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His name is Kamande and although he is wearing a dress, he is a boy. He can’t wear pants because it is too painful to do so.
Kamande is currently under the care of an organization called “The Nest” in Limuru, Kenya. It is an organization we have been helping to support for a number of years. Kamande was taken there by authorities after his father was imprisoned for beating him so badly across his bottom that he had to be hospitalized. Read more »
Artist interview: filmmaker Tom Nazario, director/producer of Living on a Dollar a Day
Living on a Dollar a Day is produced by the non-profit organization, The Forgotten International. Their mission is to develop programs that alleviate poverty and the suffering associated with poverty both in the United States and worldwide, in particular, that experienced by women and children.
Over the course of a year, from 2010 to 2011, The Forgotten International sent Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Renée C. Byer and videographer George Rosenfeld on a journey to ten countries on four continents to examine and report on how the world’s poor often survive on less than a dollar a day. Read more »
Her name is Karishma Thapa. Her family came to Northern India from Nepal shortly before she was born, hoping to find work, but found very little. Her father moved away from the family to do construction and send money home when possible, but very few dollars ever arrived. Her mother worked odd jobs cleaning motel rooms in villages in and around Dharamsala, India.
In 1999 Tom Nazario found Karishma, her mother and four siblings living in a hole on the side of the road in the foothills of the Himalayas. Read more »
Belinda Chiu served at the Cambodian Community Dream Organization (CCDO)
Throughout the course of my fellowship at the Cambodian Community Dream Organization, I was able to put my public health skills and knowledge to practice as a Health and Wellbeing Program Officer. It was a great opportunity for me to learn more about project management with the Community Gardens Pilot Program and Women’s Health Program.
As a Health and Wellbeing Program Officer, I was directly involved with the Women’s Health Program, Community Gardens Pilot Program, and Breakfast Program at the schools, and supported the WASH and Education Programs as well. Read more »
Genevieve served as a research fellow with the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy.
I volunteered as a research fellow with the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) for a little over two months in Dharamsala, India. TCHRD’s efforts include reporting, translating, and exposing the human rights violations that are occurring in Tibet. With my education background in International Development, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to support the grassroots NGO that had a great local ownership presence with their staff members consisting primarily of Tibetans-in-exile. Read more »
Madelyn served with La Comunidad Sagrada Familia as a TFI fellow.
In the summer of 2017, I worked with La Comunidad Sagrada Familia as a TFI fellow. Sagrada Familia is an orphanage school that houses children and teenagers who cannot live at home due to family and or financial problems, or who have been abandoned at an early age. This organization works hard every day to serve its children and to provide them with the opportunities they need for a better future. Read more »
Something great is happening in Greenville.
The Forgotten International recently caught up with Anne Snow, a Mathematics teacher at Riverside High School in Greer, South Carolina. Anne is the faculty advisor of the ATLAS Club; a club that recently raised $5,481.64 through donations and fundraising efforts to be allocated to St. Vincent’s of Kibera; a school and community center in Nairobi, Kenya.
The ATLAS club, whose mission is to promote cultural awareness among students, is the largest club at Riverside High School with about 250 students from a wide range of ethnic and religious backgrounds. Read more »
Vivian is an Assurance Senior Manager at Ernst & Young LLP where she has spent the last eight years in the audit division of the firm working with clients ranging from startups to large international companies. She joined The Forgotten International’s Board of Directors in August of 2016 after helping with bookkeeping for three years. Vivian first learned about TFI after attending Tom Nazario’s speeches at the World Affairs Council, and again at the Commonwealth Club. At the time, Vivian was doing charity work with soup kitchens, but wanted to do something more with her accounting background. Read more »
From October to December of 2016, I was fortunate to work as a legal and policy fellow with the Mr. Jay Panda, who is a member of the Parliament of India during India’s Winter Parliament Session. As an attorney working in the international labor and anti-human trafficking field, I was especially excited to work with Mr. Panda and his team as they have done great work towards the eradication of labor trafficking in the brick kilns of Mr. Read more »