RISE: COVID-19 response & recovery V

On Monday 24 May 2021 Forget Me Not hosted our fifth LIVE Zoom for donors and supporters to learn more about how donations are providing emergency relief to children and their families. We have uploaded the conversation here for those of you who couldn’t join us LIVE. 

Unfortunately Patrick Rhuweza was unable to connect to the internet and join us from Uganda and we didn’t capture the introduction and first few words from FMN Change Agent, Care Leaver Advocate and Social Work Intern Dikshya Thapa in Nepal. Sorry. These things happen. We always try to do our best and ‘take the lesson’.

This was Dikshya’s first gig on RISE and she shared information about the current situation in Nepal from the heart. We have received great feedback from guests commending Dikshya’s professionalism and passion. 

You can drop in on FMN CEO Andrea Nave’s chat with Lakshya Aakriti Foundation Director Diptesh Singh in India [at 4:49] and hear about their ongoing response, predicted priorities and plans for recovery.

Volunteer Campaign Manager Joanne Heath [at 31:25] shares a little about her inspiration for dreaming up ‘Run For Their Life’ and taking on such a huge task in her already stretched schedule. 

Board members, sponsors, donors and supporters are really appreciative of all the hard work happening to make the world safer and kinder for children and their families. Thanks Herd. We love you!

Please keep asking questions. We love that you’re part of the ongoing conversation about how we can together raise children to be thriving, vibrant and connected to family, community and opportunity.

Your donations really make a huge difference in people’s lives. Thank you. 

 

Join us for RISE V

Your support is making a difference. We have been able to feed families, assist with healthcare and wellbeing, and provide oxygen to loved ones in India, Nepal and Uganda.

You can hear first hand how things are going on the ground, on Monday 24 May 2021 when we host our fifth LIVE Zoom for donors and supporters to learn more about how your donations are providing emergency relief to children and their families.

Please join FMN CEO Andrea Nave in conversation with Forget Me Not’s global leadership team: Anju Pun (Nepal); Diptesh Singh (India); and, Patrick Rhuweza (Uganda).

6.30pm Monday 24 May 2021
via Zoom

Register now to hear updates about FMNs ongoing response, predicted priorities and plans for recovery.
 
Limited registrations are available to ensure productive Q&A.
 
This event will be in English and guests will be provided with a link to join the Zoom meeting prior to the event start time of 6.30pm Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Please check your local corresponding time before registering. Please also let us know if you can no longer attend, that way we can extend the invitation to another guest on the event waiting list.
 

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    There are still hundreds of children in Nepal, India and Uganda we are feeding, along with their families and extended families. We can keep helping because you trust us with your donations. Thank you.

    We also want to give love and praise to our teams on the ground in India, Nepal and Uganda. They have been incredible, unflappable and unfaltering in their commitment to serve humanity with kindness and making the world safer and more nurturing for children.

    Rally for a Reason

    It’s time to rally your friends and family to help our brothers and sisters in India, Nepal and Uganda. 

    They need our love and support and dollars for food and healthcare now more than ever. Car rally proceeds will help families stay safe and alive during this COVID crisis. The Forget Me Not team are absolutely overwhelmed with the desperation being faced by the children and their families we support in India, Nepal and Uganda.

    Tell everyone you know and love to join us on Sunday 20 June for a spectacular family-friendly funday car rally adventure on the Sunshine Coast.

    Meet at Ken Mills Toyota on Sugar Road at Maroochydore for your briefing at 8.15am and you will be given a welcome pack with some carefully crafted clues and a map!

    Whacky costumes are highly encouraged and there will be plenty of shenanigans along the way to our lunchtime destination. Lunch & a welcome bevvie is included in your ticket price.

    • $180 per car incl. lunch & welcome bevvie for 2 people
    • $50pp for extra adults in your car & incl. lunch + a drink!
    • $15pp for children (incl. kids meal & drink)

    LIVE MUSIC / PRIZES / GIVEAWAYS / RAFFLES / AUCTIONS

     

    PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY

    The situation is dire – please help.

    While most of us have been impacted by COVID in some way, our lives are well and truly blessed when compared to the devastation being experienced in Nepal and India.

    The Forget Me Not team are absolutely overwhelmed with the desperation being faced by the children and their families we support. 

    As the deaths mount in the Kalyanpuri slum in Delhi, orphaned hungry children roam, without a place to sleep, without enough to eat, even unable to access enough wood to burn the bodies of their parents.  

    In Nepal, the situation is even more dire with vaccines running short, hospitals overwhelmed and positive testing rates being reported at a horrific 47%. 

    The Forget Me Not team have themselves been impacted by death and sickness whilst they battle to save every life they can.

    Whilst it sounds like a cliche, every $1 we can raise, does absolutely make a difference.  The one coffee you sacrifice can feed a family for a day. 

    We are a registered Australian charity, with very minimal administrative costs ensuring your money gets where it’s needed fast. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

    You can help by purchasing essential items for immediate distribution throughout India and Nepal:

    • 30 litres of clean drinking water $5
    • Thin foam mattress for emergency bedding $5
    • 20 kgs of rice $15
    • 60 kgs of firewood for heating, cooking and cremation $20
    • Tent for temporary accommodation providing dignity and isolation for the sick and dying $30

    Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate a lot or a little. Everything helps. Thank you for your support.

     

    Our COVID-19 response.

    Another eight children are going home

    We’ve just opened our doors (& hearts) to 8 children (7-12yo) rescued from an orphanage operating without approval of the Nepal Government, National Child Rights Council and local authorities.

    The children have told us they were beaten by the orphanage operator and his son for small mistakes and fed just two meals a day. They were responsible for all of the cleaning and other household chores.

    Our family tracing and reintegration team have been working around the clock and discovered all of these children are from the Humla district and have both parents alive and well. The children were recruited through a local teacher and their families paid between 20-100,000 NPR in the hope that education would ensure brighter futures and liberation from poverty.

    These little ones are adjusting well and being extremely well cared for at Shakti Ghar (our transit home) while we work at getting them home to family as soon as possible. We’ve conducted health screenings and wellbeing assessments, provided clean clothes and nutritious meals, and have been conducting educational activities so they don’t fall behind.

    The children have told us they’d love to visit the zoo – so guess where we’re heading?!

    Being separated from family through no fault of your own, and all that goes with that, is traumatic and can have detrimental and ongoing consequences. Our team works so hard to provide the best quality care during this time.

    Your donations help us make the transition from orphanage to family a process that is kind and professionally supported with the child’s best interests at the very heart of every decision made. Thank you.

    We also work with families and communities so they can understand more clearly the terrible consequences of orphanage trafficking and the lifelong affects institutionalisation has on their beloved children.

    Please consider becoming a regular donor and help us get more children out of orphanages and home to their families, where they belong.

     

    RISE: COVID-19 response & recovery IV

    On Monday 22 March 2021 Forget Me Not hosted our fourth LIVE Zoom for donors and supporters to learn more about how donations are providing emergency relief to children and their families. We have uploaded the conversation here for those of you who couldn’t join us LIVE. 

    You can drop in on FMN CEO Andrea Nave’s chat with Anju Pun in Nepal [at 3:13], Patrick Rhuweza in Uganda [at 12:32], and Diptesh Singh in India [at 22:30] who each gave heartfelt updates about FMNs ongoing response, predicted priorities and plans for recovery.

    Please keep asking questions. We love that you’re part of the ongoing conversation about how we can together raise children to be thriving, vibrant and connected to family, community and opportunity.

    Your donations really make a huge difference in people’s lives. Thank you. 

     

    Miss Ts Home for Life brings tears of joy


    “Dear Andrea, our friends at Zonta Club of Caloundra City Inc. & other supporters,

    I hope you are doing well.

    Miss T’s house is complete at least to a habitable state. It is fitted with doors and windows and final construction finishing done. We would have cemented the floor inside, plaster the walls and work on the veranda but our resources couldn’t enable us to reach that far.

    Nevertheless, the house is in a good habitable condition for the family.

    Thank you for supporting them, Miss T broke into tears as I showed her the latest photos at her school.”

    Patrick Rhuweza
    FMN Uganda

    DONATE TODAY

    Thank You!

    Join us for RISE IV

     

    Bet you’ve been wondering how our friends in India, Nepal and Uganda are going!

    Well, you can find out on Monday 22 March 2021 when we host our fourth LIVE Zoom for donors and supporters to learn more about how your donations are providing emergency relief to children and their families.

    Please join FMN CEO Andrea Nave in conversation with Forget Me Not’s global leadership team: Anju Pun (Nepal); Diptesh Singh (India); and, Patrick Rhuweza (Uganda).

    6.30pm Monday 22 March 2021
    via Zoom

    Register now to hear updates about FMNs ongoing response, predicted priorities and plans for recovery.
     
    Limited registrations are available to ensure productive Q&A.
     
    This event will be in English and guests will be provided with a link to join the Zoom meeting prior to the event start time of 6.30pm Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Please check your local corresponding time before registering. Please also let us know if you can no longer attend, that way we can extend the invitation to another guest on the event waiting list.
     

    Register Here


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      There are still hundreds of children in Nepal, India and Uganda we are feeding, along with their families and extended families. We can keep helping because you trust us with your donations. Thank you.

      We also want to give love and praise to our teams on the ground in India, Nepal and Uganda. They have been incredible, unflappable and unfaltering in their commitment to serve humanity with kindness and making the world safer and more nurturing for children.

      Flash mob celebrates World Social Work Day 2021

      World Social Work Day is celebrated every year on the third Tuesday of March. Social workers around the globe promote their heart-driven profession and celebrate the positive impact social workers bring to the lives of individuals, families and the communities we belong. Tashi Dhondup reports.

      This year we organised a ‘changing hearts and minds’ social awareness campaign at Basantapur – a tourist hub for domestic and international travellers.

      Our team of Change Agents and Reintegration Officers showcased current social issues like orphanage tourism and trafficking through poems and role plays. The event was a form of ‘flash mob’ where only the metropolitan police knew our plan.

      Passers-by were curious and keen to interact with us and learn more.

      Colourful handmade bookmarks and greeting cards helped start conversations. The photo booth and selfie frame were very popular with children and young adults.

      FMN Reintegration Officer Bina read a poem to the gathering crowd sharing one child’s recount of their emotional reunion with their family after a long time of separation. 

      Many thanks to The Intrepid Foundation for: supporting our work to end child trafficking into orphanages in Nepal; developing experience-rich child-safe and ethical tourism options; and, working together to provide decent work opportunities for care leavers (SDG8). 

      Happy Holiday Love from Toya in Nepal

      ❤️ Happy Holiday Love from Toya in Nepal ❤️

      Today is a special holiday in Nepal. Shiva is the most beloved God of the Hindu religion. The GOD – Guardian Observer and Destroyer – Lord Shiva is the destroyer of evil. He will give away everything when he is happy and he will release hell on earth when he is angry. So, people with certain kind of temperament is often quoted as “that person is like Lord Shiva” haha

       
      It is said, the destruction of the world lies on the opening of his third eye. That’s why he is the destroyer. Mahashivaratri means the “great night of Shiva” and marks the onset of Summer. Usually, people will be fasting and standing in queue to take blessings from Lord Shiva in the famous Pashupatinath Temple as early as 2am in the morning. The whole area will be adorned with lights and free drinking water will be shared.
       
      Sages from India and other parts of the world visit Pashupatinath Temple specifically for this very festival – that marks the religious harmony between India and Nepal.
       
      This is the darkest night of the year. On this day, we can see children blocking the roads with rope and adults have to give money to pass. Since it is the darkest, every household lights a big bonfire at night. It is said even if you steal wood for fire on this day, it won’t be considered a sin!
       
      Women pray for long life of their husband and unmarried women pray for a husband like Lord Shiva – calm, meditative and wise.
       
      Today Lord Shiva will perform the heavenly dance of creation, preservation and destruction.
       
      🐘🌏🌟 words’n’pictures by FMN storyteller Toya Homa Rai