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Hope Makers

A woman and her family by their home in Uganda

On Wednesday, we shared stories of what life has been like over the last year for Namulawa, Beatrice, and Florence – members of our Ugandan ROWAN community.  Today, we want to share some year-end thoughts from Robina and Anet.

A woman and her five children in front of their home in Uganda

Robina shared that 2021 was a ‘unique experience in my life, the family, and the community at large.”  She felt a great deal of fear about the COVID virus and all the unknowns surrounding it.  Robina wrote that COVID lockdowns imposed by the Ugandan government caused her business to come to a standstill, making it impossible to purchase basic necessities for her family.

A woman and her daughter in Uganda

Anet shared that she struggles with increasing poverty due to COVID lockdowns.  She also worries greatly about the children, especially the teenage girls, who were sent home due to school closures.  Anet wrote that she hopes that schools reopen soon and that when they do, they will have special programs to help the children get back into life as they knew it before the pandemic.

Like Namulawa, Beatrice, and Florence, Robina and Anet shared their gratitude for the help they and their families have received from ROWAN throughout the last year.  Both women wrote of the difference ROWAN’s provision of food, safety equipment, and other necessities made for their families. They also shared their thanks for ROWAN’s educational materials, virus education, and counseling services.  Each time ROWAN was able to step in and help, it gave Robina, Anet, and their families hope, a much-needed commodity in times of struggle.  

This Christmas season, ROWAN has chosen hope as our focus.  Our Blessing Basket campaign is all about giving hope to our Ugandan families.  Hope in the form of having their immediate needs met with food and educational materials and hope for the future in the form of seeds to plant. Once planted, these seeds will become crops that can help each family start 2022 on more solid ground.  Christmas 2021 One Act of Hope Campaign

We are so excited and grateful to say that we are now over halfway to our Blessing Baskets campaign goal!  Our goal is to provide 400 families with a Blessing Basket and, as of this post, we have received enough donations for 230 baskets!  If you are interested in purchasing a Blessing Basket or learning more about this campaign, click here.  

Thank you to all those who have donated to our Blessing Basket campaign!  You are hope-makers!  In a world that can feel cold and lonely, you are spreading love – one act of hope at a time.  

Post Author: Kirsten Formea

One Act of Hope

Woman in Uganda holding a basket of food on her head

“If you can’t feed 100 people, then just feed one.” – Mother Teresa

Christmas 2021 One Act of Hope Campaign

The need for food is something all of us share. For some, however, this basic need is often in short supply. This is why, for our Christmas campaign this year, ROWAN has selected Blessing Baskets as our focus.  

 

Each Blessing Basket contains:

40 pounds of food

A Frying pan

Sweet treats

Seeds to plant

Educational materials for children

 

These items will help our Ugandan ROWAN families meet basic needs and give them a solid start to 2022.  

 

By donating $85 for a Blessing Basket, you are helping sustain an entire Ugandan family through lockdowns, weather catastrophes, uncertainty brought by a global pandemic, and the political chaos that continues to plague the region.

 

Our goal for the Blessing Basket campaign is $34,000, which, if reached, will allow us to provide 400 families in Uganda with a basket of much need supplies along with a huge dose of hope.  To purchase a Blessing Basket for a ROWAN family, click here.  With your help, we can reach our goal of helping 400 families by December 20th. 

 

Let’s make this Christmas one of abundant blessings – one act of hope at a time.  

 

Post Author: Kirsten Formea

Believe in the goodness of people

A woman holding a baby in Uganda

We are nearing the end of October and, here in the US, that means one thing – the holiday season is fast approaching.  We at ROWAN have been busy putting things together for this year’s Christmas campaign, and we can’t wait to share it with you over the week of Thanksgiving!

A smiling little girl in Uganda

Your generous donations during our annual Christmas campaigns have made a difference in the lives of so many.  When Uganda shuttered schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic,  your contributions to our 2019 campaign – Education Opens Doors, allowed Rowan to continue our children’s educations through the learning center.   And when Uganda went under lockdown due to the pandemic, ROWAN was able to get much-needed food and supplies to our members with the bus your donations funded during last year’s Christmas campaign. 

A happy woman smiling in Uganda

With the lockdown in Uganda in effect through the end of January, this Christmas will look a little different for our ROWAN members.  While they may not be able to gather together to celebrate, we are hoping that with your help, we will be able to deliver baskets of joy to each of them.

A woman holding a small child in Uganda

We at ROWAN believe hope, faith, and love can prevail – even in chaotic times.  Helen Keller once said, “Alone, we can do so little; together we can do so much.”  We are so grateful for the love shown by our sponsors and supporters.  It is because of you that we have had the privilege of witnessing the power of love in action – a truly wonderous sight to behold.

 

All photos by Bob Ditty

Post Author: Kirsten Formea

Meet Elisa and Wahabu

In Wednesday’s blog post, we featured two caregivers (Katherine Nabirye and Badiri Mukose) in need of sponsorship.  Today we are turning the spotlight on two of ROWAN’s sweet primary children who are waiting for their sponsors.  

Little boy standing on a field in Uganda

Elisa Mugoya is a little boy with a big heart.  He is one of 8 siblings! Elisa dreams of one day becoming a police officer so that he “can help keep people safe.”  With your help, we can support Elisa as he grows up and works toward accomplishing that dream.

A young boy standing on grass in Uganda

Wahabu Kafero is one of two siblings who live with their mother.  He is a kind little boy who dreams of becoming a lawyer one day to help “protect and defend” others.  Wahabu knows that this dream will require a lot of work, but he’s willing and ready to put the work in to make his dream a reality.  By sponsoring Wahabu today, you are showing this determined little boy that he won’t be alone on the journey toward his goal.

A young man in his school uniform in Uganda

 

A little boy dressed in a suit in Uganda

 

A ROWAN sponsorship costs as little as $38 a month.  Your sponsorship dollars help ROWAN cover the cost of:

Medical Care

Education and Literacy costs

Business training

Nutritious meals

In addition to meeting the physical needs of our ROWAN members, sponsorship builds relationships.  Once you sponsor a ROWAN member, you can write to the individual you sponsored – and have them write back.  You become a treasured part of their lives, and they will quickly become a precious part of yours.

To sponsor Elisa or Wahabu, simply click on their names anywhere in this post to be taken to their individual sponsorship pages.  

When you sponsor a ROWAN member, you are changing lives and lifting hearts.  We are so grateful for each of our ROWAN sponsors!  Your generosity helps ROWAN stand in the gap for our members, and we couldn’t do that without you.

Post Author: Kirsten Formea

Standing in the gap

This week we will be spotlighting a few of our ROWAN members in need of sponsorship.  Today we are shining the light on Katherine Nabirye and Badiri Mukose – two of ROWAN’s incredible caregivers.  The caregivers that ROWAN serves genuinely understand the scriptural passage found in Matthew 25:40, which teaches, “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” 

A smiling woman in a colorful dress standing in a field in Uganda 

Katherine Nabirye is a woman who knows the meaning of christ-like service.  She takes in orphans and lovingly raises them until they are old enough to be independent. She serves those in her community selflessly and without hesitation. Katherine is love in action, and she has touched the hearts of many in the ROWAN family.

A smiling man in a blue shirt standing under a tree in Uganda

While raising his ten children, Badiri Mukose has also taken in his nieces and nephews, who lost both of their parents to HIV/AIDS. Badiri is a peasant farmer by trade with a full house and a full plate, but he doesn’t allow the stresses of daily life to stop him from being there for those who need him. He is a man with a huge heart who shows, by example, the power of choosing love.

A man in a blue shirt standing in the shade in Uganda    

A closeup of a smiling woman in a colorful dress in Uganda

We would love to see both Katherine and Badiri get fully sponsored this week! Will you help us meet that goal?  Together, we can show Katherine and Badiri that they are not alone on their journey as caregivers. 

If you are interested in sponsoring Katherine or Badiri, please click here to be taken to ROWAN’s sponsorship page or click on either of their names anywhere in this post to be taken directly to their individual sponsorship pages. Thank you for standing with us in the gap!

 

Post Author: Kirsten Formea

Get ready for Fall with our new merchandise

White mug with the words, "Hope does not disappoint" written on it in scrabble pieces

“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” – Oscar Wilde

Happy first day of  Autumn!  Crisp mornings, colorful leaves, and pumpkins on porches – all sure signs that Fall has arrived.  What better way to celebrate the arrival of a new season than by making a purchase that helps lift someone else?  The new ROWAN merchandise gives you a chance to do just that.  All proceeds from our Fall merchandise go to feeding our ROWAN families during the continuing COVID-19 lockdown in Uganda.  

                   

 

To see all of the merchandise available or to make a purchase, click the link below:

https://www.bonfire.com/store/rowan-store/

If you are interested in learning more about the situation in Uganda, click here.  Please continue to pray for the people of Uganda and our ROWAN families, and if you can, please consider purchasing a shirt or a mug to help keep food on the tables of our Ugandan families.  

 

Post Author: Kirsten Formea

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