We love having SO many remarkable teachers in our Herd. You are all important and significant to making brighter futures a reality for children worldwide. You are awesome and we YOU!!
GIFT IDEA: Give your remarkable teachers a gift that is sure to be one they cherish – make a donation to FMNs Remarkable Fund – contact us and we will send you a personalised certificate from you!
Queensland celebrates World Teachers’ Day on 28 October this year – so you have some extra time to get organised!
Four years ago we were finalists in the Pride of Australia Awards & this year we (as founding partner of ReThink Orphanages) are finalists in the World Responsible Tourism Awards! Yeah
Reuniting families makes us proud.
Twelve year-old Sunmaya is currently in Asha Orphanage awaiting news that her family has been found and she can return home.
Her father Lal Bahadur worked abroad for 15 years and came back to Nepal after his wife left him and made Sunmaya his responsibility. She was just seven years old when her father admitted her into the orphanage and flew abroad to work again.
Lal Bahadur told us he tried to keep in touch with Sunmaya during his time abroad but was told by orphanage staff that if he had contact with his daughter is would have a detrimental effect on her education. With his daughter’s best interests in mind he decided to leave her to focus on her education and vowed to visit when he returned to Nepal.
We shut down Asha Orphanage and transformed it into a transit home during the family tracing and reintegration phase. Our team visited Dhading with photographs and Sunmaya’s father recognized her. He was shocked to learn she was studying grade 8 because he believed Sunmaya should have been studying grade 10 by now. Lal Bahadur is desperate to have his daughter home and wants to care for her himself.
He said he wonders what she looks like but that she must be more beautiful than in the picture.
Our pedal-powered heroes were honoured to enjoy the brilliant fanfare of an official ‘flag off’ with Kerala government joint director Mr Nand Kishore and Municipal Councillor Mrs Shiny Matthew.
These champions are cycling 260kms from Fort Kochi to Trivandrum raising funds and awareness for projectHELP.
Please consider supporting their epic adventure.
Today FMN CEO Andrea Nave and Nepal Country Director Anju Pun met with Ambassador Pete Budd at the Australian Embassy, Nepal to discuss child rights, the harms of orphanage tourism and Australia’s Modern Slavery Act.
Congratulations to our Dream Team in Kathmandu, Nepal – delivering change for children with bravery, skill and 100% heart!
We are so very proud to be working with each and every one of these incredible folk, making the world so much brighter for children and young people and their families.
Anju Pun (in yellow) led 3 out of 3 missions to Asha Orphanage!
The following people undertook 2 missions:
Dhan Bahadur Lama
Surendra Lama Tamang
And these Children’s Champions, 1 mission each:
Phunjok Namgyal Lama
Show your appreciation by making a donation in their honour.
Reuniting families makes us proud.
Maya was just 5 years old when her parents brought her to an orphanage with high hopes of giving her a great start in life with a good education. The family travelled seven hours by foot through the mountains, followed by twelve hours on a bumpy bus!
Seven precious childhood years were lost within the walls of that abusive orphanage.
Maya told us the children at the orphanage were woken at 4am every morning but were to tell visitors they woke at 6am or they would be punished. She said she was often hungry because they were only fed breakfast 5 hours after waking and dinner at 5pm sharp with a light lunch in between. No snacks! They worked hard and were very hungry. Maya doesn’t like to think about her days in the orphanage.
Today 12 year-old Maya is living with her parents and three younger sisters in a rented space in the suburbs of Kathmandu valley. When we visited her family recently we found Maya braiding her sister’s hair for school. It was lovely seeing the children sharing breakfast and getting ready together. Her little sisters are helping Maya learn her native language.
This was particularly heartwarming considering the psychological damage this innocent child endured from years of institutionalisation.
Maya says being home with her family feels like her dreams have come true. The entire family asked us to convey their deepest gratitude for helping bring their family together again. They say, with beaming smiles from ear to ear and hands in prayer position a very sincere, Dhanyabaad!
BREAKING NEWS: Today the Modern Slavery Bill 2018 passed the House of Representatives and is on the way to the Senate – Australia makes history as the first nation in the world to recognise orphanage trafficking as a form of modern slavery.
“As a result of this legislation, Australia will also be the first nation in the world to recognise orphanage trafficking as a form of modern slavery. This means that a reporting entity with activities or supply chains which involve orphanages will need to assess and report on any risks relating to modern slavery in these operations,” said Senator Reynolds.
World Challenge, the largest school-based volunteer travel company worldwide, has decided to stop offering trips to orphanages, after a disturbing link between orphanages and child trafficking was uncovered.