Each year, more than 4,000 vulnerable children are impacted by Forward Edge programs. These programs provide nutritious meals, education, health care, spiritual instruction, and the loving care that helps each child reach his or her God-given potential.
By investing in a vulnerable child today, you can do more than heal a broken heart. You can change THE FUTURE.
Here are ways you can help:
The 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010 left hundreds of thousands of children orphaned. Many displaced families still live in tents or damaged sheet-metal homes. Children here suffer from polluted water, extreme malnutrition, no medical care, and difficult access to education.
In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew devastated this already-fragile country, killing 500 people, displacing 175,000 others, and increasing the ever present needs of this impoverished nation.
Extreme poverty has resulted in many children being trapped in a form of child slavery called restavek. It is customary in Haiti for parents who are unable or unwilling to care for some of their children to give them away. Sadly, most of these children (there are approximately 400,000 restavek children in Haiti) are often mistreated and forced to engage in menial tasks, often at the expense of their educations. Some are even physically or sexually abused.
In early 2017, Forward Edge launched a new program in Les Cayes, Haiti’s southern region hit hardest by Hurricane Matthew. Through a partnership with one of Haiti’s most respected church leaders, Pastor Chavannes, and support from people like you, we’re able to help local churches and communities provide nutritious meals and spiritual discipleship to hundreds of suffering children. As the program grows, our vision is to expand our care to include safe drinking water, medical care, school tuition, and tutoring. Most importantly, we’re showing a growing number of children how loved they are by God, teaching them to follow after Christ, and helping them realize their full, God-given potential.
Children in Kijabe, Kenya are living in some of the worst conditions on our planet. Many have been orphaned by AIDS and suffer from extreme malnutrition and preventable, water-borne illnesses.
Most families cannot afford to send their children to school, and for those who can, it often requires miles of walking barefoot to get there. This is especially dangerous for girls because of a local myth that one can be cured from HIV/AIDS by raping a young girl.
Our program for children in Kijabe – Mama Beth’s – is named after a woman who cared for children in this area for decades. Through a partnership with Mama Beth’s daughter (Jane Wathagana), and help from people like you, we’re providing at-risk children with nutritious meals, safe drinking water, medical care, school tuition and emotional support. Most importantly, we’re showing a growing number of children how loved they are by God, teaching them to follow after Christ, and helping them realize their full, God-given potential.
Oaxaca, Mexico is among the poorest regions in Latin America. Three out of four people here lack access to basic necessities like food, water, education and health care. Most have nothing more than a third or fourth-grade education, and many families are forced to live in one-room, dirt-floor shacks.
Children here suffer from malnutrition, neglect and abandonment. They’re often forced to drop out of school to get a low-paying job that traps them in an endless cycle of poverty. This cycle often brings with it drug use, gang membership, and teen pregnancy.
Our program for children in Oaxaca is called Trigo y Miel, which means “Wheat and Honey” in Spanish. Through a partnership with local visionaries (Victor and Lety Velasco), and help from people like you, we’re providing at-risk children with nutritious meals, safe drinking water, medical care, school tuition and emotional support. Most importantly, we’re showing a growing number of children how loved they are by God, teaching them to follow after Christ, and helping them realize their full, God-given potential.
Imagine a child forced to grow up inside a garbage dump, exposed to extreme filth, severe malnutrition, and often, various forms of abuse. This was the reality for many girls in our residential children’s program in Managua, Nicaragua, Villa Esperanza (Hope Village). Before entering the Villa, these girls lived in a dangerous environment, where they were at risk of physical abuse, sex trafficking, rape, teen pregnancy and drug abuse. School was most often not an option, and any chance to have a healthy childhood was lost at a young age.
Villa Esperanza was the dream of a former school principle in Managua, and with help from people like you (and God’s grace), we were able to make it come true. Through generous supporters, we are now providing these girls with nutritious meals, a home with a clean bed and clothes, a good education, safe drinking water, medical and psychological care, tutoring, vocational training and emotional support. Most importantly, we’re showing them how loved they are by God, teaching them to follow after Christ, and helping them realize their full, God-given potential.
Forward Edge is also impacting hundreds of at-risk children in Nicaragua through its “chastity-until-marriage” training program. Nicaragua has the highest teen pregnancy rate in Latin America at 28% with one in five girls giving birth by the age of 18. Because becoming a teen mother virtually ensures a life of poverty in Nicaragua, this training is the preventative component of our program. More than a 1,000 students in Nicaragua completed this training in 2015, and we hope to train 10,000 students by 2020.