|About Us - Our Model|
Our Mission: "We are demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ by equipping local churches in southern Africa to meet the physical and spiritual needs of children orphaned by AIDS in their communities."
Every single day in Zimbabwe and Zambia alone more children are orphaned than there are people at in 3 jumbo jets filled to capacity. While the number of orphans in Africa has been exponentially growing, so has something else - the Christian Church. In the last 100 years the number of Christians has grown from 9 million to 540 million – the Church is everywhere in Africa.
You see, the African church has changed, but the way the American church partners with it has not changed. Something must be done. We need to all do better because children are waiting for the Church. They have nowhere else to go.
Forgotten Voices is innovating orphan care through the local church in Africa. Here's how.
There are many things that we could provide for children, but pastors and local caregivers are already able to provide some things themselves. Our process helps pastors to work with their community to assess and fill specific gaps in orphan care. Some children receive school fees and water while another child receives food and counseling. More people are being helped for less money, while building dignity.
Forgotten Voices then quietly funds these custom plans to a level where the church can eventually try to sustain itself over time. Local volunteers carry the plans out. Whenever possible, children and caregivers that benefit don’t even know about Forgotten Voices. The on-going relationship is with the local church, not us.
Even with the best intentions, funding from the outside has historically led to a decrease in local volunteerism and tithing. Because of Forgotten Voices’ quiet investments we are seeing our model lead to increases in both.
For too long the traditional system of orphan care has been rigid. Our model has a built-in review throughout the partnership that allows each church to dynamically allocate funds based on the changing needs of each child.