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Fighting poverty

Poverty is a plague. ACTS trains young people and women to fight poverty with education, professional training and income generating activities.

ACTS Ellel Medical Center also provides health services at affordable prices. It is rare to find a health center in a village; in fact, there are few health centers countrywide. When they arrive at a center, the village poor find they cannot afford the cost of medical treatments. They are turned away.

The ACTS Ellel Medical Center gives loving care to people living in poverty by providing diagnostic services, treatment and medicines to the poor.

On Saturday March 17, Ellel Medical Center opened its doors for free cervical cancer screening. Eighty (80) women from the villages went through the screening for signs of cancer.

Téné, talks about her experience: “I am so glad we have this service right where we live. Now we understand more about cervical cancer. ACTS gave advice about how to avoid risks of cancer. I speak for the women in rural areas who have received this great service: we would like to express our deep gratitude to ACTS for assisting us in this way.”

The trap of poverty

There are stories told by young people that leave one in tears. You wonder how something so terrible can happen to someone who is already vulnerable to distress from poverty.

A mother came one evening to tell us about her daughter who is attending ACTS professional training to become a seamstress. Esther, her 15-year-old daughter, was abused sexually by a man. Not only was she without hope of a future, but she lived in shame.

The trap of poverty held Esther with no way out until her mother sent her to ACTS for counseling and training. She heard about a Savior who forgives and brings freedom from shame.

The mother says, “Today I encourage Esther to study hard. No one taught me how to earn a living. I want very much for Esther to have a better life.”












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ACTS Center in Saonré is dedicated to giving a hand up and not a handout to the forgotten ones of Burkina Faso...widows and orphans.

"Seeking a Way Out" and other videos can be viewed. Click to see a list of films about ACTS and the people we serve....

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