FMN Annual Report 2017

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Chairman’s Report 01

Craig Manley

CEO Report 03

Andrea Nave

Initiatives 05 Uganda 05

Mel Faulkner & Patrick Ruhweza



Diptesh Singh

Nepal 08

Anju Pun

Highlights 12 Thank You 14 Financial Report 15 Dreaming 22

Forget Me Not Australia Ltd Charity Number CH1521 Australian Company Number 610 061 679 Australian Business Number 55 469 493 449 +61 412 739 114 PO Box 245 Corinda Q Australia 4075


Craig Manley

Board of Directors Pete Mackay Michelle Hay Kate van Doore Greg Biggs


Andrea Nave Emmalene Travers


Report It gives me great pleasure to report on some of the activities in a year that I think we will see in the future as a major transitional time for our charity & for child trafficking. The most successful fundraising event we have had in several years was certainly a major highlight. In October, Wade James, a long-time sponsor and friend of FMN and member of our Think Tank, took on the challenge to paddle his surf ski from his current home near Noosa all the way to his family home in Bundaberg, a distance of 250kms over 5 long days! Wade’s Paddle Home raised $125k by way of donations from businesses and his everydayhero page. The event was not only financially successful but also great for FMNs profile, driven by a concerted push on social media. Wade had enormous help from his mates along the way but especially his Mum and Dad, Leonie and Bob James. To them our heartfelt thanks. Also, a big thankyou to Mel Manley for organising the Gala Dinner to celebrate Wade’s safe arrival in Bundaberg. 2016 finished with another successful #onyabike Cycle for Brighter Futures in Kerala (Southern India) headed by Matt Brice. The Cycle is a healthy way to raise some funds and awareness for our programs in India, while on a life changing adventure. Sign up for 2018! We conducted our annual monitoring trip to Nepal and India to check on the progress of our work there. It was so pleasing to get reaffirmation of the positive outcomes being achieved. Also, fantastic to spend time with our inspiring partners, Diptesh and Puja in India, and Anju and DB in Nepal. Congratulations and thanks to Tom Biden & Olivia Hay (and their families) for putting on the largest participation event as a fundraiser for FMN this year, the Colour Stampede. Raising almost $10k the Hervey Bay event was attended by almost 300. It was a great fun way to show off our work. As always, a big task like this has many supporters. Tom and Olivia will travel to Nepal in December for our inaugural Change Agent Exchange. I feel that 2016-17 is a watershed year for FMN. So many successes, so much progress. I’ll do my best to do it some justice.

Inclusion of Child Trafficking in the US Trafficking in People (TIP) report was a major step forward to make the world look seriously at the issue of voluntourism. FMN co-founder Kate van Doore and CEO Andrea Nave both made written submissions to the Senate Inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia. The process brought our co-founders and Tara Winkler, co-founder of Cambodian Children’s Trust, together and there are exciting collaborations underway for 2018 and beyond. The advocacy work we are involved in has led to a world wide revolution in a change in attitude to orphanage tourism. We should all be very excited to have some involvement in a little charity that is leading the way in such a momentous change. Huge travel companies are immediately stopping and reviewing what they are doing. Schools, churches and universities are considering stopping trips they have promoted to Asia to visit orphanages. The light has gone on people! Now for some thank you’s: I’d like to thank Kate and Andrea for their hard work, vision and passion highlighting the issue of trafficking into orphanages and the dangers of voluntourism. Thanks, Em for your passion. You are a very important and valuable member of team FMN. Pete Mackay, Michelle Hay, Greg and Robyn Biggs and Mel Manley, thanks again for your support of FMN in 2017. Matt Brice, thanks for taking on the Cycle challenge, helping raise awareness and valuable funds. Also, Dui Cameron (Boom Shanker) and Kate Curry (The Zen Den), thank you ladies for your passion for FMN for several years and your financial support from the sale of your goods. FMN is at the leading edge of change in the way the world views voluntourism to orphanages in the developing world. We have a seat at the table in all the key discussions taking place with government as legislative change is being considered. Kate and Ande are among the first people media want to talk to for commentary. It’s entirely possible that the Federal Government will pass a bill to make it illegal for Australians to promote orphanage tourism and to travel to orphanages. Exciting times ahead. One thing is certain - we will be a different FMN operating in a vastly different environment, with the massive changes happening now and into the future. I’m glad we are all able to see this occurring in very small part due to all our combined efforts. Watch this space! Craig Manley


CEO Report The year behind us has been full of incredible outcomes and opportunities for not only the children under our care, but for their families and communities alike. It has been a privilege to watch over our international teams as they strive to deliver compassion and hope in service of the children in their countries. As you read the international reports, I trust you will better understand the complex nature of the programs we are able to deliver as a result of our donor’s loyal and generous support. Here in Australia, we work simultaneously to raise funds and to advocate for change regarding orphanage tourism and the promotion of orphanages and the known harms both practices cause. I have spoken to many audiences this year delivering the FMN story and how we can all be part of a global change for children providing family based care over institutionalisation. As public awareness grows, we are certain that the era of orphanages will come to an end. We have the very great pleasure to collaborate with other NGOs working to this end and are proud to be part of the steering group establishing ReThink Orphanages Network. ReThink Orphanages is a cross-sector network that aims to prevent the unnecessary institutionalisation of children by shifting the way Australia engages with overseas aid and development. It has become a great resource for both professionals and the public to learn more about our core purpose and the research that drives our work. (www. We have been fuelled by incredible support this year. Wade’s inspiring Paddle Home saw him paddle his surf ski in the open ocean of Queensland from Noosa to Bundaberg raising funds and awareness along the way. The success of Paddle Home provided the funds for us to be able to say ‘yes’ to the next group of children rescued from an illegal and abusive orphanage in Nepal. Thanks Wade for your courage and determination through the year helping make FMN a shining light for children. With the passion and drive of the team beside me, I look forward to the year ahead including the challenges and changes along the way. Mostly I look forward to the faces of the children and their eyes when they find home. Big Love, Andrea Nave



Uganda It is exciting and encouraging to see our children grow from ‘very little ones’ into teenagers with great ambitions. By spending significant time with the children we have been able to learn about their dreams in life. Nurturing their dreams and ambitions contributes to brighter futures for individuals and society as a whole. Parents and guardians have been enjoying more and more responsibility raising their children. Familial bonds are strengthened through our programs with the aim ultimately that families are selfsustaining and self-determined. We are a proud FMN family of 24 children in our Families Project, 19 children in our Nanna Project and many more supported through our Child Headed Families Project – building Homes for Life for vulnerable families. Our Home for Life project has provided safe housing for two more families who could otherwise not stay together. Although we have been unable to reunify Grace and Hellen with their parents we have been able to reconnect Hellen with her brother and some uncles. Hellen stays with them during holidays.

We are pleased to report all children are in good health, attending school, and being raised in loving families. Meet Hannah, an incredibly talented young fashion designer with ambition to launch her own label. FMN has supported Hannah’s education, personal and professional development since her early days of school. She always had a keen interest in fashion and design. Her passion for fashion has led her to university to continue chasing her dreams. We are proud of her commitment and meet regularly with Hannah and her cheer squad of teachers, staff and family to ensure that we continue to support her the very best we can. It definitely takes a village. Thanks for being part of our ‘village’.


We are stronger because of our mighty Herd!

Congrats! The Nanna Project children are doing really well. Most are now transitioning into young adulthood. We have had yet another year with very few health issues; which is a credit to our families, additional food received through the Project and other preventative health measures taken to ensure the ongoing health of the children and their families. Building a culture of responsibility within the families is also supporting the health and wellbeing of the children. The children receive uninterrupted education in primary, secondary and vocational studies. This year has seen two more Nanna Project young people enter vocational training and one who is work ready after completing a vocational course in building. Working together with the children and their families to make certain that each child’s education path is personalised and self directed, and that they are undertaking courses in fields where there is community need, is helping to ensure that our children are thriving, vibrant and connected. This year the Nanna Project has supported seventeen children and young adults: three in Primary Day Schools, six in Primary Boarding Schools, three in Secondary Boarding Schools and five young people in Vocational Boarding Schools. We have worked to keep the children educated and connected with their families and communities. The Project covers the cost of school fees, requirements, transport and meals at school. Project staff work hand in hand with families to ensure children remain safe and in school, relieving the pressure or temptation of child trafficking. Staff monitor and support young people who have completed their studies as they start to explore employment opportunities and prepare for their independent futures.

Stella & Bwaita have commenced vocational training


completed Vocational Training in Building and is now working in his local community


continues to work on the ground for FMN and has also secured an office administration position at a local school

We are proud of each and every one! We are grateful for their energy and commitment to learning, and to their families for encouraging each to chase their dreams. All of this work is possible thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have chosen to help make the world a better place, our mighty Herd! Mel Faulkner & Patrick Ruhweza


India Not all classrooms have four walls! We have more than 1000 children attending regular academic classes at our Brighter Futures Study Centres. Last year we focused on education for girls. The boy/girl ratio is pretty even in primary school but widens significantly in middle and senior school years. Our strategy included working closely with families to value education for their girls and encourage education pathways instead of dropping out due to family commitments, work and marriage. Girls of all ages attend our Centres. Another focus is on creativity. Creativity in education proponent Paul Collard has inspired our teachers to teach creative skills explicitly in our Centres. This means our children are equipped with the skills to make great ideas happen. We teach: imagination; discipline & self-motivation; resilience; collaboration; and, responsibility. We believe the classroom environment should inspire imagination and confidence to share novel ideas because children feel safe. Our students take charge of their learning experience and are encouraged to practice teaching others. Our 5th grade students gave remarkable presentations showcasing their history projects. Each was proud of their achievement and praised by their peers, teachers and family members. Extracurricular activities are a critical component in child development. Our Centres provide many opportunities for trying new things and skill development. Students have been particularly impressed by what they are learning about themselves and each other through yoga, gymnastics, dance and football. The lead drummer of Burn Pilot conducted a drumming workshop that was well attended. We have invested in a drum for one of our students so that he can earn money for his family through professional drumming gigs.

Safety is always an issue for our young people, especially girls. We have continued to run classes in pop-up classrooms at various locations to limit long walks to and from school. One girl was walking 3-4kms when older boys began harassing her, grabbing her hand and shouting, “kiss me”. She kept the sexual harassment a secret from her family knowing that when they found out they would stop her from going to school. She knew she would be accused of encouraging the attention and her family would be worried that a sexual assault would affect the family’s honour. Now we run classes closer to home and children don’t need to walk for hours to attend. There was a successful crowd-funding campaign to purchase one tonne of fortified full cream milk powder. One 45g serve before class every day provides one third of a child’s daily protein requirement; half their daily Iodine, Iron and Vitamin A requirements; and guaranteed consumption of one glass of potable water! This increases concentration, grades, bodyweight, stature, bone density, muscle mass, hydration, immune system resilience, and neurological functionality. An Australian Nutritionist spearheaded the campaign. Our community development work strives for self-determination. Communities host elections to appoint leaders. We provide smart phones for security, mobile communication and access to information. Community members can use these mobile phone numbers to help facilitate paid employment opportunities. Thirty families have been provided jewellery making training. More are learning to make soft furnishings such as cushions, dohars and quilts. Our aim is to secure enough commercial export work for self-sustainability leading to economic growth and financial security. Incredibly, we have assisted over 400 community members to open their own personal savings accounts in the last year! This simple act means these families now have: access to subsidised cereal, pulses and dal; quick deposit of LPG subsidies; and, access to government scholarships, pensions and other benefits for widows and senior citizens. Diptesh Singh


It’s been a fantastic year for our projects and our people. We are ever grateful for the ongoing support and guidance we receive from our beloved FMN Herd!


Nepal Our children are thriving, vibrant and connected to family, community and opportunity What a fantastic year for our children in Nepal – all thriving, vibrant and connected to family, community and opportunity! We feel a profound sense of pride and passion for why we do what we do. We celebrated the Secondary Education Examination (SEE) results of six young women who graduated with flying colours and successfully stepped into their college life. Three have moved into independent supervised living after 12 long years living in institutions. FMN rescued Parbati after nine years held in abusive orphanages. Every day she dreamed of a better life, home with her family. She sang songs to heal her pain. Today Parbati is all smiles, reunited with her eight siblings in her village in Dhading district. After just one week at her new school Parbati won first prize in a songwriting competition. All of our reintegrated children are enjoying life home with their families, full of hope for brighter futures. It brings is great joy to see how well adjusted each child is to their community, knowing they belong.

Prevention Monitoring visits and support to families prevents children from being displaced, trafficked or otherwise removed from their families and communities. Our Reintegration Officers conducted 101 monitoring visits in 23 districts reaching 61 children to ensure safer reunification and provide support for families to thrive together. Every monitoring mission helps in further educating district and village level officials, DCWBs, CCWB, and Village Child Protection Committees. Nine families were provided with small grants and mentoring to build small businesses as a sustainable solution to build stronger families and communities. Less than 35% of reunified families require this level of support. All reunified families receive information and counselling about the harms of institutionalisation and the dangers of being duped by unscrupulous child traffickers. Another prevention initiative is our Change Agent Program (CAP) launched with Acts of Kindness Collective in January 2015. The CAP targets at risk children a unique and innovative approach to larger social issues involving the trafficking of children into institutions and unnecessary family separation. Our Change Agents have reached over 18,000 people living in most difficult rural terrains of Nepal, educating families and communities on harms of institutionalisation on children, its detrimental effects on children’s well-being, and empowering communities to better detect and report child trafficking into orphanages. Mass awareness campaigns were conducted in schools, community groups and churches. Educational supplies were provided as one strategy to get more children going to school no matter what their financial circumstance.


Our Change Agents conducted surveys with villagers and found 33 children in Jharlang and 28 children in Ree were reported to be living away from their families. That is 2.1% of the population. We estimate the numbers to be even higher.

Rescue The State of Children 2016 Report released by the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare states there are 16,886 children living in 572 registered orphanages in 44 districts of Nepal. The highest number found in the five key tourist destinations of: Kathmandu (200); Lalitpur (132); Pokhara (46); Chitwan (33); and Bhaktapur (18). FMN provided technical support to the Government for assessment of orphanages. 444 monitoring visits to 414 orphanages were conducted in the past year resulting in the rescue of 136 kids from 10 orphanages. FMN received 26% (35) of the rescued children for family reintegration. Our collaborative work to deinstitutionalise the children of Nepal could have greater impact with a significant boost to Government budgets for child welfare. The Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare’s total budget for 20102011 was USD$14M, which represented less than 1% of the national budget and of this only 8% of that was allocated to children.

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” Helen Keller


You inspired us to join you, your courage and your army of love. Together we made it

Reunification & Reintegration

our collective fight to free you to be home where you belong

– with your families, your villages

and your mountains.

Anju Pun

Country Representative



We celebrated the reunifications of 23 rescued children during the reporting period. Most were reunified into biological, kinship and foster families. Two are currently in reintegration program. Our team was ecstatic when we reunited three brothers with their mother. Ram and Shyam were rescued in November 2016 from an abusive and exploitative orphanage in Bhaktapur. We traced their mother working as a cook in another church-run ‘Hostel’ near Swyambhunatha in Kathmandu. Our Reintegration Team later found the youngest child was also living in the far west of Nepal. Four family members scattered in three orphanages in Kathmandu and Banke districts of Nepal! After series of family tracing missions, village visits and meetings with mother and children in Kathmandu, we finally reunited the family on 28 April 2017 along with legal guardianship transfer to the mother and support for the family. They now live in the far-western part of Nepal called Kailali district and it takes 18-20 hours to reach them. After exhausting all practical options of family reunification, we sought advice from the Chief District Officer (CDO) of Rupandehi and referred 3 siblings into a Government run institution for long term care as an absolute last resort. We wept and took the opportunity to reiterate how incredibly important it is for the CDO to promote and support family preservation, and enforcing laws strictly. We are proud to report 15 cases closed with children well adjusted to family life and no need for further family support.

Advocacy & Research Over 40k people living in earthquake affected districts of Dhading, Nuwakot, Rasuwa and Gorkha have been privy to the awesome radio jingle created to raise awareness about child trafficking. 20 hotels, cafés and guest houses were visited and informed on why NOT to promote orphanage tourism via flyers and pamphlets. Nearly 200 youth and students of social work were asked to rethink the impacts they have on vulnerable children by volunteering in orphanages. Change Agent Ruma embraced the role of 2016 WomenLeader of Women Lead with gusto. Audiences continue to be in awe of Ruma’s resilience when she speaks about her journey through institutionalisation, rescue and the woman and leader she has become. She is a strong child rights advocate raising awareness about child trafficking and the harms caused to children by institutionalisation. Ruma is a role model for all Nepali children and especially those who share similar experiences and she is determined to become a social worker. Together with THIS and Adara, we made a joint submission to the Australian Parliamentary Inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act. After years of research by FMN co-founder Kate van Doore, and consistent advocacy by FMN, child trafficking into orphanages in Nepal has been officially recognised in the US Trafficking in Persons Report 2017. The Report states: “Under false promises of education and work opportunities, Nepali parents give their children to brokers who instead take them to frequently unregistered children’s homes in urban locations, where they are forced to pretend to be orphans to garner donations from tourists and volunteers; some of the children are also forced to beg on the street”. FMN is the Chair/ Coordinator of AIN’s Child Protection Working Group, strongly advocating the family-based care and discouraging the institutionalisation of children in Nepal. FMN presented to the Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants (GLO.ACT), a four-year (2015-2019) joint initiative by the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) being implemented in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). We shared our experience and expertise about issues related to child trafficking. Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) invited FMN/THIS team to inform board members how orphanage tourism and voluntourism fuels child trafficking into orphanages. We will now work with TAAN and approach higher authorities like Hotel Association Nepal, Nepal Tourism Board and the Ministry of Tourism. FMN/THIS team gave countless presentations about orphanage trafficking, our response and prevention programs to organisations including: Asian Aid Organisation; Stitching Veldwerk; Kinder Not Hilfe; Global Family; Street Child UK; Maestral International; Intrepid Foundation; Samaritan Purse; UN Office on Drugs and Crime; Go Philanthropic Foundation; and, Kids of Kathmandu. We are proud to report that our in-country partner THIS was honored by the former Prime Minister of Nepal with an Alternative Care Award 2016. Anju Pun


Highlights Mel Manley Think Tank

Pete Mackay Board

It’s hard to get past the recent trip where we visited the projects in India and reunited with original FMN girls in Nepal. I’ve learned that it doesn’t take a lot to create hope in children and give them dignity. Especially when they have so little and their voices are often not heard by those who are meant to love and care for them.

Once again, our team faced the seemingly impossible on the barest of shoestring budgets. Our results were beyond our dreams. To highlight one – we were instrumental in preventing nearly 10,500 children from being stolen away from their families and thrown into a world so unspeakably horrific, few can imagine.

FMN gives these children hope, dignity and a voice! This is especially evident in our projects in India. In Nepal our girls are now using their own voices and leading the charge to end child trafficking by speaking at schools and in remote villages of their own situations and experiences. They explain to villagers why they should never pay for their own children to be ‘educated’ in Kathmandu - because they end up being sold to orphanages, never to be seen again! The danger of abuse and extortion is extreme.

Further, the team voiced its message to unimagined heights as a leading player in ensuring that Child Trafficking into orphanages be recognised in the Modern Slavery Act in Australia as well as the US. This is a huge and very real step toward our dream of a world free from such barbaric abuse of children.

To see the girls, once small frightened children, now successful, powerful and confident young women reinforces that we are doing the right thing and the tears that fall when I listen to them speak are drops of joy and extreme happiness for these girls and the amazing futures that they now have. Attending the Change Agent Workshop in Eumundi was inspiring as it showed me yet again how awesome the youth of today can be. Their ability to relate to causes, of people their own age, in countries they have never visited, and their desire to help always makes my heart grow that little bit more. I am so excited by the ability of this group to make change happen and have enjoyed watching and helping them implement their ideas. It has rebooted the desire for my own fundraising and spreading the message of the work and results that FMN achieves. Being small and nimble allows us to act quickly and effectively. These are my highlights from the past year…

Greg Biggs Board It’s been another fabulous and rewarding year for Forget Me Not Australia, where our work continues to forge ahead. With special mention of the advocacy work done regarding the Modern Slavery Act in Australia, my Top 3 Highlights for the year are: 1) Our good friend and supporter Wade James paddled from Noosa to Bundaberg raising awareness for FMN, and importantly raising over $120k so that our work in India, Nepal and Uganda can continue. A massive effort, thank you so much! 2) I was fortunate to participate in the Cycle for Brighter Futures through Southern India with our inspiring leader Matt Brice. What a week it was! I can highly recommend it to everyone - it is suitable for all levels of cyclists. We finished back in Delhi where Diptesh proudly showed us the project that this trip supports. Truly inspirational!!


3) The Change Agent Program was launched in Australia and what a fabulous program it is! Young Australians are helping to deliver the message of the important work that FMN is doing. These Agents will be the future of FMN in years to come. Congratulations to Olivia and Tom for running the inaugural Colour Stampede in Hervey Bay.

Our endless quest of Prevention, Rescue and Reunification continues: PREVENTING innocent children from being stolen from their families; RESCUING them to safety; and, REUNIFYING them back to their loved ones and homes – where all children belong. Our tomorrows promise so much …but our battle continues. Our true, heartfelt thanks for all support – past, present and future!

Mel Faulkner Nanna Project My Top 3 Highlights for the last year are: 1) Sharing our great work with a new audience my teaching community in Far North Queensland; 2) Enrolling two more Nanna Project youths into vocational training and on their way to skilled and sustainable futures; and, 3) Witnessing Nambi blossom into the role of Project Officer on the ground in Uganda.

Michelle Hay Board Well what a year. As each year goes on I am more and more proud of the great things that Forget Me Not continue to achieve. Our mighty Herd is making a real difference to families and children, and most importantly our crusade in stopping child trafficking and orphanage tourism has gone ahead in leaps and bounds. I was very fortunate and very humbled to visit our India project in November. I had never encountered such poverty as I did when we visited the Kalyanpuri Slum in Delhi. I was incredibly impressed with the work of our in-country partner, Lakshya Aakriti Foundation, and the difference that projectHELP is making to these resilient people. As I walked through the slums, where families comprising up to 8 sleep together huddled on the ground with only a tarpaulin protecting them from the elements and no running water or access to sanitation, I marvelled at the merriment of the children. Despite their circumstances they are thankful for what they have. The funding that FMN provides assists with crucial medical facilities and offers basic education for the slum’s children, providing every opportunity to break the cycle of poverty. This year saw the introduction of the Change Agents Program mobilising young people to educate their peers about FMNs work and how orphanage tourism can lead to child trafficking. My daughter took on this challenge and I was humbled with the support she received from the local Hervey Bay community. Local businesses, schools, sporting associations, media outlets and the general public were incredibly supportive and the highlight of my FMN year was our inaugural Colour Stampede! More than four hundred participants enjoyed the day and the FMN story was shared far and wide via an array of media.




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I dream that FMN staff can share more experiences and information about how we handle issues that affect our children. I’d like to see our knowledge, expertise and learning used to improve the lives of children everywhere. I dream that our children become strong, independent role models, advocates and ambassadors to benefit other children in Uganda. I’d like to see our great work benefit more Ugandan children. Patrick Rhuweza, Uganda I dream that Forget Me Not Australia is able to continue to do the work we do for many years to come! Greg Biggs, Board My dream is of a future where children are kept in families and education is an upheld right not a privilege; where youth are skilled and valued members of community; and, where young people who were raised by their Nannas are now supporting themselves and their grandmothers. Mel Faulkner, Nanna Project I dream of new partnerships and changes in legislation bringing exciting ground breaking change for Forget Me Not and I can’t wait to see what the coming year will bring! Michelle Hay, Board I dream of a world where are children are protected and treated as the hope of the future. Where people are not drawn to see children as a tourist attraction but are informed enough to help with out harming. I dream of a world where there is a family for every child! Andrea Nave, CEO Let’s empower more young people! Let’s connect those that show up, and feed their curiosity. Let’s raise paragons and storytellers. Let’s build an international community of allies and intrepid agents of change. Let’s create a world where children and young people never experience institutionalisation. Instead, they are thriving, vibrant and connected to family, community and opportunity! Emmalene Travers, Progam Officer 23

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