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ACTS' PLAN FOR DISPLACED WIDOWS

“…relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.” Isaiah 1:17

 

Widows in Burkina Faso are considered outcasts and have little potential for taking care of themselves. Most are illiterate and have no rights of inheritance or support from families. Without literacy they cannot legally start a business or vote. ACTS provides literacy courses which allow women to take government exams and receive the valuable literacy certification.

There are new dangers for widows living near the border of Mali and Burkina Faso.

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Islamic terrorists have been coming across the border from Mali to Burkina Faso, taking young boys of about 15 and older. The boys taken away come back to kill their parents.

The increasing number of displaced mothers and children compels us to respond to their needs.

The statistics bear out the plight of the people affected by acts of violence in Burkina Faso. The people affected live in villages near the border between Mali and Burkina Faso.

  • 80,000 internally displaced people
  • 1,000 schools closed
  • 146,000 no access to education
  • 676,000 risk food insecurity

ACTS is partnering with a young Fulani pastor who plans to visit a camp where many displaced villagers are living. He will evaluate the situation to see if ACTS can indeed bring hope to those in the camp.

The preliminary plan is to bring hope through literacy classes, soap making for women, games such as soccer for the children traumatized from witnessing the killing of their fathers. They need to see God’s love in action that will quell despair.  

We pray for the Lord to ease the suffering of oppressed mothers and children and to show us the best way to respond to their spiritual and emotional needs.

 

 

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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.




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