Forgotten People Connection began with a fishing trip.
In 2010, Allen Remley was invited to go on a fishing trip with a friend from England. While Allen cast his hook into the lake, trying to land ‘the big one’, his friend was casting another kind of hook, trying to capture Allen’s heart on behalf of the people of Africa. Knowing Allen’s passion for needy people, he spoke of the work he was doing in Africa and invited Al to come along to put a roof on a school he was building in Kenya.
At first, Allen wasn’t that interested, since his focus at that time was on India, where he’d been doing short term missions for over a decade. However, several weeks later, the hook was set when a package from England came in the mail. In the package was a story that clearly expressed the desperate circumstances of the people of Mount Elgon in western Kenya, and Allen’s heart was drawn to Africa.
A couple months later, Allen found himself in Kenya helping put a roof on a school. He learned that the people of the area were referred to as the Forgotten People, because the political ruler of the area had overlooked them for the last 40 years. Seeing the great need of the people in this region, Al determined to do what he could to help them. Forgotten People Connection was born out of the relationships developed with the people of Mount Elgon, and a growing number of communities in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.
Forgotten People Connection is headed by Allen Remley and his wife Kathie, and is over-seen by a board of seven members. It’s focus is on partnering with the forgotten peoples of Kenya, Uganda, and the world, to create sustainable development opportunities that will enable them to walk out of poverty. It is a registered Canadian charity.