about us

about us

our
mission

our
mission

Not Forgotten is an organization that is compelled by the love of Christ to provide for the physical, educational, emotional, and spiritual needs of impoverished, abandoned, and oppressed people of the world so that they may find salvation through Jesus Christ, improve their quality of life, and be empowered to affect change in their communities.

Not Forgotten is an organization that is compelled by the love of Christ to provide for the physical, educational, emotional, and spiritual needs of impoverished, abandoned, and oppressed people of the world so that they may find salvation through Jesus Christ, improve their quality of life, and be empowered to affect change in their communities.

our
vision

We seek to provide the best possible care for abandoned, abused, and neglected children in Iquitos, Peru and the surrounding region.  We accomplish this by placing a small number of boys in a home with a loving, Christian, Peruvian family.

Our families are joined by our technical staff of teachers, psychologists, and social workers; together they provide comprehensive care to our children by investing in their physical, educational, emotional, and spiritual needs.  We desire to invest deeply in a few rather than shallowly in many.  We believe that this holistic, individualized approach gives our children the greatest chance of breaking the cycles of poverty, abandonment, and neglect from which they come.  Our hope is that one day, Peru will be filled with men of integrity who love and support their families and who glorify God through their lives.

our
story

1978
Born in Iquitos, Peru, Not Forgotten’s Peruvian Director, Gene Idlett, never knew his father.  Gene’s father abandoned his family before Gene’s birth, leaving him to be raised by his mother and an abusive stepfather.  As a teenager, Gene escaped his difficult home life by seeking shelter in local churches; he eventually worked his way to Lima in search of a better life.

2002
Founder Tyler Fuqua traveled to Iquitos, Peru for the first time to work with boys who suffered from past abandonment and neglect.  He returned from this trip burdened by a desire to show these boys that, though abandoned by their families and communities, they were not forgotten.  Simultaneously, Gene was working as a police officer in Lima.  One day he was tasked with clearing the sewers of the “filth” that resided there: children who claimed the street as their home.  Reminded of his childhood and appalled by what he witnessed, he also began searching for a way in which he could help vulnerable children. 

2006
Tyler and his wife Allison traveled to Iquitos, Peru where they met Gene and his wife Patty who were newly employed as the directors of a local children’s home.  These four instantly connected over their mutual desire to help children overcome the barriers that prevented them from truly breaking free from the negative cycles from which they came.  After working for ten years in other orphanages they concluded that one major aspect was consistently missing: families.  Together they dreamed of building a new home where children would be cared for by loving families and where they would receive a comprehensive and individualistic approach to their care.

2015
The dream of creating a home finally became a reality; Las Lomas (Not Forgotten’s children’s home) opened its doors and began serving children from the surrounding community.

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Your monthly donation ensures that our children continue receiving excellent care.

give monthly

Your monthly donation ensures that our children continue receiving excellent care.