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Starting The Forgotten International (TFI) in 2007 was a direct result of two things:
First, traveling the world for the UN and various human rights organizations and seeing firsthand the extreme poverty that so many people had to live with day in and day out. Also, how many were women and children troubled me greatly since, in their eyes, I sometimes saw the face of my own mother who for many years herself was quite poor and lived through much hardship. Read more »
Martha Pascual holds a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Pratt Institute and has worked as a law librarian at New York County Lawyers’ Association and Stroock, Stroock & Lavan. When we initially approached Martha to join the Board, she was reluctant because she had not served on a Board before and did not have any business background. However, we knew her compassion for others made her more than qualified, and we are happy that she decided to join The Forgotten International Board of Directors in 2012. Read more »
In the fall of 2016 I worked with Sagrada Familia as a TFI fellow. La Comunidad Sagrada Familia is a school for 1200 children and has a residential program for students who cannot live at home, either because of problems in their family or because they are from a province outside of Lima. I spent two months focused on direct programming for the youth. I taught English classes and ran leadership workshops during the school hours. Read more »
From August to October 2016, I served as a communications fellow for the St Vincent de Paul Community Development Organization which serves children born in the Kibera slums in Nairobi, Kenya. St. Vincent’s runs a nursery school as well as a rescue center that houses 20 orphaned children from the slum and additionally provides school fees, scholarships and food assistance to children and their families. During my time with St. Read more »
In many cultures the children and their families face a great deal of social stigma, and it is often difficult to get qualified support for disabled children. The Tabitha Enabling Academy works to overcome these problems, providing occupational training for the children so they can learn how to better care for themselves, and community outreach in order to improve the interactions between the community and these children. Read more »
Diane Brandenburg has been a Board Member for The Forgotten International since 2009, after she met Tom Nazario at a charity event with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. She was a key capital fundraiser for the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, and spent many years raising funds on the Library Council Board. She also made it possible to build the Children’s Discovery Museum and Gymnasium for the New Children’s Shelter along with her husband in San Jose. She is an active philanthropist and believes in creating a world which allows children to thrive. Read more »
He got involved with TFI at a point in time when he was already thinking a great deal about philanthropy and looking forward to how he would give back when he reaches retirement. “I had the opportunity to hear Tom speak at a luncheon when Bobby Kennedy, Jr. Read more »
Bill Alderman has been a litigation and dispute resolution specialist at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP since 1970. He donates a substantial amount of his time to pro-bono legal work, in addition to his long-standing commitment with TFI.
Bill began his work with TFI in 2008 when TFI President Tom Nazario gave a presentation on the work we do at Bill’s law firm. Since then he has been connected both personally and professionally, as Orrick incorporated TFI and obtained tax-exempt status on its behalf. Read more »
The challenges faced by girls in developing nations are many. While we focus our work on the multiplicative effect of education, it is important to recognize that is not the only solution to difficulties girls face.
In 2013, Plan International completed a broad-scale study of girls ages 11-22 in five urban cities in developing countries, published in a study called “Adolescent Girls’ Views on Safety in Cities. Findings from the Because I am a Girl: Urban Programme Study in Cairo, Delhi,Hanoi, Kampala and Lima”. Read more »