About Widows

Women served by Wiphan typically married at a young age, many with less than a 7th grade education and without job skills or experience. Often women widowed by the HIV/AIDS pandemic are no longer recognized as part of the husband’s family. When this occurs all financial and material resources are confiscated (property grabbing) and returned to the deceased husband’s family leaving the widow homeless, destitute and hopeless. Many rely on neighbors or friends for provision, or may turn to illicit activities for income.


Wiphan empowers widows living in poverty by training them with practical job skills in hospitality, computer keyboarding or jewelry crafting. While in training, they are encouraged and discipled through Biblical teaching and worship.


Women graduate from the training programs knowing who they are in Christ and with a legitimate means of supporting themselves, their children and the additional people who live in their household.  

The cycle of poverty is broken.

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress..."
James 1:27