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 she 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"
Come Together Widows and Orphans Organization believes that its responsibility as an organization is to safeguard the human rights and dignity of widows, inline with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is also our mandate to ensure that challenges faced by widows in Kenya are presented to the Government through the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs. This assist our government to intervene and bridge the gender gaps that might be contributing to suffering of widows, orphans and other vulnerable groups we deal with.