Forgotten Children Worldwide

Protect. Empower. Love. Repeat.

aka Forgotten Children   |   BLUFFTON, IN   |  http://forgottenchildren.org

Mission

Forgotten Children Worldwide seeks to provide a loving and nurturing environment for orphans and vulnerable children by protecting them from becoming victims of extreme poverty and child trafficking so they can grow to fully understand the love of Jesus Christ. We strive to empower forgotten children through the strategic use of sponsorships, clothing distribution, self-sustainability initiatives, orphan home construction and other life-improving projects by partnering with indigenous Christians worldwide.

Ruling year info

2008

Founder & Executive DIrector

Mr. Matt Hartsell

Main address

650 N MAIN ST

BLUFFTON, IN 46714 USA

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Formerly known as

Forgotten Children International

EIN

26-0609769

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Health (General and Financing) (E80)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Orphans are among the most vulnerable people on the planet. They lack resources. They lack education. They often do not have a voice in society. They are easy prey for traffickers and for anyone in power who would like to abuse them or take advantage of their vulnerable state. They are children. It is very easy for children in this vulnerable category to succumb to learned helplessness. They need an advocate. Forgotten Children Worldwide seeks to be their champion.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Kipindi Mpito

Not all individuals are “college material” …and even those with extended education (even Master’s degrees) are in danger of poverty and even starvation. Ugandans who are 20-25 years old often function mentally and emotionally at a reduced capacity, therefore intentional programming is needed to reach this population. In order to help those in our care thrive and not merely survive, a multi-faceted approach is necessary.

The vision is to provide an avenue for employment, life skills and discipleship necessary to live a productive and Christ-centered life.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is for the children under our care to be healthy emotionally, physically, spiritually, and mentally. To provide hope. A path to success.

Forgotten Children Worldwide attempts to step into the role of advocate. Specifically, we protect them from child trafficking by taking them out of the path of traffickers. Further, we provide them with educational opportunities so that they will be less vulnerable to trafficking and poverty in general. We provide them with an opportunity for extended education or to learn a trade. It is our goal to empower them so that they can be self sustainable. We provide a loving atmosphere and sometimes even mental health counseling so they can be healthy emotionally as well as physically and spiritually.

Our transition to adulthood program is especially significant. Young adults learn how to be independent, and are mentored and discipled. They learn 12 key life skills to help them as they launch into the real world. They live in a very toxic environment, so they need extra care if they are going to thrive.

Our approaches are varied according to need and resources-- in Africa and Asia.

1. Get children out of the path of traffickers-- by placing them into orphan homes that we construct--- or place into foster care types of situations In which they live with a relative, a single parent, or a neighbor. We provide $38 per month sponsorships to help send the child to school and for food security. These are places they can be loved-- and protected.

2. Help them transition to adulthood-- by implementing girl empowerment programs. Our flagship ministry for this is in Uganda. We have purchased 20 acres of land in southern Uganda and are raising funds to build a $2.2 million micro community. Currently we are renting a property to achieve this goal. Other girl empowerment programs are located in Malawi and India.

3. Vulnerable children often lack necessary clothing for dignity and general protection. Forgotten Children worldwide ships thousands of boxes of used clothing to allow in India every year. In India this is distributed to families that are out of the cast system.They are known as dalits.

4. We assist temple prostitutes in southern India. By taking care of their children, that is one less thing they have to worry about. As they earn an income they no longer have to serve in the temple as temple prostitutes – – known as devadasi.

1. We consistently serve around 500 children by providing $38 a month child sponsorships. This money pays for education, food security, Medical and dental health. It also provides funding for spiritual discipleship. We have the structure in place to receive and distribute funds -- with accountability.

2.

1. We have successfully shipped over a 500,000 pounds of clothing to India and Malawi over the years. There are a lot of very poor children receiving clothing and shoes to protect them from diseases and so that they will not be stigmatized as is often the case with this vulnerable population.

2. We have seen young girls not follow their mothers and grandmothers into the profession of temple prostitution in southern India. They have been saved from heartache, abuse, and HIV that many of their predecessors had to face.

3. We have successfully become an international NGO and a domestic NGO in Uganda. That is quite an achievement.

4. We have hired over 15 indigenous staff members in Africa.

5. We have constructed multiple orphaned homes that takes children out of the path of traffickers.

6. We are providing discipleship classes for thousands of children so that their spiritual lives would be enriched.

7. This year we have provided Covid relief for thousands of people. In the United States Covid is very serious but in other countries with dense populations and little medical care, COVID-19 often means death due to starvation. They are unable to go out and work. When sustenance living is your lot, and you miss a day of work, it means hardship at best and starvation is very possible. We intervene for the poorest of the poor.

What is next?
1. We have a 20 year vision in Uganda that includes expanding care by the way vocational training opportunities.
2. Further, expanded care will include boys and young males.
3. More orphan homes will constructed.
4. Tons more clothing will be sent.
5. Improved metrics will be secured.
6. We are currently trying to meet with the ambassadors of India, Nepal, and Uganda. We hope to be better partners internationally.
7. More networking with both domestic and international ministries and organizations.
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Financials

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Forgotten Children Worldwide

Board of directors
as of 07/02/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Matt Bertsch

Bertch-Frank Associates

Term: 2010 -

Matt Bertsch

Bertch-Frank Associates

Tami Swymeler

World Partners/MIssionary Church, Inc.

Steve Huggins

Pretzels, Inc.