HI! WELCOME TO TARAJA TRUST
Widows for Widows initiative
Taraja is the Swahili word for Hope.
We saw it fitting to use Taraja as we are looking to be the hope
that a Widow needs when her world crashes.
We all have different support system family, friends, colleagues, church but a fellow widows
support is key as this one you can relate to more to your pain, struggles, joy in this journey.
It was God’s Will that our spouses left us
They left us in his Way
But it is our Faith in that same God that has brought us to where we are today.
HEAL Psalm 147:3 - He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
GROW 2 Peter 3:18 - But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
THRIVE Psalm 52:8 - But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.
WHAT WE ARE ALL ABOUT
At Taraja Trust we understand the challenges faced by widows which include but are not limited to;
• Stigma:- ones widowed your status changes and you acquire a new title.
• Alienation – When the spouse was alive, both family members and families rallies around you… sadly many will relate to you much less after. Many identify widows with problems, issues and choose to keep their distance.
• Exclusion – Where you were included or even invited for functions, you are no longer, and for fear that you might interfere with other people’s homes.
• Disinheritance: More widows than widowers have lost their inheritance to relatives and business partners after the demise of a spouse.
• Blame: blamed for what one “did or did not do to cause death,, even when the cause of death is unclear.
• Lack – Husband being the main bread winner and at his demise the family income is reduced or brought to a complete halt.
• Infightings: with family, business partners purely due to property ownership
• Scrutiny: Sometimes it is like everybody should know what you do and whom you socialize with. It is like you have become answerable to everybody altogether.
• Guilt/blame: feeling guilty and blaming themselves for many things including their perceived failures and failures of others i.e children.
• Loneliness: Depending on the stage of grief and other underlying circumstances, a single woman may experience a lot of loneliness.
At Taraja, you get to experience and enjoy;
Group support – Counseling, Legal aid, group income generating projects, group activities for widows to get out & catch a breather, mingle, to purpose to live again, heal and hopefully grow and thrive.
Share - The stories we share which show us how different we are in our grieving. Each of us experiences loss uniquely; no two hearts ache the same way. We face distinctive challenges in our own corners of the worlds we inhabit and no one will respond to the loss and challenge for us. We alone can change our lives and our selves.
Membership is open to all widows from any age upto 60 years. Anyone above 60 years is welcome as a patron and or mentor.
HOW WE RUN THINGS
As much as there are officials, this is a communal venture where we take no ownership. Our hope and prayer is that we can journey together and invite you that we own the process together.
Is to seek funding through contributions from family, personal friends, County Government, Corporates and NGOs but above it all to support a widow to stand and support herself and family and also be able to extend a helping hand to another widow new in the journey.
Broken down to two tiers: Tier 1 - 50 Members to grow upto 100 members by each one reaching out to another widow. Tier 2 - Reaching out to other counties zoned into 6 Zones.
They include but not limited to support groups, legal advice, counselling, financial aid, business promotion, education, development programs and overall well being support and growth.
SUPPORT A WIDOW TO SUPPORT ANOTHER WIDOW
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