The emotional and economic effects of widowhood throughout the world are undeniable. This is much so in Africa where men are predominantly breadwinners and when they die, leave a legacy of poverty for families. Widows have an additional burden of emotional turmoil going through grieving whilst upholding tough cultural expectations.
It’s not uncommon for widows to be accused of their husbands’ death. This is usually perpetrated by the husband’s family who would normally exclude the widow from inheriting the husband’s estate resulting in economic deprivation and poverty.
The economic deprivation is usually also accompanied by the emotional burden of mourning while under accusation of causing the death; meaning you would not be receiving comfort from those you would expect the most from. In extreme situations, widows are ridiculed for their demise.
This however is not the case in every situation,The greater society, in general, has an understanding of the struggles that widows go through in typical traditional African family setups. Individuals, women’s rights groups, charities, and corporates all play their roles to help reduce the demise of widows.
Diaspora Insurance is one company that consistently plays a role in helping underprivileged in the society,
Diaspora Insurance through Hope for Kids, a charity based in Mutare, Zimbabwe donated food and household essentials to the widows and orphans in the region. Hope for Kids official Lisa Mangwende and George Mwapinda went door to door handing essentials directly to the widows and orphans in need,
Diaspora Insurance which is based in the United Kingdom and South Africa also donated groceries to other charity organisations in other provinces of Zimbabwe and in South Africa and Zambia.
Diaspora Insurance are the providers of the bespoke Diaspora Funeral Cash Plan covering people in the diaspora and their families back home and covers 13 African countries.