International Economic Development,
Mission: Africa is a continent of vast landscapes and beautiful people. It is a land of incredible children who face unbearable challenges and an uncertain future from an HIV/AIDS crisis that has radically altered their homes and their homeland. In Zimbabwe 500 hundred people die everyday from AIDS related illnesses and 1,000 children become orphaned. Entire communities are being ravaged by this virus, leaving behind children with forgotten voices that are too young or too vulnerable to rise above the background noise of a busy and preoccupied world. These children have become our inspiration. These children are why we are here.
Forgotten Voices is demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ by equipping local churches in southern Africa to meet the physical and spiritual needs of AIDS orphans in their communities. Our work is based on the premise that every person is precious to God. He hears every voice and is able to bring life-changing hope to every child. We believe this makes Africa a land of great promise.
Joined together with people from across America and throughout the world, we are empowering community leaders with the necessary resources to help their fellow Africans, providing hope, one child at a time. To this end, the work of Forgotten Voices includes HIV/AIDS education, pastoral training, funding education for children who cannot afford it, providing care for orphans and sharing the stories of our African partners with our friends throughout the world.
We know these children and their communities. We are drawn to their struggle and connected to their lives. And through these relationships, we are being transformed even as God transforms the lives of these beautiful children. We invite everyone to become a part of this incredible journey and share in our mission of hope.
Christian Leadership Resource Centre, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Impact: 300 pastors; 800 trained through project management workshops
Partners: TCZ, Christian AIDS Taskforce, Scripture Union, Habakuk Trust, Others
Farming God’s Way – Matopos Region
Impact: Anticipated 700 farms/year depending on supply costs each year; estimated to feed 7,000 individuals each year; 750 kids receiving school fees
Free Methodist Church Project, Magwegwe North
Impact: 102 children orphaned by AIDS sent back to school; Job training for 1; 25 youth attend camps/retreats during the year to get away and be kids, while receiving needed counseling & support for their grief; 100 people fed 4 times a year; Implementing Farming God’s Way/Foundations for Farming
Partners: Neighboring churches, Farming God’s Way/Foundations for Farming, CLRC
Matopo Mission Schools/Rotary, Bulawayo South
Impact: 25 students (some primary, some secondary)
Abandoned Children’s Ministry
Impact: 30 abandoned children cared for currently; staff salaries, and general operations covered by this investment; requires $3,000/month/year to operate at current capacity. This investment, then, would equate to 1 month’s operating costs at current need.
Mtshabezi AIDS Programme, BICC
Impact: 2,400 school fees, 400 VCT clients; 125 schools for Peer Education Programme; and 800 homebased care workers trained & 500 HBC kits distributed
Partners: BIC World Missions and Mennonite Central Committee
The Rock Church – Worrington, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Impact: 30 primary students; 200 person church receiving access to clean water now; farm will feed 23 children; new well and pump producing 300L a minute and providing clean water to an estimated 500-1,000 people
TCZ Leadership in HIV/AIDS Care Development Fund
Impact: 168 TCZ Alumni
Partners: Friends of TCZ, CLRC
BICC Compassionate Ministries, Choma, Zambia
Impact: 100 children, 25 high school students, 4 pregnant women & families
Partners: Mennonite Central Committee, TEAR FUND UK, BIC World Missions
CURE International AIDS Relief Project, Lusaka, Zambia
Impact: 100 HIV/AIDS children, patients at CURE Lusaka, Zambia
Partners: CURE International, Beit CURE Hospital
Free Methodist Church Ndola Project
Impact: 26 kids in primary school (school requirements)
Lubuto Church of Christ Project
Impact: 80 orphans (53 primary, 27 secondary) back to school (school requirements) and sewing/empowerment projects for 32 widows; hammer mill that will be used for sustainability – identified need for hammering mealie in the community that will generate income to sustain project, as well as provide food supplements for the kids and their caretakers. The project also wants to host semi-annual retreats for orphans (psycho-social benefit).
Ndeke ECZ Project (Evangelical Church of Zambia)
Impact: 48 primary and secondary kids, as well as 20 trained in homebased care, as well as funding to supply orphans and caretakers with health & food needs
New Life Ministries Church (Mercy Ministries)
Impact: 50 orphans back to school (school requirements) and 60 widows trained in tailoring skills, as well as start-up fabric. Acquiring of 4 sewing machines and repair of 7 machines.
TCCA Leadership in HIV/AIDS Care Development Fund
Impact: 200 TCCA Alumni
Twapia ECZ Project (Evangelical Church of Zambia)
Impact: 40 orphans, 15 vulnerable children attending school; 10 widows, 2 people receive needed training
Zambian Baptist Association (Ndola)
Impact: 50 kids school fees
Target demographics: Children orphaned by AIDS and the communities they live in throughout Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Geographic areas served: Zimbabwe, Zambia
Programs: Bic world missions-mtshabezi national aids programme - school fee payments for approximately 146 primary and secondary school children; home-based care supply kits distributed to 120 needy families; annual psycho-social support camp week for nearly 200 orphaned and vulnerable children; foundations for farming training, plus seed and fertilizer to help 64+ local families grow their own food; home visitation for orphans, vulnerable families and widows in the community; administrative expenses to maintain consistent staffing and resources
free methodist church magwegwe north - school fee payments for approximately 132 primary, secondary and tertiary students; periodic psycho-social support events 80+ orphaned children and youth; food supplements for 3 needy families; foundations for farming training, plus seed and fertilizer to help 130+ local families grow their own food; home visitation for orphans, vulnerable families and widows in the community
bic copperbelt - school fees and other services provided for 100 orphaned children; assistance provided for 4 home-based care patients; income generation support for 15 individuals, including small grants and business training; retreats for orphans and their parents/guardians