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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. Every widow a leader; every orphan a beloved child.

3 pillars of our sponsorship program:

  1. Secure financial needs for individual members

  1. Establish relationship between the donor and the child/widow. 

  1. Empower someone in need toward self-reliance and graduate ROWAN sponsorship

$38 a month helps provide:

  • Medical Care including HIV medication, pre-natal care and general needs
  • Education and Literacy costs including materials, uniforms and school fees
  • Micro Enterprise Start-ups, savings groups and extensive business trainings
  • Nutritious meals weekly
  • Spiritual nourishment every Saturday at our center

What makes our program unique?

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!

Mariam Namayinde

Mariam is the niece to the founder Pastor Paul Nyende. She lost her father to AIDS years ago and the mother is unable to care for her. She loves helping Pastor's wife around the house as well as...

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Mathias Wandera

Mathias is a very hard working secondary student in the ROWAN program. He works hard at home, when he is not at school, planting maize, digging and fetching water. His dream is to go to universi...

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Micheal Mbatya

Michael is a bright young boy with a loving mom named Mary. Michael has many brothers and sisters in the program. Thank you for loving him and supporting his educational and physical needs!

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Mweigwa Wagabaza

Mweigwa lives with his mommy and daddy but both are struggling with HIV/AIDS. When he grows up, Mwesigwa wants to become an accountant because he loves mathematics and English. While at home he ...

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Nivia Namaganda

Nivia is 5 years old and she loves jumping rope while at school and at home. Her favorite food is cassava and her favorite drink is milk. Every evening she plays with her little brother named me...

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Patricia Kizza

I like pink and I love school especially science.  My Dad has died of HIV Aids and I live with my Mom.

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Precious Namulomdo

Precious is one of our newest (and youngest!) members of ROWAN. And we think her name fits her well! She is being cared for by a caregiver and will soon begin participating in ROWAN events. We w...

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Rahim Muyingo

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Robina Nampina

Both of Robina's parents are extremely vulnerable as they are both suffering from HIV/AIDS. Sweet Robina loves eating beans and greens and she loves playing with her mom. She is not in school ye...

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Ronald Dyole

Ronald has been a part of ROWAN programs for many years. He has more joy than he knows what to do with! He attends a Christian school in the city where he studies hard to become a journalist. He...

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Samuel Magemeso

Samuel joined ROWAN after his wife died of HIV/AIDS in 2000, she left behind 5 children. Among the five children one is in ROWAN program and his name is William Musasizi who is in primary 4. Sam...

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Shanita Tibitondwa

Shanita is a new member in our program and is so excited to be joining us for our programs. She is meeting new children her age and experiencing so many new things. Her father died of HIV/AIDS a...

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