Our first poverty eradication programme launched in Kaga-Bandoro, Central African Republic where religious conflict around the country has made many women into widows. Sadly, these widows are left struggling to provide for their families, something that is challenging even with both parents alive.
JNJF launched this programme by selecting ten widows from the christian and muslim faiths, and the individually displaced persons (IDPs) camp and provided them with basic commodities, such as, rice, cassava, oil, soap, sugar, salt etc., and cash for each of the women to start a business in their communities. This will help them generate income for their family, become self-reliant and create a vehicle wealth creation.
Nyanga Jaward of JNJF was on hand to distribute the items and cash to the ten widows in the presence of community elders with assistance from the head of the UN Mission in Kaga-Bandoro to help with translation, public relations and advice on monitoring and further supporting the widows to ensure they succeed.
JNJF was touched by this sad story through the Female in Sierra Leone (FISIL) Organisation and provided assistance in starting a small business. Read her story below...
I am a young lady who was forced to married a man of my father's age. I have no option but to marry him, after having four children with him he then died living me alone to take care of the kids who are just very young. The oldest amongst the kids is ten years, and she is here without going to school. After the death of my so call husband, his elder brother then came with the family members that I should get married to him which I refused. They then asked that if I cannot marry him I should leave the house, which I was willing to do. That same night I was about to pack out, when my husband's brother came in the room and then forcefully raped me. I felt so bad and then went out with my children, as I was ashamed to explain this to people. After I left I observed some changes knowing that I was pregnant, I can't say it to anyone but leave with this trauma and broken heart. Now am in Bo town going from house to house helping people with washing and cleaning, who will later give me some food or used cloth. I am presently sick of cold and same to my kids, as we don't have a place to sleep but lying on tables in the market place. I am really looking forward to people who can come to my aid as my elder daughter is growing fast and I would not like to see her end up like me.
JNJF provided money to rent accommodation for the family for one year and purchased enough basic commodities for the widow to start a small business that will help her provide for the family. Cash was also donated to help with construction of a table to start the business. Our thanks go to FISIL for making all the necessary arrangement for accommodation, purchasing all the commodities required for the business and presenting them on behalf of JNJF and thanks to the family for accepting our gift.
Hello ladies in the house as to my post on seeking assistance to this family one of our sister Nyanga Jaward through the Jamil & Nyanga Jaward foundation sent me some amount of money to seek for a room for them and gave the lady some items to buy some goods for business which I have successfully done. The total sum of money sent was one million two hundred thousand leones which I spent as promise. I want us all to join in thanking this family for such a lovely heart of giving. The kids truely appreciate you sis and may God continue to guide and protect this family. Let us all copy this example of giving to the needy let's not just listen to their stories and keep silence they need our help. Come let's put some smile on our peoples face who are in desperate need of it. Once again I thank you sister
The above photos show ongoing work at a window's house that was inhabitable and incomplete when the husband died. Currently the widow and her 5 children are living with a good samaritan in 1 bedroom. JNJF by the grace of God picked up her case a few months ago and is currently completeing the house and making it habitable for the family. We are at the stage of installing all the windows, doors and painting. The attached shop to the house is also been completed and will be stocked with various products for the widow to start a small business to enable her to support her family. Under our education program we have also sponsored the older child to complete her Senior School Exams.