FORGOTTEN VOICES INTERNATIONAL

Innovating Orphan Care through the Local Church in Africa

Dillsburg, PA   |  http://www.forgottenvoices.org

Mission

To demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ by partnering with local churches in Southern Africa to empower families and caregivers to meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of orphaned and vulnerable children in their communities.

Ruling year info

2006

Principal Officer

Mr. Shelton Taguma

Main address

1215 Gettysburg Pike

Dillsburg, PA 17019 USA

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EIN

20-4002786

NTEE code info

International Economic Development (Q32)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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Education

To provide orphaned or vulnerable children with successful futures, Forgotten Voices strives to place as many children in school as possible - with all of their fees paid for by the ministry. Typical program efforts include payment of school fees, purchase of school uniforms, supplies, and more for orphaned or vulnerable children. Forgotten Voices monitors each child's performance in school and alongside its church partners, encourages children to succeed. Forgotten Voices also provides Christ-centered education to the youth about teenage pregnancy, early marriages, drug abuse, and alcohol abuse to positively influence children.

Population(s) Served
Foster and adoptive children
Orphans
Transitioning children
Caregivers
Widows and widowers

To heal from trauma, Forgotten Voices provides trauma-informed counseling to orphaned and vulnerable children as well as caregivers. This counseling helps children and adults heal emotionally and spiritually from a life filled with sickness, extreme poverty, death of loved ones, or other situations from their life. Forgotten Voices staff and its church partners regularly attend training to continuously improve their counseling skillset.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Widows and widowers
Orphans
Foster and adoptive children
Transitioning children

To effectively demonstrate the love of Christ, Forgotten Voices and its church partners disciple children and caregivers. That means, children and caregivers are prayed for, encouraged in their faith, and learn of God’s love for them. As a church-based ministry, children and caregivers are regularly invited into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. On Christian holidays, our church partners often throw special events for the orphaned and vulnerable children so they get to experience the love of a community.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Foster and adoptive children
Orphans
Transitioning children
Widows and widowers

To equip first-time caregivers with skills they need to care for their children, Forgotten Voices and its church partners offers a variety of parenting support. Caregivers attended Forgotten Voices-led workshops to become equipped with parenting skills, practical tips, counseling assistance, and more. Because many of these caregivers live in extreme poverty or lacked a parent figure growing up, these workshops help restore family relationships and strengthen a caregiver’s ability to successfully raise a child and take better care of them. Depending on a caregiver’s ability, Forgotten Voices may temporarily offer support with food, medicine, and other basic supplies to carry a family through a difficult season.

Population(s) Served
Widows and widowers
Transitioning children
Orphans
Foster and adoptive children
Caregivers

To create long-lasting change and empower caregivers to care for children, Forgotten Voices and its church partners economically empower their caregivers. That way, caregivers can better support and meet their family’s needs. Economic empowerment takes many shapes and depends on the local context. Oftentimes, caregivers will receive skills, business, or agriculture training, investments into their small business, seeds for farming or livestock. This helps a caregiver generate income for themselves.

Forgotten Voices also has created and manages 52 savings and credits associations (SCAs)for caregivers to safely save money, invest in local ventures, and receive discipleship. These SCAs provide empowerment to over 250 caregivers.

Population(s) Served
Widows and widowers
Caregivers
Foster and adoptive children
Orphans
Transitioning children

Where we work

Awards

Entrepreneur of the Year 2011

Harrisburg Regional Chamber

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2013

Financials

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Board of directors
as of 4/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Beverly Nyberg

Independent Consultant

Term: 2005 -

Ryan Keith

West Shore Evangelical Free Church

Maureen Mathews

Child & Adolescent Health Specialists

Elizabeth Stevko

Brandywine Global Investment Management

Terry Harris

McKonly & Asbury LLP

Dan Davis

Presbyterian Senior Living

Oscar Zebron

Wells Fargo

Shelton Taguma

Forgotten Voices International

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/6/2021,

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Leadership

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Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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