You can change the lives of vulnerable children.
What words come to mind when you hear the word children? Precious? Adorable? Innocent?
Yes, all these words apply. But there’s another word that describes millions of children in today’s world: vulnerable.
One billion children today suffer from extreme poverty.
- Every year, 1.4 million die from preventable causes.
- 2 million are being sexually exploited.
- And every 14 seconds a child is orphaned by AIDS.
Each one precious. Adorable. Innocent.
You can change their future.
But there are two other words that also describe children: the future. The future of humanity. The future of the church. Remarkably, more than 70% of Christians commit their lives to Christ before the age of 15, and those who accept Christ between the ages of 4 and 14 are more likely to keep the faith. Jesus knew this,
“Unless you become like little children,” he said, “you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 18:3
That’s why we care, and we believe you do too.
You can provide their most basic needs.
Each year, more than 4,000* children are impacted by our programs for the vulnerable. Programs that provide:
- nutritious meals,
- health care,
- spiritual instruction,
- and the loving care that helps each child reach his or her God-given potential.
In the coming years, thousands more children around the world can be impacted and transformed. Lifted out of poverty. Protected from preventable diseases. Rescued from exploitation. Brought into life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ.
YOU can be part of this God-ordained effort. By investing in a child today you can do even more than heal a broken heart, you can change the future.
“Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name welcomes me.” – Mark 9:37
Here are ways you can help:
- Sponsor a child: Child sponsorship is a way for you to care for and empower a vulnerable child.
- Give to the Child in Need Fund: You can provide a consistent form of support for children who are not yet sponsored.
* Up from 3,000 as stated in the video.
The recent “normalizing” of relations with the U.S. has provided a historic opportunity to support the work of the Church in Cuba. For more than 50 years, Cuba was officially off limits to U.S. travelers, but this has changed. Now YOU can be part of what God is doing there!
Because of heavy income regulations, most of the country suffers from extreme poverty, and parents especially have a difficult time providing for their children.
In keeping with its primary mission, Forward Edge focuses primarily on supporting church-run children’s programs which provide children with regular nutritious meals, educational tutoring, and spiritual discipleship. This is why we have teamed up with local program coordinators, Gabriel Lopez and Leidis Tejeda. They will spearhead building relationships with local pastors and churches ministering to children, families, and communities throughout Santiago de Cuba. Most importantly, we’re showing a growing number of children in Cuba how loved they are by God, teaching them to follow after Christ, and helping them realize their full, God-given potential.
Additional ministry opportunities to children, their families, and communities include construction or renovation of church buildings, reconstruction of homes destroyed by Hurricane Matthew, relational evangelism, and training of Cuban pastors and church leaders.
If you’d like more information on how to help children in Cuba, including sponsorship, please use the contact form below.
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.
Community Development Priorities
Based on feedback received from Vernet community members through a recent 10-seed assessment, we’ve created the following list of community development priorities:
- Job creation and economic development: street vendors, tradesmen, and professionals
- Increase quality pre/primary education opportunities in the community
- Provide more access to safe drinking water
- Hurricane preparedness
- Preventing and responding to power outages
- Flood preparedness
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, tutoring, 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.
Community Development Priorities
Based on feedback received from Oaxaca community members through a recent 10-seed assessment, we’ve created the following list of community development priorities:
- Build safe, reliable homes (and create jobs) through our Operation Enduring Homes program
- Provide more access to safe drinking water
- Increase quality education opportunities in the community
- Expand tortilla-making business
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 school principle in Managua, and with help from people like you (and God’s grace), we were able to make it come true.
You can help provide 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.
By supporting Villa Esperanza, you’ll also be impacting hundreds of at-risk children in Nicaragua through our “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 2,000 students in Nicaragua completed this training in 2017, and we hope to train 10,000 students by 2020.
“If we can reach one girl and change her heart with the heart of Christ, she in-turn will reach her family, and they will in-turn reach their local neighborhood, reach their community, and eventually it will reach the whole country.” —Susie Miller, Field Coordinator, Villa Esperanza
Watch this video to see deeper into the amazing Villa Esperanza program.