To reach the Community of Orphans and Widows within and outside Obaga Village with a Gods message of hope and empowerment that results in freedom from poverty, disease and abuse.
Mary Lee Hall in her poem “ Turn Again to Life” above imagines redemption after loss of a loved one. The hope of dusting oneself up and advancing life in dignity for the bereaved with the support of the society within which one lives. This essentially would be the ideal support environment for widows.
Quite in the contrary, in the African set up widows are visited by untold misery; subjected to suffering by the society in general and their in-laws in particular. They often endure a life of neglect, discrimination, harassment, loneliness, ostracism and poverty.
Widowhood in our community literally signifies “social death”. For too long the plight of the widows and Orphans has been a forgotten secret in many parts of Kenya. The shocking discrimination and suffering that takes place in many of our villages is undeniable. We do not hear about widows, they have no voice. We do not hear about the children that have to earn their monies on the streets or factories where they are exploited and abused. In most of our cultures it is considered okay for a widow to be cursed out of society. They are blamed for their husband’s death. As a ritual they are forced to shave their hair and treated with disregard. Most of them do not know what the husband owned and go through a lot of stress looking for how to recover them. If they refuse to be inherited by their in-laws they are beaten and chased away from their homes. Protected in the culturally backward practices like wife inheritance, the widows are at the risk of rape under the disguise cultural cleansing; and some unfortunately end contracting HIV-AIDS from these inheritors. This physical and emotional agony has led to the suffering of many orphans and destroyed a bigger generation in our times.
FACT, flawed as it may be is, this has been the story of widows in Obaga village as it is in other parts of the community.
We all claim to worship God of Widows and Orphans Psalm 68:5, what a contrast. We see God, the most potent and self-sufficient Power imaginable, continually expressing profound concern for the least potent and self-sufficient — the orphan in distress. The Law describes, “He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow ...” Deuteronomy 10:18 .
The question is, what is the possible TRUTH that society ought to live up to and against which human dignity promises reward? For us, the ultimate TRUTH draws its basis from Christian Principles.
This is why three years ago God pointed us in this Journey and described to us in detail where we have missed His path. 1st John 4:16 It is only in Love that we can find Him (God). It is Only in His presence that we can find His fullness of Joy. We embarked on the journey of building support system for widows and ophans, restoring dignity and transforming lives and so far the success and the joyful smiles that we have witnessed inspire us to scale up and transform more lives.
Nobody's life is a bed of roses. We all have crosses to bear, and we all just do our best. I would never claim to have the worst situation. There are many widows and Orphans, and many people dying of AIDS, Many are starving in villages such as Turkana in northern Kenya. So we have to rise up and count our lucky STARS. We all must get involved and Together we can do it…To God alone be the Glory.