We exist to give hope and a future to a forgotten generation through the provision of permanent housing and education to homeless street children in Haiti.
My name is Jennifer Breedlove and I am the founder of Forgotten No More Haiti. This is a photo of me with Max Emile in the village of Canaan. His story is really the catalyst for our non-profit.
When God moved me to begin this ministry, I saw that the forgotten generation needed our help in 3 specific ways.
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. (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. (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. (Joshua 1:9)
Several months later, he went back to his village to visit. While there he saw a little boy crying and begging for food. Realizing how desperate the young boy’s situation was, Max was overwhelmed with emotion. He asked God to show him how to help the street orphans of his village. He began using the money he earned making jewelry to feed the children that were going hungry.
This young man at only 17 years old began to father the fatherless in a way that only the Lord Himself could have prepared him for. One by one, children were drawn to his smile, his open arms, and the provision he gave them. He became "Papa Max" to these sweet boys. By the time I met him when he was 21, he was caring for 17 children as their primary caregiver.
Despite the ache and grief he experienced as a child, he is already transforming his community. But working full-time and caring for the (now) 12 children in his home isn't the end of the story. He wants to be a pastor. He’s already attending seminary, determined to take the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and proclaim it on his island.
Help us support his efforts to provide not just a shelter, food, and clothing to these children, but education, a future, and a hope and a place where they BELONG. They want to grow up and be good men and providers like their Papa Max.
When I met Max and he told me his story, I’m not sure if it was seeing the extreme poverty or the children with no shoes, but I knew I had to do something to share this hero’s story.
He is changing children's lives.
And YOU can be a part of it.
& How it all began
My entire world was turned upside down when I went to Haiti for the first time in January 2018. That is where I met a young man named Max Emile. Max was orphaned at nine years old and had to live with his uncle in Canaan.
This poverty-stricken village sits on a desolate mountainside with dirt roads, tin shanties, and no electricity or running water. He remained there until he was 17 and then moved to Port-au-Prince (PAP) to find work. He lived on the streets of PAP until he met some other boys who made money making jewelry.
He joined this group of young men who worked for the ministry HandUp Global Goods. He was discipled, educated and learned the trade of making jewelry.