“Orphan Care & Community School”
Forgotten Voices partner since 2011
- 120 students attending a free church-run primary school
- Breakfast and lunch for school children 5 days a week during school terms
- Supplies for school including desks, textbooks & teacher stipends
- School fees paid for an additional 78 children in the community attending secondary schools
- 200 community members benefitting from a newly dug well
- Home visitation and grief counseling for orphans, vulnerable families and widows in the community
- Expand the educational and feeding programs of the church-run school
- Plans in progress to drill a borehole to further address clean water access needs in the community
- Continue pursuing income generation initiatives to foster financial self-sufficiency of families and church ministries
Orphan Care Spotlight: Water & Agriculture
This church of less than 100 members just celebrated its 12th this year. Situated in a struggling community, where the HIV infection rate may be as high as 30%, Hope Chapel sees the impact of AIDS and poverty all around them. With few resources but willing hearts, this church has had an incredible impact.
One of the resource voids identified early on by this church was better access to water. Hope Chapel is one of just a handful of church partners whom Forgotten Voices has helped fund a well or borehole.In the case of Hope Chapel, they choose to dig a well first (less expensive but more shallow) with the long-term goal of raising additional funds to drill a borehole (more expensive but deeper and more lasting.)/strong>
Today the well provides water access for the nearby community, as well as the 120+ children attending the community school AND receiving supplemental meals throughout the week. It does sometimes dry up during the dry season, which illustrates the need for a deeper well long-term. But in the meantime it’s been a significant improvement for the community and the church’s day to day needs.