Our primary focus is on educating youth. However, for that to be successful, we must also work with adults who will learn to be economically successful and educationally supportive of the children we teach. Widowed and/or single mothers we work with are enrolled in training programs that allow them to learn a skill so they can earn enough money to support their families. These women will also learn about challenges that affect their children so that they may be proactive in supporting and helping them.
Losing a husband or partner can be an incredibly saddening experience. In places where women are forced out of school and into marriage at a young age, they are left with no other option than to depend on their spouse for financial support while they maintain the household and care for the children. For many women in Iraq, becoming a widow is the cause of a new set of problems and hardships, including providing for their family all on their own. Difficulties such as food, paying rent, and keeping their children in school not only add to the emotional toll of the loss but change their lives even more. Becoming a widow can be especially isolating for widows who are shunned by those around them due to cultural beliefs.