“To be a Kenyan widow often means to be alone and without a voice,” says a CAM staff member. In Kenya, wives are seen as possessions.
Twenty-five-year-old Manya stared at her blotchy skin—the dreaded sign of leprosy. This disease labeled her “untouchable” in her village.
Her children left the area during Liberia’s civil war and never returned. This seventy-year-old widow survives by the mercy of her neighbors.
Henderika is generous with what she has and doesn’t keep the blessings for herself. She has multiplied a gift from the Support-A-Widow program.
Elena’s house in Moldova needs repairs. Elena is fortunate to have a monthly income of $160 but this is not enough to meet her family’s needs.
Leprosy affects your nerves. When you walk over glass, stick your hand in hot water, or scrape off their skin, people with leprosy can’t feel any pain.
India is filled with women who know all about the heart-wrenching pain of poverty, loss, rejection, and discouragement.
Widows in impoverished countries often have no one to care for them. A monthly parcel of food and healthcare items from CAM sponsors relieves them from the worry of providing for their basic needs.
In a remote region of Liberia, Yemon spends her days on a bamboo bed inside a mud hut. Open sores ooze around her ankles and up into her swollen legs. Her son tells us she cries all night, because her legs burn and itch. Yemon needs a hospital but has no money to pay for… Read more
Kenya has one of the highest rates of AIDS in the world. In 2016 alone, the country had more than 36,000 AIDS-related deaths. This epidemic has left thousands of women widowed. In a land where women customarily aren’t allowed to own property, widows not only grieve the loss of their husbands but also the loss… Read more
When Miatta (pictured above) was a young girl, she lost her ability to walk because of dislocated knee joints. She has since learned how to maneuver despite the excruciating pain, but because of her handicap she is unable to work regularly. Miatta is now a 50-year-old widow with three children, struggling to provide even daily… Read more
Juana is an 83-year-old widow in Nicaragua whose husband died 26 years ago. Her son, a mentally-ill daughter, and two grandchildren live with her. For the last two years, Juana’s son hasn’t been able to harvest a crop due to drought. During this time of need, a monthly food parcel from CAM enables Juana and… Read more
In the rocky village of Teustepe, Nicaragua, Josefa lives in a small mud house just large enough for a bed, a few chairs, and some other items. Josefa, a widow, fell while trying to tie up a pig and has been confined to a wheelchair ever since. She is unable to support herself, but the… Read more