In many developing countries, a widowed woman faces dire economic and social conditions.
Fifty percent of the estimated 100 million widows in the developing world are impoverished, and 10% of widows’ children will die before age 5 due to lack of access to resources.
Upon the death of a husband, widows are often stripped of their property, given negligible access to the job market, and suffer harsh social stigma.
Though these problems have reached epidemic proportions, they are hardly acknowledged by developed nations.
Even when widows have a marketable skill set, three major factors make finding employment extremely difficult.
- In developing nations, the overall level of unemployment is often high. As such, limited job availability usually means nepotism is rampant, or individuals who do get hired tend to be severely under-employed. This limits job opportunities for widows.
- Second, the lack of daycare options leaves widows unable to seek employment because they must care for their children.
- Third, widows experience high levels of vulnerability and marginalization in society at large.
- They report trepidation at leaving the house to commute to work, given their exposure to high risk situations such as rape.
- Widows seeking to participate in the economy must contend against all these daunting factors.
- Widows are left helpless and orphans drop out of school.
- Older women (grandparents) are left with many orphans (grand children) to feed single handed.
This has affected the moral,
- economical and
- Physical well-being of the survivors causing bitter suffering.
Depression, helplessness and poverty are the end result of this situation which is growing at an alarming rate.
Our plan is to get fund from the donor to enable PRF structure to implement relevant development activities towards the support of the target community, to create an enabling environment that is conducive for positive role modeling for the local marginalized poor community, to nurture their health wise and rights skills, to educate them on gender equality campaigns and its consequences at the expense of community development agenda and to lobby for policy and legislative adhering gender rights and development changes.
We believe in involving the beneficiaries in coming up with the best implementation approach. It facilitates the implementation process while the beneficiaries are the main participants and the direct benefit players through wide interaction and cohesiveness.