On the aftermath of the 26 December 2004 devastated tsunami and 28 March 2005 massive earthquake in Nias, several organizations in Nias have brought up an idea of the establishment of Non-Government’s Organization Forum (NGO Forum) to their concern. The idea was based on the needs for a better cooperation and synergized efforts amongst Civil Society Organization (CSOs) to respond to Nias future development. However, it was far from realization due to organizations’ intense workload and different interest at the time. Moreover, as the urgency of the importance of the Forum grew stronger, several serious collective attempts were made. Through series of limited discussions and individual contacts, eventually the Forum was established on 10 March 2007 at a meeting held at Museum Pusaka Nias, initiated by seven Nias local civil society organizations: Yayasan Datafahea PGI Daerah Nias, LPAM Nias, LBATANI, LKM Ebeni Haezeri, Yayasan Pusaka Nias, Yayasan Holi’ana’a and Wahana Samaeri. The name Forum Peduli Tanö Niha (Forniha) was then concluded on the next meeting.
Forniha, stands as a pluralistic, independent and non-profit organization, held its first Steering Committee meeting on 30-31 May 2007 in Gunung Sitoli and has set up points on some important issues, such as organization’s charter, formed the Steering Committee member, appointed Executive Director and Project Board, and also arrangement about Notary office document of FORNIHA.
Since the inception, FORNIHA has attracted enthusism from many local parties to join the forum and the free discussions it held. On 2008 Annual Meeting, through a transparent screening process, FORNIHA decided to accept two local organizations, ELSAKA and Bindes, as its new member. On 2010 FORNIHA accepted two more new members, Yayasan Asioga and Yayasan Tomosa. Currently, some of the member candidates are still in the waiting row for the verification process.