Widows of We Mo Atu

In January HBA led a team that visited the We Mo Atu widows and orphans outreach ministry that is located in the Upper East Region of Ghana. Upon arrival, the widows of the area greeted the team (see video below). Over 500 women came to greet and welcome the team as shown in the video.

I would like to take a moment to give you a little background to the culture & conditions of the widows we visted:

The district is a male dominated society, which means that land belongs only to males & does not allow women to be represented in any decision making from local up to national levels. The district we visited is a highly polygamous society & so when a man/husband dies, he is usually leaving 2-5 widows without any means of support. When the husbands die, the situation become worse. The women are confronted with widowhood rites (where they need to remain in mourning for a year & are not allowed to remarry during that year) the husband’s family members snatching the properties from them, and the poverty issues. This has accounted for the large number of widows and their children in the district

Then to increase the issue, the Upper East Region is the poorest in the Ghana. There are also customary practices that discriminate against women and making them victims of circumstances and depravity. Some these practices include female genital mutilation & taboos (for instance that prevents a pregnant woman from eating eggs, etc). Malnutrition is a common feature among women and children in the area and as a result, several diseases afflict these vulnerable groups of the society. The people in this district are peasant farmers. They keep livestock & engage in vegetable farming. The people live on less than one dollar a day mark.

The ministry will soon choose leadership which will be trained in the principals of CHE. HBA will continue to be in a prayerful supporting role for the ministry and desires to work with the women in determining their greatest needs and available resources to meet those needs. Additionally the ministry will:

Be giving different types of training to improve on the trade they are already involved in to make them more productive.

Skill training in the following areas:

  • • Agro Business- dry season farming in vegetables
  • • In weaving in local fabric
  • • In pomade, beads, soap and confectionaries
  • • Farming (crops and livestock)
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