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 16, 2011

The Gift of Books and a Schoolroom

Young Student Learning to Write
Young Student Learning to Write

Often, for children in the developed countries of the world, going to school is so much a certainty and a guaranteed opportunity that many of them look upon their education with disdain.  Bored with their studies and distracted by their electronic toys -- while living lives of fantastic abundance without knowing it -- these "first-world" children have little or no understanding of what it is to crave an education.

However, the children of Nepal live with this craving. These children know that they will only be able to improve conditions for themselves and their families if they can learn to read and write, learn the fundamentals of mathematics and science, and learn something of history and culture.  And to go to school is a supreme privilege that more than 30% of them will never get. The children who do get this privilege often start toward school before dawn and get home after dark.  Walking, literally, for hours on undeveloped tracks and footpaths, they arrive at crowded schoolhouses in distant villages with the hope of learning the information and gaining the tools that will free them and their families from ignorance and poverty.

In regions where few roads connect the towns and families have lived for generations farming small plots of land, children have historically gone to work in the fields with their parents as soon as they could walk.  For these children in the remote, mountainous regions of Nepal, the promise of education, a few books and a crowded schoolroom are priceless gifts.  And, these gifts are, at the very least, what the Nepal Youth Foundation's Village Scholarship Program ensures they get.

For approximately $100 a year, NYF provides books, paper and pencils, school uniforms, and the school fee.  As nominal as that possibly sounds to someone in the West, this sum is beyond the means of many parents in rural Nepal.  Through these modest investments, NYF's donors are giving more than hope and education.  They are providing the opportunity to change an entire culture one deserving student at a time.

To read more about Nepal Youth Foundation's Village Scholarship Program and our other projects in Nepal, please visit our website, www.nepalyouthfoundation.org

Students in Rural Classroom
Students in Rural Classroom

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May 27, 2011

Education Support Programs Update

Blind Girl
Blind Girl

NYF knows that an education is the only way to break the cycle of poverty.   We have been providing scholarships since our inception in 1990.   To offset the inequities against females in Nepal, NYF has been providing more scholarships to girls than to boys.   We know that when you educate a girl, you change society.   Educated girls will marry later in life, have smaller families, and make sure that their children receive an education.

 NYF currently runs 8 different categories of scholarship programs depending on the needs of the children and youth.  During 2010, 807 children ranging from kindergarten through college, received scholarships.  In many cases, the programs also support physical school infrastructure and providing educational materials.

Out of 807, 68% are female.   Grade-wise, the highest number of students is in the Secondary level with 283 students and the lowest number of students is in the Pre-primary level with 6 students.  Among the 8 programs, Girls’ School Scholarship is the largest with 187 students.

Under NYF’s disabled program, the children are provided with the special education in child friendly schools.

Success Story of a blind girl   

Neera Adhikari, blind by birth, was born into a poor family in a remote village of Lalitpur.  Luckily, she received a scholarship from the Special Education Section of the Ministry for her school education.  But since she did not have any financial support for further studies she had to struggle to complete her Intermediate level but there was no way she could continue her study after she completed her Intermediate level.  The only way she could ‘become somebody’ was by proving herself educationally. But now, even that door was closed for her.

When everything was looking hopeless, she came to know about NYF from her teacher and applied for the Scholarship. When she heard she was selected for the scholarship her joy knew no boundaries: the hope was still alive.  

NYF then supported her from 1998 to 2001 for her Bachelor’s degree majoring in English and Sociology. This support raised her confidence.  She was intelligent as well as hard working and was thus able to pass BA in 1st division.  After graduation, NYF encouraged her to work and earn so that she could pay for her Master’s degree.   She worked as Assistant Instructor at Nepal Association of the Blind for 3 years and at the same time passed Masters Degree in 1st division.

As she worked, she started to prepare for the examination of Public Commission for the position of Section Officer.   She passed the examination and was appointed as a Section Officer under Ministry of Women and Children.  Now, she is the Social Protection Head of Ministry of Women and Children.

 We thank you for supporting this worthwhile project.

Teresa Parker

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May 26, 2011

Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes Update

Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes

 

In 1998, Nepal Youth foundation (NYF) started piloting Nutrition Rehabilitation Home (NRH) initiative in Kathmandu.  The successful learning encouraged NYF to expand this program to other regional and zonal hospitals.  So far NYF has established 9 NRHs that has been able to support 6724 malnourished children to regain normal health and 5969 parents (caretakers) have been provided with intensive counseling and hands-on training on nutrition, family health and personal hygiene.  NYF has been successfully supporting the Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes (NRH) at nine regional and zonal hospitals outside Kathmandu.

Objectives:

  • To rehabilitate the severely malnourished children 
  • To educate the caretakers on food and nutrition 

 

-         The NRHs are located in10 districts of the country.  The total capacity of 10 NRHs is 123 beds.  With an average of 35 children staying days and a ninety percent occupancy target, these NRHs have a capacity to serve 1154 malnourished children per year.  

-         NRH Nepalgunj, NRH Biratnagar and NRH-Bhadrapur were taken over by the respective zonal hospitals in June 2009 & 2010.  The government of Nepal, Ministry of Health provided the budget for these NRHs and they are functioning smoothly.  Now NYF is managing 7 NRHs with 86 beds capacity

-         During the nine month period the overall construction work of NRH building in Janakpur was completed.  The inauguration of the building was held in 29th December 2010 and it has started operation.

-         President, Executive Director and Nutrition Coordinator of NYF visited Janakpur for the inauguration.  NRH building was inaugurated jointly by the President of NYF Ms. Olga D. Murray and the Chairperson of Janakpur Zonal Hospital Development Mr. Kunwar Kanta Jha.

-         At the same time they have visited Rajbiraj to observe the progress in construction activities of the new NRH building.

-         The construction of NRH-Rajbiraj on the premises of Sagarmatha Zonal Hospital is going on and it will be completed by the end of April.

-         The process of finalizing the agreement with Dhaulagiri Zonal Hospital, Baglung is already completed and it will be signed in January 2011.

-         During this period Program Director of NYOF visited NRH-Pokhara and provides some instruction to the staffs for the better functioning of the facility.

-         Training sessions were organized at NRH-Kathmandu for the staff of NRH-Janakpur.  The objective of the training was to show the overall management of establishment of satellite NRH and its smooth operation and to strengthen the confidence of the newly appointed staff for the conduction of the project.

-         Ministry of Health, Department of Health Services has declared that every last week of December will be considered as nutrition week.  The government agencies for health services, NGOs and INGOs involving in nutritional activities have been celebrating this occasion by conducting different nutritional events in their respective fields.  All NRHs celebrated it in coordination with the District Public Health Offices demonstrating locally available nutritious food-stuffs and providing education on nutrition.

-         NRH-Kathmandu conducted an outreach Nutrition Awareness Camp in Dukuchhap Village Development Committee of Lalitpur district on October 29th 2010 to cover the children from Danuwar ethnic group. Including NRH team, 7 volunteers from project's abroad were involved in the camp to help the team.  Enrollment of children was very impressive, 332 children attended in the camp and anthropometric measurement were taken.  All the mothers participated in the nutrition education session delivered by the dietitian. The health workers tried to educate the mothers through songs to make the education more impressive.

Regular Activities: 

Admissions, discharges and follow-ups are the regular procedures of all NRHs.  At the time of admission and discharge, anthropometric measurement and photographs of all the children are taken.

During July to December, the following activities were carried out by the seven NRHs.

-         A total of 491 children were provided with nutritional care and 424 caretakers were educated on nutrition.  Among the admitted children 84% belonged to age-group under 5 years.                                                 

-         During the period, 494 children were discharged including 287 male and 207 female.

-         Among the discharged children, 377 were officially discharged, 59 discharged before time due to the Dashain and Tihar festival, 31 referred to hospital, because they were having more complications and needed to be re-hospitalized.

-         During the reported period, 870 follow-ups were recorded from 7 NRHs in which 353 were the first, 291 and 226 were the second and third follow-up, respectively.  During follow-up period, most of the children’s health conditions were found to be satisfactory.  Few children were still malnourished due to poor economic condition while a few were having chronic diseases as well.

-         During this period 4 death cases were recorded from NRH Kathmandu and Surkhet.  It was recorded in the follow-up process.  It was due to other diseases.

-         Counseling services were provided by different NRHs to the guardians whose children are mildly malnourished, and these guardians are not able to stay for the recommended treatment.  They receive counseling services by the staff of NRH.  The nursing staff and manager counsel the guardian especially mothers to feed the appropriate balanced diet to recover the weight that the child has lost.  This activity seemed effective.  After attending in the counseling session, maximum number of guardians reported a good improvement observed in their children.

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Case History

Akha Pun a 21 month old boy was referred from a private pediatric hospital - IFCH (International Friendship Children's Hospital) on September 8, 2010 in a severe stage of PEM (Protein Energy Malnutrition).   He got admitted in IFCH for few days and stabilized there.  The causes of admission in the IFCH were vomiting, loose stool, skin infection, fever and lose of weight.

 

Akha belongs to a middle class family and his parents are well educated.  He was the second child of his parents.  Even having a good surrounding such as economically and socially, Akha's health condition was deteriorating day by day and he had to visit Kathmandu for the treatment.

 

The main occupation of the family was agriculture though his father was abroad for the livelihood.   His mother Rima is responsible for looking after both of the children.   Akha used to get 2 meals and 3 snacks a day which is enough for a little boy like Akha but the ingredients were not properly mixed while preparing the food.

 

At arrival, he weighted at 6.5 kg and height was 71 cm and as per WHO guideline he was severely malnourished (<-3 standard deviations).  He looked very sad and pale.  The rehabilitation program was started with formula 75 and he passed through the entire treatment course.  He received Vitamin A single dose, folic acid regularly.  He started to consume 975 kilo calorie per day and finally able to consume 1545 kilo calorie per day.   Mother Rima had the opportunity to participate in the nutrition education session offered by the NRH.  She understood the importance of good nutrition for a child's growth and development.

 

After 34 days at the NRH, Akha had reached his desired weight and was no longer malnourished.   During his stay at NRH, his weight was dramatically increased and he reached 8 kg at the date of discharge (October 12), which was a 1.5 kg weight gain in 34 days.   His mother, who was caring him in the Centre, also gained 3.7 kg of her weight.   Akha seemed very happy and healthy at the time of discharge.

 

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