Clergyman worried over maltreatment of widows
Reverend Samuel Asiedu Bonsu, Head Pastor of Victory Baptist Church has expressed dissatisfaction about the maltreatment of widows in the society.
“When a husband of a woman dies, she becomes support-less, it is therefore urgent that the community and other stakeholders offer a hand of mercy to support the widow and her children.”
Rev Asiedu Bonsu Chief Executive Officer of Mission to Widows-Ghana (MWG), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), was speaking during the graduation ceremony of the Widow Connection Sewing Project, an NGO and the official inauguration of MWG at Asamankese in Eastern Region on Thursday.
He said one critical challenge faced by the widows is access to quality health care since most of them do not even have enough money to register with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) or to buy drugs.
Rev Asiedu Bonsu said children of widows mostly drop out of schools because they have no financial support.
He called on public-spirited individuals and organisations to come to the aid of widows.
MWG has a membership of 151 widows and four widowers who have been given capital to start their businesses.
The NGO is co-partnered by Widows Connection from the United States and Theovision International, another NGO, which seeks the welfare of the vulnerable.
Mrs Miriam Neff, President and Founder of the Widows Connection donated brand new 25 sewing machines, assorted sewing materials and seed money to the 25 widows who were taken through dressmaking apprenticeship.
Rev Theodore Asare, President of Theovision International, expressed the need for the society to care for the vulnerable.
The NGOs have been able to register 63 widows with the NHIS while 73 have had their health insurance renewed for them.
Start-up capital, apprenticeship in various areas of trade and gifts are offered to the widows on regular basis while their children are to be given scholarship to Senior High School.