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Senior Advisor and Founder
Joanna ILBOUDO, tells about the beginning of ACTS. Read about ACTS formation...
Then, read Joanna's vision for the poor...

 

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A WORD FROM ACTS FOUNDER JOANNA ILBOUDO

joanna

I was blessed to be born into a family who understood the importance of education for both sons and daughters. My parents encouraged me to excel in school and to continue my education past secondary school. As someone who has been awarded more than two graduates degrees for my studies, I think it is a responsibility to help those who did not get the same chance.

My life has been dedicated to helping others who are less fortunate -- those who are discouraged and caught in the trap of ignorance and poverty. My heart has always been drawn to helping women see solutions for their difficulties.

In Burkina Faso and West Africa, women and children are the most vulnerable among the population. They are vulnerable socially, morally, psychologically and physically.

In society, young girls are not given the priority to go to school; therefore the highest percentage of illiterates is among women. Ignorance is at the root of poverty, so I have been developing activities such as ACTS literacy programs to elevate women in rural areas who have never had the opportunity to go to school.

Even fewer women have professional jobs although they make up 52% of the population. For example, in the government sector out of the many Ministers in charge of various departments, only three (3) are women. Out of about 101 members of parliament less than 10 women are members of the parliament. Because of this low representation in administration, women's issues are not considered when making or enforcing laws.

joanna

The plight of women caught in the AIDS pandemic is very disheartening. Women and young girls are dying by the thousands. It was critical to develop effective programs targeting the ones who are most vulnerable within the population.

In many cases, the only way to get food to survive is to enter a life of prostitution. Without education or training women are unable to obtain proper jobs. The life style of prostitution leads them quickly to being infected by AIDS. This is why a larger number of AIDS victims are women. This situation is heavy on my heart and so ACTS has developed initiatives to give them skills and the power to break the cycle of poverty.

I hope you will consider partnering with ACTS Ministry to instill hope in the hearts and minds of village women.

Sincerely,


Joanna Ilboudo
Chevalier de l'ordre mérite Bukinabè

Founder and Senior Advisor
ACTS Ministry, Burkina Faso

 

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