Widows Fund Fushe Kosova

by The Ideas Partnership
Widows Fund Fushe Kosova
Shera at her house
Shera at her house

Shera is a strong girl who has been the head of her family since her father passed away. She lives in Fushe Kosova with her mother which is partly paralyzed and her three sisters. It wasn't easy for her to work and take care of her family at the same time, but she's been doing this for years.

Since her father passed away and her mother is half-paralyzed (unable to work due to this), Shera has been responsible for supporting her family.

Because of this, she had to leave school when she was in the ninth grade and has been working since she was 14 years old to support her family. She has worked several different jobs: she worked as a babysitter and also worked forThe Ideas Partnership for some time with children in the kindergarten. However, her dream is to go to college to become a translator, since she speaks several different languages. She is also currently engaged and hopes that she will be able to fulfill her dream and that her family will have a better future.

Through this project, The Ideas Partnership is helping the Widows of Fushe Kosova with food packages.

Thank you to all of you donors for supporting Shera's family and the other Widows families in Fushe Kosova.

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Bukurije standing in front of her house
Bukurije standing in front of her house

During the winter, breaking the fog we have been able to bring some sunshine into the lives of the 15 widows of Fushë Kosovë / Kosovo Polje by distributing food packages.

Fushe Kosova was full of fog that day that I went to visit Bukurije and her sons. She welcomed us with a big smile on her face.She started to tell me about how hard it was for her when her husband passed away by letting her be the head of the family.

''It's been ten years since my husband passed away, but the memories of him are still fresh. Being a mother of three kids, without having any income to take care of my kids, just made me feel useless. This is the life you have to be patient and wait until the storm passes to find the power somewhere inside your soul and to go on. May God bless everyone who has helped me through hard times and gives you health, happiness, love, and wealth," said Bukurije.

Thank you to all of you donors who helped Bukurije and the Widows of Fushë Kosovë / Kosovo Polje get through the storms of life and make them believe that there are still people in the world who care about other people.

We're forever grateful!

 

With love,
The Ideas Partnership

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Naxhije, in front of her house
Naxhije, in front of her house

The sun was shining in the house of Naxhije, the day that I went to visit her. In front of this house, Naxhije greeted me with a smile on her face and invited me inside. Small home with two bedrooms, a kitchen, and a bathroom, where Naxhije lives with three children and her brother-in-law with family.

"When my husband died, I was wondering what we're going to do, what we will eat, how I'm going to care for my children without any income. It was scary to think what the future would look like," says Naxhije.

In her eyes, I saw the pain she went through but, she survived even though it was hard. Naxhije did not give up, and here we are talking today about what life has taught her. "I was hopeless and didn't know how I'll going to feed my children, but life showed me the donors with big hearts willing to help a widow like me, and if I'm here today standing strong and wishing that my children one day can make it on their own it's because of them. Life has taught me that even on bad days, you can see little light. I want to thanks all the donors who have been our light through these years. May God bless them with happiness and good health," continued Naxhije.

We never know how much difference we can make in someone's life with a word, a small amount of money, or with a smile. So, let's say more good words, smile more, love more and give more.

A big thank you to all of you donors for keeping the lights on for the widows of Fushe Kosova.


Gratefully,
The Ideas Partnership

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“When you're younger you have a tendency to have dreams and wishes for your future but it doesn't mean that every wish and dream will come true. You have to work hard and also have someone to support you to achieve your goals and I had nobody to do that for me. I couldn't continue my education, not because I did not want it, but no one in my family supported me” said Vahide from Fushë Kosova.

 

Vahide always wanted to be educated but for her, that dream never became a reality, a dream that she always carried inside herself. Vahide got married and she has three daughters and one son. Her oldest daughter got married but her marriage didn't go well, so she got a divorce from his husband and now she is living in her mother's house.

 

Life wasn't easy for Vahide and her children but it got even harder when her husband passed away. She feels like she has to be a mother and a father at the same time. She has to take care of her family.

 

She said: "When my husband passed away one part of my heart went with him too, but I had to be strong and brave to continue our hard life journey. I had to do it, I looked into my children's faces and I saw the hope of my life and I said to myself that maybe you don’t have to do it for yourself but you have to do it for them. Even though the pain was enormous I had to be stronger than the pain I've been feeling and take care of my children".

 

She continued "Thanks to donors like you, who have a big heart, kept my hope alive and made me believe that in this world there is still someone that cares about the others, even if they don't know them personally. Thank you and I hope your happiness always prevails in your families".

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On a cold January day a conversation with a strong woman like Kimete warms the heart. As she invited me to sit down she started talking about her simple everyday tasks and duties as a self-sufficient mother. While telling us how hard it is for her to carry the wellbeing of her family on her back, she can’t help but get emotional thinking about the future of her daughters. 

Kimete is a widow from Fushe Kosova, taking care of her two daughters aged 14 and 18. For several years, it has been her duty to fulfill the basic needs of her family, even though, due to her health issues, she is not able to. Even though life hasn’t been easy for her, she still remains optimistic for the future, as she says, thanking all the good hearted people who never fail to make her life better and to help her be the head of the family she deserves to be. 

“You have kept me alive with all your help” was one of the many grateful messages she never forgets to use when showing huge gratitude to all the people who are helping her out. 

A few years ago, she lost her husband and thenceforward she was left with all the responsibilities of the household, which she tries her best to accomplish. One of the death-bed wishes her husband left to Kimete and her daughters was to always celebrate their daughter’s birthdays as these celebrations were the best memories they had together. Kimete softy told me how she wouldn’t be able to celebrate any of her daughter’s birthdays without the help of others. On every birthday of her daughters she cooks a small cake which for them is an important tradition and a way of connecting with their father while keeping the promise they gave to him. 

In Kimete’s brown eyes you can see her pain and her gratefulness for the people who help become the mother she wants to be through helping her provide the basic needs for her family. 

The hospitality she gives to anyone visiting her and her gratefulness for all the people who are helping her out are a reflection of her pure heart that desires nothing but a normal life.

 
Gratefully, 
The Ideas Partnership 

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Location: Prishtina - Kosovo
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Twitter: @kosovarngo
Project Leader:
elizabeth gowing
Prishtina, Kosovo
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