The Forgotten International’s mission is to develop programs that alleviate poverty and the suffering associated with poverty – in particular, that which is experienced by women and children – both in the United States and worldwide.
A future without anyone living in extreme poverty is our objective, and our primary target population is women and children, for they are always the most vulnerable. Our hope is that by supporting mothers and their children, the next generation will be one facing less hardship. Our approach, which we find allows us to create our largest possible impact, is to provide targeted support to community organizations. We focus on supporting the work at a grassroots level with these organizations directly working in the communities, for they have the greatest understanding of the problems that population faces along with the resources and avenues available to solve them.
TFI was formally started in 2007, but our inception was in 1999. Our founder, Tom Nazario, was asked to go to India by the UN as a part of a legal team to report on human rights abuses against Tibetan children escaping China to live as refugees. From his experiences there and his deep passion for improving the lives of impoverished children everywhere, he began to form what is today TFI.
We strive for a more humanitarian and effective way of helping others, a way that respects the needs of communities and the world around us. We are especially concerned with the needs of the most vulnerable people around the world – the women and children who are living in the most extreme poverty – and strive to use the resources at our disposal to assist others. Our beliefs shape our work and our giving criteria.
The organizations we support are carefully chosen, usually recommended through local contacts, and visited by TFI staff or volunteers. The grassroots organizations present us with their specific needs to fill programmatic gaps, and we work with donors to provide the funds, assisting in locally-driven poverty alleviation action. We value our strong relationships with these organizations, their staff, and the communities they serve. Many of the organizations we support have been connected with TFI since we first began. These direct relationships and regular site visits allow us to ensure that donor funds are used to support those in greatest need and provide feedback as to the impact as well as anticipated needs.