ROWAN is a faith-based community of widows, widowers, caregivers and orphans affected by the plight of HIV/AIDS. We have been in existence since 2008 and are now supporting over 300 members across 30 villages. Together we create holistic approaches toward poverty alleviation, resulting in self-reliance.
ROWAN supports the widow or orphan until they are able to sustain themselves with no cut off age. We see students finish school and begin their first jobs; we train widows on starting their own businesses, save and take care of their family. You get to be a vital part of their journey!
Every widow a leader; every orphan a beloved child.
Every single person in this world craves connection. We were created in the image of God and He is a relational being. And every child desires to be wanted; to be loved. Our motto here at ROWAN is for every orphan to become a beloved child. In God’s eyes each individual is unique and worthy of unconditional love. Many wonder why we don’t have an orphanage to care for these children. It is our firm belief that they should belong somewhere, so we try to put them into a family unit. Because of the devastation HIV/AIDS has had in these villages, at times it can be difficult to find someone to care for these orphans. Grandparents will often take in their grandchildren after losing their children to this horrible disease. ROWAN strives to empower and encourage sustainability. So while we can’t take in each one of these orphans, we can support those in the community who choose to do so. Would you be willing to help us in this endeavor?
And then there are the widows…and widowers who have lost a spouse, and often the means to be able to provide for their families. We work with these caregivers to train them in business, to teach them to farm various crops and to develop a habit of saving their hard-earned money. We partner with other organizations like Little Man Ice Cream to be able to provide rice for them and their children. We empower them to change their futures and become leaders in their communities, while showing them how much Jesus loves them. Won’t you be a part of supporting them so they can raise their children to effect change in Uganda?
Sponsorship starts at $38 a month – that’s $1.26 a day!
Your contribution will help change the lives of women and children in Uganda. ROWAN has recently moved to a new sponsorship software for easy payment updates and access to your sponsorship profiles. There are numerous advantages to our new system. We pray that this new software will connect you even closer to your widow/child, and we are excited to make this possible!
Have more questions? Go to our frequently asked questions page on sponsorship.