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.
Nov 18, 2013

A gift of a successful business

Bandhiya started a successful tailoring business
Bandhiya started a successful tailoring business

As the freed Kamlaris finish school or vocational training, an increasing number of the girls are joining cooperatives to start their own businesses.  

Last year, 65 members of different cooperatives obtained low-interest loans from a fund of $19,254 provided by Nepal Youth Foundation to start businesses in poultry, fishing, retail, carpentry, auto repair and vegetable farming.

We also registered 15 new cooperatives last year and now operate 32 different cooperative ventures.

Since 2000, we have freed more than 12,000 girls from indentured servitude, and we now must work to empower them through vocational training, leadership development and economic opportunities. The cooperatives are a good way to build community and provide the financial resources the girls need to become independent.

A former Kamlari, Bandhiya trained as a seamstress and borrowed money from a cooperative to start her own tailoring business. She has hired five girls and now runs a profitable business.

Thank you for your generosity. Your support has helped young women like Bandhiya make the transition from a household servant to a successful business owner. Namaste.

 

A co-op member took out a loan for pig farming
A co-op member took out a loan for pig farming

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Nov 18, 2013

Training for a future

Training to become a beautician
Training to become a beautician

To reach out the the thousands of girls rescued from indentured servitude, Nepal Youth Foundation set up a regional office in Nepalgunj, in the western part of the country where most of the former Kamlari call home.

Regional office staff provide career counseling to help the girls choose appropriate training programs and link them to cooperatives so they can start their own businesses.

Last year, 168 youths enrolled in training various programs including dressmaking, social work, auto mechanics, hospitality, farming and construction. Many of the 142 girls who enrolled in the Vocational Education and Career Counseling (VECC) program last year were former Kamlari who spent their childhoods as household slaves.

Many of these girls missed so many years of schooling that they could not catch up through traditional education. VECC staff work closely with each student to help them choose an occupation that they are both suited for and would enjoy.

To get the word out about our program, VECC broadcast a radio program called "Lauo Juni," meaning "new life" through seven local FM radio stations in Western Nepal. The radio broadcasts spotlighted the career accomplishments the girls and hoped to motivate other girls to pursue vocational training and entrepreneurship.

Thank you for helping these young people develop real skils to find real jobs in this impoverished country. Namaste.

Learning to care for the sick
Learning to care for the sick
Tending the crops
Tending the crops
Agriculture training
Agriculture training

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Nov 15, 2013

Thanks for your support!

Boys at Gaurishankar Hostel
Boys at Gaurishankar Hostel

Thanks to you, we shortened the path to education for 48 Nepali boys and girls in a remote, rural village of Nepal. NYF built two dormitories -- one for girls and another for boys of Gaurishankar Secondary School in Doti. The hostel, built near the high school that serves 30 villages, was limited to students who had to walk three to eight hours a day to and from school. Teachers live with the students during the week.

Life in the rugged western region of Nepal – some 500 miles from Kathmandu – is a constant struggle for survival. People lack adequate food, safe driving water, decent schools and primary health care. Travel is difficult. There are few roads and those that exist are in poor condition.

The dropout rate in Nepal is very high and even higher in rural areas. Students are not quitting because they do not want an education, but because of the long journeys, they are forced to take to get to class. Villages tend to be small – typically around 10 households in each. Since it is impossible to build a school in each village, they are constructed more or less at equal distance from the surrounding villages. As a result, some children walk as much as eight hours a day to get to and from school, trekking along dangerous trails, through dense forests and across thundering rivers. The problem is especially acute for girls, who also risk physical assault.

Local teachers, students and parents in various villages helped us to come up with a plan to build student housing – dormitories where students could stay during the week. We chose the Gaurishankar Secondary School because it serves a large population of students and is the only high school in the area that serves 30 villages.

Local villagers donated land for the project, provided volunteer labor and managed the construction work.

No more will these young people have to waste hours every day and risk their lives just to attend school. Thank you for this life-changing gift. Please look at some of our other projects on GlobalGiving and continue to support the work we do. Namaste.

Hostel at Gaurishankar School
Hostel at Gaurishankar School
Girls at Gaurishankar Hostel
Girls at Gaurishankar Hostel

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