Come Together Widows and Orphans Organization (CTWOO) is a non-profit making Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) founded by Dianah Kamande, a young widow and a survivor of Gender Based Violence whose experiences gave birth to the idea of creating a safe space within which widows could share experiences and draw support from others.
In 2013 Dianah Kamande formed a Community Based Organization which later blossomed into a National NGO. She now leads CTWOO which focuses on widows, orphans and survivors of Gender Based Violence. The organization supports and champions for the advancement of their rights, social and economic empowerment in recognition that widows rights are human rights. Her passion is to ensure that the society treats widows, orphans and other vulnerable groups with dignity.
She believes in the words of the Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon “No woman should lose her status, livelihood or property when her husband dies, yet million of widows in our world face persistence abuse, discrimination, disinheritance and destitution. Many widows are subjected to harmful practices such as Widow burning and “widow cleansing” – an abhorrent ritual which often amounts to rape, increases the widows risk of HIV infection. The impacts are also felt by widows children and their dependents”
Since 2013, our efforts have led to remarkable results:
COMMITMENT- we are committed to ensure an enabling environment where every widow, orphan and survivor enjoy their rights
LOVE- We esteem love among each other thus extend compassion to the neglected in the society.
EQUALITY- We exercise equality among everyone in our society and ascribe to promote honesty in our work.
HUMILITY- humility is the mark of our service
JUSTICE- we value human beings as having dignity, rights and being equal, thereby promoting justice and fairness.
Putting in place strategies and policies that ensure that widows’, survivors of Genders Based Violence and orphans rights are guaranteed, protected and that they are economically, socially and politically empowered and that they live fulfilled lives.
A society in which social justice, human rights, happiness and prosperity are guaranteed for every widow, survivor of Gender Based Violence and orphans in Kenya.