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.
Aug 19, 2013

Nepal government bans practice of Kamlari

Former indentured servants protest the practice
Former indentured servants protest the practice

As NYF's Indentured Daughters Program matures, many of the young women rescued over the past two decades are now leaders of the Freed Kamlari Development Forum (FKDF).  These women understand, as no one else can, the reasons for abolishing child slavery in Nepal. 

Hundreds of these women took to the streets last March and demanded that the Nepal government abolish the practice of indentured servitude and investigate the suspicious disappearance of 40 Kamlari girls. The government listened, and in July, officials banned the practice. Government officials also promised to investigate the suspicious disappearance of some Kamlari girls. FKDF members are monitoring the government’s actions to make certain they are keeping their promise.

Nevertheless, while it is illegal, the current reality is that destitute parents continue to sell their children into indentured servitude and about 500 Kamlari are still held captive by the most powerful people in the country – top police officers, government officials, the rich, politicians and those protected by politicians. NYF fears these powerful people will kill the girls or force them to commit suicide to keep their own abusive behavior from becoming public.

Your help as desperately needed now as ever before to keep innocent children safe from the dangers of being sold to foreign brokers who take the children far from their villages.

Thank you again for your support of the Nepal Youth Foundation.  Namaste!


Kamlari girls protesting in Kathmandu
Kamlari girls protesting in Kathmandu

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Aug 19, 2013

Freed Kamlari take to the streets

Freed Kamlari protest in Kathmandu
Freed Kamlari protest in Kathmandu

As NYF's Indentured Daughters Program matures, many of the young women rescued over the past two decades are now leaders of the Freed Kamlari Development Forum (FKDF).  These women understand, as no one else can, the reasons for abolishing child slavery in Nepal. 

Hundreds of these women took to the streets last March and demanded that the Nepal government abolish the practice of indentured servitude and investigate the suspicious disappearance of 40 Kamlari girls. The government listened, and in July, officials banned the practice. Government officials also promised to investigate the suspicious disappearance of Kamlari girls. FKDF members are monitoring the government’s actions to make certain they are keeping their promise.

Nevertheless, while it is illegal, the current reality is that destitute parents continue to sell their children into indentured servitude and about 500 Kamlari are still held captive by the most powerful people in the country – top police officers, government officials, the rich, politicians and those protected by politicians. NYF fears these powerful people will kill the girls or force them to commit suicide to keep their own abusive behavior from becoming public.

Your help as desperately needed now as ever before to keep innocent children safe from the dangers of being sold to foreign brokers who take the children far from their villages.

Thank you again for your support of the Nepal Youth Foundation.  Namaste!

Freed Kamlari girls demand justice
Freed Kamlari girls demand justice

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Aug 14, 2013

Help end child hunger

Jal Bahadur at admission to the NRH
Jal Bahadur at admission to the NRH

Nutritional Rehabilitation Home staff discovered Jal C. in April 2013 during an outreach camp in rural Nepal.  The 39-month old boy was so malnourished he could not stand, walk, talk or eat properly. They enrolled him and his father in the NRH and the youngster recovered after only 20 days.

Jal is from an extremely poor family in the rural hills of Nepal. His mother died last year and his father cares for Jal and his seven-year-old sister. As part of the NRH training, Jal's father learned how to prepare low cost nutritious food for his children and to practice good sanitation.  He was able to go back to his village and share this knowledge with his neighbors.

Last year, 1,178 children received care in the eight NRHs under NYF managment. More than 80 percent of these children were under age 5. At the same time, 1,073 caretakers learned about food, nutrition, health, hygiene and sanitation in the training sessions.

NYF builds the NRHs on the grounds of existing hospitals. After the clinics are operational for five years, NYF turns them over to the Nepal government, while NYF continues to oversee the operations.

We continue to be deeply grateful for your support of the NRH program and, especially, when we can save a child like Jal from starvation. Please give as generously as you can, so that we can continue to help children in Nepal grow up to live as fully as possible.

Jal Bahadur 20 days later
Jal Bahadur 20 days later
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