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PROJECT -3

Challenges

  • Over 33 million widows in India –10% of the overall female population 

  • Every 4th household has a widow, 50% of the widows are over 50 years 

  • After husband’s death, only 3% widows shared the same hearth. 

  • Over 6500 widows live in Brij Region of India’s Northern State of Uttar Pradesh comprising Brindavan, Mathura and other religious places 

SUSTENANCE AND FOOD SECURITY OF THE ABANDONED WIDOWS 

  • Religious institutions mandated to take care of the widows have become defunct.

  • Local administration in collusion with the police loot donations.

  • Large number of sexual abuse cases have been reported.

  • Young widows  are exploited into prostitution

  • Food security of the widows is a challenge. 

  • Nobody had a clue about the abandoned widows socio-economic-demographic profile.

CURRENT INTERVENTION

  • Provided photo ID Cards. 

  • Database of widow’s history, current contact information deployed.

  • Continually sharing the database with the local administration & police 

  • Executed food security and health care programs.

  • Delivery of snack packets to the widows

  • Continued health care.

FUTURE INTERVENTIONS

  • Get food companies to install ‘Made to deliver food kiosks ‘   which the widows can access for a nominal cost 

  • Medical & Old age care to be strengthened.

  • Multi-purpose smart cards for  the widows to enable withdrawal of money from ATMs, food
    from vending machines.

  • Involve a large number of food & clothing companies to sell food items/clothing at concessional  rates 

  • Implement widow pension programs

PARTNERS

  • Guild for service 

  • Mathura District administration

  • Key Local Religious Trusts

  • Lancer Food Products

  • Nestle ( Tentative )Delivery of Tea Vending Machines and few food products

  • Unilever (Tentative )Delivery of Tea Vending Machines and few food & personal care products.

  • Local Grocery & Clothing establishments

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