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.
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.
“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.”
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
“After the events of 2020, it highlighted how fortunate I am to be able to continue doing what I love, I felt like it was time for me to do more than just make ceramics and support others.” Mel Lumb
Check out beautiful Mel Lumb in the latest edition of Home Beautiful. We love you being in our ever-expanding FMN Herd of awesome people who want the world to be a more beautiful and safe place for children to grow and thrive.
Welcome to another challenging and inspiring year with Forget Me Not. It is difficult to fathom the hardship unfolding as a result of the global pandemic. The first half of the year held so much promise as we continue to work with real impact witnessing incremental change and positive steps toward care reform for children.
For more than 15 years, we have worked alongside the Nepal Government and with vulnerable communities in Uganda and India. Not only have we delivered children back home to family, but we also have ensured they have access to education, health care and other essential services.
Some say charity begins at home and Forget Me Not is proof that charity knows no bounds. We have great pride in presenting this report to our friends, donors, subscribers, volunteers, supporters and beneficiaries.