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ACTS gives a "hand up" not just a "hand out."

Due to the growing number of unschooled and orphaned children without a hope of future viable employment, there is a need to provide skill development for poor village children who are deemed at risk.

Children growing up in the village see no way to improve their condition until ACTS steps in to give a "hand up."


ACTS instills hope through counseling, prayer, literacy, vocational training. To give hope and future to AIDS orphans and other children at risk, ACTS provides training for life skill development.

Besides giving employment opportunities to individuals, this training boosts the overall development of the country as more citizens become skilled workers.


The newest class is for young boys to learn the profession of welder. Equipment and training has begun. Click here to read more and see photos.

Another area of training is in culinary arts. Students in this class are learning how to prepare, cook and serve foods for restaurants, hotels and their own businesses. the students are really excited about developing skills in this area.

ACTS already owns a 6000 sqm land where 80 orphans live and ACTS provides education, vocational training and meals.  

carpenterEach child chooses a vocational program such as carpentry, sewing, vegetable growing, culinary arts or livestock farming. Each day professional trainers in the various fields train the orphans according to a set schedule.

Each person trained will be in charge of training other young people; this way, each improves their learning skills and shares what they have learned with others.  We build the community by cooperative interdependency.

Agriculture projects
With the help of the Mayor of Komsilga 10 young men were identified and equipped to make gardening their project in the area of Goby where there is water part of the year for growing vegetables. A well was drilled for watering the gardens.

With the oversight of pastors, young orphans from remote villages receive goats for the animal husbandry program. ACTS will expand the animal husbandry program in the near future to include rabbits and ducks as well as goats.

Internships for Graduates
Internships provide students with invaluable practical on the job training with licensed professionals. Because of the good foundational training the students receive at the ACTS Center, businessmen and women in Ouagadougou welcome our students to serve internships with them.

Official certification
When the requirements for all coursework and internships are met, students are given a national exam for their chosen vocation. After successful completion of this exam, students receive official certification for their chosen career. This enables them to secure good jobs as a professional or begin their own official business.

As the students become proficient in their chosen vocation and finished their training and internships, they are elgible to receive a financial micro credit to launch their business. This helps them on their way to be self-supporting.

Tools of the trade
Graduates are also given the basic tools of their trade. As they begin to earn wages, they repay ACTS for their tools so that another graduate will be able to receive tools.

Most of the students in the vocational program have decided not to further their academic education in higher learning institutions and feel the need to learn a trade. This was a decision they made on their own as they grew closer to age 18. The ACTS Center orphanage cares for boys and girls between the ages of 18 months and 18 years of age.

  • Carpentry

  • Small engine and machine repair

  • Welding

  • Sewing

  • Culinary arts

  • Growing vegetables

  • Animal husbandry

Housing for graduates
Graduates who are 18 can no longer stay at the ACTS Hope Orphanage. However, ACTS is in the process of constructing small homes of adobe and concrete brick for older boys and girls who have not been able to secure housing. These are located near the ACTS Center in the village of SaonrTwo girls or two boys will be housed in each home on a temporary basis. Once they are able to pay for housing, they are expected to make room for another graduate in need of housing.





















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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