Widows Fund Fushe Kosova

by The Ideas Partnership
Widows Fund Fushe Kosova
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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Adversities throughout a lifespan are inevitable, but how we deal with them is controllable. At least we got to see this practice early on these past months through the pandemic of 2020.

A very hard time for all of us, indeed. At one hand the responsibility towards the groups in need and on the other hand the limitations and difficulties of accessing these same groups.

Being at the same time a mother and a father for your children is not easy, that's what all of the widows included in the project agreed on. "The burden is heavy" they say, but at the same time makes you resilient.

Because of your continuous support we managed to not let these families run out of hope, even though in times of a global pandemic, where each of us were in a danger of health. Up to 30 women with their families got food and hygiene packages, for several months and are all in good health, fortunately.

The voice of gratitude of all of the women and families we support through this project is dedicated to all of the donors who very kindly gave their support all these months and continue further, creating access to nutrition and other services for these vulnerable groups, as we all deserve as humans.

Altogether, we managed to turn adversity into an opportunity. Thank you!

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A new beneficiary of the fund is Arlinda, a passionate and resilient person, which life has truly taught her.

March wasn't a pleasant month for her this year,since she lost her husband and felt the true pain and loss, with all its burdens. But sometimes it seems like some people, use these situations to get a deeper meaning in their life and purposes and fill their hearts with acceptance and patience, and transform their pain into help for others.

This is the story of Arlinda, where it seems like whatever is given to her she will make it greater. So is her story from the past where she made jewellery from upcycling CD-s and held trainings to other young girls in the neighbourhood when she received a sewing machine herself. She is continuing to do her stuff thanks to all your generous hearts. Lately considering the pandemic that has striked globally she received some fabric, and of course we were waiting for her to fascinate us again with her new ideas. She indeed live in these poor conditions herself, and knows the true importance of health and wellbeing especially during these times and of course wanted to help others in this process with as much as she could. She has made hundreds of face masks which her son together with our colleagues are distributing in the neighbourhood in meantime to keep the community safe, and they were really astonishing.

When Elizabeth talked with her about this initiative of hers and asked if she wanted to sell these face masks and assure her conditions of living for a short time at least, she said: "Why would I want to be a millionaire when my neighbours are getting sick?" And it really shaped the true reality of the simple things in life, which over the years she has gained a true meaning for.

Sometimes the greatest gift you can receive from someone is their pure heart and being. And in this case we have the best understanding of this because of your great examples you all do everyday, and empower women like Arlinda to follow their dreams, and be the best version of themselves.

Thank you!

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Location: Prishtina - Kosovo
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elizabeth gowing
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