The seeds of F4O were born when a group of United Methodist volunteers from the New York conference visited Mozambique in 1998. In the aftermath of a devastating civil war they encountered 100,000 street children in Maputo, a city of 1 million.
In 2002 members of the church visited an orphanage in Teles where children lived in very trying conditions, 3-4 to a mattress. These volunteers included Wayne, our current executive director, and other volunteers who would later become F4O board members. They came back to the US with a vision of creating a community based house for children in different cities across Mozambique.
Our first orphanage is the Carolyn Beleshe House For Children in Cambine. It was constructed in 2003-2005. 65 children call this home and several hundred have called it home in the past years.
Our second orphanage is the Mama Nocio House For Children in Dondo. It was constructed from 2016-2018. Today 24 children call it home with 12 more children set to arrive in the near future!
Our third orphanage is located in Lichinga. It was constructed in 2020. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the USA and world, the faithful support of the people towards our Foundation has made this dream a reality. This construction is will be a new home for 48 orphans. The project is moving along well and on pace for completion early in 2021.