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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 »
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 »