Widows and Orphans Development Foundation

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Our Work

The Widows and Orphans Development Foundation (WODF) was established in order to complement efforts being undertaken by various actors to address the social, economic, cultural and legal challenges that perpetuate injustice and violation of the human rights of widows Read more

Our Focus 

WODF’s work focuses on Africa as a priority region, mainly in Tanzania, particularly in rural areas where the majority of widows and orphans live in poverty. We also implement programs in the Netherlands that aim at enhancing the psychosocial Read more

Key facts Tanzania

  • Tanzania which is located in East Africa has about 765,284 widowed persons and 1,696,349 orphans out of the total population of 44,928,923 according to the National Population Census Report of 2012. (No recent official statistics are available).
  • Some of Read more

Key facts The Netherlands

  • There are 858,443 widowed persons in the Netherlands out of the total population of 17,282,163 as of December 2019 (according to the Central Bureau of Statistics).
  • Among them, 657,169 are widowed women and 201,274 widowed men.
  • The death of Read more