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Widows Project, Dondo, Mozambique

Widows Project, Dondo

In November 2009 it was realised that with the rainy season approaching rapidly the widows houses would not stand up to the torrential rains. Anazao funded the repair and restoration of four widows houses which were without adequate roof covering  and the floors/walls were in a poor state of repair. In Sept 2010 Julie Callin (Trustee) visited Dondo and was taken on a tour of the repaired houses by Joaquim. She met the widows who's lives had been transformed as a result of the work.

Ten more houses were visited and these were all needing new roofs and three were needing a complete rebuild. There are at least another fifteen houses which needed repair!

Anazao (and a private donor) provided money for seven more houses, and these were  repaired in under a week whilst Julie was in Dondo!

By western standards the houses cost a small amount to repair. A roof costs £60 or approx $90 USD and a complete rebuild costs £240  or $360 USD. It is hoped that Anazao will be able to provide additional funding for some more repairs prior to the rainy season in December. 

Pictures to follow!

The pictures below show two of the houses.



Above photo  - Joaquim, two of the helpers with two widows helped by this project.

Above photo - an elderly widow outside her house with a repaired roof.


The Widows Feeding Programme at Iris Ministries Dondo Base.


Above and below - Iris Ministries in Dondo supports the feeding element of this project.




The Widows Project in Dondo was the vision of Mozambican Joaquim Jaime and he managed the project for 3  years.

Until recently Joaquim co-ordinated the project and also did the hard work of distributing the food and carrying out the repairs with a team of locals to help with both the feeding programme and house repairs. 



Many of the widows supported by the Widows Project are elderly and suffer from visual impairment and other disabilities. Many had lost their own children to AIDS and other diseases and as a result had been left alone to care for their grandchildren. The focus of the project was a monthly feeding programme and repairs to homes.




  • Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • Reduce child mortality
  • Improve maternal health