The strength to cary on must come from above; otherwise it is hard to imagine that a human being can live like this.
Beaten down with sorrow faces gratefully stare at us; their calloused and hardened with labor hands signal gratitude. Although poor yet noble, downtrodden and yet honorable and respectful.
Caring for widows and for the poor brings out the hidden nobility, which otherwise would not have the chance of ever emerging. One knows him or herself through acts of charity.
Today, as Muslim extremism is on the rise - and not only Muslims - the abuse of women has become very prevalent. Women are treated less than a second class citizens.
Younger widows » can still gain education, provided they have such opportunity, but older widows face bleak or no future at all.
Caring for widows
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Widows in particular need our care. Loss of a husband makes one a widow and her children orphans. Single mother is not able to care for her family. This situation is prevalent in India where Mother Theresa spent her life caring for the poor.
Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and is active in 133 countries. They run hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; dispensaries and mobile clinics; children's and family counseling programs; orphanages; and schools.
Our work in India is located in Andhra Pradesh province. In this extremely hot region it is very difficult to stay inside. Those who dwell in clay huts sleep outside under open skies exposed to all sorts of insects and predators.
Those of us who visited this region could not cope for too long. Cyclones are frequent. Roads are flooded and are not maintained at all. To access any place takes forever. The help we provide for widows in our eyes is rather meager, but for them it is more they could have ever imagined.
Thank you for caring.