Naturally, a bereavement is a very difficult time in anyone’s life. When a woman has lost her husband, this can be an extremely difficult change to adjust to, especially when they have a family to look after, too. Widows Affairs International will therefore use some of the money that we raise to provide counseling to these vulnerable women, so that they are able to recover from such a traumatic experience. All too often, widows and their children are ignored or expected to just “get over it.” We think that this is the wrong attitude- and instead, we’ll provide them with the help that they need to move on with their lives and see that there is a future ahead of them.
When we spoke to widows in Ghana, the main thing that they said they wanted was to be able to support their families. These widows are often expected to continue raising their families after their husbands die, but they lack the skills and training to earn enough money to do so. We want to change that, by providing them with training in things like dressmaking and hairdressing. By equipping them with the skills they need to make a decent living, we will help them to feed, clothe, and educate their children, instead of having to put them in an orphanage. It might not seem a lot, but simple training in these areas could make a world of difference to these widows and their families.