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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!

Franco Mbago

Franco is a widower and a caregiver in the ROWAN programs. It is with members like him that we can be sustainable in our family based care model. He makes a huge impact daily on the lives of cou...

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Geofrey Kawanguzi

Geofrey is a sweet young boy who unfortunately lost both of his parents to HIV/AIDs at a very young age. He lives with a loving caregiver named Sande. He fetches water on his bicycle every ...

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Ibrahim Musasizi

Ibrahim is a wonderful young man who lives with his mom named Monica. He lost his father to HIV/AIDS years ago. He helps with sweeping around the house as well as in the garden. He is always smi...

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Ibrahim Mwesigwa

Ibrahim is a young man who has lived a truly heartbreaking story. He lost both of his parents to HIV/AIDS and has been living in a child-headed household. ROWAN has loving caregiv...

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James Buyinza

James is a bright young man who lives with his uncle. His father passed away long ago, and his mother is unable to care for him. He helps around the house with laundry and dishes as well as stud...

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Janipher Biwundu

Janipher is a precious young lady in our program who loves math and wants to be an engineer! She lives with her mother Matilda and loves her time with ROWAN on Saturdays! Thank you for loving he...

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Jonathan Kyimwero

Jonathan is a bright young boy who is studying hard in secondary school! Jonathan prioritizes being a huge help in the household, as his father left his mother three years ago. His mother is HIV...

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Jonathan Wagaba

Jonathan has just begun his second year in undergad classes for pre-med! Together with several sponsors, we can ensure that Jonathan completes medical school and becomes the doctor he has a...

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Lazani Ogweda

Lazani is the youngest of six children. She is just beginning primary school and excels in her comprehension of English! Her favorite color is yellow, and her favorite dish is rice and fish. Laz...

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Madina Namukose

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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 a...

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Mathew Lwakawuka

Mathew's favorite color is red, and he loves to eat posho and beans! He is a new addition in the Nursery. He is the oldest of two children who are living with their parents, both of whom are HIV...

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