Over forty years of civil war and political volatility have left this generation of women bereft/bereaved of their mothers and mentors, their connection to life skills and knowledge from the past. This ministry was birthed from Ann Rao’s (Mama Ayen’s) vision to bridge this gap, during her 2006 visit. She led a small group of pastor’s wives learning Bible stories and health and hygiene lessons. They slowly developed into a community, caring and praying for one another.As women in the communities nearby witnessed the changes, these groups gave birth to new ones.
Currently, there are eight groups with over seven hundred participants. In addition to the Bible stories and health lessons, interested groups are taught sewing, literacy, and given an opportunity to participate in the community garden. In the last two years the women have taken the harvest of the peanut crop they planted, sold it and used the proceeds to support the most destitute women in their group. Eighty-four women are also a part of a goat rearing business. Half the proceeds from the sale of newly born goats support the women’s ministry and the participant keeps half. In 2018 one lady was given a small business loan for a new restaurant in Akot.
Though the women lack formal education, these community groups are transforming their lives, providing purpose and meaning beyond a life of subsistence.