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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 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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Mathias Wandera

Mathias is in his second year (out of 3) at Pioneer Technical Institute studying plumbing! He is a very hard working student in the ROWAN program. He works hard at home when he is not at school,...

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Maureen Baluka

Maureen has been a part of ROWAN programs since the beginning, and has a deep love for God and this ministry. She lost her father to HIV/AIDS and her mother is...

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Mirabu Tibitondwa

Mirabu has two beautiful children that she takes care of. She has lived with a tumor on her neck most of her adult life, but feels strong. She grows and sells tomatoes and small silverfish to ta...

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Miriam Nantabo

Miriam is a sweet young woman whose father passed away from HIV/AIDS. She lives with her mother and has 8 siblings! She is entering her second year of hig...

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Mweigwa Wagabaza

Mweigwa lives with his mom and dad, 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 fa...

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Nivia Namaganda

Nivia is a young girl who 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 ...

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Patricia Kizza

Patricia's favorite color is pink, and she loves school! She is especially passionate about science. Patricia's father passed away of HIV AIDS, and she lives with her mom.

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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 just beginning p...

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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 is in his first year (out of 3) Gulu University far from the village where he studies d...

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Saban Muwanga

Saban is being equipped with life skills training at Pioneer Vocational institute in Iganga, and learning the skills to pursue his dream of becoming a mechanical engineer. He is entering his thi...

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