WOM’s Vision

Widows and orphans without tears and intimidation

WOM’s Mission
To initiate and facilitate processes and programs to empower widows and orphans economically, socially and spiritually

    Widows and Orphans Movement's Main Goals:

·         Draw the public's attention to the Human Rights violation against widows and orphans (maltreatment and harassment) in this part of the country and to bring possible solutions

·         Raise the dignity and image of widows in the society

·         Promote the economic, social and domestic interest of the widows

·         Create a focal point for common discussion to establish awareness concerning widows' problems, felt needs, and availability of local and external resources, which could be tapped to address those problems

·         Assist in schooling of needy orphans in the first and second cycle institutions in particular and where necessary, in tertiary institutions

·         Provide job opportunities and vocational training to widows as a way to improve their economic conditions

Widows and Orphans Movement's date of formation was May 1993



Internal Collaborators

WOM has a strong belief that collaborations with other Non Government Organizations (NGOs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) has been effect and efficient in realizing results. In order to achieve these collaborations, WOM carried out the following:

  •  Regular quarterly review meetings with Action Aid Ghana (AAG) and CBO Partners: Bawku East Women's Development Association (BEWDA)  and BONATADO.

  • WOM still maintains a strong relationship with the Wailing Women because it helps to build the spiritual capacity of more widows. WOM meets every Saturday to pray, have tally nights on the last Friday of each month, and meet at the Jubilee Park to pray on every last Saturday of the month.

  • WOM still maintains a strong relationship with Yin-Panga Association PLWHV (People Living With HIV/AIDS) and NAPLAS

  • WOM also collaborates with the NGOs of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA),  Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) and Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) on human rights education and handling of cases of violations.

  • WOM also collaborates with NETRIGHT, a national organization that advocates on women's right and collaborates with organizations like Single Mothers and the Centre for Sustainable Development Initiatives (CENSUDI) that stand on the same cause that WOM holds. Through our collaboration with NETRIGHT, Fat Abigail Abdulai attended the 54th Commission of the Status of Women in New York this year.

  • WOM collaborates with the CBOs and Government Institutions of BONATADO, CODI, BEWDA, Techno Serve, Ministry of Food And Agriculture (MOFA) the World Food Program (WFP) and Talensi-Nabdam and Bawku West District Assemblies as well as Bolgatanga Municipal Assembly

  • WOM works with people in our community such as the Assembly Men , Chiefs, and Opinion Leaders

External Collaborators

  • WOM still maintains her relationship with Widows Rights International in the United Kingdom

  • WOM now collaborates with the International School for Interdisciplinary Studies (ISIS), the Women's International Cross Cultural Exchange (WICCE), the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), and the Ministry of Gender and Development Liberia

2010 Activities and/ or Programs

We thank all Donors and partners, Action Aid International Ghana (AAIG), Export Development and Investment Fund (EDIF), Amnesty International, Volunteer Services Overseas (VSO), St Paul.e.V, Buerger Committee Steinhagen in Germany, and all other individuals who have made our work possible.  


We thank the few but committed workers who have worked tirelessly with very little allowance; WOM is very grateful to AAIG who will work with WOM another year to give quality service to the most vulnerable, the widows and orphans. We thank Mr. and Mrs. Gift Okran who gave us a computer. This is the second time but unfortunately this second computer was stolen.


We are working hard to support the most vulnerable and we hope the Districts and Municipal Assemblies could come to our aid to support these need women and orphans.


May the good lord richly bless all of us in 2011.

  • WOM has received, managed and disbursed the total sum of Ghanaian Cedi 499,178.36 (approximately USD $333,434) effectively and efficiently during 2010
  • Children of widows of school going age are assisted financially through payment of school fees, school supplies and uniforms
  • Children of widows not in school are enabled to gain extra income and control over their lives through training they received in dressmaking, hairdressing, cloth making, tailoring, carpentry and mechanics
  • Widows are learning basket weaving, cloth making, making shea pomades, animal husbandry and farming and have access to microcredit and programs that advance health of the widows and their children.

Geographic Coverage of Widows and Orphans Movement

 Upper East Region

 85 Widows Groups

  7,000 women

 Northern Region

 28 Widows Groups

  2,296 women

 Upper West Region

    8 Widows Groups

    656 women

 Ashanti Region

    5 Widows Groups

    410 women

 Volta Region

    4 Widows Groups

      328 women

 Great Accra Region

 National Executive

     10 women

 6 Regions of Ghana

 130 Widows Groups

 10,700 women