Human Services


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aka Antlers For Orphans

Kremmling, CO


Loving the orphans and widows who are affected by AIDS in Africa, by revealing who they are in Christ, partnering with local Christian leaders  and development organizations, and empowering each member in their passions to live, move and serve Christ Jesus, their families, and their community.  Together, we will assess quality of life, identify physical needs, and implement innovative strategies to meet those needs within the community.

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Mrs. Kelsey M Hargadine

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P.O. Box 1318

Kremmling, CO 80459 USA


Sub-saharan, Uganda, Africa, rural





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Christian (X20)

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ROWAN exists to transform orphans and widows into change agents. Our mission is to love and empower orphans and widows infected or affected by HIV and AIDS in the Sub-Saharan area of the continent of Africa, by raising hope in Christ through holistic approaches and partnerships, resulting in self-reliance for those we serve.

Through partnerships with local Christian leaders and development organizations, ROWAN seeks to empower each person it serves so that they may discover their God-given gifts and passions. Together, we assess quality of life, identify physical need, and implement innovative strategies to meet these needs within the community. Our four-pronged holistic approach addresses the areas of Immediate Needs, Medical Needs, Education Grants and Programs, and Micro-Enterprise.

ROWAN currently serves in a community of over 100,000 people in 30 surrounding villages. Other than the Compassion International sponsorship program, we are the only active NGO operating in these rural villages. Through our on-going personal knowledge of the area and relationships built with local leaders, our programs have been able to facilitate 300 plus widows and their dependents to live better lives; receiving medicines, medical care, and raising their standard of living through education and micro-enterprise, and by establishing their own savings and loans. Because of these relationships, ROWAN has the ability to trustingly serve this area of 100,000, and we look forward to the funding which will make this a reality.

Intended impact is to grow ROWAN outside the current region across the country of Uganda.
The process for measuring success indicators is different for our orphans and widows/people with HIV/AIDS.

The indicators for the orphans are listed below with milestones:
1. After orphan enters the program, we assess which level of school they need to be at (if they are not in school), and help place them in their right level.
2. ROWAN orphans must attend Saturday program each week (unless in boarding school in a different region)
3. ROWAN immediately tests the child for HIV/AIDS, and any other local diseases.
a. If a child is found HIV positive, we assess the level of the disease in the body and work with local doctors to receive the right medication treatment.
b. The highest measure of intended impact is to train the caregiver on how to cook nutritious meals for the child with their daily medication.
c. ROWAN measures this by conducting home visits weekly for proper training and mentoring.
d. The highest qualitative measure of success is that the child receives daily medication and nutrition, and knows and believes that Jesus loves them and they are saved.
4. ROWAN assesses the student's scores in the school for progress. Scores do not always portray accurate measures of effort on the part of the child because some of the schools have poor education systems. Both quantitative and qualitative indicators must be measured here.
a. ROWAN visits all the secondary schools the students attend to check in with the Headmaster and teachers to see how the students are doing.
b. ROWAN staff mentors the students through their 6 years of secondary school, highlighting their passions and callings.
c. ROWAN counsels each student prior to entering their higher education level to ensure they are studying something that has a demand in the market as well as personal interest.
d. Qualitative Measurement: ROWAN has succeeded when a student graduates from a degree/diploma with a job, and naturally chooses to give back to ROWAN as a volunteer, donate/tithe from their income, and mentor younger children in the program.

Indicators for Widows
1. Widows who join the program begin by joining a ROWAN micro enterprise group: either garden, jewelry, crochet, etc. to build friendship and community.

2. Widows enter ROWAN's free literacy class where they learn how to read, write and do mathematics to take care of their agriculture businesses.

3. Widows are then offered to join a ROWAN Savings and Loans Association group whereby they will learn how to save each week, and begin a small business by taking a loan from the group with accountability.

4. Widows graduate from ROWAN when they can maintain their business, save on her own weekly, and pay for her children's school fees and medical bills on her own. True success is when they can not only take care of themselves, but naturally give back to ROWAN either with time and donations/tithe to projects.

ROWAN has only been a registered 501(c)3 for five years, and already ROWAN is seeing fruit of our labor. The co-founder Kelsey Hargadine has built relationships with the local leaders and community for over 11 years which is the main reason why we are already experiencing progress toward our long term goals.
ROWAN has already watched two students walk across the stage at graduation. One student studied law at the most prestigious university in Uganda. The other studied plumbing and is gifted in working with his hands. Both students have not only graduated with high marks, they have already started giving back to ROWAN by volunteering their time on every holiday they have, and offering their skills to the programs. Eddy, the law student, has helped write several documents for ROWAN Uganda, mentored the children during Saturday programs, and assisted ROWAN in interpreting for international visitors during the summer months. If ROWAN ever needs legal help, Eddy is our man. Robert just graduated in plumbing a few months ago, and has already volunteered his time to assisting the local staff. And he says, “Any chance ROWAN gets to put in plumbing, I am the man." We are interested in raising leaders, and so far we are doing that. The rest of the students look up to these two men and are inspired to do the best they possibly can.
When we brought the widows and widowers together who have HIV, they all naturally stepped up and shared how they are sick, but not dead. They want to work. They want to have community. They want to make a difference. Together we began our programs based on the community's desires, not the other way around. Because of that, our gardens have succeeded. And when they fail, they learn how they can do it better. They are free to speak up about their HIV status. They feel like ROWAN is their family and have somewhere to turn. Joy is a measure of success. Several widows have stepped up and offered to take care of some of our orphans. Others volunteer their time to conduct home visits. They are truly leaders who are making a difference. The growth has been natural, not forced. ROWAN now has organized nine zones in a 30 village radius, all because of ROWAN's positive reputation.
ROWAN simply conducted a Savings and Loans training. From the training, one savings group began; then another; then another. Today we have 5 Savings Groups that saved so much money, they have come up with ideas on how to give back to ROWAN and the local church. One group is saving money to build a larger church building. Another donated funds for a bathroom ROWAN needed at the center. Out of one Savings group (of 20 members), each individual has started a small business. These Savings Groups are changing the culture of the region, all because of one training. Soon we will see these widows, widowers and caregivers no longer need ROWAN's financial services. We are almost there.

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