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ACTS Ministry empowers village women and children who are AIDS victims in order to bring them self esteem, show them God’s love in tangible ways and give them hope for the future.

The pilot program for ACTS impacts the village of Saonré in the department of Komsilga in Burkina Faso West Africa. ACTS ministers to 300 widows and 750 children in the village as well as more than 500 individuals within walking distance to Saonré.

ACTS reaches individuals who are the poorest of Burkinabé society. They are broken by ignorance, poverty and hopelessness. They have no means or tools to break the cycle of poverty. ACTS ministers the love of Christ to them in practical ways to bring them to salvation.

sewingIncome generation activities enable widows to care for their children and to teach others how to do the same.

Projects include:  growing vegetables for market, growing grain and milling it for market, drying fruit for sale during lean times, raising chickens for egg production and food, raising rabbits for food, weaving cloth for sale in the marketplace, sewing clothes for sale.

Once women have begun providing for their own family, they will be expected to give a portion back to the program to give other women a start. 

The classes in literacy, micro-enterprise, Bible studies will be held in one place where women will gather daily. This develops unity in the group and gives women opportunities for fellowship. The AIDS widows living in villages are lonely outcasts. ACTS will give them a sense of community and a time of encouragement.

Women's Co-op Program gives a hand-up to women in remote villages. Click here to read how the lives of women are being transformed.

ACTS income generation projects needs the following supplies:

  • Drill a well to provide water for gardens and for potable source for families daily needs

  • Solar dryers for vegetables and fruit

  • Cooking and pounding tools for spice production

  • A mill to grind grain

  • Chickens, rabbits, goats

  • Weaving looms

  • Tool for small machine shop

  • Tools to begin small business enterprises like carpentry


This is a way out from material and spiritual poverty for women and orphans who are the poorest ones in the country.


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