It has been on our hearts to empower women and children through Hadasity, and we are so incredibly happy to share with you that we will be doing so through #HadasityLoves – where part of our profits will be channeled towards sponsoring women and children from ROWAN (Rural Orphans & Widows AIDS Network). We’ve started with 5 and hope to be able to grow this number as we continue to be blessed to be a blessing.

ROWAN'S Mission

To love & empower orphans & widows infected or affected by HIV & AIDS in Africa, by raising hope in Christ through holistic approaches & partnerships resulting in self-reliance. ROWAN partners with local Christian leaders & development organizations empowering each person to discover their God-given gifts & passions. Their local leaders facilitate medical relief, education grants, and micro-enterprise training and opportunities until the individual is physically and spiritually transformed.

How We Love

Through Sponsorship

Built upon a family model where each individual contributes various roles, ROWAN’s Sponsorship Programs aim to accomplish one main goal: empowerment. When you join ROWAN’s family (amaka in Uganda), you choose a widow or orphan where you can build a relationship across the seas through letters and photographs. Your monthly support will help empower your sponsored child or widow with medical needs, literacy and education expenses, micro enterprise start ups, and lead them on the path toward self-reliance.

 The 5 Beautiful People Hadasity Supports

Ajuma Wilfred

Ajuma is 58 years old and lost her husband to HIV/AIDS. She has three children that she cares for on her own and all are in the ROWAN program as well. She works hard in her garden as well as the ROWAN community gardens for the members. She lives in Nakafunvu village about 2 Kilometers from ROWAN base. She has been with ROWAN since it's official beginning in 2008!


Specioza Nabwire

Specioza is 11 years old and is an orphan, meaning both parents have died of AIDS. She lives with a caregiver in Isegero village and is in the Primary 3 level in school. She loves to play football (soccer) at their ROWAN Saturday program. She too always has a smile on her face and has found her family in ROWAN.


Sania Mutesi

Sania is 16 years old, in Senior 2 level (high school), and is one of ROWAN’s children who are HIV+, and is a walking miracle. She has struggled with HIV her whole life, and is constantly in and out of the hospital. She lost both of her parents to AIDS and lives with a caregiver when she is not in boarding school. (All high schools in Uganda are boarding.) ROWAN has stepped in and helped her receive the proper medications and provide school fees. Our sponsorship will ensure that she receives the daily meds, proper nutrition and a better education as well. Pray for a miracle for this little angel. You would never know her ailment just by looking at her- she is truly a joyful spirit. But when you look into her eyes deeply, you can see she has truly struggled.


Harriet Nkwanga

One of ROWAN’s caregivers, Harriet took in and cares for 3 orphans in their program. ROWAN helps to train and equip women like Harriet to care for those children in the community who are completely abandoned. She is 45 years old and lives in Nakawa village, 2 Kilometers from ROWAN’s base. She always has a smile on her face and a love for children! Her daily tasks include fetching water, cleaning, cooking and gardening.


Fatuma Kagoya

Fatuma is 9 years old and unfortunately is a total orphan as both her parents died of AIDS. She lives with her little sister and caregiver in Kavule village. She is also in Primary 3 level in school. She loves coming to ROWAN Saturday programs each week and playing with arts and crafts. She helps her caregiver fetch water and collect firewood at home.


An Interview with Kelsey, from ROWAN Uganda
  • Can you share when you first heard God tell you to start Rowan or the journey of hearing and walking with him to start Rowan? 
I was 15. I went to my first Christian camp in California called Hume Lake. There was a pastor of a small church at that time named Fancis Chan who shared the Gospel, and it felt like in the same moment I accepted Christ was the same moment I audibly heard “Africa.” I had NO influence of missions, or Africa or anything- but I knew it was on God’s heart. I ran to the little book store at camp to find the first journal I could to write these things down, and it happened to have animals on it. When I got home from camp and looked closer, I saw that there was an outline of the continent of Africa behind those animals! I just kept getting confirmation and although I didn’t know when, how, or where exactly, I held onto that word through high school and into college. 
I was a sophomore in college and it was missions week. Several different organisations come to the college to share their mission and invite students to join. As I walked through the hustle and bustle of the booths, I looked over in the corner and saw an older couple in front of a small table called “Africa Inland Mission.” I went to talk to them, and signed up to go with them on a 6 week trip to Africa that summer. I didn’t know what country (there are 54 of them!) or the details, but I felt peace to go with them. They placed me on a team to Uganda and when we arrived the missionaries drove me hours away from the city and dropped out small team in a little village house of a rural village pastor who barely spoke English. Some would say it was the farthest thing from “home,” but it was in that moment that I came home. 
The pastor’s name is Paul, and over the course of the 6 weeks I became a part of his family. Despite the overwhelming suffering of AIDs, poverty, illiteracy and despair, I watched this man and his wife love the widows and orphans with the promise of hope, life and miracles. Little did I know, that I would be invited in to that vision and support Pastor’s calling to serve those in his community. And without knowing how to do anything related to starting an organization at the age of 22, I had a “yes” in my spirit and knew He would show me the way. I realised that He prefers to use us when we have no grid for how….because that is when I get out of the way and my ears for listening to Him are tuned to His voice. 
It took many giant leaps and endless small acts of bold faith to be where we are today, but each step is a step God rejoiced over. 20 years later, Pastor Paul and his wife Edith are my family, my mentors and friends. Through their perseverance and faith, we have impacted over 400 families in over 30 villages.
  • How do you feel God's heartbeat and how do you know he is talking to you?
I love to hear God’s heartbeat and feel His presence, it’s my absolute favorite thing this side of heaven. The more I feel His presence, the more I desire more of His presence! He speaks to me in a variety of ways. When I still my mind and seek His voice, I know when He speaks because it would never be something I would say or the way I would say it. Other times He speaks through others and is confirmed through others. I love that too! The more I look around and see God, the more I find Him and his earnest pursuit of my heart. He also speaks to me through His word, when the words just come alive off the page because the Word IS alive and active! I journal regularly and find He can even speak to me through my own script when I look back. I firmly believe He will use any and every opportunity to capture our hearts. 
Worship is another way I fight my battles and lean into Jesus. Declaring praise over my life, the life of others is an actual way to fight the injustice that we see in our ministry. And when I choose to worship Jesus …I’m not worshipping for the breakthrough, Jesus IS the breakthrough! I worship in the shower, in the car, with my daughter dancing in my home, at church and every chance I can! (Although my voice doesn’t sound angelic, God doesn’t care!)
I also find that when circumstances get too loud in my life, the way to turn my heart back to the Lord is to speak out what I’m thankful for. A spirit of thankfulness is a weapon against anything that isn’t God! I quickly turn my gaze back upon Him and it’s amazing how it quiets down any other voice.
Kelsey Hargadine is the co-founder and program director of Rowan, which operates in over 30 villages in East Uganda serving 345 families.
Published in 2013.
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