Case of the Widow
I recently travelled to Kenya on a mission trip. I had no idea what to expect, I just knew that the journey I was about to embark on would change me forever.
I had spent time with the children, did some painting on the dormitory of Ebenezer orphanage we were visiting, learned about the ways they cooked food, saw the slum life, not taking a shower for an entire month will really teach you to appreciate water. But it wasn't until I met the widows did I realize what my calling to Africa was all about.
Seek Justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17.
This is Daisy Ondiek, daughter of widow Evelyn Ondiek. While I was interviewing Evelyn she let me know of her daughter, and after hearing her story I HAD to see her.
Daisy is suffering from Epilepsy. She lives in a hut with her mother Evelyn and aging Grandparents. About 9 months prior to my being here, she was taken from her home and raped on the side of the street by a married man. Because there is no proof he is free to roam.....
She gave birth to little Samantha weighting 2 Kilo's about a week before I arrived. Daisy has no education on how to care for a child, but is doing her best. Her grandparents are helpless to assist her or protect her, while her mother walks long distances to the market place to try and make money to provide food for her family. This baby has a 50/50 chance to survive if this family doesn't get the help she needs. She falls many times per day because of epilepsy so chances of harming the baby are high, and there's a high chance she will be raped again.
Medications are expensive for epilepsy and she isn't able to go back to school, so her ability to create a life for herself will not be easy, especially when her family passes on...... She will live the life of a widow.
I showed up at the home and provided her with some baby clothes and soap etc, which she was so very thankful for; however, she needs more support.
Canadians For The Children Of Africa
It takes a mere $50 per month to support a widow and her family. This is worth 4000 shillings per month. Most only make about 150 shillings per month if they are lucky, not even enough to buy food for one day. You can support daisy by visiting:
or email at : firstname.lastname@example.org
Canadians for the Children of Africa is a non-profit organization that provides oprhans and widows with the basic necessities of life.
Curse of the Widow
In many countries, widowhood is stigmatized and seen as a source of shame. Widows are thought to be cursed in some cultures and are even associated with witchcraft. Such misconceptions can lead to widows being ostracized, abused and worse. For instance, in Tanzania hundreds of older women – mostly widows – have been killed because of accusations of being witches.
I was told by a widow that some are believed to have a Chilean curse. Which means their husbands spirit is still attached to them, and they have to remain isolated from society so as not to pass on the curse. It's called the, "Shadow of Death," Then in order to break the curse they have to hire a man, to come and sleep with them, them they can marry the next in the family line. Usually this results in HIV being spread or the widow conceiving again depending on her age. Most widows are very young, and the men seem to die before the women.
Only by the Grace of God do these women escape this cycle.
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