In the short 22 years that she’s been alive, Halema’s life has not been easy. Married off at a young age, Halema’s husband died in a road accident just two years ago when she was seven months pregnant with their second child. Often sick with high fevers and stomach pains, Halema is forced to leave her suffering children at home while she finds enough work to provide even one meal a day for them.
After her husband died, Halema worked in construction as a brick layer, the only job she could get. Unfortunately, complications in her pregnancy landed her in the hospital for an emergency surgery. Today, Halema is not only left traumatized and with chronic pain from the surgery, but with medical bills that she cannot afford to pay back.
“I only have pain in my life,” says Halema, “there is no joy.”
Halema, who will likely never re-marry because of cultural shaming towards widows, is helpless and unsure of how her future can even look any different.
“It is only the work that I find each day that allows me to take care of my children that gives me hope to get through the day,” she explains.
In her pain and suffering, however, God has not left Halema. And with your support, Halema and the rest of her community will experience true transformation and realize their full, God-given potential.