- Promote a spiritually and materially stable environment for widows and orphans, through the facilitation and initiation of income-generation activities (IGA)
- Improve the livelihoods of the widows’ families and ensure a better future for the orphans through improved education attainment.
- Meet the widows’ spiritual needs by sharing the gospel of Christ through personal and group evangelism.
- Facilitate the initiation and management of income-generating activities with a goal of attaining economic independence/empowerment.
- Provide the resources needed to facilitate both formal and informal education for the orphans.
- Facilitate food security and through improved agricultural practices, thus ensuring sustainable food production.
The Challenge of Widowhood
In their study “Problems of Widowhood: A Study of Widows in a Tertiary Institution in Ibadan, South West Nigeria,” Onadeko et al. (2002) perfectly capture the ordeals of widowhood in Africa. The findings reveal that most widows are aged between 35 and 55 years, with little or no prospect of remarriage, low formal education, leading to very low salaries in any employment they can get. Their main problems (in order of priority) include:
- Financial/economic hardships,
- Absence of husband’s will, resulting in the loss of properties to husband’s relatives,
- Loneliness and depression,
- Poor relationship with in-laws,
- Difficulty in social interactions, and
- Poor housing.
The facilitation of improved livelihoods for widows and orphans through the initiation and management of income-generation activities (for the widows) and the provision of education opportunities for the orphans in the third world.
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