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Forgotten Voices

Ryan Keith & Remmy Hamapande

Ryan and his wife, Katie, live outside Harrisburg, PA with 3 young children. He enjoys Dr Pepper, the Red Sox, making animal sounds, and anything with kids. He is the founder and President of Forgotten Voices, which is innovating orphan care through the local church, as well as a Praxis Labs Fellow. He earned his Masters in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School, where he was a Pforzheimer Fellow in the Hauser Center. Ryan is also a proud Falcon, graduating from Messiah College with a BA in Politics. You can connect with him on Twitter at @ryanmkeith.

Remmy is Africa & Zambia Director of Forgotten Voices. A former risk assessor for Barclay’s Bank in Zambia, Remmy felt called by God to become a children’s pastor. With high unemployment in Zambia, his bank boss thought he was crazy. Upon graduating from TCCA, a theological college in Zambia, Remmy met Ryan and a partnership began. Today, Remmy is charged with overseeing all Africa programs for Forgotten Voices. He is also a children’s pastor at his church and is BICC Zambia’s Secretary for General Education. He and his wife, Irene, live in Ndola, Zambia.

If you had a child, where would your him or her to go next if you died? To an orphanage? A response Americans rejected for its children about 80 years ago? Or to the loving care of a relative? Over the last 100 years, the local church network in Africa has exploded in growth, while the Western response to address orphan care still largely focuses on Western solutions. Forgotten Voices is innovating orphan care through the local church by catalyzing a sustainable, community based response to the orphan crisis. In southern Africa, Forgotten Voices is equipping carefully vetted local pastors in Africa to create custom plans and then makes a quiet investment into the plan, where beneficiaries only know about the local church, whenever possible. Sustainable income and tools introduced to help the church keep it going. Forgotten Voices partners with graduates of theologically sound, Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA) recognized African seminaries, which are leading local churches.

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