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You love children. We all do. Every single day in Zimbabwe and Zambia alone 1,000 children become orphaned. That’s 14 school buses filled to capacity. Every day. But there is hope.

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Over the last 100 years, Christians around the world have prayed for and invested in a growth of local churches in unreached areas. Today, we have an incredible opportunity to partner differently than ever before. In 1900 there were 9 million Christians in Africa. Today? Over 540 million! The Church is everywhere in Africa.

 

You see, the African church has changed dramatically. The way the American church partners in orphan care hasn’t changed that much – YET. What if we told you we could change things – change the way orphan care is done to help all of us reach far more children – quickly and more effectively?

“Each child has a name & a story”

At Forgotten Voices we are innovating orphan care through the local church by catalyzing a sustainable, community based response to the orphan crisis.

inner_row1bgThe local church is growing faster than the orphan crisis. If we can solve the partnership crisis, we can solve the orphan crisis. Did you know 75% of all Zambian families care for at least one orphaned child? Local people are willing to provide care. Forgotten Voices wants to equip vetted, trustworthy local churches and communities in Africa with the resources they need to provide life sustaining hope and independence.

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We carry out our mission through:
  • Local Seminaries
  • Every dollar we receive for orphan care is precious. Why not partner with the best? To vet a pipeline of leaders ready to lead custom orphan care plans effectively, we partner with graduates from seminaries because they:
    • represent the cream of the crop (top tier of educated pastors in Africa), who typically mentor non-educated pastors
    • typically receive training in community development and HIV/AIDS during seminary
    • can be vetted by checking with past professors and leaders to see how they handled paperwork, pressure, finances, etc.
    • provide relationships and distribution networks for other ministries looking to partner with local church leaders
    • are often serving orphaned children in areas unreached by larger NGOs or governments because they have a calling
  • Local Churches
  • Local churches are the best positioned to see and respond to the needs of their neighbors. As our president learned at Harvard studying how to improve orphan care, the knowledge we get from a local church is not something we can buy or study enough to acquire. No matter whether in the biggest cities or the most remote areas, a church is there.
  • Local Caregivers
  • Over 1,500 volunteer caregivers are daily caring for the children being served through our network of churches. This provides us with not only an efficient and sustainable orphan care model, but also one of deep love. We partner with people already doing orphan care. We join them, not replace them

 

 

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