“I lift up my eyes to the hills.From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
For the past couple of years Not Forgotten has been planning and preparing a place that we pray will be a light not only to vulnerable children, but also to the surrounding community just outside Iquitos, Peru. With this purpose in mind, we are excited to introduce Las Lomas of Not Forgotten!
Las Lomas means “the hills” in Spanish. The piece of land we own in Peru is full of rolling hills, and our prayer is that as people look to the hills of our property they will see that their help comes not from an organization, foreigners, or any individual, but “from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
In January 2014, we will begin constructing the first of several family-style homes for children at Las Lomas. Rather than an institutional-style orphanage, children will be raised in a traditional family environment by loving caregivers. Our goal is to create a place where these children can grow up safely, obtain spiritual and psychological guidance, receive a quality education, and be empowered to affect change in their community.
The family-styled homes we are constructing will house up to eight children per home and one pair of live in house parents. Along with the needed bedroooms and baths, each home will be furnished with a kitchen and a shared living area for the children and house parents. Each child at Las Lomas will be given their own bed, desk, and personal storage space within their home for clothes and any other belongings.
Due to God’s provision through your generosity Not Forgotten has been empowered to pursue our mission and provide for these children. In the coming year, Not Forgotten will be using this past year’s donations and contest winnings from Project for Awesome to build our first children’s homes. If you have given to us through contest votes, financial contributions, and/or prayers, please know that you have played an important part in our progress and we are extremely grateful!
This is a very exciting time for Not Forgotten! We have a lot of work ahead of us and we are thankful to have your prayers and support as we move forward.