ABOUT THE UNFORGOTTEN
We share the UN's vision of promoting sustainable development in the poorest areas of this planet, as encoded in the Millennium Development
Goals. In particular, we are working towards the goals to: 1) Eradicate extreme poverty, by helping those whose income is less than $1 US per day,
2) Achieve universal primary education, and 3) Increase access to safe drinking water.
Our target aid recipients are the hungry mothers and children that eat trash and live in garbage dumps in the cities of developing countries—
The Unforgotten. Our mission is to provide them with clean food and water, shelter, and a future. We provide microloans to the mothers to start
businesses, so that the families do not become dependent on our aid. We enroll the children in primary school, and free
them of the burden of needing to earn money by selling scraps found in the trash. And we provide weekly meal supplements, so the mothers and
children do not go hungry.
The name "The UNforgotten" is intended to have a double meaning. In the one sense, the organization shall aim to help the poor that have not
been forgotten. In another sense, we are concerned that the UN has been forgotten, as it has not been given the resources needed to address the
multiple dimensions of global poverty. We strive to partner with UN field agencies whenever possible.
How we use your donations
All donated funds go directly to projects. Our charity is managed entirely by volunteers. Our Board of Directors, including the Executive Director,
receive no compensation. Our officers receive no compensation.
Our Board of Directors
Amit Kapadia (President)
William Wicker (Vice President)
Eeshaan Asaikar (Treasurer)
Ashwini Jog (Director)
Madina AlHarazim-Plummer (Director)
Bertha Tembo (Director)
Chang Long Hung (Director)
Vandana Naik (Director)
Ella Kent (Director)
India Country Office
Country Director: Dhriti Nayyar
Projects Manager: Mrunalini Pendse
Zambia Country Office
Country Director: Rabecca Musonda
Sierra Leone Country Office
Country Director: Amina Alharazim
Projects Manager: Sheku Seymour-Wilson
The UNForgotten Fund
May 2007. The UNForgotten Fund (UNFF) is founded in the USA, with headquarters in Maryland, and begins to raise funds for projects.
November 2008. UNFF Board members travel to Pune, India and identify local staff to execute projects.
January 2009. UNFF, in partnership with KKPKP (an India-based charity), identifies wastepicker families in the slums of Pune, India. UNFF identifies children to sponsor.
March 2009. UNFF began the first rainwater harvesting project in Wangni, India, in the state of Maharashtra. The stored water now provides each of the 60 people in the area with
5 litres of safe and clean drinking water during the dry season.
June 2009. UNFF begins the sponsorship of 15 children in Pune, India. School year begins. Children stop wastepicking and attend school instead.
March 2010. UNFF Board members travel to Pune, India to assess project progress. Rainwater harvesting project completed and inaugurated; sponsored children are
performing well in school.
June 2010. UNFF expands the program in Pune, India to sponsor 31 child wastepickers. UNFF further expands the program in India to include the sponsorship of 33 primary
school age girls at the Bal Shikshan Orphanage in Sangamner, India.
July 2010. The UNForgotten Fund -- Zambia is registered in Lusaka, Zambia.
August 2010. UNFF begins working closely with the Zambian Ministry of Community Development to identify a village for a water project.
December 2010. UNFF selects the village of Ngwerere, a community with a population of 7,000 in Zambia, Africa, for the first borehole and hand pump project.
January 2011. UNFF launches "Aid for Trash-Dump Children" program in Zambia, sponsoring 13 children and 7 mothers, that live at the trash dump in Lusaka.
March 2011. UNFF Board members travel to Zambia to assess projects. UNFF completes the installation of borehole and handpump in Ngwerere. Sponsored children are
performing well in school.
April 2011. UNFF provides microloans to mothers of sponsored children in Lusaka, Zambia. UNFF also provides entrepreneurial training.
January 2012. UNFF staff travel to Freetown, Sierra Leone, to plan a pilot-scale program to provide aid to child wastepickers and their mothers.
February 2012. UNFF partners with a UK based charity, "Kabanana Care (Zambia) Trust" to create a water supply in Kabanana, Zambia, to benefit orphans affected with AIDS.
May 2012. UNFF signs a four-year contract with the Mapalo Trust School to create a "Center for the Unforgotten" for enrolled UNFF children.
May 2012. UNFF expands the program in Zambia by adding five more sponsored children and five more mothers in the microlending program.
Kabanana Care (Zambia) Trust, United Kingdom (Treasurer, Ian Harrison)
Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health, Zambia
(District Community Development Officer, Ms. Mercy Daka)
US Country Office
Executive Director: Amit Kapadia
Public Relations Specialist: Geoffrey Seiler
Housing Specialist: Ashley Bratton
China Liasion: Chong Huang
Researcher: Robert Hemstreet
Correspondence Program: Stephen Steckler