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 children’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

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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!

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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. πŸ‘

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 πŸ™Œ It truly takes a village, thanks for being the most magnificent villagers πŸŒ

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! You’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 I’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 Bollard’s Tonightly. He explores growing up between the merging cultures of Australia and Asia along with shetland ponies and babysitting.

*DRUMROLL*

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

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 can’t buy them online BUT we had one pair for one lucky Kaleidoscopian πŸ’—

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 Muriel’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 β™₯️ 

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

Plus lots of other prizes & give-aways!

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

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

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

You really are spectacular

We β™₯️ 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 πŸ˜πŸŒŸπŸ™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 πŸ’›πŸŽΆπŸŒπŸŒΌ

 

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 (β€˜ETC.’) 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 β€˜voluntourists’ (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 β€˜US Trafficking In Persons Report 2018’.

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 you’d like to receive updates direct to your inbox, please sign up HERE.

You can contact the team by email.

Everyone must contribute to end orphanage tourism

UNICEF estimates 2.7 million children are living in orphanages world wide and surveys indicate most are not in fact orphans!

This week, the Berkley Forum asks: How can stakeholders link deeply held faith commitments to care for vulnerable children and encourage active contributions to children’s welfare that align with contemporary understandings of what is best for them? What can religious leaders, individuals, and institutions do to combat orphan tourism? Are there forms of voluntourism that can be helpful, rather than harmful? If so, what do those best practices look like? How can faith and secular development actors improve their cooperation to care for orphans and vulnerable children?

Child protection specialist and co-founder of ReThink Orphanages Leigh Mathews says we all must contribute to ending the orphanage era and provides some tangible ways to to so in her response.

Ms Mathews says: “There are many ways to give backβ€”and we need to recognize that volunteering when travelling is not always the best way. Sometimes it is simply better to travel, pay for carbon offsets, stay in eco-friendly accommodation, support ethical local businesses, and make a contribution to an organization that is working to address development issues in an ethical and sustainable way. Unless you have specific, relevant, specialist skills, in most cases development work should be left to the professionals.”

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