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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!

Abdula Musisi

Abdula lost his mom years ago to AIDS, and his father is no where to be found. But he lives with his loving grandfather named Franco who does his best, but needs help empowering this young boy! ...

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Arafati Mukisa

Arafati is a bright young boy in primary school. He loves the color green and helping his mom with fetching water and sweeping the compound. His favorite meal is rice and beans and his favorite ...

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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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Cyrus Musamba

Cyrus is in primary school and feeling so hopeful for the future. Cyrus wants to become an accountant. His desire to become an accountant has fueled his love for studying math. Cyrus loves ...

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Deborah Kwagala

Deborah is one of our precious, little six-year-olds. Both of her parents passed away, so she lives with an incredible caregiver named Aidah! Let's restore HOPE to her life and empower Deborah t...

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Denis Menya

Denis is a bright young man who lives with his mother, Mutesi. His father died years ago to HIV/AIDS, but he simply loves ROWAN and all the father figures in the ministry. He wants to be a math ...

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Francis Hiire

Francis is new to our program and we are so excited to have him! He comes from a very vulnerable family suffering from HIV/AIDS but has big dreams to achieve in school and to grow up to rise out...

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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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Henry Ngobi

Henry is seven years old and is one of our newer members. We are so excited to have him be part or ROWAN! Unfortunately, Henry's father passed away, but his mom needs our help to enable Henry to...

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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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