Help provide for the urgent needs of widows in India
COVID-19 related relief will be used to sustain the livelihoods and care of 30 widows in Vrindavan, India, and to feed 250 widows in Chennai, India.
In lieu of a large gathering, we are asking individuals to take a solo run/walk for at least 2.3 miles (June 23rd) or join with friends and family in a way that is comfortable: safely in their own local neighborhoods or open parks.
Your $25 DONATION sponsors a widow for one whole month!
The United Nations annually observes 23 June as International Widows Day, to draw attention to the voices and experiences of widows and to galvanize the unique support that they need.
The loss of a partner is devastating. For many women around the world, that loss is magnified by a long-term struggle for basic needs, their human rights and dignity. They may be denied inheritance rights to the piece of land that they relied on for livelihood or evicted from their homes, forced into unwanted marriages or traumatizing widowhood rituals. They are stigmatized for life, shunned and shamed. And, many of these abuses go unnoticed, even normalized.
There are an estimated 258 million widows around the world, and nearly one in ten live in extreme poverty. As women, they have specific needs, but their voices and experiences are often absent from policies that impact their survival.