Widows: India's Invisible Women
In many parts of India when a woman’s husband dies, the only thing that made her an honorable woman is gone. And it is the widow who carries blame and shame because of this. In her time of need, she is often declared cursed and is rejected by her neighbors, community, and even her own family. She now bears the sole responsibility of providing for any children she may have.
Many other mothers find themselves suddenly alone as well, but not because of death. A husband may vanish without warning because he’s discontent with the family’s financial condition or with his wife. Now she’s left in poverty to care for their children alone.
Currently these women are typically daily wage laborers the very group hit hardest by the government shutdown recently instituted to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Already struggling to feed their families with their meager earnings, they were suddenly unable to work.
Widows are often victims of poverty, ostracism, and humiliation, and they can be vulnerable to abuse.
Many receive little help from relatives as they care for their children.
Suicide To End Their Suffering
For those who cannot bear the shame of widowhood, suicide may seem like the only way to end their pain.
Street begging, difficult labor jobs, or prostitution may become a way of life.
Supporting Vulernable Women
Through gifts to HOPE Ministries widows and abandoned children are given tangible necessities as they face very desperate situations.
The members of HOPE are able to share about Christ and display His love through the attention and honor they give to the hurting and hopeless.
Sewing Machine Donation
A gift of $180 allows the purchase of a sewing machine and three months of sewing machine training for a widow through which she can generate an income for her family and become self-sustainable.
A monthly gift of $30 can help a widow to purchase food, clothing or pay rent.
"I have chosen you and have not cast you away:
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."