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.
Dec 22, 2011

Ankur Counseling Center Update

By Teresa Parker - Development Director

Nepal Youth Foundation’s Ankur Counseling Center (ACC) provides therapeutic counseling to nearly 1,000 adults and children, annually. In addition, ACC trains almost as many adults with backgrounds in education, medicine and mental health in counseling and therapy skills.  Conducting  orientation sessions quarterly, they also lead multiple-day training sessions and at least one advanced training session every year.

ACC’s results-oriented mental health programs continue to generate support and interest.  Their staff now regularly makes presentations, teaches group sessions, and leads workshops in regional schools and colleges. With a leading-edge understanding of mental health and the many effective ways to minimize its effects, ACC receives invitations to present their methods to an ever-increasing number of professionals and organizations throughout Nepal.

Freed Indentured Daughters Receive Counseling and Counseling Training

The ACC staff of mental health practitioners continues to work closely with the Freed Kamalaris Development Forum (FKDF), the nonprofit organized by once-indentured and now free young women.  With the assistance and training provided by ACC, these formerly bonded girls are able to deal effectively with their earlier traumas. The flagship training program offered through the FKDF, “Basic Counseling Skills,” continues to show remarkable results. This six-day training teaches accessible and transferable counseling and facilitation techniques which the young women can then put in service to help resolve the psychological troubles of their freed younger “sisters.”

In addition, a shortened three-day form of the “Basic Counseling Skills” course is now regularly given to school teachers and members of child care institutions, focusing on child psychology, communication skills and behavior change cycle.

Among their many effective modalities of treatment are Creative Movement Therapy (CMT) for stress management, Non Violent Communication (NVC) to enhance the understanding of the influence of language on behavior, and courses in “Sex and Sexuality” offered to adolescents, providing an open forum for exploring these topics while examining the associated emotions and social consequences.

In the schools and colleges, ACC also holds ongoing orientation sessions with young adults, providing information about the myths and realities of therapy.  By these means, ACC continues to develop a positive attitude toward mental health counseling. These programs are fruitful for Ankur, allowing many opportunities to disseminate its services to the community and schools.

World Mental Health Day Celebration – October 10, 2011

ACC participated again in 2011 in the World Mental Health Day, using the event as a platform to raise public awareness about mental health issues in Nepal.  ACC’s successes with their many modalities has helped to promote more open discussion of the problems of mental illness, which is still a new and sensitive subject for most Nepalese.  

For more information about this program, please visit us at www.nepalyouthfoundation.org.  Follow this link to watch our new 4 minute video:http://bit.ly/uv6is2.

We thank you for supporting this worthwhile project. 

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Dec 22, 2011

Former Indentured Child Receives Back Pay

Phulbasni Chaudhary
Phulbasni Chaudhary

Phulbasni Chaudhary -- Freed and Paid

Many girls who have been sold into bonded servitude by their impoverished and desperate parents are "purchased" by well-to-do middle-class and upper-class Nepali families.  Yet, this does not guarantee that they will be treated any better than household slaves.  Despite promises of fair treatment and education, these children are usually worked without respite, day in and day out, while provided only the bare minimum of food and shelter.

However, with the help of the Nepal Youth Foundation's successful efforts to challenge this illegal practice, these "employers" are not only being forced to release these children, they are also being pressured to pay the wages for the work performed.

Often the threat of a lawsuit or a formal complaint with the local police are sufficient to compel the employers to comply with the law and release the girl from her obligation.  Now, too, through the dilligent efforts and persistent pressure from the Former Kamlari Development Forum (FKDF), an association of formerly indentured girls, these employers are agreeing to pay back wages, too.

One such case is that of Phulbasni Chaudhary whose employers agreed to deposit five years of back wages into a bank account for her education.  In addition, these people signed an agreement not to employ bonded children again.

Thank you for your support and interest.  You may read more about this and other programs of the Nepal Youth Foundation on our website www.nepalyouthfoundation.org Follow this link to watch our new 4 minute video:http://bit.ly/uv6is2.

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Dec 22, 2011

Out of the Mud Grows the Lotus

Newest NRH in Rajbiraj
Newest NRH in Rajbiraj

Rajbiraj Nutritional Rehabilitation Home

Seven years ago, the Nepal Youth Foundation offered to build a Nutritional Rehabilitation Home (NRH) next to the government's "zonal" hospital in the town of Rajbiraj in southeastern Nepal.  From the first NRH built in Kathmandu in 1998, Nepal's Minister of Health supported the project and urged NYF to expand these facilities around the country.  A goal of 14 NRH's was set, with the intention of establishing an NRH adjacent to each of the country's zonal hospitals.

In 2004, NYF approached the administrator for the Sagarmatha zonal hospital in Rajbiraj. The hospital itself was in desperate need of upkeep and the conditions for the patients were very poor and unsanitary.  One of the most unhealthy aspects of the site was an open pond right on the hospital grounds into which biological waste was dumped. We were certain that the NRH would be a welcome addition as a place to provide long-term care for infants and children suffering malnutrition, a frequent cause of children's hospitalization. However, the administrator refused the offer.

Yet, NYF did not forget their commitment to build an NRH by every hospital. So our staff kept offering. This year, Sagarmatha hospital's new administrator said, "Yes."  In less than half a year, the new NRH was built and opened its doors to children and their caregivers.

And, the most wondrous part of the story is the open waste pit was emptied, disinfected and backfilled and is now the very place on which the NRH stands.  Yes, "out of the mud grows the lotus." 

On behalf of the children we serve, thank you for your support.  For more information please visit our website, www.nepalyouthfoundation.org. Follow this link to watch our new 4 minute video:http://bit.ly/uv6is2.

Rajeev Thakur at Admission to Rajbiraj NRH
Rajeev Thakur at Admission to Rajbiraj NRH
Rajeev Thakur after 18 days at NRH
Rajeev Thakur after 18 days at NRH

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