I wish we could've seen the future from that roof top but all we could see was the present. It was one of the most satisfying moments of my entire life and yet one of the most sobering as I realized we had started something that could take a decade or more to complete.
We are excited to share the progress of our "Off The Mountain" project in the D.R. Congo.
There are few moments in life that are built up over time in your head through so much consideration, worry, excitement and fear all at the same time. Entering The Democratic Republic of the Congo was one of these for me.
Forgottensong will be sponsoring the Youth and Conflict conference at George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Our goal is to bridge the knowledge gap between scholars and practitioners who focus on youth in conflict. We want to see you there!
Charles reminds me of that Johnny Cash song, "I've Been Everywhere." He's served in the military, studied abroad, and has a natural curiosity about him that has brought him to countries I've never even heard of.
Hey guys, Lauren here! I've put together a few tips that focus on travel to sub-Saharan Africa, specifically from my experience in Uganda, DRC, and Burundi. Every country is different and travel needs are often specific to climate and culture. After traveling with ForgottenSong to Uganda 3 times, Burundi twice and once to the DRC, here are a few tidbits of advice.
When Charles, Lauren, and I traveled into the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it was often a topic of discussion and great surprise that this trip was my very first out of the United States. The Congolese got a real kick out of this, and Charles would always say, “Not France... not Spain... but the Congo!”
Together we are forming a team, one that is complicated but by the grace of God is working and working in big ways. We pray for David's dreams to come true and we hope that along the way, we can communicate his dreams well.
As I stood at the border, attempting to take photos of the mountains just a few miles away, and as the border guards waved at me angrily to stop (no photos allowed), I soaked in a sobering and profound reality. I stood at the edge of a twenty plus year war in the Congo.
This blog series will reveal more about our growth as we work hard to build our project with former child soldiers in the Congo, and I hope that it empowers and inspires those who have dreams to "go learn." - Charles Davidson
Remy - Meet the Staff - Liaison for African Projects
Derek Huber - Communications - Meet the Staff!
Lauren Blanco - International Affairs - Meet the Staff
Charles Davidson - Founder & Director - Meet the Staff!