About Us

Our Mission
The Unforgotten was founded to join the global effort to work towards the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) -- to promote sustainable
development in the poorest areas of this planet.  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, 3) Increase access to safe drinking water, and 4) Promote
gender equality and empower women.

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 these wastepickers 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.  In short, our projects are directed towards helping wastepickers reach these MDGs.  

Our Name
The name "The UNForgotten Fund" (UNFF) is intended to have a double meaning.  In the one sense, the organization aims to help the poor that
have not been forgotten by humanitarians like you.  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 support UN field agencies whenever possible.

How we use your donations
All donated funds go directly to program services and projects, because we operate with little to no overhead.  We govern the charity by an active
(volunteer) Board of Directors, and hire only local (in-country) staff to execute our work.  Our Executive Director receives no compensation.  

Our Board of Directors
Amit Kapadia, President
William Wicker, Vice President
Eeshaan Asaikar, Treasurer

Madina AlHarazim-Plummer, Co-Chair, Sierra Leone
Amina AlHarazim, Co-Chair, Sierra Leone
Vandana Naik, Chair, India
Ashley Bratton, Chair, Zambia
Rame Hemstreet, Chair, Capital Projects
Sally Brady, Chair, Nepal
Ashwini Jog, India
Chang Long Hung, Finance
Dhriti Nayyar, India
Rani Varma, India

Country Offices
Rabecca Musonda, Projects Manager
Kangwa Chewe, Social Worker
Alex Machiya, Finance

Mrunalini Pendse, Projects Manager
Shilpa, Social Worker
Priya Alhat, Social Worker

Sierra Leone
Sheku Seymour-Wilson, Projects Manager
Francis Sesay, Teacher
Alimatu Jusu, Teacher
Huratulai Bah, Social Worker
Amanda Ward, Social Worker
Abu-Bakarr Sesay
Francess Barlay
Kadiatu Kargbo
Our Accomplishments

May 2007.  The UNForgotten Fund (UNFF) is founded in the USA, with headquarters in Maryland.  In the next two years Board members raise funds for projects, and hire in-country
staff to execute them.  

March 2009.  UNFF begins development of the first rainwater harvesting project in Wangni, India, in the state of Maharashtra.  Construction is completed in April 2010.  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.  The water harvesting system is operational to this day.

June 2009.  In coordination with KKPKP (a union of wastepickers, in Pune, India), UNFF begins the sponsorship of child wastepickers from the slums of Pune, India.  Initially, 15
children are enrolled when the school year begins.  Children stop wastepicking and attend school instead.  In June 2010, the program is expanded to 31 child wastepickers and  
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.  UNFF begins working closely with the Zambian Ministry of Community Development to identify water
projects and child wastepickers.  

January 2011.  UNFF begins support of child wastepickers, and their mothers, at the trash dump in Chingwere, Zambia.  Initially 13 children and 7 mothers, are supported.  As of
today, 28 children and 20 mothers are supported.

March 2011.  UNFF completes the installation of a borehole and handpump in Ngwerere, a community with a population of 7,000 in Zambia, Africa.  The beneficiaries include the
villagers of Ngwerere as well as travellers who come to the nearby health clinic and womens’ shelter (approximately 500 people per year).   

January 2012.  UNFF staff travel to Freetown, Sierra Leone, to plan a pilot-scale program to provide aid to child wastepickers and their mothers.  UNFF -- Sierra Leone is registered
in September 2013.

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.  In
September 2012, UNFF and Kabanana Care Trust complete the installation of a water supply that serves 150 HIV/AIDS orphans and 300 people of the neighboring community.

May 2012.  UNFF signs a four-year contract with the Mapalo Trust School to create a "Center for the Unforgotten"  for enrolled UNFF children.

March 2013.  Dining for Women (DFW) selects The Unforgotten for a $41,100 grant, to provide aid to 100 mothers and 50 daughters presently surviving as wastepickers in Pune,
India.  Funds will be used to provide microloans and skills training for the mothers, and to pay for the educational expenses of the daughters.

June 2013.  20 mothers (2 Self Help Groups) from Panmala Vasahat (a wastepicker slum in Pune, India) begin a three-month long tailoring course.  10 girl children begin
receiving educational support.  Program will be scaled up over a two year period to 100 mothers and 50 daughters with DFW funding.

October 2013.  UNFF is DFW's featured charity of the month.  DFW members raise funds for The Unforgotten.

January 2014.  UNFF constructs small schools in the bomehs (trashdumps) of Freetown Sierra Leone -- one in King Tom and one in Kissy.  Schools will serve as bridge
programs to prepare girls for primary school.   

January 2014.  Planete Urgence sends filmmakers Alain and Michelle to Pune, India, to help UNFF make a documentary.  They train our local staff.

March 2014.  UNFF starts schooling girls in the King Tom bomeh of Freetown, Sierra Leone.  10 girls begin the program.

May 2014.  UNFF starts schooling girls at the Kissy Bomeh in Freetown, Sierra Leone.  Another 10 girls begin the program.

Advisory Board
Anita Pandey, Education Specialist
David Steckler, Geologist
Rita Pandey, Grants
Maitreyi Shankar, KKPKP (wastepicker union)
Suman Gautam, Water Resources
Our Partners
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)
3709 Grosvenor Drive
Ellicott City, MD, 21042, USA

Executive Director: Amit Kapadia
Public Relations Specialist:
Indira Kalvakolanu
Anchal Shukla
Geoffrey Seiler
Robert Hemstreet
The Unforgotten