Not Forgotten is an organization that is compelled by the love of Christ to provide for the physical, educational, and spiritual needs of impoverished, abandoned, and oppressed people of the world so that they may improve their quality of life, find salvation through Jesus Christ and be empowered to affect change in their communities.
In a country with high unemployment, large families, and low marriage rates, boys in a fatherless family are often told by their mother that they must fend for themselves. With little education and nowhere to go but the streets, these boys are frequently left with one of two choices. They can steal for survival or sell the only thing they have: themselves. These street boys are seen by society as the lowest of the lowly.
The founders of Not Forgotten witnessed this firsthand on a mission trip in 2006 when they first visited an orphanage in the Amazon jungle, located up the river from Iquitos. It was there they met about 50 boys, ages 4-18, who had been rescued from the streets. That week, they learned of the emotional, physical, and spiritual neglect of these hopeless boys thrown out of their homes before their time. But instead of joining the silence of society, the founders of Not Forgotten wanted to show these boys the love and hope of Christ.
Together, Not Forgotten partners with local churches and medical ministries to advocate and rehabilitate the children on the streets of Peru affected by hunger and hopelessness.
We want to show them they are not forgotten–not by us and not by the Lord.
Annual mission teams allow us to witness and contribute to the restoration occurring in the boys’ lives as we help to provide them with a home, specialized education, well-balanced meals, and Christ-focused mentoring. Through annual mission teams, construction projects, quality time, and bible teaching, we aim to show these children what it means to love, to hope, and to have a relationship with their Heavenly Father.
The plight of the street child becomes impossible to ignore once you have dried their tears, heard their laughter, and witnessed their smiles of redemption. This doesn’t have to be a hopeless place forever. We’ve already seen the evidence of change in their lives and are eager to see such restoration continue.
This is just the beginning. Not Forgotten invites you to join us as we become the voice of a growing coalition for hope in the streets of Peru, and fight to provide for the children that believe they’ve been forgotten.