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.
Oct 9, 2014

Caring for Nepal's most vulnerable children

A mother and son at New Life Center
A mother and son at New Life Center

At the New Life Center in Kathmandu, 102 HIV-infected children 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 66 children were returned home in stable health, readmission can be 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 48 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.

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!

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

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Oct 9, 2014

Counseling center offers children a refuge

Counselors launch an anti-bullying campaign
Counselors launch an anti-bullying campaign

Even when the Nepal Youth Foundation is able to rescue a child from hunger and want, it is not always as easy to free that child from the nightmares that remain in the wake of harsh trauma, domestic violence and extreme poverty these children have endured.

Ankur Counseling Center (ACC) was established in 2006 as a place to give the children of NYF the psychological counseling needed to recover their mental health as they are being restored to physically healthy, happy lives in NYF's other programs.

Last year, NYF counselors reached 2,111 children and youth through individual and group counseling, home visits and peer counseling. We are also providing psychological services to children outside our programs.

The only such center in Nepal, counselors help children with time management, memory enhancement, relationship building, and dealing with strong emotions, building trust, and strategies for coping with stress.

Ankur staff also provides training for people who work with and for children. Last year, 234 people attended workshops covering topics ranging from parenting skills to bullying.

Thank you for helping us to care for these vulnerable children.

Namaste!

Sand play is an important theraputic tool
Sand play is an important theraputic tool

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Oct 9, 2014

Caring for Nepal's most vulnerable children

A blind student in the Disabled Scholarship progra
A blind student in the Disabled Scholarship progra

When we found six-year-old Nirmala, she was blind and had no chance for an education. We enrolled her in a special school for blind children and then welcomed her into K House, our home for girls, where she was fed, clothed, loved and educated. A very bright girl, Nirmala thrived during her time with us. She earned a scholarship to attend college in the U.S. and is now in Nepal working for the United Nations. Nirmala's goal is to help other handicapped Nepali children.

Our Disabled Scholarship fund has helped more than 200 deaf, blind and physically disabled children students get an education and learn the skills necessary to live full, productive lives.

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 49 new students into our program, caring for a total of 94 students in preschool through high school.

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!

Students supported by Disabled Scholarships
Students supported by Disabled Scholarships

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