Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)

The Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF; formerly the Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation, NYOF) is devoted to bringing hope to the most destitute children in the beautiful but impoverished Himalayan country of Nepal. With a personal touch, we provide these children with what should be every child's birthright - education, housing, medical care, and loving support. Empowered to reach their potential, these children blossom, enriching the world we all share.
Jun 30, 2015

Thank you for helping a disabled child thrive

Blind students in a classroom in Nepal
Blind students in a classroom in Nepal

Our Disabled Scholarship fund has helped hundreds of deaf, blind and physically disabled children students get an education and learn the skills necessary to live full, productive lives since we began the program in 1990.

Often treated as discards in Nepal's caste society, we send the children to special schools which are set up to care for them physically and academically. Our students thrive. Last year, we welcomed 10 new students into our program, caring for a total of 100 students in preschool through high school.

While there are some special schools that accomodate specific needs of disabled students, tuition is usually more than the annual income of a Nepali family. consequently, only an estimted 30 percent of disabled childred are educated, leaving most unable to read, write or ever work.

The program has been highly successful. and many graduates are now employed and are proudly providing for themselves and families. Some are paying their own way through graduate school. Furthermore, the program has had positive impacts that extend beyond the student's academic performance. The social workers have found that once they become involved in our program, they become much more motivated, independent and their social behavior improves remarkably.

Your dollars go far in Nepal. Thank you for your generous contributions to our project to Provide Education to 20 Disabled Children. This program’s accomplishments would not be possible without the support of people like you.

Namaste!

A leg brace does slow down this young boy
A leg brace does slow down this young boy
A blind student in the classroom
A blind student in the classroom

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Jun 30, 2015

NYF expanding vocational training to help Nepal rebuild

Two boys and grandmother made homeless by quake
Two boys and grandmother made homeless by quake

We are expanding our Vocational Education and Counseling Program to train young people and home owners from the villages in the construction skills needed to rebuild after the devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal earlier this spring.

NYF plans to build 1,000 homes after the monsoon is over at the end of the summer. We will provide the materials and training so families from the villages who have lost their homes can rebuild.

The design of the new pre-fab structures is seismically safe and will be made from environmentally sustainable materials.

NYF has worked closely with the Nepal government in the tentative design, incorporating its design and size recommendations. We have already started work on some houses in Kavre District, an area especially hard hit by the second earthquake that struck in May.

The estimated cost of each house is $1,000.

NYF trained nearly 500 young people last year in a range of vocational trades, ranging from farming to cell phone repair.

The earthquakes caused widespread devastation, taking nearly 8,700 lives, injuring 22,000 more, and destroying 800,000 family homes. Nearly 45,000 classrooms were also severely damaged, putting a million children out of school.

Thank you for your support.

Namaste!

Families wait for aid to build temporary shelter
Families wait for aid to build temporary shelter

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Jun 29, 2015

New home for New Life Center

boy at New Life Center
boy at New Life Center

Nepal Youth Foundation is accelerating plans to build a permanent residence for our New Life Center after the earthquakes weakened our rented structure this spring.

While the current residence is still habitable, residents no longer feel safe. We will build the new house on the site our Nutritional Rehabilitation Home in Kathmandu on property owned by NYF. The building will cost around $200,000 to build.

We had architectural plans drawn up before the devastating earthquakes struck Nepal in April and May and will move forward with construction after the monsoon ends this summer.

The newly constructed New Life Center will improve both access and quality to HIV/AIDS treatment and services in Nepal for years to come. 65 children received treatment and care at the center last year.

The New Life Center provides lifesaving treatment to children with HIV/AIDS while teaching their caretakers, most of whom also have HIV, to live hygienically and cook nutritious meals. This training dramatically reduces the risk of acquiring the illnesses that make HIV develop into AIDS, and allows infected people lead fulfilling lives. During the months that children and their guardians spend at the Center, they receive food, housing, and all medical treatment for free.

The New Life Center is the only facility in Nepal that uses a holistic approach to helping HIV-positive children. We offer psychological counseling services to help children and their guardians learn to live with the stigma of HIV/AIDS and improve their self-esteem. Further, nurses, nutritionist, doctor, and other staff provide: education and enriching activities for children, training in nutrition, health, literacy, and income generation for caregivers, as well as nutritious meals, 24-hour medical care, and counseling to improve their self-confidence and help them manage the stigma of HIV/AIDS for both.

This comprehensive care model is key to the Center’s success. Most children arrive with full-blown AIDS, including illnesses such as tuberculosis, malnutrition, and hepatitis, and return home with only HIV, ready to go to school and enjoy a happy childhood. If children with HIV live hygienically, eat a nutritious diet, and try to avoid infections, they can typically expect to lead full and meaningful lives for around 25 years. By that time, it’s likely that additional treatments will be available to extend their lives even further. Most of the children don’t even need to take anti-retroviral drugs, which are difficult for people in rural and remote areas to obtain.

Thank you for your support.

Namaste!

Architectural drawing of new New Life Center
Architectural drawing of new New Life Center
Mother and child at New Life Center
Mother and child at New Life Center

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