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

Empowerment and employment for former child slaves

VECC orientation for freed Kamlari
VECC orientation for freed Kamlari

More than 300 former child slaves enrolled in vocational training last year, preparing for jobs as lab assistants, electricians, auto mechanics, farmers, plumbers, hairdressers, cooks, midwives and seamstresses.

For these young women who have spent their childhoods as bonded household servants in a practice known as Kamlari, the training represents a bright and hopeful future.

Nepal Youth Foundation’s Vocational Education and Career Counseling (VECC) program provides career counseling and assessment, as well as short and long term vocational training programs. VECC staff work with each student to help them decide whether to pursue higher education or vocational training for a particular career path. Our staff has conducted extensive research throughout Nepal to identify vocational courses that provide high quality training and have proven success in placing young people in satisfying jobs.

VECC staff then identifies the best training program for each student's chosen field, pays for the cost of training, and helps them to find jobs. In some cases, VECC provides graduates with support for starting a small business of their own.

We also offered preparatory classes for the freed Kamlari girls to help them pass the entrance examination for some of the highly sought-after technical training programs. As a result, 51 of 133 girls who took the classes passed the entrance exam and enrolled in the program.

Nearly half of all Nepalis – even those with advanced college degrees – cannot find a job. Yet plumbers and electricians are often recruited from neighboring countries because most young people in Nepal lack training in these and other skilled jobs.

Unfortunately, vocational counseling and training is severely lacking in Nepal, and without this kind of support many young people languish in unemployment and poverty.

Thank you for your support.

Namaste!

Electrical trainee
Electrical trainee

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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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