The Singapore Launch Event was buzzing with African beats and laced with inspiration and celebration. Bringing people together from the healthcare sector, churches, artists, entrepreneurs, ministry partners, colleagues and friends, co-founder Kelsey Young shared the story of ROWAN through video, images, and jewelry made by the women and children. Besides Kelsey’s inspirational testimony of ROWAN’s history and future, Pastor Daniel Kisa, born and raised in Uganda, testified about his eye witness account to the transformation taking place in Mawanga, Uganda. Daniel spoke of hope not as a means of giving a hand-out, but giving a hand up to empower the community. He said,
“I have heard many westerners say they are helping my people. And I nod my head and smile. But I will not believe until I see with my own eyes. What Kelsey says is happening in Mawanga is true, and by supporting ROWAN you are supporting the true definition of Hope.”
More than a one-time event, this night was a launch of something much greater: a symbolic door has opened for Singaporeans to start investing in the lives of women and children in Uganda. Several people said, “I want to go and see what is happening myself!” The ROWAN team says: Come. One woman walked up to Kelsey with tears in her eyes saying, “I have always had a heart for orphans and widows, and it is by no accident that I came here tonight. This was divine.”
The definition of Mawanga literally means a coming together of tribes and nations. It is no mistake that Kelsey made a long stop over in Singapore. Next, ROWAN is working on building a volunteer network in Singapore before Kelsey leaves for Uganda in August. If you are interested, contact us.
If you were unable to make the event, there will be one more launch event in August! More details to come.
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