2020 Annual Report Forget Me Not Australia Limited
Blue is often known as a calmness inducing colour. The blue in this painting is a sad remembrance for the childhood I did not get to spend with my mother. Kathmandu based budding artist Anita Buda Magar is an 18 year old Fine Arts student at Srijana College of Fine Arts. Anita has used poster color on A3 paper for this piece inspired by a photo in a newsletter of a small baby sleeping safely cradled on their mother’s back. This heart touching note was attached: “From the moment a new life is born, a mother rests her freedom and carries sacrifice over her shoulders. A mother’s back, bent from worries and concerns for her children throughout her life, does not straighten even for once. A mother takes these wearying moments as happiness.” Anita herself did not receive a chance to grow under her mother’s care. She was sent to an orphanage in Kathmandu under the false promise of a brighter future when she was just 3 years old. The photo reminded Anita of a moment she never got to experience. Today, Anita is reunited with her family and is working to rebuild connections with her sisters and mother. She enjoys painting a lot and has special interest in working with watercolours. According to her, life should be colorful and she believes that art truly expresses what cannot be spoken in words.
1/ Changing hearts &minds 2/ Welcome 3/ India 7/ Nepal 13/ Uganda 17/ Financial Report 24/ Thank You
FORGET ME NOT AUSTRALIA LIMITED
raising children to be thriving, vibrant and connected to family, community and opportunity
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Changing hearts &minds...
Devi was trafficked into an orphanage far from her home and family. Her story was featured on ABCs Foreign Correspondent episode ‘Paper Orphans’ in March 2020. Despite having loving parents, Devi landed in an orphanage in Kathmandu by the hands of her mother’s sister. She was only ten years old when her parents entrusted the aunt with their beloved Devi and Rs. 30,000 ($360 AUD) to secure a good education until grade 12 in Kathmandu. All the promises and hopes for brighter days came to a standstill when Devi and other children like her were forced to sleep in the same room due to lack of bedding. Often with empty tummies. Devi told us the owner of the orphanage used to get drunk and spit vulgar words at the children. Once when her family visited the orphanage to check on her, Devi was forced to say everything was just fine – even though it really wasn’t. In 2019, a new dawn rose in the life of Devi and seven other children when they were freed from that orphanage with the help of Forget Me Not and the Government of Nepal.
e m o c l e W Wrapping up this year fills me with mixed feelings. It is difficult to fathom the hardship unfolding as a result of the global pandemic. The first half of this 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.
Our Change Agent team in Nepal kept up their online presence advocating for change via their ‘orphanage myth-busting’ speaker series that continues to resonate with audiences in the country. Virtual meetings with Government officials went ahead and we continue to gain momentum regarding the benefits and necessity of family-based care over the harms of orphanages.
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. This work is more important now than ever. Since March and the lockdown phases for COVID-19 gripped the world, our response plan was clear: to support those extremely vulnerable folks in the communities where we work with the basics of food and supplies to enable them to isolate and survive. As daily wage earners lost their small incomes, starvation became a genuine threat immediately greater than the virus itself.
As we move into the next year, I hold onto the thought of better days for us all. I hope the pandemic with all the hardship, fear, and loss it has delivered, once calmed, leaves us all with kinder hearts and deeper value of what matters most. What extraordinary times we live in.
Closer to home here in Australia we had to cancel our vibrant fundraising calendar of events, which deliver vital funds that drive the core work of Forget Me Not. We worked with the funds we had and were fortunate to be eligible for the Job Keeper support from the Australian Government. We spoke with our donors about our COVID-19 response of feeding as many folks as needed our help. We updated regularly with our RISE online series to keep the details of our rapid response as up-to-date as possible for all. Once again, I am humbled by the loyalty and generosity of our donors to stand with us as we stand for children.
Big BIG thanks to the Forget Me Not team beside me and for every act of generosity offered in support of children.
Andrea Nave CEO
Reporter Sally Sara follows the journey of 10-year-old Devi and a group of trafficked children as they travel from Kathmandu to their villages in the Himalayas. It’s a moving, confronting and, ultimately, hopeful story. The video runs for around 30 minutes and is in English. You can watch Devi’s story at www.fmn.org.au Today, Devi lives happily at home with her mother. She has resumed her studies in grade 3 with financial support from donors like you! Devi is performing well at school proving that she is blooming in her community with the loving care and support of her family. Every dollar fundraised helps children like Devi rise and thrive.
LAF DIRECTOR DIPTESH SINGH REPORTS
India Stopping the spread of COVID-19 seems to be an impossible task in the two slum communities we are currently working with in Delhi, India. We have been working with our partner on the ground, registered charity Lakshya Aakriti Foundation, since 2013. Until now, our focus has been to educate the children, get them documented and enrolled in mainstream schooling at the same time working with older siblings, parents and family members to find sustainable income generation leading to self-determination. We have funded pop-up schools, social enterprises, training opportunities, health care and wellbeing initiatives over the years as well as building projects such as night shelters and toilet blocks. There are 79,000 toilets across the 675 slums in Delhi, home to 15 hundred thousand people. Right now we are trying to keep 4000 people as safe and comfortable as possible during this COVID-19 pandemic. The numbers of people needing assistance has grown exponentially with daily wage earners losing work and migrant workers returning home to their families. We have been working with local NGOs and church groups to feed as many mouths as possible. Although the government guarantees two meals a day by providing rice and wheat it has been difficult for families to access these rations. Sanitiser and water are extremely hard to buy in bulk at present so costs are inflated and blowing out. We have nowhere for people who have tested positive to COVID-19 to self isolate and be cared for during this time. Currently we have a small community of those with COVID-19 sleeping rough under a bridge away from family and community. We are doing our best to collaborate and not duplicate what others are providing. There are countless things that require urgent and immediate attention. Our focus must be placed on providing the very basic necessities of water, food, shelter and clothing at this time. Although this project is not necessarily creative or innovative it is essentially the most pressing area that we redirected funds to be applied. These communities will be more able to tap into their human spirit with their basic needs met for water, food, shelter and clothing. Our community kitchens are staffed by community volunteers and proving to be the heart of loving care, warm conversations and human connections during this unprecedented, extremely unpredictable and unnerving time. Community kitchen volunteers tell us they are proud to be helping, learning new skills and creating a sense of belonging and hope within their communities. To date we have been delivering emergency food packs to families in Kalyanpuri and Rajghat. Each pack has enough to feed a family of 5 for 10 days and contains: 5kg rice; 2kg dal chane; 10kg flour; 1kg sugar; 500ml oil; 500g salt; 100g tea; soap; and, sanitary pads. Thank you for your kind donations.
Cycle for Brighter Futures Say ‘Hi!’ to our pedal-powered heroes! This is the awesome crew that cycled from Fort Kochi to Trivandrum and raised money for projectHELP
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.
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. The villages and villagers were delightful! Stopped for chai and had a brekky break with ocean views before hitting the highway! We arrived safely in Kollam and enjoyed a delicious home cooked welcome feast at our accommodation for the night. Back in the saddle bright’n’early in the morning…
Day 2 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!
Day 6 Today the team cycled from Kollam to Varkala in challenging conditions with smiles from ear to ear!
Day 3 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!
We kickstarted our ‘day off ’ 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 chef. Back in the saddle early the next morning!
“One 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 wasn’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%” Kate Curry, Pedal-Powered Hero 2019
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 Dippy’s birthday.
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 2021 - we have a bike with YOUR name on it!
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. YUmMmMmmm! 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. What a wild and wonderful ride!
Nepal COUNTRY DIRECTOR ANJU PUN REPORTS Among so much chaos and fear in the world, we are proud to share with you our stories of change, our achievements, the work that challenges us, and the opportunities that bring hope to the many lives of the most vulnerable children and families in Nepal. Through this report we want to share with you our love, hope and light so together we continue to make a positive difference in the world and keep celebrating families.
PREVENTION We reached well over 7000 people young people, parents, students, professionals and leaders through community awareness events to bring awareness and change at all levels. We mentored and supported eleven young people in care and care leavers to demand care reform in Nepal. These young advocates have asked all levels of government for meaningful child participation and allocation of resources and budgets for families at risk so that no child ends up in an institution. ‘The care leavers’ sharing was heart touching, real and powerful.’ Government Official, Chitwan Community Change Agent Maya used her training and personal experience knowledge to educate 576 people in her village about the harms of institutionalisation.
‘I craved for my children’s love and travelled to Kathmandu to meet my daughter. My daughter had lost her weight and was not in good condition. She hugged me and begged me to take her home. She promised me to do whatever I tell but not to leave her there. Then and there I decided no matter my poor situation I would never ever send my children away again.’ Maya Didi, Change Agent, Chitwan If it was not for our mother, me and my brother and sister would still be having hard times in the hostel.’ Kumari, Maya Didi’s daughter Such stories give us hope and courage in times of despair and crises. These stories bring happiness and motivation to our child rights workers on the ground working for every child’s fundamental right to family.
Love is an important ingredient of a child's life. Maishaa, 9
RESCUE Twelve children were rescued from two exploitative orphanages located in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur by National Child Rights Council (NCRC). Eightyear-old Tek told us that children had to prepare their meals by themselves and they were not given learning, arts and crafts or reading materials, nor sports equipment or games or musical instruments. He said they found it hard to sleep at night because foreigners were allowed to sleep in the same room as the children and would talk loudly on their phones all night. Nine-year-old Saroj told us the caretakers would beat the children for even minor mistakes and accidents. Seven-year-old Suren said that as soon as the foreigners left, their gifts of new clothes and chocolates and food for the children were taken away too. Amidst the fear of COVID-19 we provided technical support and resources to the NCRC for another rescue of three young boys aged 7 to 10 years who had been left alone in an orphanage to fend for themselves.
â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I draw strength from every child who comes into our transit care so I stay strong mentally and emotionally to be a better support for the children and help them heal.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Prativa, Home Parent, Shakti Ghar
Love is key for every to heal, thrive and c REUNIFICATION ‘Growing up in family and family environment is in the best interest of children therefore, the children who have both parents or father or mother or guardian, but are currently living in children’s homes, should be reintegrated in families as soon as possible.’ Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens (MoWCSC), 5 May 2019 in Gorkhapatra (national newspaper, unofficial translation) We proudly shared our work and stories of change with ABCs Foreign Correspondent, which aired globally as ‘The Fake Orphan Trade’. Thanks to FMNs global advocacy, especially Dr Kate van Doore’s incredible contribution to define orphanage trafficking. Despite the nationwide lockdown effective from 24 March 2020 in Nepal, our Reintegration Team made the best use of their smartphones and Facebook to reach all FMN reunified children and young people and connect with their families. The Team checked in on mental health and wellbeing as well as health and safety. We made all our efforts to feed 345 children and families and made cash transfers to support food and basic health and hygiene materials to the most vulnerable children and families. One mother walked for two hours to collect 20kg rice so that her children would sleep with full bellies. We have 206 cases ongoing (87 girls and 119 boys) and most are doing very well (33%) or pretty well (61%) and a small number require intensive support (6%). Most children are home with one or both parents (142) or in kinship care with other relatives (55). We are currently supporting 1 child in foster care and 2 young adults in supervised independent living.
‘I am getting to know more about my family. I am learning how to plough fields and I understand my native language more than before!’ Alisha, Change Agent
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‘I feel proud helping not only in my community, but also my family. I share my earnings with my mother in this pandemic.’ Mona, Change Agent
ADVOCACY The 2020 US Trafficking In Persons Report shows the Nepal Government has demonstrated increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period. These efforts included identifying and removing more children, including trafficking victims, from exploitative care homes. The report also sheds light on the fact that though some suspects get arrested for child abuse in orphanages, they rarely get prosecuted and often use political connections to avoid prosecution. During this annual reporting period, NCRC reported six children’s homes in Kathmandu and Lalitpur were closed freeing 55 children (36 girls and 15 boys). NCRC Chief, Mr. Krishna Bhusal dreams of a Nepal with thriving children in families and communities and orphanages to be used as the absolute last resort. We are grateful to NCRCs leadership and the entire NCRC team who have worked hard to uphold the rights of children. We are proud to be a strong local and global voice through collaboration, advocacy and combined effort with the Nepal Government to build the momentum to implement the Revised Children’s Act that protects the rights of children to families and communities.
THANK YOU We would like to take this opportunity to thank all children who showed their courage and never gave up on their freedom and their right to families and believed in us to find their families. We also extend our gratitude to the Nepal Government for its commitment to protect children’s fundamental right to families and the Australian Government for their generous aid to help us reunite and reintegrate children in families. Dhanyabaad. Thank you. See you next year with more love and stories of change. Love is key, and it’s found in families.
This is RO Pami in the field before lockdown was enforced and our team was required to return home to keep themselves and their families and communities safe.
Our Reintegration Officers (ROs) do such a great job and leave no stone unturned in the search for childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s families. Often facing difficult terrain and conditions each day in their search for families.
Our Reintegration Officers are our heroes! RO Shreya was so happy to find the father and grandmother of three siblings after eight long years of separation and desperation.
RO Mangal is humble and proud of the important role he plays in reuniting children trafficked into orphanages with their families.
RO Sajit was in remote far west Bajura district on a mission to find families. He managed to find the families of three children! In Humla, RO SaaGar met with locals to piece together information that will identify and rebuild families in their remote community.
Bijay and his little brother are happy to be home with their beloved grandfather who is their guardian now after reuniting with their family.
Right now our team are set up to work from home, connecting with each other via tech (when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working!) and keeping in regular communication with children and families via phone. Children and families are relying on us and we will not let them down! If you can help us â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we sure could use the support.
Freedom Day “November 18…!!!
Don’t know where to start? 7 years back we started a beautiful journey to free ourselves from the orphanage. We fought back for our rights to family, love and above all we asked for our freedom from the abusive orphanage… And here we are today standing on our own with the supportive hands. We went through a lot during the stay at the orphanage and had to experience 8-9 years being orphan but those difficult times made us who we are and where we are today. Now we all are independent, some sister are about to graduate. Some are working as Change Agents to bring awareness about orphanage trafficking and some of us are still on our way to graduate. We are always grateful to each one of you who really helped us during our journey. Without you all it wouldn’t have been possible. We are so fortunate to all the brothers and sisters of Forget Me Not and The Himalayan Innovative Society for being on our journey. Without your support, love and care, this would not have been possible. Sincere thanks to our family in Australia and to Eva dee for being on this journey at the start. It’s a great honour to have you all in our lives. We are the luckiest daughters. We would also like to thank the Nepal Government (Central Child Welfare Board) for rescuing children from abusive orphanages and giving their identity and biological family back. THANK YOU!!”
THRIVING AT HOME When four children were rescued from an abusive orphanage and taken to stay in yet another organization which cared for vulnerable children, we had no hope of ever finding their families since all information about them had been manipulated to serve the interests of managers of the orphanage. Over the years, three of the four have been reunited with their families following intensive family tracing however the family of Winnie still remains unknown to date. Because we resettled the other three, we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave Winnie alone in an institution since it is also our policy as FMN to discourage the institutionalisation of children in any form. When I called our accountant Agnes for a meeting to discuss how we could support Winnie, little did I know Agnes would put her hand up to provide Winnie with a home and family. Agnes has not only provided a home to Winnie but also the parental support including training her to do family/home works. Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing Agnes and Winnie individually to establish how their relationship was growing and what it meant to both of them. Agnes doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look at it as an extraordinary action. She believes that many people just need a helping hand to enable them to achieve their dreams and her commitment to supporting other people is anchored on that belief. As I found out, Agnes is actually taking care of other two girls and others have since completed their studies through her hands have returned to their families. Some of the girls Agnes has supported belong to her relatives, friends and those who are in dire need of help. Agnes glows with pride as she tells me how she loves the girls and ensures that each member of her family is supportive of one another. Agnes is a very special person whose actions are from her heart; purely voluntary, expecting nothing in return. Agnes refuses to be paid and instead promises to love Winnie as her own. Winnie is a happy girl who has grown into a lovely teenager. She celebrates her new achievements such as learning how to cook as a result of staying with Agnes. Winnie also told me that now she goes to school from a family her friends at school do not know that she is not staying with her actual family. Unlike when she was living in an orphanage and everyone knew that she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stay with her family. She still remains a girl of few words which has been her character since childhood. Winnie is still optimistic that one day she shall be united with her family and we always keep her up to date on the efforts we are making to trace her family.
PROJECT COORDINATOR PATRICK RHU
THRIVING IN EDUCATION FMN has provided holistic support to all of our children since they were very young. Some of the children were as young as 3 years old when we started supporting them with health and welfare through to education. Today we are proud to see young graduates from colleges and universities equipped with practical skills and ready to stand on their own. We focus on identifying their dreams early and together with their teachers help aim to ensure that such dreams are well nurtured and achieved. In 2019 Hannah graduated from university with a first class degree in Fashion, Design and Textile Studies. She is a great example of a childhood dream nurtured through primary, secondary and university where her career is just beginning! We worked with of two of her teachers in particular and shared with them her dream and indeed they both played a key role in making sure that a strong foundation for Hannahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s university education was built. Another student, Priscillah graduated with a Diploma in Food Production and Hotel Management. She was awarded an internship, then retained as an employee at world famous Sheraton Hotel Kampala. Mary and Stella also completed Certificate programs in Hospitality and Hotel Management. All these students have been supported from their primary schools up to professional levels and have continued to serve as role models to the rest of the children. We have seen our children grow from babies to professionals, thanks to their dedicated sponsors who have also stood with them for that long. Robinah and Victoria are finalist students pursuing Certificates in Nursing and Midwifery respectively. They should have been completing their studies in December 2020 had it not been for the COVID-19 interruption though should now graduate in May 2021. Almost all our children have a childhood and educational story to tell and we are committed to ensuring that their past does not define their future in any way. One of our pioneer children under the Nanna project Nambi is currently employed by the school where she studied and also working with the project to support and follow up children and schools. She has also been nurtured to become a leader in the project which supported her. We are grateful to all donors who have enabled us not only to protect the children from exploitation but also enabled us to educate and nurture our children into promising citizens of our country who are living responsible and productive lives.
NANNA PROJECT COORDINATOR MEL FAULKNER REPORTS People often ask why, why do we do what we do? For me, it’s seeing children blossom into young adults and boys into fine young men, and dreams into reality. It’s seeing brighter futures in the not too distant future. These things are the why, for change and the realisation of dreams. For brighter futures and new beginnings. This year has been difficult for so many and our families in Uganda are no exception. Locked down in villages, many in extreme poverty and without access to food, medical treatment or employment. Now more than ever we need to share good news stories, stories of hope and happiness. We won’t forget the suffering but good news stories will help guide us through troubled times. One of my personal favourites is Bwaita’s good news story. After completing his vocational studies in electrical engineering Bwaita sent us a message to proudly and excitedly report: he had a job! Wowsers! This was super exciting news and we could hardly wait to hear more about his position, where would he be working and what the role entailed. He explained he had been given a position in Uganda’s capital Kampala doing electrical installations. He told us he would continue to work hard because he hopes ‘to set up my own electrical shop’. Bwaita will work with his new boss and with Patrick (our County Coordinator) to grow his knowledge, build his skillset and save before venturing into his own business. Bwaita is the eldest son of a farming family and was cared for by his mother and uncle after the death of his father. He was not attending school and spent all of his days working in the garden alongside his mother. Support through FMN project sponsorship allowed him to complete primary and secondary school as well as undertake vocational studies. He has worked hard and has not forgotten his roots. His entrepreneurial chutzpah has led him to manage a small farm with pigs, tomatoes, okra and maize to make some money on the side! He substitutes his own diet and gives food to his family, selling excess for extra income. Allowing Bwaita to study and stay with his family has not only meant he can flourish in his culture, community and language but also means as well as academic studies and electrical skills he has gained the knowledge of agriculture that has been nurtured by his family for generations. “I like my job which I studied and I feel so good when I am engineering on a site but I’m setting up my projects and then I settle in one place with my project and my electrical business’. We are so excited for Bwaita and for all that he has achieved. We are proud of the role model he is for his younger siblings and everyone at FMN in Uganda, especially other young people. We couldn’t be happier to see him shine in his independent life. We will continue to monitor and celebrate his progress. Thank you to our project sponsors who made Bwaita’s dream of an education and brighter life possible and thank you to Bwaita’s family for guiding and nurturing him into the young man he has become. Thank you importantly also to darling Bwaita for following his head and his heart and working hard to realise his dreams.
I like my job which I studied and I feel so good when I am engineering on a site but I'm setting up my projects and then I settle in one place with my project and my electrical business.
in no particular order!
Minna Knight; St Leonard’s College, Victoria; Ange Field; Australian Government; Thomas Biden; Olivia Hay; Zonta Caloundra; Sally Sara; Alex Barry; ABC Foreign Correspondent team; Rethink Orphanages steering committee; Minister Linda Reynolds; Kane Steuer; ACCIR; Tear Fund Ireland; The Intrepid Foundation; ChildAid Network; Allen & Overy; DFAT; Michelle & David Hay; King Fisher Bay Resort; Denise Drysdale; Studio 10; Imperial Hotel Eumundi; Boom Shankar; Dui Cameron; Stephen Curry; Incharge Box; Hope and Homes for Children UK; National Child Rights Council; Bharatpur Metropolitan City; Keeping Families Together Alliance; Hope and Homes for Children; Intrepid; My emotion matters; YUWA; Fight Back Organization; Annapurna Guest House; Peak office; Teach for Nepal; Core Adventure; United World School; Child Safe Net; Katha Ghera; Nepal Tourism Board; Rotaract club of People’s Campus; Chiya Ghar; Kathmandu Guest House; Antardristi; Bhoye Chhen Restaurant; Quad Bike; Satori Adventure; Reliance College; Lincoln College; Samarpan College; Texas College; Orient College; Anouk van Doore-Nave; K and K College; Cambridge College; Leigh Matthews; Morgan College; Siddhartha College; Aawaj; Prime Nepal; Child Watabaran Centre; Jess Markey; Claire Francis; Stuart Walter; Kirsty-Lee Blacka; Jeff Tan; Charles Frewen; Julie Wright; Petrina Clarke; Jackson Hay; Sue LoPresti; Anju Pun; Therese Wilson; Candice van Doore; Matthew McCauley; Fairlie Delbridge; Suzie O’Hare; Lynne Coyle; Emma Watkins; Mark Moran; Stephen Park; Katherine Collins; Marc Balfour; Deborah Brennan; Andrea Nave; Katherine Rumble; Beth Waters; Megan Owen; Renee Grogan; Taylah Van Der Ven; Mel & Craig Manley; Angus Suter; Samantha Manley; Frank & Wendy van Doore; Ian Hall; Stephanie Rosman; Judy King; Lynnise Ashford; Kate van Doore; Leonie & Brian Harradine; Fred Harvison; Chris Faulkner; Andrew Craik; Carmel Goldsmith; Ann-Marie Power; Vanessa Fernandes; Melissa White; Kate Curry; Grant & Mel Vormister; Julie Powell; Sharelle Simpson & family; Audra & Darren Bosley; Nicole Faulkner; Lady Shiraz; The YaYa’s; Xanthe Peters; Keegan Travers; Emily @ Can You Keep A Secret?; The Sweet Formidables; Jasmine Fairbairn; Jo Gowda; Jeremy Southon; Ashwin Segkar; Oliver Twist; Bronwyn Kuss; Jack Knight; Beauregard Chambers; David Glazier; Thomaseana Clarice; Bridgitte Dvijlak; Raechelle Perry; Pipppy Zach; Max Crocker; Tessa Boudrie; Jefferson Power; Jan Owen; Sharon Simmons; Hollie Roberts; Jason Walton; Danny Booth; Rachael Donovan; Kate Rudge; Kate Binder; Paul Testro; House of Ferguson; House of Hills; Michael Druitt; Sarah Thompson; Cristina Davies; Heather Stucking; Annette Cameron; Chris & Debby Cloran; Big Sky; Kathy Bowers; Amie Fabris; Suruchi Poon; Margaret & Doug Manning; Philip vanDerwegen; Robin Sydney family; Paula Bell; Kylie Burns; Nikki Turner; Annabel Deuchar; Cathy Paget; Cleve Holloway; Tashi Dhondup Lama; Suruchi Poon; Mel Faulkner; Dikshya Thapa; Patrick Rhuweza; Agnes; Nambi; Diptesh Singh; Nippy; Puja; Matt Brice; Kavita Chapagain; Dhan Bahadur Lama; Rija Maharjan; Tripti Bhuju; Surendra Lama Tamang; Anusha KC; Tarajan Lama; Naina Shrestha; Pabi Maya Poudel; Pravhujan Shahi; Toya Homa Rai; Pawan Dhakal; Phunjok Namgyal Lama; Mangal Lama; Tenzin Phuntsok Lama; Shriya Adhikari; Prativa Chaurel; Bina Tamang; KB Rana Magar; Sagar Poudel; Pami Lama; Nirajan Lama; Karen Flannagan; Sajit Sapkota; Bhutila Sherpa; Nirajan Thapa Magar; Sujindra Shrestha; Udaya Chalise; Ashmita Lama; Dipendra Pandey; Sharmila Tamang; Yeshi Wangmo Lama; Rohan Bagale; Sabina Baniya; Amisa Sunari; Ruma Budha Magar; Barma Budha Magar; Dinesh BK; Rashila Bishwokarma; Rebecca Nhep; Alisha Ghale; Prativa Tamrakar; Shanti Shrestha; Kalpana Thapa; Rahul Lama; Greg & Robyn Biggs; Pete & Sally Mackay; Teah Mackay; Cheryl Robinson; Andrea Nave; Emmalene Travers and everybody who has been making the world a better place and having fun while you do it!
My personal highlight for the year was being part of the inaugural Charity Trek in March where a group of 11 adventurers headed for the Annapurna Base Camp. Although our trip was cut short by COVID-19 we had a fabulous time and it was great to expose 10 friends to the fantastic work FMN does in Nepal. The trip raised funds that will be used within Nepal so that our important work can continue. The group is keen to return so that we can complete the trek and get to base camp. Also a massive thanks to all our staff who work in the 3 countries along with Ande, Kate & Em in Australia. The results you achieve for our Charity are amazing. Greg Biggs, FMN Director
FORGET ME NOT AUSTRALIA LIMITED
raising children to be thriving, vibrant and connected to family, community and opportunity
Charity Number CH1521 ACN 610 061 679 ABN 55 469 493 449 We are a registered charity with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status, all donations made to Forget Me Not over $2 are tax-deductible within Australia.