A widows’ care centre is set to be established in Kanyasa ward, Nyatike Constituency within Migori County to alleviate sufferings of this vulnerable group.
A US based Carter Foundation has taken the initiative to ensure widows mostly those in their sunset days are given great care.
The Foundation Director Patrice Andre Carter says she is privileged to work with the community towards coming up with programmes aimed at assisting the less privileged in the community.
Andre says the community has donated the land and soon she will embark on putting up houses to help widows who are homeless.
“This land has been given as a donation and the Carter Foundation will start building houses,” she said during the groundbreaking for the project on Friday.
She says the houses will provide shelter to the needy and give them hope in life.
Speaking at Bondo Kosiemo area, Patrice who was accompanied by her two children, Keera and Josh says she is overwhelmed with the kind of reception she was accorded by the widows.
She thanked the family of Joseph Ngome for seeing it fit to donate land for the noble project that will bring smiles in the faces of the widows.
Patrice says it has been her dream to work with the communities in Kenya to bring hope in the families who have been abandoned or neglected after the demise of the breadwinners.
“I was looking for someone to donate land to Carter’s Foundation and Joseph was gracious enough and his family to donate land to be able to bring hope to the community, the community at this hour needs help,” she said.
She further noted that the centre will also have a pharmacy to offer medical services to the widows whenever they fall sick.
Ngome, now following in the footsteps of his dad, has given the land after a consensus with his brothers and sisters to assist the community.
His late dad too donated land for the establishment of Bondo Kosiemo secondary school and a Catholic church.
“Our late father donated land, and we know he would easily donate land to this project if he was still alive,” Ngome said.
Ngome says the care centre will offer reprieve to widows and they will benefit from training towards economic empowerment.
Some of the widows who witnessed the ground breaking expressed their gratitude towards the project which will give them economic empowerment.
Consolata Aago says the future is bright and pray to God to grant those behind the initiative more life.
Aago, who is a widow, says the centre is God sent since most of them are undergoing difficulties in life.
“I am happy; I am ready to move to this centre, I have suffered a lot,” said Aago.
Caren Achieng Orengo was not left behind in supporting the project saying she will volunteer to give support in any way as a sign of ownership to the project.
“I am still young and I will help the aging widows in the centre,” she said.
The Foundation in the recent months, through Ngome, donated food stuff to the locals to cushion them from the effects of COVID-19 pandemic.
By LTN Reporter