2019 Cycle for Brighter Futures – highlights!

Say ‘Hi!’ to our pedal-powered heroes! This is the awesome crew that cycled from Fort Kochi to Trivandrum and raised money for projectHELP ๐Ÿšฒ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐ŸŒด

Day 1 #onyabike Cycle for Brighter Futures ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ 

From flower crowns & beards to a delicious homemade Indian feast by Puja to Malayalam Kathakali make-up and theatre story-telling to Kerala style jumbo prawns on the waterfront… our first day was magnificently long!!

Everyone was excited to get our two-wheelers the next day & take them for a spin ๐Ÿšฒ 

Day 2 #onyabike Cycle for Brighter Futures ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ 

After delicious brekky our pedal-powered heroes tested their deadly-treadlies on the streets of Kochi and enjoyed another Kerala-style home-cooked feast!

Time was taken to rest up before cycling at sunrise the next day.

If you were in Kerala you may have recognised some of these faces on the evening news bulletin or in the newspaper!
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Day 3 #onyabike Cycle for Brighter Futures ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

It was an early and flexible start before stopping for chai. Then we stopped for brekky. Then we stopped for coconut water! We certainly knew how to keep hydrated and happy! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ‘

Day 4 #onyabike Cycle for Brighter Futures ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

We kickstarted our โ€˜day offโ€™ in Alleppey with a delicious avocado smoothie! We loved the peace and calm chillaxing on our private houseboat cruising the backwaters and filling our bellies with local fresh produce cooked to perfection by our onboard chef๐Ÿ‘Œ Back in the saddle early the next morning!

Day 5 #onyabike Cycle for Brighter Futures ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

The crew were up and on the road early (after coffee/chai/lassi!) meandering along beachside streets waving to everyone brushing their teeth on the side of the road ๐Ÿ˜ The villages and villagers were delightful! Stopped for chai and had a brekky break with ocean views ๐Ÿ™Œ before hitting the highway! We arrived safely in Kollam and enjoyed a delicious home cooked welcome feast ๐Ÿ‘Œ at our accommodation for the night.  Back in the saddle brightโ€™nโ€™early in the morning… 

Day 6 #onyabike Cycle for Brighter Futures ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

Today the team cycled from Kollam to Varkala in challenging conditions ๐ŸŒง ๐Ÿšฒ ๐ŸŒง with smiles from ear to ear!

โ€œOne of the most spectacular days of my life! We rode for hours in the craziest pouring rain over bumpy wet roads that looked like rivers of chai… it was truly outstanding! It wasnโ€™t easy and I did shed a few tears of pride and happiness in the moments where I sped down some hills alone.

I am so lucky to be alive and healthy enough to be able to do this trip with some truly amazing inspirIng and fun people & to have a family who supported me 100%โ€

Kate Curry, Pedal-Powered Hero 2019

Day 7-8 #onyabike Cycle for Brighter Futures ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

We thoroughly enjoyed a couple of days off the bikes in Varkala! There was plenty of good food and juices, shopping and massages, sightseeing and surfing. We even had a surprise party to celebrate Dippyโ€™s birthday ๐Ÿฐ

Day 9 #onyabike Cycle for Brighter Futures ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

Our pedal-powered heroes arrived safely in Pallachallor – hot and sweaty and hungry!

This was our longest and last day of riding. We stopped for a few clicks at a beachside Fort and were pleased to report only ONE flat along the way!!

It was a treat to watch this roadside master whipping up a few Kerala Paratha ๐Ÿ˜‹ 

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Our last dinner together was the perfect opportunity to thank the 2019 Trip Leader Puja who was brilliant and the ever-awesome local Nippy who kept us safe and entertained! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

What a wild and wonderful ride!
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Day 10 #onyabike Cycle for Brighter Futures ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

Our pedal-powered heroes headed home full of pride and grateful for this unique experience. Every cent raised goes to projectHELP – raising children to be thriving, vibrant and connected to family community and opportunity.

Thank you for your love and support.

Join us in 2020!!

We have a bike with YOUR name on it ๐Ÿ˜

Remembering 2013 Dreaming

Who remembers our CEO Andrea Nave’s ‘Dreaming’ on the last page of our 2012-13 Annual Report?

Here it is again:

“I am writing my dream. It is a dream for a clear bright future for children. They can sleep peacefully. They are safe and warm and free from illness. They eat clean food and have the opportunity to learn to read and write and grow their own dreams. Their eyes are wide and untroubled. Their family is close and protective.

The children under the care of Forget Me Not are the stars of my dream. They are laughing like they should be as children. They live in a better way than before they entered my dream.

I am interpreting and guiding this dream. Shaping its flow and soothing it from nightmare stirrings which sometimes come.

My dream is vivid and technicolour. It is exhilarating and meaningful. It is re occurring and growing each day. It is a dream I call Forget Me Not. Courageous and compassionate, we stand for children.

We are fully focused on growing this dream into 2014 and beyond. We are growing our capacity in Nepal through our INGO voice as an advocate for childrenโ€™s rights. A new transit home in Nepal to assist with rescues of children from their own nightmares will come to fruition in 2014. In Uganda our families and Nanna project will see a continued stability and growing ease as we deliver our sponsors compassion in the form of their funds to young lives. In India our Study Centre will be funded into a more formal operation to allow forgotten children a place to be and to learn.

These are the future dreams for 2014. Stable. Strong. Deliverable.”

Also, here is a visual representation of our work and why we do what we do…

Enjoy!

2019 Annual Report online now

READ ALL ABOUT IT!!

PROUDLY PRESENTING FMNs 2019 ANNUAL REPORT

Thank you for another fabulous year ‘raising children to be thriving, vibrant and connected to family, community and opportunity’ with Forget Me Not.

Collaboration is key to ending the orphanAge.

Together with values-aligned allies brave hearts are driving change on the ground locally for brighter futures for some of the most vulnerable children in the world. Each year this work grows and the difference we make brings hope and truly empowers all involved to strive for excellence.

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, partners, donors, subscribers, volunteers, supporters and beneficiaries.

Enjoy!

READ ONLINE

Homecoming project

Did you know that, on average, 80% of children living in orphanages have a living parent who, with the right support, could be able to care for them? 

Homecoming is a project run by Home for Good with the aim of inspiring and equipping individual Christians and churches across the UK to promote family-based care for children around the world.

Like Home for Good, we believe that children belong in families, not institutions, and so we want to see families supported and communities strengthened so that vulnerable children can thrive in the love and commitment of a family for life.

Home for Good is working in partnership with the ReThink Orphanages coalition of charities including Save the Children, UNICEF UK, Better Care Network, Lumos and Hope and Homes for Children.

It’s imperative that we address the over-use of institutionalisation for the estimated 8 million children that are growing up in orphanages, children’s villages, shelters and institutional care that have a parent that could care for them if supported. Keeping a child at home costs between 6-10 times less than keeping them institutionalised.

Let’s get kids back where they belong: Home. ๐Ÿก

Join the Homecoming project to see children come #HomeToFamily

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2019 Kaleidoscopia – highlights!

HUGE SHOUT OUT OF THANKS to everyone who contributed to the success of Kaleidoscopia 2019 bohemian festival of love & laughs raising funds for projectHELP: ensuring children are thriving, vibrant & connected to family, community & opportunity ๐Ÿ™Œ It truly takes a village, thanks for being the most magnificent villagers ๐ŸŒ

Lady Shiraz was delighted to meet you all…

Together we raised over 3k to assist Forget Me Not’s exceptional team in Delhi to empower families living in slum communities to raise their children to be vibrant, thriving and connected to family, community and opportunity.

: : Over 65 million people live in the slums of India.
: : One child going missing every minute.
: : Over 40% of these children have never been found.
: : Traffickers prey on children from these slum communities.

The goal being for every child to attend school, be in good health and have safe and secure housing. Your support truly helps!

Thank you to ALL Kaleidoscopians: the inspired, the passionate, the motivated, the grateful, and the open minded – everyone who dared to explore the colourful world of Kaleidoscopia on 17 August 2019.

For those playing at home, we had an awesome line-up of entertainment, including… 

*DRUMROLL*

Local Brisbane Band, The Sweet Formidables are a truly sublime performance, with otherworldly voices and deeply affecting instrumentation. With masterful violin and guitar playing, joined by the deep sounds of the double bass, they guarantee a transcendent experience, best enjoyed in a setting as warm as Can You Keep A Secret? Thanks Hannah, Matisse & Josh.

*DRUMROLL*

Comedian Jasmine Fairbairn is a mum on the edge of sanity/insolvency. She won 10 awards for her first play ‘Undertow’ and sold out her first solo show ‘Swimming the Seas of Failure’ in Canada but her kids only care about the wifi password. She has supported such great acts as Fiona O’Loughlin, Greg Fleet and Mel Buttle all over Qld but hasn’t figured out how to spend most of her day eating some form of potato in peace which is her dearest dream.

*DRUMROLL*

Jo Gowda is an Indian born Australian stand up comic and State Finalist of the 2019 Raw Comedy comp! Star quality AND hilarious, you can watch Jo perform hysterical observations of her heritage, her new Australian life and sidesplitting scrutiny of parenting at Kaleidoscopia! Youโ€™ll find her humour relatable, amusing and sprinkled with dry wit – our fav!!

*DRUMROLL*

Ashwin Segkar is a stand up comedian, presenter on ABC Radio and host of podcast, Help Me Iโ€™m a Comedian, in which a comedian opens up on a psychological issue while a therapist helps them through. He has toured nationally around Australia and performed at festivals including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and featured on Tom Bollardโ€™s Tonightly. He explores growing up between the merging cultures of Australia and Asia along with shetland ponies and babysitting.

*DRUMROLL*

Comedians ๐Ÿ’› Oliver Twist, ๐Ÿ’› Bronwyn Kuss & ๐Ÿ’› Jack Knight – all brilliant!! Performers ๐Ÿ’› Beauregard Chambers ๐Ÿ’› David Glazier  ๐Ÿ’› Thomaseana Clarice ๐Ÿ’› Bridgette Dvijlak ๐Ÿ’› Raechelle Perry ๐Ÿ’› Pipppy Zach ๐Ÿ’› Max Crocker & fortune teller Jefferson Power ๐Ÿ’› 

And plenty of great prizes up for grabs, including…

 

An inchargebox donated by fellow Cycle for Brighter Futures pedal-powered hero Kate Curry. These genius boxes keep your tech tidy AND locked away WHILE IT CHARGES!! Just awesome…

These gorgeous earrings are a collab between Aboriginal artist Rachael Sarra from Goreng Goreng Country and resin obsessed Rene Skelton, rogue creative entrepreneur behind Concrete Jellyfish. Handcrafted from matte silk and gloss finished resin, acrylic glass and mirror – you canโ€™t buy them online BUT we had one pair for one lucky Kaleidoscopian ๐Ÿ’—

We had a signed copy of Women Kind by Dr Kirstin Ferguson, co-authored by Catherine Fox! Kirstin is a professional company director, keynote speaker and author. She was the creator of the Walkley-nominated #CelebratingWomen campaign in 2017.

 

YOU could have won tickets to multi-award winning Murielโ€™s Wedding thanks to our friends at QPAC.

One of the most loved and hilarious Aussie films of all time comes to life on stage in this big, brash and very cheeky new musical!

Our magnificent friends at winedirect donated a truckload of wine for us to give away!! We are so happy that they are proud to support vulnerable families in India who just need a little bit of love and support from our families โ™ฅ๏ธ 

๐Ÿ’› Teah Mackay (Cycle for Brighter Futures veteran!) donated an original artwork and ๐Ÿ’› Cheryl Robinson donated a crocheted phoenix to auction!

Plus lots of other prizes & give-aways!

We’re so very grateful to ๐Ÿ’› Lady Shiraz ๐Ÿ’› The YaYaโ€™s ๐Ÿ’› Xanthe Peters ๐Ÿ’› Keegan Travers ๐Ÿ’› Emily @ Can You Keep A Secret? & the now famous Kaleidoscopia Council – 

  • ๐Ÿ’›Princess David Glazier;
  • ๐Ÿ’›Queen Jan Owen;
  • ๐Ÿ’›King Sharon Simmons;
  • ๐Ÿ’›Prince Hollie Roberts;
  • ๐Ÿ’›Jester Jason Walton;
  • ๐Ÿ’›Chief Justice Danny Booth;
  • ๐Ÿ’›Lord Rachael Donovan;
  • ๐Ÿ’›Fun Conductor Kate Rudge;
  • ๐Ÿ’›Minister of Joy Kate Binder;
  • ๐Ÿ’›Secretary Paul Testro;
  • ๐Ÿ’›House of Ferguson; and,
  • ๐Ÿ’›House of Hills.

Thanks for making the world a better place & having fun while you do it!!

You really are spectacular

We โ™ฅ๏ธ our Herd! Thanks for being so very important to us and helping us raise children to be thriving, vibrant and connected to family, community and opportunity. You really are spectacular ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ™Œ

It’s World Elephant Day!

“The more we learn about elephants, the more it appears that their impressive memory is only one aspect of an incredible intelligence that makes them some of the most social, creative, and benevolent creatures on Earth.”

The Valley of Light Project

Last year award-winning singers and musicians from Nepal and around the globe joined local music students in Nepal, along with students from Chennai (India), to celebrate the One Universal Flame of Love and Compassion… Happy Wednesday Herd ๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒผ

 

RISE 2019

We are stronger together. Together we can raise more children to be thriving, vibrant and connected to family, community and opportunity. Make your tax deductible end-of-financial-year donation today.

Raising children is one of the most challenging and most fulfilling things you can do. Whether a birth parent, sibling, kinship carer, teacher, step-parent, aunt, uncle, foster carer or friend, the contribution you make has a significant and profound impact in shaping that young person’s life.

There are millions of children being raised all over the world and we all have a part to play. Forget Me Not works with some of the most vulnerable and remarkably resilient children – those who are living in orphanages, or are at risk of being trafficked into orphanages, through no fault of their own.

Together with skilled practitioners, generous donors, strong partnerships and loving care we are raising children to chase their dreams while providing individualised support for each child and their family for successful family and community reintegration.









You donation will help with health, nutrition and hygiene initiatives, education programs, family support, entrepreneur training, prevention programs and intervention activities.

Young people bringing the Ethical Tourism Collective to life

It is with great excitement and extreme pride that we introduce to you the powerhouse that will bring the Ethical Tourism Collective (โ€˜ETC.โ€™) to life!

Meet our Fab 5: Dinesh, Alisha, Ruma, Toya (Team Leader), Anisha and Barma. The team will be mentored and supported by Toya Homa Rai.

Who better to dream up and trial fresh alternatives for travellers and tourists to experience Kathmandu without visiting or volunteering in orphanages than these fine folk?

ETC. has recruited the Fab 5 from our pool of awesome Change Agents: young people with lived experience of orphanage institutionalisation keen to make the world a better place. The project aims to improve their employment options through work experience in the ethical tourism sector in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The Fab 5 will design and deliver tourism products that promote ethical tourism and raise awareness about the harms of orphanage tourism and voluntourism.

In Nepal, there are currently 14,864 children residing in orphanages and up to 80% could be raised by at least one of their parents. Children are most often trafficked from rural and remote villages into orphanages mostly in popular tourist hubs. Most of these orphanages are reliant on international charities and non-government organisations for funding.

The orphan trade is fuelled by โ€˜voluntouristsโ€™ (including schools, churches, sporting groups and other organisations) who unwittingly cause significant harm to children through a mix of money, good intentions, lack of cultural knowledge and a desire to do good for others.

The problem of orphanage tourism intersecting with the trafficking of children into orphanages is well documented in Nepal and included as trafficking in the โ€˜US Trafficking In Persons Report 2018โ€™.

As founding partners of Rethink Orphanages we are charged with raising international awareness of the problem and proud to take leadership on this issue with travel industry experts, Intrepid.

We will keep you up to date with ETC. news via Facebook and our Blog. If youโ€™d like to receive updates direct to your inbox, please sign up HERE.

You can contact the team by email.