The Widows Might Program seeks to instruct, encourage, and empower these women by providing food assistance each month, five goats in the first year (to help them start their own self sustaining herd), skill training and Bible instruction. Click on the link below to view a brand new video about our widows program.
Maria Yenko ILK-WM12
Maria's husband was a pastor who passed away in 2019 from cancer. She has 7 children: 4 boys and 3 girls. Maria never attended school and was married at the age of 19. Her husband's family is making life difficult for her but to date they have not come to kick her out of her home or take any belongings. She presently has 2 cows and 3 goats. Maria's biggest challenge is paying school fees. She supports her family as best she can by selling potatoes and cabbages at market.
Mary Kararei ILK-WM-13
Mary's husband passed away 28 years ago, and she was the only wife. She never had the opportunity to attend school and does not know how to read or write. Mary has 9 children: 5 boys and 4 girls. She supports her family by working in other people's gardens to earn money. She used to make charcoal before the government ban on it's production. Mary's husband's family came and took some of the cows at the time of his death. Her biggest challenges are feeding her family and paying for school fees. Five of her children are in school: 1 in high school and 4 in primary.
Everlyn Nairuko ILK-WM15
Everlyn's husband passed away 14 years ago from liver disease due to his addiction to alcohol. Everyln has 6 children, all girls: 3 are married and 3 are at home. She supports her family by small gardening and has a few goats. When Everlyn's husband passed away, her husband's family took all of her land and livestock. She had to return to her mother's home, fearing for her life. Her biggest challenge is the education of her children and being able to pay their school fees. Everlyn attended school up to class 6 and was the last of 3 wives.
Nawuai Momposhi ORK-WM27
Nawuai is a sister wife to Napolos and Natanya Momposhi (also Kenya Hope widows). She is the second wife. Her husband died a long time ago, but they had 3 children before he died. Her first daughter is married. They went through severe difficulties when the husband died: no food, no clothes. They were begging from their neighbors, and the children were not in school. Between the 3 women, there were 6 children. A widow in Kenya faces many overwhelming obstacles such as feeding her family, paying school fees, and purchasing uniforms not to mention other expenses such as medical, clothing or even just a bar of soap.
Since the first and second wives have been sponsored, life has been much better. The goats have multiplied greatly. They give milk and provide food which helps a lot. The training Nawuai will receive through Kenya Hope will enable her to earn an income and allow her to totally support her family.
Kibarisho Tingisha NKU-WM23
Kibarisho's husband died 20 years ago from old age and sickness. She was the third of three wives and gave birth to 3 boys and 1 girl. Kibarisho never had the opportunity to attend school. She is very happy that her last child, a boy, has gone to school and is in university.
Kibarisho owns just a handful of livestock: 1 cow, 5 goats, and 3 sheep. She married at the age of 12 years old during the time of the Kenyan Independence. A woman's work in Kenya is very labor intensive, and that includes Kibarisho. She has to walk several miles to collect water and carry it home. If she does not have water at her home, she has to carry all her laundry to the closest water source to wash. Kibarisho also needs to collect firewood for cooking and tend to her animals.
Naramat Nkurumwa OLO-WM13
Naramat has been a widow for almost 20 years. She was only 10 years old when she married and was the only wife. Naramat had four children with her husband and four after he passed away. Four are still at home with her; one in primary and two are in preschool. She did not attend school and is illiterate. Naramet has 5 sheep and 2 cows. She works in gardens, sells green vegetables, and did charcoal burning until cutting trees was banned by the government to earn her income. A woman’s work in Kenya is very labor intensive, and that includes Naramat. She has to walk several miles to collect water and carry it home. If she does not have water at her home, Naramat has to carry all her laundry to the closest water source to wash. She also needs to collect firewood for cooking and tend to her animals.