A philanthropist, Mr. Thaddeus Sory, who is also a renowned legal practitioner for Daffiama in the Daffiama Bussia Issa (DBI) District of the Upper West Region, has donated some food items to 780 widows in St. Monicas Association as a means of supporting them to celebrate Easter.
According to the legal practitioner, knowing the plight of these widows, it was right for one to come back home and extend a helping hand to the Widows Association once God had blessed them with children.
Mr. Sory said: “It is time for us to support the widows and show love and humanity to them as our own.”
He made this known at the presentations last week Thursday, adding that this was the fifth year since he had taken it upon himself to put a smile on the faces of the St. Monica’s Widows Association in the community.
The food items donated included 50 cartons of cooking oil, 50 bags of sugar, and 100 bags of rice, which would solve part of their problems, and urge people to pay attention to the St. Monica’s Widow Association, which is not far from them, and show the members love.
The Chaplain of the Widows Association at the Diocese, Rev. James Nasaabetaryb, said they appreciated lawyer Sory for taking this upon himself to do yearly donations to these widows to alleviate their suffering.
He said some of the widows were aged and weak, and could not do farming activities, while the few that were able and ready to go into farming had their farmlands taken away from them by family members of their late husbands.
“This year is really a problem, as we all know, last year the rains destroyed food crops and threw a big problem to the widows. Several of them have no food to eat and are struggling to feed their children,” he indicated.
The Founder of the St. Monica Widows Association, Sister Gabriel Nornaah Rtd., appealed for support either in cash or in kind to improve their living conditions.
She said feeding the poor widows and their children had always been a challenge to get their basic needs after the demise of their husbands.
The Sister Nornaah Rtd stated that the several of the widows were always at the St. Monica’s Church at Daffiama to complain of lack of food for their children, and were happy that Lawyer Sory came to support them as usual of him during this Easter period.
She said the widows, together with their children, were a neglected group of people in the 22 communities by their late husbands’ family members and abandoned to cater for themselves.
The Rtd Sister appealed to the government, public spirited individuals, civil society organisations, donor countries and international communities to support the widows, some of whom had more than six children and were unable to find sufficient food to feed them.
She also called on people from the region, especially the Daffiama/Bussie/Issa District, to emulate Lawyer Sory and come to the aid of the St. Monica Widows Association.