WHY ORPHANS & WIDOWS?
RIGHTEOUSNESS & JUSTICE
“I the Lord will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line.”Isaiah 28:17 (NIV)
Righteousness means to love God. Justice means to love others. In this verse God tells us that righteousness and justice are the foundation of His Church. If we, the Church, are to follow God’s desire for our lives we need to love God and love others.
Who are the “others” we are talking about?
In James 1:27 (NIV) it says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” If this is God’s definition of religion- caring for some of the most vulnerable people in the world- then justice must begin with them. The AIDS epidemic has left millions of orphans and widows in its wake. They are vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, poverty and disease. We believe God’s heart begins with them.
Righteousness and justice are at the core of WOW. It is our catalyst for caring for orphans and widows. Being rooted in these two key principles means we MUST respond to their immense need. We cannot say we love God and love our neighbour without first loving the most vulnerable around us.
AIDS is the leading cause of death among adults in sub-Saharan Africa, leaving a generation of orphans.
* The UN defines an orphan as a child who has lost one or both parents
“Around me I see children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, living on the streets because they have no home. With WOW we are caring for 4000 girls and boys. They receive school supplies, uniforms and an education. WOW is helping us be the hands and feet of Christ.”-Pastor Eric Mwambelo, WOW Partner
people living with HIV in
Widows are at risk of:
- Loss of property
- Sexual exploitation
- Decreased access to medical care
- Stigma and discrimination
- HIV infection
AIDS related orphans in
sub-Saharan Africa today
(80% of the global total)
Orphaned children are at risk of:
- Sexual exploitation & abuse
- HIV infection
- No access to education
- Lack of shelter
Source: UNAIDS, AVERT