Mel Lumb in Home Beautiful

“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.
 
Mel donates 10% of ALL sales to Forget Me Not.
 
Check out her superb ceramics today!
 
 
 

2020 Annual Report

What a year! Thanks for standing with us 🙂

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.

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Construction begins on Miss Ts Home for Life

Construction has begun!

 
Your donations, together with funds from the wonderful women members of Zonta Club Caloundra, are building a HOME4LIFE for Miss T and her family.
 
We are still needing a few dollars so please share this good news and these promising pics with your friends so they might contribute too! Any extra funds will help pay rent for the family whilst construction takes place as well as some ‘housewarming’ essentials to make it feel just like home!
 
We are hoping Miss T & the fam can move back home in just 3 weeks – just in time for Christmas – this is SO exciting 😃
 
 
 

Help build Miss T a Home for Life

Friends, Miss T is in her final year of primary school. She is happy and healthy, living with her uncle and eighty-one year old grandmother. Miss T shares a room with her sister and her sister’s three-year-old child. Although Miss T, lost her parents her family keep her safe ensuring she is home with them for life.
The home they live in is dilapidated and considered a health hazard. The cold and damp gets in and puts the family at risk of contracting pneumonia, which is particularly dangerous for Miss T and her elderly grandmother. The walls are on the verge of collapse.
 
So, together with the generous women members of Zonta in Caloundra, and Zonta Foundation for Women, FMN is building a HOME4LIFE for Miss T & her Nanna. The grandmother owns the land and she will sign over a share of ownership to Miss T for her long term housing security.
 
We plan to employ locals to construct a brick home in time to keep the family safe during the upcoming wet season in Uganda.
 
We need an extra $1500 and know that you and your friends will be able to help. Every dollar makes this dream a reality!
 
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
 
 

RISE: Covid-19 response & recovery III

On Monday 21 September 2020 Forget Me Not hosted our third LIVE Zoom for donors and supporters to learn more about how donations are providing emergency relief to children and their families. Andrea Nave (Australia), Anju Pun (Nepal) and Diptesh Singh (India) gave updates about FMNs ongoing response, predicted priorities and plans for recovery.

We have uploaded the conversation here for those of you who couldn’t join us LIVE. 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.

PS: not sure why the video was captured as so but the sound is pretty good and the message as clear as ever!

 

All donations during September will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to 20k! Please donate what you can and share the link with friends and family.

Join us for RISE III

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 21 September 2020
via Zoom

We are so grateful to the many and varied donors who have given all you can during this very unsettling time. You have specifically and intentionally donated to provide emergency relief and food security for the people we know and love in India, Nepal and Uganda.
 
You can double your impact! We have a donor who will match your donations dollar for dollar during September up to 20k!!
 
The situation in India is worsening and we must help however we can. There are still hundreds of children in Nepal 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 thank our teams on the ground in India, Nepal and Uganda for an incredible, unflappable and unfaltering commitment to serving humanity and making the world safer and more loving and especially kinder for children.
 
On Monday 21 September 2020 we will host our third LIVE Zoom for donors and supporters to learn more about how your donations are providing emergency relief to children and their families. 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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    RISE: Covid-19 response & recovery II

    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 10 August 2020
    via Zoom

    We are so grateful to the many and varied donors who have given all you can during this very unsettling time. You have specifically and intentionally donated to provide emergency relief and food security for the people we know and love in India, Nepal and Uganda.

    We have collectively assisted hundreds of children to be at home with their families during this time, sometimes after many months and years of unnecessary separation and sometimes to keep them from unnecessary separation.

    We thank our teams on the ground in India, Nepal and Uganda for an incredible, unflappable and unfaltering commitment to serving humanity and making the world safer and more loving and especially kinder for children.

    On Monday 10 August 2020 we will be host our second LIVE Zoom for donors and supporters to learn more about how your donations are providing emergency relief to children and their families. 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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      Where are they now?

      We first ran the RISE end-of-financial-year campaign in 2019 and shared with you the wonderful family reunification stories of six children that had been trafficked into orphanages in Nepal.

      The process of finding families is long and painstaking. The reunification and reintegration process is also rigorous and involves assessing psycho-social, financial, community and other support. We provide intensive counselling and social work to ensure that children are ready to return home and that families are prepared to welcome them.

      Our team monitors returned children and their families for as long as required.

      We thought you might like to know how they are going!

      Meena

      We are happy to report that Meena is still living with her grandparents and aunt in Chitwan approximately 5hrs by road from Kathmandu. Her life in institutional care began when she was just 3 months old and ended at the age of 13. We found her family and she was returned home safely in June 2018.

      Meena is happy to be with home with family although she says it is hard sometimes with very strict grandparents, especially her grandfather. She tells us that she feels deeply cherished and loved by them.

      Meena believes she has done very well in her grade 7 exams and says her cousin helps her with study and life skills at home. It’s great that her school is just a 5 minute walk from home.

      Everyone is safe and healthy. The family are all practicing good hygiene and washing their hands constantly, like the rest of us! The family says they are ok for food at the moment.

      Shilu

      Shilu was 3 years old when she was admitted to an orphanage and spent 3 long years in institutional care.

      After her rescue from the second largest orphanage of Nepal she was reunified with her paternal uncle because her mother was working in India. Shilu’s mother was home for the holidays when COVID-19 lockdown was enforced so her stay has been extended indefinitely.

      The silver lining is of course that darling Shilu has been lapping up the loving care and extra time she’s been able to have with her mother.

      Shilu is a quick learner and very active girl. She has a lovely friendship circle in the village and they play together often. Shilu happily helps her mother with household chores including cooking and looking after the family pets. She is doing well in school, achieving excellent results and has great respect and care for her elders.

      Shilu wants to be a teacher and already loves teaching younger students the alphabet!

      The family are COVID-19 aware, are healthy and looking after each other well, and have received some emergency relief.

      Kinu & Sunmaya

      One year after their father died three-year-old Kinu and eighteen month old Sunmaya were admitted to an orphanage. Now after 13 long years of separation, these sisters are home with their family. We have provided extra support to the family because the adjustment from orphanage to family was significantly hard for the girls and their single mother.

      Bicycles were provided to help them get to and from school and that has saved many commuting hours each week.

      This no doubt helped them focus more time on studies and being promoted to Grades 8 and 9. Their school has closed during lockdown and both are trying to keep up with their studies from home.

      The girls are happy and healthy and enjoying extra time at home with their mother and older sister. They promise to keep up the good work, practice personal hygiene and social distancing and call if they need help. We check in with them twice a week also!

      Geeta & Arana

      These gorgeous sisters were passed into orphanage life due to poor health and poverty at home. Geeta was a toddler when she entered an orphanage and years later Arana was admitted when she was school age. Their father disappeared long ago and their mother has been ill for many years.

      Nobody can measure the love, care and support provided to the girls by their elderly mother.

      Geeta is taking online classes and preparing hard for the Secondary Education Examination and Arana’s final exam result have promoted her to Grade 9 with good marks.

      Geeta is brilliant at debating, speech and essay competitions. Arana is an excellent performer and enjoys dancing, practicing Tae Kwon Do and playing soccer. Both sisters have great life skills and hope the pandemic situation ends soon so they can return to school and enjoy their extra-curricular activities.

      Mum’s doll shop has not been operational since lockdown began in March that has added financial stress and made life very difficult.

      Your donations are assisting this family survive at this time.