Society & Community

This page highlights pictures from projects supported by Acts of Grace within the most recent five years.

Photos are listed in alphabetical order by charity name. Click on the charity's name to be redirected to its website. Click on the Grant Description link to learn more about each grant. These pictures are used with the express permission of the organization that provided them and are not to be reproduced for any other purpose.

Asian Outreach International Canada

Erdenet Lifeskills Values Education Branch Furnishings & Equipment (Mongolia)

Grant Year: 2021


Grant Description


  • Over the next three years, Asian Outreach Mongolia plans to reach 1200 children with Lifeskills Programs in Erdenet. This initiative assists Mongolian children in developing good character and strengthens families through building understanding of good values in children. It also helps to benefit the wider Mongolian society through developing a generation of good citizens who will contribute to the development of their country and the establishment of a functioning and prosperous society. This project also allows AO Mongolia to supplement the Mongolian national education curriculum through providing ethics education.


  • Asian Outreach has purchased a building in Erdenet, Mongolia that it is renovating for its use to deliver Lifeskills Values Education programs in the area. This building has been successfully remodelled into offices and a classroom for AO Mongolia with >32 sq m of teaching space designed to accommodate 20 children and separate the office room next to the classroom for teachers. To finish preparing the building for effective use and ministry, Asian Outreach needs to purchase interior furnishings and equipment.


    Pictured here: Ongoing renovations in the new Lifeskills Values Education Branch building in Erdenet, Mongolia.


  • The new building has been designed to create a welcoming and friendly atmosphere for students, parents and AO Mongolia staff. Once final furnishings and equipment have been installed, the building will be used to enhance, expand and support ongoing Lifeskills Values Education and other programs in Erdenet such as after school VBS-style programs to further the spiritual impact as well as parent-focused programs covering topics such as understanding children, age-specific development, parent-child communication, and other critical areas currently lacking in Mongolian families.

Bopoma Villages

Community Training for Orphan Care - Social Worker (Zimbabwe)

Recurring Grant - Grant Years: 2021-2023


Grant Description


  • One in four children in Zimbabwe has lost one or both parents. Many are cared for by a relative, but continue to experience hunger, poor health and deprivation. Others are abandoned and grow up in orphanages or child-headed households because their extended family members are desperately poor and unable to provide for even their basic needs. Bopoma Villages comes alongside caregivers to strengthen and equip them to provide homes and care for orphaned children. Bopoma Villages works with community volunteers to help families care for more than 450 orphaned children.


    Pictured here: Kumbirai recently opened her heart and home to one more orphaned child!


  • Bopoma Villages provides temporary care for children who have become separated from their caregivers while the Bopoma team conducts extensive family tracing to reunite the children with family members. If this is not possible, Bopoma Villages works to place children in a loving family in the community. In order to meet the increasing needs of orphan care and to enhance the long-term sustainability of this work, Bopoma Villages will hire a social worker for a period of three years.


    Pictured here: Bopoma Villages continues to search until a family is found for every orphaned child.


  • Over the three-year period, the social worker will directly support the ongoing orphan care work and train community and church volunteers in a comprehensive range of support services to meet the ongoing needs of orphaned children and their caregivers. The addition of a social worker will not only enhance, expand and increase the long-term sustainability of Bopoma Villages' orphan care work but also increase the long-term capacity and sustainability of individuals, families, communities and churches in rural Zimbabwe to care for orphans.


    Pictured here: Bopoma Villages works closely with village volunteers to strengthen families caring for orphans.

CityKidz Ministries

CityYouth Transportation (Canada)

Recurring Grant - Grant Years: 2014-2018


Grant Description


  • CityYouth is a mid-week mentorship and leadership development program for youth from low income neighbourhoods. With an emphasis on faith, leadership and lifestyle through a small group mentoring approach. Teens are invited to discuss topics of interest and share life experiences in a safe environment with guidance and facilitation by a CityYouth staff person or volunteer. Through training and volunteer opportunities, CityYouth participants develop increased resilience and servant leadership skills.


  • Teens participating in CityYouth gain leadership experience by serving as bus helpers and Junior Leaders for the CityKidz and KinderKidz Saturday morning programs. Junior Leaders are assigned to a CityKidz volunteer team, under the direction of a team captain, where they receive training, serve and are mentored by their Team Captain and their fellow Team Members. In their final year of CityYouth, participants become part of a "RoadMaps" program where life skills are included along with the CityKidz objectives of faith, leadership and life style.


  • A special ceremony is held each year for CityYouth and Roadmaps graduates. This event, put on in partnership with Hamilton Police Service and Sons of Italy, gives the youth the opportunity to celebrate their achievements with CityKidz mentors, staff, volunteers and supporters. Each year, youth from the CityYouth program are also invited to participate in the CityKidz Ministries red carpet gala. This not only provides the opportunity for them to enjoy a fancy evening out but also a chance to share their story with others and to be encouraged by the community.

Prison Fellowship Canada

The Sycamore Tree Project (Canada)

Grant year: 2018


Grant Description


  • The Sycamore Tree Project takes its name from the story of Zacchaeus and his encounter with Jesus (Luke 19:1-10). Already used in 34 countries with more than 3,500 victims and prisoners, this is the first program of its kind in Canada. This pilot program provided a restorative justice curriculum in 10 Canadian federal correctional facilities. In other countries around the world, research shows The Sycamore Tree Project directly impacts how inmates view crime and has effectively reduced the rate at which ex-offenders re-commit crimes.


  • Restorative justice is based on an understanding that crime is a violation of people and relationships. The principles of restorative justice are based on respect, compassion, forgiveness and community. Restorative justice encourages meaningful engagement and accountability and provides an opportunity for healing, reparation and reintegration. A restorative approach asks three questions in the aftermath of crime: Who was harmed? What are their needs? Who is responsible for addressing those needs?


    Pictured here: A Sycamore Tree Project participant shares his story.


  • By emphasizing the responsibility of offenders to repair the harm caused by their crime, the program supports a ministry of reconciliation and restoration to inmates, ex-offenders, their families and victims through structured exercises that bring offenders and surrogate victims together. Trained Prison Fellowship Canada volunteers facilitate discussions aimed at creating a safe environment for people to share their stories of crime, and its impact, and build and common understanding to move forward along the pathway to healing and transformation.


    Pictured here: A Sycamore Tree Project participant receives his graduation certificate from Corrections officials and program leaders.

Restorations Second Stage Homes

New Windows and Doors for Restorations' First Residence (Canada)

Grant Year: 2019


Grant Description


  • Canadian survivors, law enforcement and social services emphasize the need for long-term residential support for victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Without safe housing, it is difficult to provide supports that aid in recovery from trauma. The Alliance Against Modern Slavery’s Incidence of Human Trafficking in Ontario report (2014) identifies “lack of housing options” as the second highest challenge in assisting victims. The report emphasizes the need for residential programs that address the unique needs and challenges of survivors and are safe and secure. Restorations is a faith-based charity focused on meeting this need through holistic residential recovery programs for victims of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation with the purpose of establishing a foundation for recovery, healing, empowerment and success.


  • In partnership with the Central District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Restorations is renovating a house in Burlington, Ontario that will become its first residence providing safe, stable and supportive housing for survivors of trafficking. Restorations will offer wrap-around services to residents to restore physical, spiritual and mental well-being and to empower individuals to step into their life’s purpose. These services will promote healing, wholeness, independence and family reunification through offerings such as trauma-informed therapy, life skills growth, educational development, job training, mentorship, and spiritual encouragement.


    To read an article about the renovations at Restorations' first residence and to see a brief video of the home, click here.


  • As part of the renovations, all of the windows and doors of the house must be replaced before residents and staff can move in. Existing doors and windows in the house are either broken or insufficient for providing a safe living environment for those escaping trauma. This project will provide all of the new windows and exteriors doors for the residence to increase the security and safety of the house reinforcing the truth that God makes all individuals perfectly and purposefully with the right to live free from exploitation and abuse.