Forgotten People are those who, even in our modern world when the spotlight of attention seems to shine everywhere, are suffering beneath the surface. It is as if they do not exist. No-one has made a cause out of their plight.
We are changing this. The Global Fund for Forgotten People supports projects that go to places where other people don’t go, tackle the issues that others aren’t tackling and help those that everyone else has forgotten:

forgotten-diseases People with Neglected diseases

the-elderly The Elderly, Lonely and Isolated

prisoners-children Children with Parents in Prison

disabled-children Children Born with Disabilities

the-homeless The Unacknowledged Homeless

displaced-people Displaced People

maternal-and-neonatal-health Mothers and New-Borns without Healthcare

marginalised-communities The Marginalised and Persecuted

To find out more about these forgotten people, please go to ‘How we help’, or visit ‘Where we help’ to explore where in the world we work.

The Global Fund for Forgotten People raises money for a range of Order of Malta projects which reach out directly to people who would otherwise be forgotten. The Fund is registered as two legal entities – In England and Wales it is a registered charity (1148427) and in the US it has 501(c)(3) status. Through its 2 legal entities The Fund aims to raise awareness of and support particular issues which have fallen under the radar, and which struggle to get public attention.

Title Name Email Address
Member in Charge / Chief Executive Lisa Simpson [email protected]
Chief Financial and Operating Officer Gail Buswell [email protected]
Director of Programmes and Development Eleanor Abou-Sakr [email protected]
Grants Officer Claire de Vivies [email protected]
Events & Travel Coordinator and Office Administrator Rebekah Shawsun [email protected]

H.E. Richard Fitzalan Howard (Chair),

H.E. Albrecht Boeselager,

H.E. Winfried Henckel von Donnersmarck,

H.E. Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel,

Mrs Lisa Simpson

Mrs Michele Bowe (Chair)

H.E. Antonio Sanchez-Corea

H.E. Oscar de Rojas

H.E. Erich von Lobkowicz,

H.E. Marwan Sehnaoui

H.E. Fra’ Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein, Lieutenant ad interim,

And the Grand Magistry in Rome:

Mr Eugenio Ajroldi di Robbiate, Director of the Communication Office,

Mrs Marina Moll, Chargée de mission to the Grand Chancellor and the Grand Hospitaller,

Miss Ilaria Terramani, Assistant to The Global Fund for Forgotten People,

Mrs Philippa Leslie, Executive Secretary of the Communication Board

  • Experience and expertise: As one of the world’s oldest institutions, the Order of Malta has been active in the humanitarian sphere for over 900 years. They run world-class hospitals, emergency relief programs, first-aid and ambulance services, leprosy support, education programs, ministries, homeless facilities, healthcare for the disabled, award-winning care homes, income generation schemes and numerous other projects.
  • Needs-driven structure: Order of Malta works are run predominantly by a network of national organizations and their work is driven by one consideration only: need.
    Whether the need is for a TB clinic, childhood nutrition or a large scale solution for the homeless, we are close enough to the problem, and flexible enough in our approach, to meet it – regardless of race, origin or religion.
  • Common ethos: The Order of Malta’s works are delivered by people who are known to the Order, who share our values and who are motivated not by salaries and politics but by compassion and charity. These include 80,000 trained volunteers and 20,000 employees, most of whom are medical personnel.
  • Scale: The component parts of the Order of Malta comprise an international humanitarian organisation of exceptional scale. Uniquely, the Order combines sovereign status and on-the-ground experience, enabling it to keep abreast of – and inform – the global humanitarian agenda. They hold permanent observer missions to organisations such as the UN, its specialist agencies and the Inter-American Development Bank.
  • Vocation: Order of Malta volunteers and employees tend to go far beyond the call of duty and achieve results far in excess of what resources may suggest.

There are three main elements to the charitable work of the Order of Malta.

  • The first element covers projects that have become so well-established, so essential to a community’s wellbeing, that they are now operated in partnership with the state. This began with hospitals for pilgrims in Jerusalem in the Middle Ages and continues today with the provision of emergency services, hospices for the elderly, and healthcare.
  • The second element is international relief, which takes medical staff into some of the most challenging environments imaginable to reach out to those in need when a disaster occurs.
  • Then there is a final element which is integral to the Order of Malta as an organisation but often receives the least financial support. These are the hundreds of projects across the world which cater for those who would otherwise be forgotten. They vary in size and scale, from the provision of meals for the malnourished children of prisoners in Cambodia, to the establishment of holiday camps for the abandoned disabled in Lebanon. This group is, in some respects, where the Order of Malta and its endeavours are needed most – reaching those who face terrible hardship and yet are barely even recognised by most of those in a position to help.

It is this third element that The Global Fund for Forgotten People addresses. We support the Order’s highest impact projects – longstanding, existing works delivered by the Order’s network of associations across the world that are making a real difference.

For further information on The Order of Malta:

Order of Malta website

Activity Report (2015)

Activity Report (2013)

Activity Report (2010)