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.
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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Feb 22, 2012

Beyond Miraculous ... WARNING- DISTURBING PHOTO

Jamuna at arrival in Nepalgunj NRH
Jamuna at arrival in Nepalgunj NRH

 

A case study: Jamuna Budha Magar

Jamuna Budha Magar is almost 12 years old.  Her family lives in the far west part of Nepal in the Rukum district.  She is one of eight children ranging in ages from seven to 14.  Her parents lack formal education and are illiterate. Jamuna, herself, never learned to read or write, and, now, due to serious and unaddressed ailments she cannot speak.  Recently, she lost her sight as a result of a severe E.coli infection.  When Jamuna arrived at the Baluatar Nutritional Rehabilitation Home (NRH) in Kathmandu, her length was 107 cm (3.5 ft) and weight, 9 kg (19.8 lbs).  According to World Health Organization guidelines, this is a score of minus-4 on a weight to height ratio (a comparative scale which normally goes only to minus-3:  http://www.who.int/childgrowth/standards/Growth_standard.pdf)

Under other circumstances, it is very probable that Jamuna would be dead by the time you read this.

After Jamuna’s admission, NRH nutritionists designed a diet plan to address her nutritional deficiencies. She was fed milk, rice pudding and other foods which her system could assimilate. From the first week, she began to gain weight at a steady rate of almost 1 kg (2.2 lbs) per week. In the initial 29 days of her stay in the NRH, Jamuna has gained 4.4 kg (9.7 lbs). Now, her total body weight is 13.4 kg (29.5 lbs). Despite losing her vision, Jamuna has begun responding and, although she cannot speak, according to the staff at the NRH, she smiles when she is happy. Recently, she was taken for a consultation with the doctors at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital. Their recommendation is that Jamuna gain optimum weight before she undergoes surgery to deal with ailments contracted due to severe ongoing malnutrition, including hydrocephalus.

We continue to be deeply grateful for your support of the NRH program and, especially, when we can save a child on the very brink of death as Jamuna was. Please give as generously as you can, so that we can continue to help kids in Nepal grow up to live as fully as possible.

Jamuna after 10 days of NRH Nutritional Care
Jamuna after 10 days of NRH Nutritional Care
Jamuna after 29 days of NRH Nutritional Care
Jamuna after 29 days of NRH Nutritional Care

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