International Widows Day

From Grief to Deprivation: Widows and Poverty in Developing Nations

Widows worldwide face a myriad of challenges, from social ostracism to financial struggles. The Loomba Foundation estimates that of the 285 million widows living in developing nations, more than 115 million live in abject poverty. Furthermore, 86 million have suffered physical abuse. The impact of widowhood extends beyond the individual, affecting more than a billion people, approximately one-seventh of the world’s population.[1]

The Power of Christ’s Love: A Catalyst for Change

At GFA World, we believe in the transformative power of Christ’s love. Our mission is to uplift the suffering, particularly those marginalized by society. Widows, often seen as cursed or bringers of bad luck, are among those we strive to help. Our work is motivated by Christ’s love and His desire to lift up the suffering, one life at a time.

Stories of Hope and Transformation

Gulika, a widow in Asia, experienced the transformative power of Christ’s love through GFA World’s intervention.[2] After her husband’s death, her village turned their backs on her, believing she was cursed. GFA World-supported pastor arranged for a new water well to be drilled in front of her home, alleviating her daily struggle to fetch water and restoring her dignity.

Seeing Widows as Treasured by God

At GFA World, we see widows not as cursed or unlucky, but as treasured by God. We believe that every life has value and that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Our work with widows aims to restore their sense of self-worth and give them hope for a better future.

Transforming Lives, One Widow at a Time

Our work with widows is not just about providing immediate relief; it’s about transforming lives. By showing widows that they are valued and loved, we help them regain their self-esteem and find a sense of purpose. This transformation often has a ripple effect, positively impacting their families and communities.

The plight of widows worldwide is a pressing issue that requires our collective action. By partnering with GFA World’s Widows and Abandoned Children Fund, you can help us continue our mission to give widows dignity and value. Your donation can make a significant difference in the lives of widows like Gulika, helping them find hope, purpose, and community. Together, we can transform lives, one widow at a time.

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[1] The Loomba Foundation. “World Widows Report.” Accessed October 26, 2023.
[2] “Gospel for Asia Pastor Brings Hope to a Grieving Widow.” What Motivates Us., December 9, 2020.