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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!

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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Ruth Munafu

Ruth is one of our beautiful, strong widows who just happens to be a new ROWAN member as well! Let's start her off on the right foot, affirming that she is valued, significant, and that her stor...

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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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Sanya Wandera

Precious little Sanya is one of the newest members in the ROWAN program! He is just six years old, and he is staying with an incredible ROWAN caregiver as his parents passed away due to HIV...

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Sarah Naigaga

Sarah is beautiful young woman with a huge heart! Her mother, Juliette, is one of our key volunteers in ROWAN. Juliette is HIV+ and a recent widow. She speaks openly about her life and encourage...

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Suliaman Dhakaba

Suliaman is one of our higher education students currently studying plumbing in Nile Vocational School! He unfortunately lost his parents due to HIV/AIDs and together we are empowering him with ...

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Sumeyi Emmanuel

Sumeyi is an amazing young man who lost his father due to HIV/AIDS years ago and when he is not in school he lives with his mother. He is currently in higher education learning how to paint vehi...

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Swaliki Katabira

Swaliki is one of our newest children in the program. Although he lives with both parents, ROWAN has considered them highly vulnerable as both are suffering from AIDS. Together with ROWAN you wi...

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Swaliki Mugumbu

Swaliki is a bright young man who lives with his mother Loy. Loy lost her husband to AIDs years ago, but she is a strong mother and is so loving to Swaliki. His favorite subject is biology;...

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Tibita Magala

Tibita will turn 21 this December, and he is doing VERY well. He studying hard at technical school, as he pursues a career in plumbing! He is so thankful for all of the support you've given him ...

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Tikabula Kafuko

This 85-year-old widow is a world-changer! She has twice as much spunk and life in her than most people half her age! She loves to dance, speak boldly, and (as Pastor Paul says) "make funs"...

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Tolofaina Nabwire

Tolofaina is a beautiful woman in her early 70's who has more joy than anyone can imagine. She lost her husband decades ago and raised 3 children on her own. She now has joined a savings group i...

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