India Direct regularly supports about 35 widows, around 15 near to Joy Home, and the rest in the local community around the original Bethel Home, which is now the venue for the LCCT offices, Annie’s command centre!
At Christmas, Martin and Annie invite them and their children to a service of celebration. Each widow has the opportunity to tell their story, and how they have fared over the past year. They are given practical gifts (such as a new cooking pot and a sari), and Annie tells them about where their support has come from – India Direct and our generous sponsors, volunteers and donors.
After the service, they enjoy a meal together, eaten from the traditional banana leaves, knowing that there is regular support there for them.