Hervey Bay’s Lars Olsen has been working with his charity the Forget Me Not to improve living conditions in third world countries like Nepal and Uganda.
Hervey Bay’s Lars Olsen has been working with his charity the Forget Me Not to improve living conditions in third world countries like Nepal and Uganda. Contributed

Charity not forgotten

VULNERABLE and orphaned children in Nepal and Uganda will soon have a better chance at life thanks to Hervey Bay man Lars Olsen's charity.

The founder and chief executive of the Forget Me Not children's homes organisation, Mr Olsen helps to support children in Third World countries by supplying them with sustainable living options.

The organisation's latest project, an eco-village in Nepal will support up to 60 students by the end of the year.

Progress at the building site was going well according to Mr Olsen, who said the project was well on track.

"We've been working over the past few months on the foundations and putting up the gates," he said.

"At the moment we've got a bit more paperwork to go before we will be ready to rock and roll."

The next step for the project would be building visitors' quarters in the village.

"Our project manager is really working on getting things done efficiently," Mr Olsen said.

"Soon we will start looking at buying cows and chickens and goats to provide fresh milk and eggs to the students.

"That, along with the current crops, should help to make us more sustainable."

He said when completed, the village would be able to house students from within the area, who would otherwise be homeless.

"The organisation is hoping to improve the lives of these young students," Mr Olsen said.

"In the end, we hope they will be able to live in the village and travel to and from school safely."

With the project expected to near completion at the end of the year, he said there was still lots to be done.

"At the moment we are in need of donations to help support the 21 girls that are with us now," he said.

For more information or to donate visit forgetmenot.org.au.



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