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.
Mar 13, 2012

NYOF's project to rescue girls from bonded servitude is spreading across Nepal!

Girls rescued by NYOF reflect on their troubled past
Girls rescued by NYOF reflect on their troubled past

Although the government of Nepal is undergoing more tumultuous changes, including a new Prime Minister, NYOF’s programs in Nepal are continuing to transform the lives of impoverished children and provide them with unimagined opportunities.

NYOF’s Indentured Daughters Program rescues girls from bonded servitude, sponsors their education, and provides each family with a piglet or goat to compensate for the income they would have gained from selling their daughter. We first introduced this program in the Dang district of Nepal in 2000, and we have virtually eliminated the bonding practice there. When we brought our program to Dang, fathers would boast about the number of daughters they had bonded away, local politicians would arrange labor contracts as favors to their constituents, the streets were filled with labor contractors coming to buy the girls’ services, and the bus park with frightened, weeping little girls about to be sent off they knew not where.

Today, nine years later, although a few girls are still bonded away in Dang, the arrangements are made between the fathers of the girls and the labor contractors on the sly and the family is looked down upon in the community. Thousands of liberated girls marched in a parade last January to celebrate their freedom, and at the rally that ended the parade, the Chief District Officer of Dang (similar to a Governor) declared Dang a zone free of bonded labor. For the first time ever in Nepal, the local police arrested the few labor contractors who dared to come to the district to make bonding arrangements. (The practice has been ruled illegal by the Nepali Supreme Court in a suit brought by NYOF.)

We recently visited the nearby Kailali district where the bonding custom is still prevalent because NYOF has not been able to start its abolition program yet. There, every January when the selling of girls takes place, men in leather jackets wearing dark glasses and sporting cell phones ride through the village streets on their motorcycles to buy child servants. One, a journalist, was there to renew the contract of a 16 year old. Another, who had engaged the services of a 10 year old in his home the previous year, also wanted to renew the contract and in addition, to buy another girl to work in his second home. The father refused an offer of $80 for a year of his daughter’s services, and the buyer went elsewhere to make his deal. As we discovered later, the father had already reached an agreement with another buyer for $95 for the year, half of it up front. (A price considerably higher than average.) All through these negotiations, Kausi, their daughter, sat silently and sadly on the bench in front of their hut, one parent on each side, as the adults haggled over the price of her future.

A couple of years ago, we extended our program to the Bardiya district, where it has been very successful - we have rescued about 1000 girls to date. With your support, we will soon eliminate the bonding tradition from Bardiya, and within a few years, from all of Nepal. Thank you for supporting some of the most disadvantaged children in Nepal.

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NYOF rescued this girl and gave her family this goat
NYOF rescued this girl and gave her family this goat

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Mar 13, 2012

We've Done it! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Shyam Shahi celebrates!
Shyam Shahi celebrates!

Thanks to all of you who supported and funded our Dormitory Project, we've accomplished our goal!

Now that we have met this goal and are providing housing for these deserving students, NYF is turning its attention to the Vocational Education and Career Counseling (VECC) for maturing adolescents who are ready to enter the job market.

Please visit our VECC project link below (and project to be posted on GlobalGiving within the next two weeks).  You can read about our many successes with this wonderful young program, which is already one of our most fruitful.

In the meantime, please look at Nepal Youth Foundation's 7 other programs on GlobalGiving.  Only through your kindness and generosity, through the donations of concerned world citizens just like you, are we able to continue helping these deserving children.

And, now, next Wednesday, March 14 ONLY...

... because we appreciate every dollar you have given to support our program, NYF is thrilled to invite you to participate in GlobalGiving’s Bonus Day event.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012, GlobalGiving.org will match 30% for every dollar you donate!  $50,000 in matching funds are available, but only on March 14.  This 30% matching offer begins right after the stroke of midnight, March 13, and runs only until the $50,000 is claimed. Once the funds are used, no more matching funds will be applied.

Add even greater value to the gifts you give NYF.  Mark your calendars for NEXT Wednesday, March 14, 2012.

And, GlobalGiving will make this 30% match for single contributions up to $1,000!  That’s $1,300 value for a $1,000 donation.

PLUS –

  • The organization that raises the most funds on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving.
  • The organization that has the most unique donors on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving.

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

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Mar 13, 2012

The 130% Gift -- Child Slavery has no Gender

Children laboring in the fields
Children laboring in the fields

Despite the efforts of the Nepal Youth Foundation, desperate families in rural regions of Nepal continue to sell their own children into bonded servitude.  Now that NYF and the Freed Kamlari Development Forum have helped to educate the Nepali public about the practice, which has caused an uproar against the selling of young girls, these families are turning to selling their sons, who, as indentured servants are known as Kamlar.

Regardless of the gender of the child, this practice must stop!  Your donations are helping to turn the tide of public opinion against this practice.  Yet there are thousands of children who still need our help and are crying out to be rescued.

And, now, next Wednesday, March 14 ONLY...

... because we appreciate every dollar you have given to support our program, NYF is thrilled to invite you to participate in GlobalGiving’s Bonus Day event.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012, GlobalGiving.org will match 30% for every dollar you donate!  $50,000 in matching funds are available, but only on March 14.  This 30% matching offer begins right after the stroke of midnight, March 13, and runs only until the $50,000 is claimed. Once the funds are used, no more matching funds will be applied.

Add even greater value to the gifts you give NYF.  Mark your calendars for NEXT Wednesday, March 14, 2012.

And, GlobalGiving will make this 30% match for single contributions up to $1,000!  That’s $1,300 value for a $1,000 donation.

What this opportunity means for the Indentured Daughters Program is that the $1,000 gift that would normally fund the rescue of 10 enslaved children, will, on this one day, March 14, 2012, provide enough money to rescue a total of 13 little girls and boys to come home and return to school for the same donation.

 PLUS –

  • The organization that raises the most funds on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving.
  • The organization that has the most unique donors on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving.


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

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