Present day: Child Wastepickers in Lusaka, Zambia
The Unforgotten Fund – a zero overhead charity
Save hungry children from eating trash & living in garbage dumps. Provide them clean water, food & schooling.
Our zero overhead charity offers them a future! We are run by a dedicated group of volunteers!
Our core mission is to provide clean food and water, shelter, schooling and a future for child wastepickers, and their mothers, living in or near trash-dumps. Founded in 2007, we now have active programs in Lusaka (Zambia), Freetown (Sierra Leone), and India.
We remain committed to delivering aid at minimal overhead costs, and directing all donor funds to the field. Our charity remains managed and governed by an active volunteer Board of Directors. All our staff are deployed to the field, which allows us to direct donor funds towards program services.
You Can Help!
Save hungry children from eating trash and living in garbage dumps. Provide them clean water, food and schooling. Give them a future! 100% of your donation goes directly towards program services.
- Zambia Cholera OutbreakOur program in Zambia has been impacted by a cholera outbreak that began in October.
- SinkholesPlease join and support our efforts in parts of the world where aid has not yet arrived.
- Floods in Sierra LeoneWe need your help to provide emergency assistance to the women and children affected by the recent devastating floods in Sierra Leone.
- Cookstoves in ZambiaUNFF will purchase high efficiency cookstoves to replace the traditional burner for the families that we assist in Chingwere, Zambia.
UNFF undertakes various projects to provide aid for trash-dump children and their mothers in the form of food, education and micro-loans. We also execute capital projects to support our overarching mission, which is to work towards the UN Millennium Development Goals. These include implementing rainwater harvesting systems, drilling boreholes to provide safe drinking water and building school houses for providing primary education.
The UN Millennium Development Goals are the world’s time-bound and quantified targets for addressing extreme poverty in its many dimensions – income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter and exclusion – while promoting gender equality, education and environmental sustainability.
The children and their mothers who look through trash for food to eat are highly malnourished. We provide meals and meal supplements to the children whom we support.
We enroll children in primary school, and free them of the burden of needing to earn money by selling items found in the trash. We provide extra tutoring in bridge programs.
We provide microloans to the mothers of trash-dump children to start businesses, so that the families do not become dependent on our aid. The mothers have successfully used these microloans for opening small stores and for making and selling jewelry and dresses.
We help villagers in the poorest regions of the world gain access to safe drinking water. We drill boreholes, and install pumps to draw clean water from the ground, and construct tanks to store water. We also install rainwater harvesting systems in regions where they are necessary.
UNFF strives to empower a self-reliant attitude among women by training them in useful skills like tailoring and jewelry making to help them earn a better living. We implement long-term projects (like the Agriculture Project in Zambia) which would enable the community to become self sufficient. The women benefit from taking on new responsibilities and taking care of their own families.