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Ag projects provide food and income for orphans

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Pastor Nonguierma with Wendinso (belongs to God), an orphan who was given a goat pair to raise

Rain is critical to the success of agricultural projects in Burkina Faso. Rains come during one short period of the year for watering crops and animals. The livihood of the rural population rests on the annual rain. Pray for the families who depend on the harvest of grain to sustain them throughout the year.

Farming traditions have been passed down from fathers to sons for centuries. It is difficult to make significant changes, but ACTS agricultural projects train the youth in better farming practices.

ACTS agricultural projects assist young farmers and youth to find better ways of cultivating the land and growing vegetables and grains. Animal husbandry projects train young men and women how to breed and care for goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits and other livestock.

Animal Husbandry

Pastor Jean Baptiste Nonguierma from Komsilga is supervising the orphans who received goats for animal husbandry.

He is excited about the goat project for orphans as he can see this project will enlarge the children’s vision and give them the skills to eventually raise other animals. Wendinso is one of the orphans who was given a pair of goats to raise.

Pastor Nonguierma says,

“We see the project giving opportunity to orphans in our churches to raise animals for themselves as something that truly help the children to be self-supporting in the future. In our tradition we say that if you have a chicken today, you will trade it tomorrow with a goat; which means progression in one’s life. These orphans have received goats and I believe they will trade them or sell them to perhaps buy cows in the future. It is a valuable project and we appreciate it very much and hope to see it continue for the benefit of many other orphans in the villages.”

In July, 2010 ACTS gave 10 breeding pairs of goats to 10 orphans from other villages. They have been asked to give breeding pairs of goats to other orphans by the end of next year and show the children how to care for the goats. Since the beginning nearly 40 goats have been given to orphans to raise.

The Hope Center still has 22 goats remaining. Several have already been transferred to the new area where ACTS will soon begin a farming project involving older orphans.

Click here to read how you can help buy goats, chickens, ducks and rabbits for ag projects.

About the agricultural site
This site was given to ACTS by the mayor. It is a better site for growing fruit trees, vegetables and raising animals. A well has been drilled and is working. A home for a gardener/guard was built and he and his family lives on site.

Breeding pairs of goats, chickens and rabbits were purchased.

Vegetables were planted at ACTS Goby site and have begun to grow. There will soon be more vegetables for the children's meals.

The rows of vegetables must be kept watered because rain doesn't regularly fall on Burkina Faso and the climate is hot and dry.

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In August 2011, ACTS planted many mango, banana and papaya trees at the ACTS farm. There are also moringa and shea trees growing at the Gobi site. Because of the droubt, some of the fruit trees died. This was a bad year for fruit farmers in Burkina Faso. We thank the Lord for the trees that remain and eventually produce fruit to supplement the orphans diet and provide income for farming projects.

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ACTS is in discussions with agronomists in the US and Burkina Faso to find ways to make the fields more productive.

[Read about animal husbandry program and how you can help.]

[Read about children whose lives have been forever changed by the loving staff of ACTS Ministry in Burkina Faso.]

[A new ag program launched by the government.]

[Read more about ACTS program for children.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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