Cabin Fever Coffee & Dessert events will be held on Saturday, February 11th in Watertown and Canton to benefit the Women Of Grace Widows’ Fund. Admission is $5 and each event will feature raffles of Cabin Fever gift baskets and locally made desserts, including chocolate creations, pies, cupcakes and gluten-free selections.
The Watertown fundraiser will be from 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. at the Watertown First Presbyterian Church, 403 Washington Street. From 7 - 9 p.m. that same evening, Canton will present its Cabin Fever Coffee & Dessert event at the Canton First Presbyterian Church, 17 Park Street.
The Women of Grace Widows’ Fund, a joint mission project of the Canton and Watertown Presbyterian Churches, is dedicated to alleviating the extreme poverty faced by widows in Malawi.
For more information, contact Linda Potter in Canton at 386-4364 or Heather White in Watertown at 778-9867.
Click the images below to download the Cabin Fever flyer (PDF).
The mission of the Women Of Grace Widows’ Fund is to enact and make real an ongoing structure to alleviate the extreme poverty faced by widows in Malawi by providing funding to meet basic food, shelter, and safety needs, while creating opportunities and resources that enable and empower widows to establish their own self-sufficiency and independence, regardless of religious affiliation.
The Women Of Grace Widows' Fund is a joint mission project of the Watertown and Canton First Presbyterian Churches.
Being A Widow In Malawi
What does it mean to be a widow in one of the world’s poorest countries? To become a widow in Malawi, Africa is to fall into extreme poverty. As in other areas of Africa, the practice of property grabbing is wide-spread and local authorities are unable to stop this gendered violence against women. After the death of her spouse, the family of the deceased husband forcibly, and sometimes violently, takes all possessions from the widow, leaving her with the children and, if she is lucky, only a roof over her head.
In a country with an average per capita income of $170 and a life expectancy of age 47, this means a widow faces dire challenges in meeting her very basic needs. Education and medical care become secondary as she struggles to provide the most basic of needs: food, firewood and shelter.
Most widows are caring for their own children and sometimes their grandchildren, as well as taking in orphans. Some of the women are HIV positive and all contend with malaria and TB. To be a widow in Malawi means a grim life. Fortunately, there is help.
How You Can Help
1. Host a meeting or potluck at your church, home or in your community to share information and raise funds for the Women Of Grace Widows’ Fund.
2. Ask your church to hold a yearly special offering for the Widows’ Fund.
3. Tell a friend about the widows in Malawi.
Since 2008, the Women Of Grace Widows’ Fund has been assisting and empowering women in Malawi, Africa. Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries with an average per capita income of $170. Life expectancy is age 47 with malaria, AIDS and malnutrition as the leading causes of death. Learn more...