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WHO WE ARE

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.

VISION

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.

CORE VALUES

  • 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.

MISSION

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.

CTWOO Program Officer, Mr. Fredrick Onyambu guiding widows on how to check unclaimed financial assets using their mobile phones by dialing *361# using their Safaricom line

LEGAL SERVICES (WIDOWS ACCESS TO JUSTICE)

Nyamira County Widows' Leaders training on legal services. The training was offered by The Commission on Administrative Justice, commonly known as 'Office of the Ombudsman' which is a constitutional  commission established under Article 59 (4) of the Constitution and the Commission on Administrative Justice Act, 2011. We have strengthened our partnership with The  Office of the Ombudsman, FIDA, Law Society Of Kenya and other HUMAN RIGHTS Organizations, so that widows all over the country can be able to access affordable and Pro Bono legal services where possible.The Pro Bono lawyers also give free training on importance of  legal services to widows and their children. Most widows fear the long ,tedious court process because they lack resources to hire an attorney for their cases.

CTWOO Program Officer, Mr. Fredrick Onyambu guiding widows on how to check unclaimed financial assets using their mobile phones by dialing *361# using their Safaricom line

CREATING AWARENESS TO WIDOWS ON HOW TO CHECK IF THEY OWN ANY UNCLAIMED FINANCIAL ASSETS

Come Together Widows and Orphans Organization has partnered with The Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority (UFAA), an Authority that was created under the Unclaimed Financial Asset Act, No. 40 of 2011 to administer unclaimed financial assets. The Authority whose primary mandate is to Receive, Safeguard and Re-unite the Unclaimed Assets with their rightful owners, has trained CTWOO officers and some widow leaders who are now disseminating  this knowledge to grassroot widows on how to check if one has any existing unclaimed financial asset using their mobile phones. By dialing the prefix *361# from a safaricom line and following the prompts, widows are able to access first hand information on any existing unclaimed assets.

INTERNATIONAL WIDOWS' DAY

At Come Together Widows and Orphans Organization every widow is important. Through group formation we provide a platform for widows to articulate their issues. These groups act as Focus Discussion Groups where widows discuss issues affecting them, how to grow themselves Economically,They interact hence they grow Socially. Through these groups widows benefit from the affirmative funds available with the Government e.g Women Enterprise Fund (W.E.F), UWEZO FUND and the National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF). Through these groups we are able to reach out to thousands of widows across the country who are able to join us in the capital cit of Kenya Nairobi to celebrate the International Widows Day every 23rd of June.

FEEDING PROGRAM

Our organization gives back to the society because its the only way to say thank you to our community, members and vulnerable groups in the society. We host feeding programs, we celebrate Birthdays with the members of the community for them to feel appreciated and also appreciate the work we do as an organization.