Widows in India live on a government pension of only $20 a month. This is barely enough to eat. To support their children and possibly send them to school the only jobs they can get are labour jobs like moving bricks in which they get only $1.50 per day. Due to the Hindu belief system they are considered bad luck and the cause of their husband's death and therefore very rarely do they re-marry.
Because they cannot afford to rent a place of their own they are often forced to live with family. Sometimes their only option is to live with the families of their deceased husband. These families blame them for their husband’s death. They are forced to work hard for their keep and are often beaten. Sometimes their sons-/daughters-in-law convince them to give them their pensions, telling the widows that they’ll look after them. They then keep the pension and only give their mothers-in-law very little to eat and the widows go hungry.
The plight of the Widows first came to our attention when we noticed that many of the children in the Haynes Children’s Home are from widowed parents. We are so happy that we can help the children by providing adequate shelter, food, clothing and the opportunity to go to school but we realise that it is poverty that separates these families. If we can help the parents then we hope to re-unite these families.
In the area surrounding Tirupattur in Tamil Nadu, South India Pastor Alice visits as many widows as she can, praying for them and taking a little rice or food to help them. But the need is great! There are about 60 widows that attend the churches in the local area that we would initially like to help. We will then take on the task of helping the widowed parents of the children in the Home.
Sponsoring these widows and their families would not only give them enough to eat but also provide shelter of their own and education for their children.
For $50 per month you can sponsor a Widow.
This will be enough to clothe, shelter and feed her and her children if she has any at home.
We will provide you with a photo and profile of the Widow you are sponsoring so that you can pray for her and her family and even write letters of encouragement if you so wish.
Eventually we would like to incorporate skills-development and micro-business for these women to promote self-sufficiency.
In the meantime Sponsorship is a really good way to help these widows and their families.
How to sponsor a widow…
If you would like more information or like to sponsor a widow please contact us on one of the following so we can send you an information pack and profile of one of the lovely widows in the local community…