'When you've lost everything...
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress...” [James 127]
To lose the person you’ve spent your adult life with is deeply traumatic for anyone, anywhere.
To lose one or all of your children is a horror beyond contemplation.
To become responsible for many grandchildren in your old age, with no way of feeding them, doesn’t bear thinking about.
To be rejected by your wider family and outcast from your community because of the stigma of being a widow...
…how is it possible to keep on living?'
This is the everyday reality for thousands of women in Zimbabwe, and the orphans they care for. Many men have died through violence, AIDS or other disease, leaving their widows in deep sadness, difficulty and distress.