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With respect, courage and commitment, Forget Me Not honours the rights of every child and, works to ensure children are thriving, vibrant and connected to family, community and opportunity.

We exist to prevent children and young people around the world from being displaced through investing in innovative initiatives that keep children within their families and communities.

We grow our impact through leveraging local partnerships on the ground in-country, raising community awareness and advocating for change as we learn.

Our current initiatives focus on 5 key areas:

We have unfaltering commitment to strengthen healthy families and communities that value education, and empower women and children to be their very best.

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The Problem

The number of orphanages across the developing world has grown dramatically in recent years.

More than 80% of children in these orphanages are NOT orphans.

Millions of children have been taken from their families, trafficked into orphanages and used to generate funds.

This is a form of modern day slavery.

Well-meaning people who are donating to orphanages are unintentionally fuelling the Global Orphanage Crisis.

The more donations flood into orphanages, the more orphanages open and the more children are separated from their families to fill their beds.

Orphanages do not exist in developed countries because over 60 years of international research has proven that orphanages and institutionalisation has a serious and lifelong impact on children’s physical and psychological development.

Forget Me Not is a founding member of ReThink Orphanages, a cross-sector network that aims to prevent the unnecessary institutionalisation of children by shifting the way Australia engages with overseas aid and development.

ReThink Orphanages Network is represented by members from international aid and development, philanthropy, education and faith-based communities and is working with externals stakeholders from a range of sectors including government, media, and the travel industry.

This diverse network is uniquely positioned to take action on issues related to the alarming numbers of children being unnecessarily institutionalised in developing countries.

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The Solution

We want to end child trafficking into orphanages and stop the demand for ‘orphans’, through grassroots education and empowerment programs.

Currently working in Nepal, India and Uganda, we give families every opportunity of staying together and help them become self-reliant. Our approach is holistic and child-focused. Our strategy is to work collaboratively building brighter futures for children through healthcare, education and family support.

We currently work in these 5 key areas:







Get Involved

We are always looking for help to raise awareness about the ‘orphan trade’, and raise funds required to rescue children from orphanages so they can return to their homes families.

By supporting or sponsoring a Forget Me Not event you help raise vital funds to deliver our programs in Nepal, India and Uganda. Great things can be achieved through collaboration and aligning your self, workplace, social club or business with a great cause.

Start a conversation with us today!

We are recruiting a worldwide army of everyday heroes to raise awareness about the ‘orphan trade’, and raise the funds required to rescue children from orphanages (and whatever other ‘institutions’ are holding children without consent) and return each and every one to their homelands, safe with their loving families.

Join our Rescue Crew and help us rescue and reunite children with their families as soon as possible. Forget Me Not has an excellent track record and exceptional team of social and youth workers, and counsellors, in place to fulfil the challenges of rescue, family tracing, reunification and well-being monitoring.

We need you on our side, as Crew, in this work. The Rescue Crew contributes monthly to ensure that children are safe, sheltered and reunified with their families.

We also believe education is key to brighter futures. You can donate to our Remarkable Teachers Fund which employs qualified teaching staff in our Brighter Futures Study Centres in India and funds school related expenses for children in all of our programs. All donations are fully tax deductible.

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The Love You Give

After watching this short film (or before) you can take the VOLUNTEERING PLEDGE that: Children belong in families, not orphanages. I pledge to not volunteer in orphanages and #changevolunteering for the better. Or, if you’re still thinking of volunteering, you can view this VOLUNTEER CHECKLIST online to make sure your time overseas is spent making …

Meet Raju

Reuniting families makes us proud. A local Pastor moonlighting as a broker trafficking children into orphanages coaxed 7 year-old Raju’s poverty-stricken family to admit their son into Asha Orphanage so they had one less mouth to feed. The family was only allowed to visit once during the seven years Raju was held at the orphanage. …