The Facts

More than 35 million widowed mothers are bringing up approximately 110 million children in India. Widowhood plunges mothers in poor households into desperate and extreme poverty; these destitute widows have a difficult time providing for the education of their children. A great majority of these children are thus deprived of an education that can lift them out of this poverty cycle.

The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Our Solution

By assisting their mothers, CWEF offers these children a hope and incentive to work hard to shape a brighter future for themselves and for their families. CWEF is determined to help as many children as possible to achieve their full educational potential.

CWEF India gives an average annual assistance of $163 per child. This is equivalent to the amount that a child might earn through child labour in one year. Therefore, each donation of $163 allows a child in India freedom from child labour and the opportunity to continue their education for one more year. The Indian Chapter is currently providing assistance to over 1300 children in India. There are many more waiting to be helped.

Widows Helped

Assistance to Widows (ATW) provided for 2017-2018 is available here
Assistance to College Students for 2017-2018 is available here


The CWEF works closely with the HFO in order to provide assistance to widows. Homes for Orphans (HFO) is an incorporate, charitable, tax-exempt organization in India consisting of 5 volunteer directors and 3 officers. The HFO is an intermediary society in India for the CWEF. Each year, the HFO organization receives and distributes the funds to the mothers in India. The HFO is monitored by the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of India. Funds are distributed at the start of each school year.