Sisters of Mercy of Holy Cross

Widows' Forum Arayur

Through the family visits as well as the survey of the place the sisters learnt about the large number of widows in the villages. Due to alcoholism the men folk shortened their lives leaving behind the young widows with little kids. The sisters were moved with this and ventured to help the widows. In the year 2000 after the survey, the sisters formed a Widow Forum with 185 widows on roll. Every month they gathered together for half a day sharing and input sessions on various issues which enlivened them. They were also given grant to start income generating trades. As a result leadership was fostered in them. They volunteered to organize themselves. The awareness of health and sanitation was improved. The forum still functions though the number is less comparatively.