signified that they were willing to employ their grief as the catalyst for change and hope. Ultimately, they began to fight for children’s rights and empowerment—particularly for their right to a quality education.
While these efforts have made a significant difference, in many places, education is still a rare privilege—not a guarantee. But for ROWAN’s orphans and widows, it is.
We recognize that an education often precedes an escape from poverty. Not only this, but education also significantly reduces the probability of contracting AIDS.
100% of the orphans that graduate with ROWAN find and hold a sustainable job for their futures. So far, we have 11 college graduates who are now employed in a variety of fields. Some are lawyers, artists, and teachers; others have pursued their dreams to work in agricultural, radio, engineering, and more!
Made possible by each donor who funds a sponsorship, ROWAN prioritizes and enables the education of orphans and widows. To learn more about how you can join us, CLICK HERE
We asked for prenatal care support, and you gave it.
As ROWAN is serving diligently in the 30 surrounding villages, the need for prenatal care was evident. And because we now have an official clinic, it was our dream to kick off our prenatal care unit as our Mother’s Day Wish. You heard our dreams, and you made them come true.
Together you raised over $5,000 toward prenatal care medicine, testing and staffing to ensure proper care for our future mamas and babies. In the past 10 years we have seen too many lives lost due to lack of maternal care, and today is the day we can change that.
Every $1 donated goes straight to our mission and vision. We can’t thank you enough for the love and support for orphans and widows, your global neighbors. Stay tuned for photos of our clinic and mother’s being treated by our loving staff!
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Last week women around the globe celebrated International Women’s Day!
According to www.internationalwomensday.com, the ten International Women’s Day values are:
*Dignity *Hope *Equality *Collaboration *Tenacity
*Appreciation *Respect *Empathy *Forgiveness *Justice
The women that we are privileged to work with in Mawanga and surrounding communities embody these qualities. So many of them have overcome major adversity and have grown to be respected in their villages. They have forgiven wrongs against them and they strive for equality for themselves and their daughters. They work together to ease the burdens of others and they work hard to accomplish their goals and dreams.
We have seen their lives transformed by the love of Jesus — now they have hope for the future.
We have seen our women reach their savings goals, after being equipped with the training to put aside a little bit each week. We have seen that grow into enterpreneurship and they have taught us so much about persevering in order to accomplish what they set out to do. These women are my heroes and some of the most giving people I have ever encountered.
Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed.
Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential.
We encourage them to pursue education and to learn new skills in order to improve their earning potential, but we strive to foster sustainable practices. We rejoice with our women and girls who graduate with a degree, build a successful business in their community or band together to rebuild houses. So many stories of hope and victory have emerged from this ministry ROWAN has in Uganda.
Denying the rights of women and girls is not only wrong in itself; it has a serious social and economic impact that holds us all back. Gender equality has a transformative effect that is essential to fully functioning communities, societies and economies.
Women’s access to education and health services has benefits for their families and communities that extend to future generations. An extra year in school can add up to 25 per cent to a girl’s future income.
We would love for YOU to partner with us as we continue to provide more opportunities for these amazing women! Help us empower these people.
And if you ever get the chance to visit Mawanga — know that you will be welcomed and loved by these dear ladies. Everyone who has experienced it knows there is nothing like being welcomed into the village.
Sponsor a Widow or Orphan Today!