About Us


Roses and Rosemary is an international humanitarian organization that provides medical assistance to orphans and their communities as they struggle to overcome the hardships of HIV and poverty. We aim to release these children from economic, social, and physical poverty. The goal is to be an advocate for these children by providing direct medical and social assistance to those most in need around the globe.


Roses and Rosemary’s work has grown from modest beginnings in 2004 when a few Seattle friends meeting over happy hour felt compelled to help 8 children orphaned by the HIV pandemic in South Africa. Today we are a fast-growing organization where children in 9 locations in 4 countries are now reaping the benefits of our assistance and vision.


We work with those that need our assistance the most, children in developing countries without a family or government assistance, those whose health is at risk and have a disease which is treatable so that they may live a full and healthy life. We are advocates for vulnerable children in developing countries around the globe.


Roses and Rosemary provides financial and programmatic support to established and grassroots programs in Rwanda, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and South Africa, reaching thousands of orphans annually. With the help of its supporters, R&R continues to use its voice to raise awareness, mobilize people to take action, and rally resources in the global response to HIV.

We are honest. We say what we mean, and we do what we say.

We are respectful, protecting the character in everyone.

We are passionate, against injustice and for our cause.

We are totally focused on our mission. Single-minded in our pursuit.

Our Name

The name has symbolic meaning. The rose symbolizes caring for the vulnerable, the rosemary symbolizes a traditional medical treatment in Africa, connected with a the worldwide symbol for HIV advocacy – the red ribbon.