Thursday 12th August 2021, 6:00-8:00pm
We are thrilled to announce that a very special TFN Virtual Live will be taking place on Thursday 12 August, in partnership with the Australian International Development Network (AIDN). Tune in to hear from three remarkable grassroots organisations working in international development and delivering programs that support communities in Uganda, Afghanistan and Nepal.
Join us online at 6:00pm AEST on 12 August via Crowdcast to hear from the exceptional change champions behind HUG Charity Foundation, Indigo Foundation, and Forget Me Not.
If you want to witness the magic that happens when people come together to do good, you don’t want to miss this special event.
Co-founder, Smiling Hearts (an initiative of the HUG Charity Foundation)
A nurse by background, Loretta Lilford has found caring for those at the end of their lives to be the greatest privilege of her career. Fuelled by a passion to help children with disability after a trip to Uganda, Loretta co-founded Smiling Hearts in 2014. According to Loretta, “love of people” is at the heart of her work.
Afghanistan Partnership Coordinator, Indigo Foundation
Ali Reza arrived as a refugee in Australia in 2005 and is currently a research scholar and Academic Internships Coordinator at the University of Melbourne. His PhD thesis examines the political economy of higher education in Afghanistan.
CEO, Forget Me Not
Andrea is the CEO of Forget Me Not Australia as well as a founding member of the organisation. Andrea first joined Forget Me Not as a volunteer Sponsorship Coordinator, before becoming Project Manager in 2009 and leading the organisation’s expansion into Uganda and India. In 2012, Andrea assumed the position of CEO.
Since 2008, HUG (Help Us Grow) Charity Foundation has been implementing and supporting sustainable community projects in rural Uganda, East Africa, to empower local communities to make a sustainable difference in their own lives. Its Smiling Hearts initiative is aimed at providing children and young people living with disability with training, education, and ultimately, a greater sense of belonging and self worth. This is done through a variety of ways including vocational skills training, apprenticeships, and education. At TFN Virtual Live, HUG will be pitching to expand its vocational skills training program through the purchase of additional resources and welcoming more participants from the local community.
Indigo Foundation is a community development organisation that partners with local grassroots organisations to empower women and girls, improve outcomes in education and health, defend human rights and build strong and resilient local organisations. It is pitching for funding to improve educational outcomes for women and girls in the Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. This includes building two new schools, providing educational resources and supplementary salaries for female teachers across two partner schools.
Forget Me Not exists to prevent children and young people around the world from being displaced through investing in programs that keep children within their families and out of institutions. According to Forget Me Not, more than 80 per cent of children in orphanages in the developing world are not orphans. Research shows that these children are taken from their families, trafficked into orphanages and used to generate funds. At TFN Virtual Live, the organisation will pitch for funding to trace, reunify and reintegrate trafficked children with their families, as well as close orphanages in Nepal.