We support abused widows under the following programs
Widows economic empowerment projects
Widows civic education on family and business management
Financial empowerment- how to access government funding, cooperate social responsibility. Once they get the government funding they use it for table banking and grow it to a revolving fund which later grows into a Sacco where widows can access loans for business at a very low own interest.
Counselling- we offer counselling services through our office and also through our widows’ support groups countrywide.
Advocacy- we champion for widows’ rights around the country
Agriculture- we have partnered with our friends who have continued to offer our widows with farming skills and we have established farms where our widows support groups are working together growing food crops and commercial crops to empower themselves financially.
We are currently caring for twenty-four (24) total and partial orphans. Some of these orphans are from families that never knew peace but sexual and Gender Based Violence when they land into our hands we first:-
Provide Basic needs (Food, shelter and Clothings)
Education- we reach out to well wishers to help in paying tuition fees, books and school uniforms.
Health services- we take care of the orphans who are infected by HIV/AIDS by their late parents. We ensure they get their drugs ad eat balanced diet food.
Safe House: We provide safe house for the abused and neglected total orphans, partial orphans and vulnerable orphans.
Feeding programme: We feed all children who come into our lives and also we extend our love by feeding children born in prisons, street children and other vulnerable children in our society.
Psychosocial support- we provide psychosocial support to survivors of Gender based Violence
Prevention and Management of Gender Based Violence; we have partnered with FIDA and law society of Kenya to provide access to justice and medical services for survivor and advocacy on social media, print media, television to reduce Gender Based Violence.
Referrals: We work closely with Health Care Assistance Kenya who are the founders of SGBV toll free number 1195. Anytime we receive SBGV case we refer the survivor/victim to call that number for referral to Nairobi Women’s GVRC (gender Violence Recovery Centre), sae house and Ambulance.
Hospital visits:- We are in the front line to pay survivors visits and to hug them just to remind them to be positive about life and concentrate on their healing as we assist them in getting justice.
Empowerment:- We empower survivors get knowledge on how to start business and also link them to Women Enterprise Fund, Uwezo Fund, National Government Affirmative Action Fund, Saccos where they receive group funding and start-up capital for their business this helps them to become independent and support their families.
Poverty, neglect, abuse has a feminine appearance in our county. Widows have been more affected by this because they are dual marginalized women.
Our consultancy services at Come Together Widows & Orphans International are:-
Legal support for Survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV), Widows and Orphans
The Charter for WIDOWS’ RIGHTS demands the elimination of all discrimination against widows, both within the family and in community and public life. Non-state actors – such as family members – may not justify the abuse of widows on the grounds of “custom”. As NafisSadik once said, famously, “ no custom or religion can ever justify the oppression of women”. We add, nor of WIDOWS. The plight of widows of war often worsens in the aftermath of conflict, and SCR 1325 has failed to address, in any significant way (with a few unique exceptions) either their immediate or long-term needs. But the…
Since 2013 we have managed to put widows and their children all over the country on the grid so that they can be recognized and their input appreciated because their rights are also women’s rights, children’s rights and human rights. So far a network of widows and orphans has been created in every county within Kenya. Each county has a contact person whose mandate is to mobilize women, men and all stakeholders to participate in the Widows and Orphans rights protection.
Since inception we have trained widows on how to access affordable health service as they prioritize their household’s health. By partnering with NHIF, Nairobi Gender Recovery Centre and other health centers, widows, survivors of Gender Based Violence and orphans are able to access healthcare services at an affordable price, subsidize or free rate. With regards to Legal services we have have strengthened our partnership with FIDA 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.
We have created an open platforms for widows and other women all over the country where they come together and engage with decision makers on issues that concern them. Forty seven counties representatives, Newsprint, Television, Radio programs & interviews, Social Media, Workshops, seminars, retreats and reflection camps are the platforms created so far where widows will been trained, empowered, networked and supported.