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 9, 2012

The 130% Gift for an AIDS-free Childhood

Tamar gets his appetite back
Tamar gets his appetite back

HIV and AIDS are on the rise in Nepal, due mostly to fear and ignorance.  Studies indicate that more than 80% of the HIV-infected people in Nepal are yet undiagnosed.  Along with other INGO's and NGO's attempting to address this tragedy, Nepal Youth Foundation is doing what we can, on a very limited budget, to help alleviate the terrible suffering that comes to the afflicted.  In NYF's case, at our New Life Center, we direct our help to the children, providing care and education that can ensure a long and healthy life, free of the disease progressing into AIDS.

With your help, the New Life Center has been able to provide excellent lifesaving treatment to children with HIV/AIDS, while teaching their caretakers to live hygienically and cook nutritious meals. This is the only facility in Nepal that treats HIV/AIDS with a holistic approach.

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.

At NYF's New Life Center, a $1,000 donation would normally provide food for 17 HIV/AIDS-infected children and their caregivers, while the child's health is being stabilized and the parent is trained in proper care.  However, next Wednesdaythat same $1,000 donation becomes $1,300 and can supply the same benefits to 23 children and their caregivers.

 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.

Please consider giving your intended donation on Wednesday March 14, 2012, when its value will be 30% greater than the marvelous gift it always is.  Thank you again for your support of the Nepal Youth Foundation.  Namaste!

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Feb 28, 2012

Freed Kamlari Meet with Nepal Prime Minister

FKDF Delegate Meeting with Nepal Prime Minister
FKDF Delegate Meeting with Nepal Prime Minister

In 2011, the Nepal Youth Foundation helped to rescue a total of 1111 girls from virtual slavery in five districts of Nepal.  Many of those rescued joined the Freed Kamlaris Development Forum (FKDF), an organization begun and sustained by the rescued girls and young women.

During the last eight months, the FKDF has grown more and more effective in its ability to influence and persuade Nepal government leaders to make available the funds already earmarked for education of former bonded child laborers.  In 2011, FKDF delegations met with two Prime Ministers who occupied the office, sequentially.  Currently, the government continues to experience some instability following the end of a decades-long civil war, which resulted in the shift from a monarchy to a republic.

Yet, even in light of this instability, the FKDF delegates successfully gained agreement for support of the comprehensive Kamlari Rehabilitation Guideline and timely release of the scholarship stipend. In addition to meeting with the Prime Ministers, the delegation teams met with the Finance Minister, the Education Minister, the Department of Education, and the Center for Child Welfare Board, the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights and the National Human Rights Commission.

This successful campaign for increasing attention on Kamlari issues resulted in a Department of Education commitment to increase the scholarship amount. In accordance with Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai’s directive, responsibilities were assigned to respective ministries for immediate action. The Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office has been charged with bringing the rehabilitation issue to a productive conclusion.

Thank you for supporting this historical evolution to enlighten one government’s attitude toward the treatment of children.  With the Nepal government ready to educate them, there is more reason now than ever to do all we can to liberate the remaining few thousand girls and nearly 2,000 little boys that are still sold into bonded slavery.  Look into the faces of these children here: http://bit.ly/uv6is2.

FKDF Delegate Meeting Nepal Prime Minister 2011
FKDF Delegate Meeting Nepal Prime Minister 2011

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Feb 28, 2012

Stopping the Sale of Children

Freed Kamlaris Demonstrating during Maghi Festival
Freed Kamlaris Demonstrating during Maghi Festival

In 2011 a total of 1111 girls were rescued from virtual slavery from five districts of Nepal: 85 in Dang 318 in Bardiya, 453 in Kailalai, 77 in Bake and 178 in Kanchanpur.  Many of those rescued joined the Freed Kamlaris Development Forum (FKDF).

FKDF is an organization of girls and young women who have been rescued from indentured servitude, most of them through the help of the Nepal Youth Foundation’s Indentured Daughters Program (IDP).  The FKDF mission is to end the practice of families selling the services of their daughters (and sons), to help ensure the education and ongoing freedom of these children, and to create business opportunities and cooperatives through which those rescued can develop self-sustaining economies for themselves and their families.

Every year, members of the FKDF rally together in December and January during the festival of the Maghi, which is the Tharu New Year and the time when contracts for child labor are often renewed or renegotiated.  This year, an even larger number of freed Kamlaris showed up to protest the practice. They mobilized the local youth clubs, child clubs, and Badhgar (communal leaders) committees as well as the print and the electronic media. The major awareness activities included door-to-door visits, putting up posters and pamphlets, bicycle rallies, interaction programs, culture shows, street dramas and media mobilization. Transit points were blocked to check and rescue girls who were being taken away by contract employers.

These committed former Kamlaris hosted special awareness programs in all the districts celebrating the Maghi Festival. Through presentations, lectures and performances, the FKDF educated the children, young adults, parents and Badghar committees about the realities of this abominable practice. The young women of the FKDF also held press conferences and public hearings.  Most emotional and heart-rending were the interactions with parents of Kamlaris who, once sold into servitude, disappeared.

Sixty-nine percent of the funds needed to continue this work comes from the Nepal Youth Foundation, which means, it comes from you.  Thank you for continuing to support the liberation of children from bonded servitude.  With your help, in their lifetimes, this form of slavery can vanish forever into the history books.

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