Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Caring for widows and orphans

L-R: Makole, Elton, Regina 

One of the major goals of our work in Namibia is to care for the vulnerable people of Musanga region. No one is more vulnerable than the widows and orphans. 

We regret to say one of the widows we have been supporting with vegetables from SSP passed away on Thursday.  She was a relative of Elton's who was caring for her orphaned granddaughter.  Her name was Makole.

If any of you have ever been to Katima Mulilo and drove on the main road past Elton's village, you would often see her working tirelessly in the fields trying to grow something out of nothing to feed herself and her family. She, and the many widows like her, are the reason we felt compelled to continue our mission. 

She was a very strong woman.  The situation for widows is always quite bleak but she was particularly destitute because of her blindness and the fact that all of her children are dead leaving her to care for all of her grandchildren alone.

Being that she was a elderly widow with very little family, we have been asked to assist in her funeral costs. A donation of $66USD (equal to N$1000) would buy a coffin and contribute to the traditional meal served after the funeral. 

If you are interested in contributing to this cause and  the continuing work of Sinanzi Sepo Project, please make donations to:

Please join us as we pray for Elton's village,  her adult grandchildren and especially for her youngest granddaughter, who had still been under her care. She will feel her absence the most acutely and her future is now more uncertain as she will need a new caregiver. 
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1 : 27