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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 women’s shelter (approximately 500 people per year).
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.
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.
UNFF signs a four-year contract with the Mapalo Trust School to create a “Center for the Unforgotten” for enrolled UNFF children.
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.
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.
UNFF is DFW’s featured charity of the month. DFW members raise funds for The Unforgotten.
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.
Planète Urgence sends filmmakers Alain and Michelle to Pune, India, to help UNFF make a documentary. They train our local staff.
UNFF starts schooling girls in the King Tom bomeh of Freetown, Sierra Leone. 10 girls begin the program.
UNFF starts schooling girls at the Kissy Bomeh in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Another 10 girls begin the program.