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.
Jun 2, 2009

The far-reaching impacts of NYOF's scholarships

Children who can now go to school, thanks to support from donors
Children who can now go to school, thanks to support from donors

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. I’d like to share with you a couple stories of children who received scholarships from NYOF. One is now improving the lives of thousands of people in Nepal; the other will soon be making a similar impact.

About 15 years ago, we learned about a gifted medical student who had a scholarship to the best medical school in Nepal, but whose parents could not afford to pay his living and ancillary expenses. We chipped in for the last year or two of medical school, and when he was offered a surgical residency in Pakistan, we paid his airfare and living costs. Fast forward to 2009: Dr. Harish is now head of a large hospital in Nepal and a passionate advocate of medical care for the poor. Twenty percent of all patients at his hospital receive free medical care, and he is brimming with ideas about expanding medical assistance to those who cannot afford it. We are discussing the possibility of establishing a Nutritional Rehabilitation Home at his hospital to alleviate the problem of the many malnourished children in the area, as well as other ways of helping his mission. A pretty good outcome for an investment of a couple of thousand dollars several years ago.

Then there’s Santosh. We met Santosh when he was a little boy in about the third or fourth grade at a school that many of our scholarship students attended. The headmaster approached us and said that Santosh’s foreign sponsor had terminated his support, and that the school would have to expel him if he was unable to find someone else to sponsor his education. He mentioned also that Santosh was super-smart, especially in math and science. We asked to meet the boy. It was clear from his appearance and demeanor that he was a severely neglected child, painfully shy, and that no one had taken the trouble to teach him even the most rudimentary social skills.

We agreed to sponsor Santosh, and as expected, he excelled in his studies at every level. We educated him at probably the best private college in the country. With success has come self-confidence, and he has evolved into a charming, very kind, brilliant young man. He has been admitted on scholarship to a first-class American university for graduate study. Santosh is determined to return to Nepal and use the skills he acquires to improve the economic situation of his country.

Now here’s the zinger - Santosh grew up with virtually no parental guidance. He has had to care for his mother and sister all his life. When his mother was pregnant with him, his father, a brilliant doctor, went abroad for education and never returned. His mother became desperately ill and unable to care for herself or her children. Ever since he can remember, Santosh has been the responsible head of his family.

Thank you for supporting some of the most disadvantaged children in Nepal.

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Ajeeta (here with her mother) is now a nurse, helping the needy!
Ajeeta (here with her mother) is now a nurse, helping the needy!

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Jun 2, 2009

NYOF's Ankur Psychological Counseling Center starts a pioneering project!

Ankur staff works with children at a Kathmandu school
Ankur staff works with children at a Kathmandu school

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 Ankur Counseling Center is a pioneering center in Nepal, where psychology is still in its infancy. Many of the children supported by NYOF have endured unimaginable hardships at very young ages, such as being abandoned by their families. Ankur’s expert staff provides much-needed therapy to these kids, helping them to fulfill their potential.

Ankur has also started a pilot program which we’re very excited about. The staff visit schools and ask the children to accomplish tasks in groups. By observing the children’s interactions, the staff can identify which kids may benefit from counseling. We hope that this program will bring psychological care to youth throughout Kathmandu whose emotional challenges would have otherwise been ignored.

Thank you for supporting some of the most disadvantaged children in Nepal.

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Jun 2, 2009

NYOF's scholarships for disabled students are providing unimagined opportunities

Laxmi in her wheelchair can go to school because of NYOF
Laxmi in her wheelchair can go to school because of NYOF

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.

In Nepal, disabled children are often seen as cast-offs, as pariahs or as punishment for "sins" of the family. They seldom have an opportunity to prove themselves as productive members of society (Only 30% of disabled people are educated). From its inception, NYOF has paid special attention to these children, whether they are blind or deaf, suffering from conditions such as cerebral palsy, or have other challenges.

NYOF supports many blind and deaf students in Nepal, and some with physical disabilities. The youth enrolled in this program are generally very capable and motivated students. 96% of them successfully passed their most recent end-of-term examinations; five of them obtained the best grades in their class, four ranked second, and three were third.

NYOF’s social workers maintain personal relationships with all of the students who receive scholarships and carefully monitor their academic progress and personal lives. They bring the students for health check ups when needed, and purchase any needed items for the children such as warm clothes, shoes, and books. The social workers also meet with the students’ principals and teachers every three months. For students who have parents, social workers visit the parents and determine if the living conditions are appropriate for the children and conducive to studying. ----------------------------------------- One student’s story: Laxmi Kunwar

My name is Laxmi Kunwar. I am seventeen years old and I am studying in grade nine in Kathmandu. I was not born disabled. Two years ago, in my village, I fell from a tree when I was collecting fodder for the cattle. My spinal cord was badly injured, and even after surgery, I am still paralyzed below the waist. I came to Kathmandu to undergo a lot of physiotherapy, and now I can move around in a wheelchair, but I can’t stand on my feet. I was the best student in my class, and I had a lot of dreams for my future career. Because of the accident, my dreams were ruined. My father sold almost all of our family’s property to pay for my treatment, and now we only have a few cattle, a small house, and a small piece of land.

I was searching for an opportunity to continue my studies, and fortunately, I got a scholarship from NYOF. My happiness crossed all boundaries when I learned that NYOF would support my education. I will utilize this support for my study as well as I possibly can. I want to thank NYOF for this support. ------------------------------------------ Thank you for helping NYOF transform the lives of some of the most disadvantaged children in Nepal.

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One of the best students at the Kathmandu School for the Deaf
One of the best students at the Kathmandu School for the Deaf

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