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.
Apr 3, 2015

Giving New Life to children with HIV/AIDS

Children at the New Life Center
Children at the New Life Center

Our New Life Center treated 65 children affected with HIV/AIDS last year, offering antiretroviral treatments, medical and dental care, tutoring, healthy food and a large dose of love.

The children live at the center with their mothers for an average of three months while our caregivers help stablize their health through proper nutrition and good medical care. We discharged 45 children who had returned to normal weight and were cured of opportunistic infections. 

Their mothers, who are also usually affected with HIV/AIDS, take classes in reproductive health, sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, antiretroviral treatments, and nutrition.

Mothers and their children also receive psychological counseling to help them cope with living with HIV/AIDS in a country where the condition is highly stigmatized.

Thank you for helping us care for these vulnerable children.

Dhanyabad!

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Apr 3, 2015

Help us end child hunger!

Asmita at admission
Asmita at admission

Weighing only 12 pounds, 22-month-old Asmita was admitted to our Nutritional Rehabilitation Home (NRH) in Kathmandu last fall.

She was very hungry and thirsty but was too weak to eat when she arrived on September 14, 2014.

Fifteen days later, the toddler returned home healthy and smiling. And while Asmita was nursed to good health, her mother learned how to better care for her by preparing nutritious meals using locally available food.

To date, we have treated more than 13,000 children in our 16 Nutritional Rehabilitatiion Homes throughout Nepal and taught an almost equal number of mothers how to maintain their child's newfound health.

Our NRH in Kathmandu also serves as a training center and offers dietician education to health care professionals.

Thank you and dhanyabad!

Asmita 15 days later
Asmita 15 days later
Mothers receiving nutrition education at NRH
Mothers receiving nutrition education at NRH

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Apr 3, 2015

Training the trainers - spreading the word about vocational education

Vocational training orientation for freed Kamlaris
Vocational training orientation for freed Kamlaris

Our Vocational Education and Counseling program (VECC) staff recruited and trained 45 young women to act as peer educators and to spread the word among freed girls about NYF’s vocational training opportunities. Currently, 422 young women who spent their childhoods as household slaves are enrolled in a variety of vocational training programs.

Mobilizing the peer educators has been vital in our efforts to reach the girls who live throughout a large expanse of Western Nepal, mostly in remote villages.

The new peer educators travel to villages to meet with the former Kamlaris (child slaves) and tell them about the opportunities available through NYF. They also encourage the young women to get involved with one of NYF’s 38 business cooperatives. Currently, 3,485 former Kamlari are members of the cooperatives and running small businesses ranging from beauty shops to pig farms.

NYF has rescued 12,702 girls from the now banned practice of Kamlari since 2000.

These training programs will prepare them for jobs as midwives, cooks, computer technicians, graphic designers, furniture makers, pharmacy technicians, and farmers.
All of these young people attend an orientation session and receive career counseling before beginning a training 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.

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. More than 80 percent of our graduates are now employed!

Thanks in large part to the generosity of our supporters, the VECC program is proving to be a highly effective means of putting impoverished youth on a track for life-long success.

Thank you and dhanyabad!

Training Peer Counselors
Training Peer Counselors
Electric tecnician trainee
Electric tecnician trainee
Training to become a nurse
Training to become a nurse

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