ForgottenSong works in countries that have experienced war within the past 10 years. War deeply affects the social and economic dynamics of a country; it leaves children orphaned, women widowed, and regular life dismantled.
ForgottenSong strives to restore war-torn communities to a place of self-sustainability by coming alongside local leaders to equip their communities with skills and resources to overcome cycles of poverty & violence.
We believe this can be done by meeting these core needs:
education, vocation & nutrition.
We do this by pairing minimal foreign investment with economic innovation.
Our goal is to equip our local partners with a self-sustaining income source (small business) that can further propel them and their communities to have more healthy, fulfilling and enjoyable lives.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Democratic Republic of the Congo
In partnership with local organization, AJDC in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, we plan to invest in reproducible Goat Farming initiatives that will accomplish 5 goals:
- Liberate current child soldiers from armed groups
- Empower these former child solders to address Congo's perpetuated violence and poverty
- Stand against further recruitment of child soldiers into local armed groups
- Initiate self-sustainability among these marginalized children and youth
- Reconcile ostracized individuals to community through vocational development, education and trade
When we first traveled to the D.R. Congo, we met courageous, innovative and loving Congolese leaders who are working to bring child soldiers off the mountains, where they live in seclusion and practice violence, in order to offer them new life through education and vocational training.
We are partnering with these Congolese leaders to enact social justice and reform and economic development by investing in goat farming. The DR Congo has experienced a series of wars and consistent violence for over 20 years. Throughout the violence, many orphaned children and disenfranchised youth, often without funds for education, joined militias in search for protection, provision and a more purposeful life. Over the years, these militant youth learned to live in the "bush" and used violence as a means of survival. These children and youth as well as the communities they came from, have multi-faceted needs for economic and social sustainability. Our goal is to empower these individuals with a new opportunity in life. In partnership with AJDC, we will invest in a goat farming project to sustain AJDC's educational and vocational programs, while the goats will also serve as vocation outlets for the former soldier students.
By partnering with Burundian NGO, FVS-Amade, we have the privilege of working with their intricate network of communities, and to learn from their extensive knowledge and understanding of the region and its needs.
Once one community recieves a farm, they then give to another community, which in turn gives both back to them and forward to a new farm. Our hub farms are designed to foster exponentional multiplication so that FVS-Amade's 1,200 communities will not only be fed well, but will have the opportunity to establish their own businesses, pay for their children's school fees, and invest in their futures.
Since July 2014, we have launched 2 hub farms in Burundi - the first in Bujumbura as a hub to mulitply around the country, and the second at an elite secondary school in Matana.
FVS-Amade's mission is the protection of fundamental rights for orphans and vulnerable children for the full and harmonious development of their adolesence.
Some of their goals are, but are not limited to: insuring a high standard in health and education for every child, reducing poverty in Burundi, and increasing economic self sufficiency, and legal aid and protection for children.