With their age and weak bodies it is demanding for elderly widows to help themselves, loneliness is a bigger challenge for the elderly and makes their last days in the world really challenging. This is coupled with poverty which affects most of them. Most of the widows lost their families and live alone which makes their life even more difficult. They struggle to meet basic needs.
SURF is working with AVEGA to provide emotional and psychological and livelihoods support but there is a lot that needs to be done to provide material support such as better housing, care takers, providing water and lighting up their homes among others.
The Government is supporting by providing shared homes and care for this particular group of survivors but there are many more who need to be helped and the challenge of loneliness still looms.