2016 Annual Report

See your 2016 impact in different places around the world.

 
 

From the President: A New Future for Luis

“Before my sisters and I came to Trigo y Miel, we were hungry a lot. I thought I was going to have to drop out of school so I could work and help my family. But now I don’t have to and I’m in my third year of high school.”

 

From the President: A Touching Letter from Nicaragua

Almost a year ago, Jennifer del Socorro joined Villa Esperanza (Hope Village), our program for at-risk girls in Nicaragua. She came from a neighborhood next door to the old Managua city dump, which is now a recycling plant where her step-father works sorting garbage.

 

From Hood to Coast to Haiti

Everything changed for the Belizaire family after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Mr. Belizaire was killed, and the family’s home was destroyed. Mrs. Belizaire has three children, and struggled to make ends meet by selling clothing on the street. The Belizaire children (Ralph, Carl, and Carla) were sponsored by generous friends through Forward Edge, which provided them with education, safe water and food—but without a safe home, it was difficult to stay healthy and keep up in school.

 

Friendship in Nicaragua

A year ago, I started sponsoring a kid who I hardly knew. Now I have a deep friendship with a 15 year old Nicaraguan girl.

 

Let’s break the cycle of poverty in Kenya

How do you break the cycle of poverty in Kenya? In Nairobi alone, approximately 2.5 million people live in slums, including Africa’s largest, Kibera. It is extreme, material poverty that keeps millions in Kenya from reaching their full, God-given potential. Just 45 minutes northwest of Nairobi is Kijabe – home to the Mama Beth Children’s […]

 

God’s Love for Maria

I remember seeing Don Rodriguez walking little Maria Del Carmen to school in the dump. He cared for her like a daughter even though they were unrelated and he looked more like her grandfather.

 

Beauty from Ashes – Iliana’s Story

Gloria introduced Iliana to Forward Edge International’s President Joe Anfuso and Gary Eckelman, a Portland architect that Joe had invited to join him on the trip to Nicaragua. It was Gary’s first visit to the Managua city dump, Iliana’s home. As Gloria spoke with Iliana, Gary couldn’t help but notice this skinny but beautiful 14-year-old’s […]

 
How one boy's faith should change ours

How one boy’s faith should change ours

On February 16th, one boy in Haiti had his entire world change. That was the day Mackendy Joseph fell on a stray piece of rebar in his underdeveloped home puncturing his bowels and kidney. After the incident, Mackendy was placed in a hospital for nearly two months and was forced to use medical devices each […]