Legacy for Hope
Our Current Focus: Homeless Widows in India
Indian Widows, Underprivileged Children & Absolute Social Ostracization
Since the end of British rule in India in 1947, India itself has become a hub of international trade, stable democracy, and almost uninterrupted economic success. Perpetually holding India back, however, is the country’s cultural adherence to a caste system and social order which consistently fails the most underprivileged in Indian society.
Due to outdated social norms and superstitions, Indian widows are regarded with absolute contempt my mainstream Indian society. Considered cursed, it is a strict Indian taboo to even so much as offer shelter, employment, or more than one meal per day to a widow in India. As a result of this social stigma, the number of underprivileged children in India is at near crisis point. Even worse, demand for HIV treatment among widows themselves is soaring due to a forced need for many Indian widows to enter into prostitution.
How Aid Organizations Make a Difference
Widows are unwelcome in any home or social setting and face a myriad of difficulties. Many widows and sometimes even their children suffer from a loss of basic necessities such as shelter, food, employment or medical care. They are forced into the streets and are vulnerable to physical and sexual abuse, exposure to adverse weather conditions, and many other difficulties. Compassionate family members or friends who provide shelter to widows risk the wrath and retaliation from neighbors and possibly arrest and imprisonment or worse for harboring a “curse”. Since the local people are prohibited from assisting widows, agencies outside the Indian society can often alleviate the pressure and help overcome the barriers.
The Legacy for Hope 2017 Widows’ Home Building Project
Legacy for Hope plans to build a home in eastern India for some of the country’s most underprivileged and at-risk widows. Providing secure housing will help restore security and dignity and alleviate many challenges for the widows.
Re-establishing Indian Widows’ Rights of Self-Determination
As well as just removing widowed women and underprivileged children in India from the street finally, we know that simply by giving such individuals access to shelter, we can help start to inspire real and much wider reaching social change on the Indian subcontinent.
When finally off the street, widows and children are able to gain access to employment, education and other services which most every day Indians take for granted. Much more importantly, such women are once again able to vote, engage in mutually beneficial community activities, and work to slowly remove the stigma attached to being widowed in India in the first place.
How you can help?
Every dollar that you contribute will go directly towards the cost building the proposed widows’ home. Our administrative costs are covered by other private donations.
Help Us Build a Shelter for the Widows in India