Widows and Orphans Movement, WOM has provided homes for ten widows who could not afford a good shelter for themselves.
In an interview with a1radioonline.com on the year 2016 in review, Fati Abigail Abdulai, Director of WOM said her outfit in 2016 provided the homes to help the women stay in the region and not migrate down south where life may not be as expected.
WOM is an NGO that works to alleviate the plight of widows and their children in northern Ghana. According to her, her outfit was able to still do sensitization and skills training for the widows, paid the school fees of some children and facilitated some ten other women to shoot a video documentary on widows even though funding was a challenge.
She added that an average of 500 women were supported with micro credit to startup businesses that will help and enable them take care of their children.
Touching on the challenges her organization faces in running its programs, Ms Fati said “Funding has been a challenge because of two things, because there has been a change of focus in terms of donor support where now most of the funding is going into issues of accountability rather than issues of day in service delivery but when you are dealing with widowhood rights you cannot just use two years to make a change, you will need about 5 to 10 years” she said.
She added that “Just last week there was a widow here with four children who had no place to sleep at all and immediately you have to find accommodation for such a person before any other thing.
The other thing is that because of the change in focus, the international NGOs are now competing with the local ones and like the saying, when two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers”, she added.
By: Adugbire Cletus/a1radioonline.com/Ghana