Nepal has experienced decades of conflict and war, leaving countless widows and orphans. Many men also die prematurely due to simple sicknesses because they cannot afford proper medication. The local culture and faith places the blame on the deceased for the family's calamity. Most of the widowed women are not educated and equipped to earn a living as the husbands are the traditional bread winners.
Widows are very vulnerable in this culture and subsequently mistreated. There is sadly no social support from the government available to help them.
Thankfully, HOPE's Widow Sponsorship provides training and income generating programs. This provides widows with an opportunity to develop new employable skills to enable them to earn their own living.