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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!

Ayasi Mugabi

Ayasi is one of our newer students, and we couldn't be more proud of him. He lost both of his parents to AIDS years ago and lives with one of our loving caregivers. He works very hard at school!...

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David Muyobo

David is a dear caregiver in ROWAN. He says, "I have been blessed with a beautiful wife and 8 children. I also take care of 3 orphans in the ROWAN program. I am a chair person for a Savings grou...

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Jackson Katema

Jackson is part of one of our child headed households where both parents died of HIV/AIDS. His oldest brother takes care of the family. When he grows up he wants to become a pilot!

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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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Loy Bagume

Loy is a shining example in ROWAN of learning how to start a business and care for her family. She is doing well! She had a surgery late last year and had a slow recovery, so we are watching her...

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Madina Namukose

Madina is brand new to the ROWAN program - let's help give her a warm welcome! We are so excited to have her in our community. She is nearing 60 years old and has so much to offer this world. Le...

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Richard Tenywa

Richard loves music! He plays drums with us every Saturday at the center. His father passed away years ago and lives with his mother Esther. His dream is to become a pilot and help people. And h...

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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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Tonny Mukisa

Tonny has the joy of the Lord! How is he so joyful? He has an incredible woman named Juliet as his mother. Tonny lost his father years ago to HIV/AIDS, and his mother Juliet is HIV+. However,&nb...

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Yokana Balyedusa

Yokana is an incredible young man who has been with ROWAN since 2008! He is in primary level 6 and lives with his mother named Mary. Yokana lost his father to HIV/AIDS years ago, and helps his m...

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Zauma Nabirye

The kind-hearted Zauma is enjoying secondary school. She lost her father years ago but is happy to be living with her mother, Rose. Let's help support Rose in encouraging and enabling Zauma to d...

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