The Life of a Widow is Hard!

     The Widow's Might Program seeks to instruct, encourage, and empower these women shown below by providing food assistance each month, five goats in the first year (to help them start their own self sustaining herd), skills training, and Bible instruction. The cost of this program is $65 per month, and the length of the program for each sponsored widow is two years.

 

     Click on the video below to hear from those directly involved in our widows program. Then scroll down to learn about widows currently waiting be part of this life-changing opportunity. You may sign up on this page to sponsor any one of them.

Constance Mmbone

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Constance is 37 years old and comes from the Maragoli village, located in the far Western corner of Kenya not far from Lake Victoria. The village of Maragoli is part of the Luhya ethnic group.  Out of the 42 ethnic groups in Kenya this is the second largest group.

Her husband Victor passed away very suddenly in 2005 after falling sick just two days earlier.  She has three children.  Constance was only able to attend school up to the 8th grade.  She was able to learn to read and write during her time at school.

When her husband died, his family came and took everything she owned, leaving her alone to take of the children.

The biggest challenges she faces on a daily basis is providing food for her family, paying school fees and her rent. 

 

Josephine Kanga Vuyala

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Josephine comes from the far Western corner of Kenya not far from Lake Victoria. She is part of the Luhya ethnic group.  Out of the 42 ethnic groups in Kenya this is the second largest group.

She attended school up to the 12th grade and speaks and understands English.  Her husband Kefa Kiptuge Bataman passed away in February 2018 as a result of a road accident.  He was from the Kalengin tribe, and when he passed away, his family made life very difficult for Josephine.  They ended up taking everything that she owned.

Josephine is currently 40 years old and is the mother of five children (3 girls & 2 boys).  The oldest was born in 2001 and the youngest in 2011.  She works as a casual worker, meaning she does not have permanent work and finds work from day to day.

Her biggest challenges are paying her children’s school fees and rent and food for her large family.  Currently her two oldest girls are not in school because she cannot afford the tuition. 

 

Eunice Anyangi Asud

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Eunice attended school up to the seventh grade.  Of Kenya's 42 distinct ethnic groups, Eunice is part of the Luo tribe.  She grew up near Kisumu, Kenya located in the Western part of the country.  Her husband Machael died in 2005 from tuberculosis. They had 3 boys, the first born in 1998 and the last one born in 2005.  Sadly, the last born child has also passed away.

Eunice also supports her sister’s children because she is separated from her husband.  When Machael died, his family took everything, including land away from Eunice.  They even refused to bury his body, which was highly uncultural and ended up becoming a case for the police.

Eunice supports her family by doing whatever work she can find on a daily basis. These jobs include doing laundry, cleaning houses, and selling vegetables or second hand clothes. Her biggest challenges are not having regular work, money to pay school fees and rent. 

 

Violet Akhoko Achebi

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Violet grew up in Kakamega Kenya and is part of the Luhya ethnic group.  Kenya has 42 tribes and this is the second largest. She attended school up to the 8th grade and knows how to read and write.

Her husband died in October of 2019 from high blood pressure.  She has five girls.  The first two are twin girls born in 1995 with the last girl being born in 2005. Violet cleans to support her family.  This is considered casual or non-permanent work, meaning it is a constant struggle to find work. 

Typically when a husband dies, his family comes and claims the woman’s land, home and takes all of her possessions. Her husband had left her a piece of land, which spared her from the hardships and struggles most Kenyan widows face when their spouse dies.             

 

Jane Kwamboka

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Jane is 35 years old and comes from Kisii county of Kenya, known for it’s agriculture, especially tea plantations.  Tea is one of Kenya’s largest export products.

She attended school up to the 12th grad,e and knows how to read and write, and understands English well.  Her husband Paul Kivuua was killed in a road accident in 2016.  After his death, her husband’s family came and took everything from her, leaving only her three children in her care.  Her oldest child is a girl, and is 14 years old.  The second born child is also a girl, and is now 11 years of age.  The youngest, a boy, was just a year old at the time of his father’s death.

Jane works as a casual worker, meaning she does not have permanent work.  She currently assists another woman selling used clothing.  Jane’s biggest challenges are paying for rent and food as well as finding the funds to pay for school fees. 

 

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