We are a Christian non-profit organization bringing life-changing care to orphaned children in Haiti.
THE CRISIS IN HAITI
There is an orphan crisis in Haiti. The political instability has hindered Haiti’s economic and social development. The result is all Haitians suffer – the weakest being close to a million Haitian orphans. Parents have been lost while families and communities struggle to survive leaving no provision for children’s basic needs.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Over 6 million Haitians live below the poverty line barely surviving on less than $2.41 a day, and more than 2.5 million fall below the extreme poverty line of $1.23 a day.
Imagine you are 6 years old and you do not know when you will eat your next meal or where you are going to sleep at night. Imagine if you couldn't remember what your mother looked like.
This is the reality for kids in Haiti. Without us, these orphans roam the streets. We are a small charity, but a powerful team and are already improving the lives of these vulnerable children and their community.
ENTER MAX EMILE
Himself an orphan, at 17 Max found a home and a family through being an artisan at HandUp Global Goods and their Teens in Transition Program. He learned the trade of making jewelry and began making his own income. Through their discipleship program, he also discovered his desire to become a pastor.
Soon after Max started working as an artisan, he couldn't help but notice desperate children living on the streets, crying and begging for food. Unable to turn a blind eye, he began to use his own small income to feed some of these orphaned children. Over time he was regularly feeding and caring for these children that looked to him as their provider, as their "Papa Max".
FROM ORPHAN TO "PAPA"
Starting in 2019, we began to assist Max as he provided housing, clothing, food, and health care to his 12 boys, ranging in age from 6 to 14 years old. These boys were orphaned by violence or poverty and were living in abandoned cars and desolate graveyards. Thanks to Max, these boys now live in a safe and loving environment.
We are also assisting Max by providing house parents that have come alongside the boys to teach them how to become responsible young men. Maintaining a family atmosphere is very important to the well-being of each child. We believe that education and teaching life skills is the best hope for them to escape forever the strong grip of poverty. None of our boys had ever attended school until this year. Max worked for many months to obtain legal documentation for each of the children. Once completed, they were registered for school and began their first day this past September.
Heal the Broken: We have precious children who have been through horrific experiences. May we be the hands and feet of Jesus healing their hearts. - “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)
Prepare with life skills and education: Many of the children in our care had never attended school before. We are now providing them with an opportunity not just to survive, but to thrive and giving them a safe place to dream about their future. - “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)
Go out into their communities prepared to make a difference: We can help to prevent cycles of poverty and fatherlessness by training these young men to be independent, responsible leaders of their future communities and future families. - “I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
They might seem like pretty standard bunk beds, but these boys were beyond THRILLED to help Papa Max put them together. For some of the boys, this was their first real bed ever. They were so excited to have a tiny little space to call their own. This safe and warm place to sleep is more than what many children living on the street know how to hope for.
One of our goals is to ensure that each child is given the opportunity to attend school and has the uniform, shoes and supplies needed to attend. We often don't think about the fact that it takes an advocate to make sure a child is able to attend school. Just like Jesus, Max stood up and claimed these sweet babies so they could have this opportunity. This is a photo from their first day of school!
One of the main reasons Forgotten No More was founded in 2019 was to ensure that no matter how difficult times are in Haiti, these babies will have food on the table. The empty bellies that used to gnaw with hunger are FILLED. Our boys go to bed every night satisfied, with their physical needs met, but we are also feeding their hearts with God's word and teaching, helping them heal from the years of devastation they endured before they found a home.
We cannot do this without YOUR help! Every donation goes to specific areas of need that provides for our boys. We are so grateful for your support.