Widows Association appeals for help

BY: Emmanuel Modey
  Thaddeus Sory (left) presenting the items to Sister Gabriel Nonaah at the ceremony
Thaddeus Sory (left) presenting the items to Sister Gabriel Nonaah at the ceremony

The Founder of the Daffiama Saint Monica’s Widows Association, Sister Gabriel Nonaah, has appealed to benevolent organisations and individuals to come to the aid of the group with basic needs.

She said some widows in the 780 member-association were now old sick and weak due to the physical and emotional torture they endured.

Sister Nonaah, 86, made the appeal when for the fifth year running, an Accra-based legal practitioner, Thaddeus Sory, donated assorted items to put smiles on the faces of the widows at Daffiama in the Daffiama/Bussie/Issa District in the Upper West Region.

The items, worth thousands of cedis, were made up of 100 bags of rice, 50 cartons of cooking oil and 50 bags of sugar.

Growth of association

The members of the association, who are from 22 communities scattered in the district, were brought together by Sister Nonaah, a Catholic nun at the Daffiama St Monica’s Catholic Parish, over three decades ago to be equipped with basic skills to fend for themselves and their children.

Presently, it has become necessary to seek outside assistance in running the affairs of the association since the membership is growing beyond the means of the church.


Sister Nonaah said, over the years, the members had survived mainly from farming activities, donations from benevolent organisations and individuals but their plight was worsened last year by the floods which washed away their farm produce.

She explained that most of the members were now old, and therefore, not capable of any hard work and as such depended mostly on donations.

This compelled Mr Sory, who is a native of the area, to adopt the association for the past five years by making donations to them annually.

Sister Nonaah expressed gratitude to the donor for his selfless efforts over the period to put smiles on the faces of the widows.