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.
Jul 29, 2014

Creating psychologically healthy environments

Training peer counselors
Training peer counselors

As the only psychological counseling center for youth in Nepal, the Ankur Counseling Center is spreading its message – and methods to people who work with children.

Last year, it provided nearly 300 teachers, counselors, and child care professionals with training in a range of topics, including bullying, child rearing practices, clay therapy, peer counseling, psychological intervention, self-esteem, and counseling for people affected with HIV.

The center takes seriously its responsibility to teach adults who work with children how to create psychologically healthy environments.

One six-day-training, called “Psychological Intervention for Understanding and Dealing with Children and Youth”, was offered to 24 teachers from a school in Nepal. Another session for intern counselors examined strategies for helping HIV affected children and their mothers.

The center is also expanding its peer counseling program, and last year trained 10 more young people to serve as peer counselors in their youth hostels. There are currently 50 peer counselors who work girls who were formerly indentured as household servants in a practice known as Kamlari.

Thank you for helping us help these children.

Namaste!

Teachers at a psychological intervention training
Teachers at a psychological intervention training

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Jul 29, 2014

Caring for Nepal's most vulnerable children

Nutrition and health education for mothers
Nutrition and health education for mothers

At the New Life Center in Kathmandu, 84 HIV-infected children – half-younger than five – last year received not only treatment and medical care, but also psychological counseling and an appropriate diet. Center staff also took the children on outings and celebrated holidays and festivals to make certain that joy was a part of their lives.

While 53 children were returned home in stable health, readmission is very high because the children’s health often deteriorates rapidly once they return to homes without appropriate living conditions or nutritious food.   

To help families take care of their children, counselors educate mothers and caretakers in a series of sessions on nutrition and reproductive health. They also offer guidance on caring for their infected children once they returned home.

This comprehensive care model is a 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 kids 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.

The New Life Center’s staff strives to find innovative ways to improve the livelihoods of their patients. For example, they planted a small vegetable garden and formed a partnership with Heifer International which contributed a few cows. These provide nutritious organic vegetables and fresh milk to the mothers and children at the Center.

Thank you for supporting these vulnerable children.

Namaste!

Informal education for children
Informal education for children

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Jul 28, 2014

Help change the lives of 20 disabled children

Blind students in the Disabled Scholarship Program
Blind students in the Disabled Scholarship Program

Thank you for your generous contributions to our project to Provide Education to 20 Disabled Children. This program’s accomplishments, including giving the life-changing opportunity of education to more than 100 blind, deaf, and physically disabled students in Nepal, would not be possible without the support of people like you.

Our Disabled Scholarship fund has helped blind, deaf and physically disabled children who are 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, 90 percent of the students from grades 1 through 9 made it through their annual examination and have been promoted to the next grade.

Meet Angel. Blind and struggling with diabetes, the entering third grader lives with her parents and sister in a rented room and travels a great distance to go to school where she is learning to read and write in braille. She said she endures the long commute because she loves to learn.

NYF supported students have gone on to great successes. One student went on to become the only blind lawyer in Nepal. Others have gone on to teach at private schools. Another is now leading his own non-government organization (NGO) to help disabled students in Nepal. Students develop self-respect as well as the skills to support themselves and live with dignity.

We are grateful for your continued support.

Namaste.

Students supported by Disabled Scholarships
Students supported by Disabled Scholarships

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