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.
Oct 9, 2014

Caring for Nepal's most vulnerable children

A blind student in the Disabled Scholarship progra
A blind student in the Disabled Scholarship progra

When we found six-year-old Nirmala, she was blind and had no chance for an education. We enrolled her in a special school for blind children and then welcomed her into K House, our home for girls, where she was fed, clothed, loved and educated. A very bright girl, Nirmala thrived during her time with us. She earned a scholarship to attend college in the U.S. and is now in Nepal working for the United Nations. Nirmala's goal is to help other handicapped Nepali children.

Our Disabled Scholarship fund has helped more than 200 deaf, blind and physically disabled children students get an education and learn the skills necessary to live full, productive lives.

Often treated as discards in Nepal's caste society, we send the children to special schools which are set up to care for them physically and academically. Our students thrive. Last year, we welcomed 49 new students into our program, caring for a total of 94 students in preschool through high school.

Your dollars go far in Nepal. Thank you for your generous contributions to our project to Provide Education to 20 Disabled Children. This program’s accomplishments would not be possible without the support of people like you.

Namaste!

Students supported by Disabled Scholarships
Students supported by Disabled Scholarships

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Oct 9, 2014

A life saving gift!

Kripa and her mother after 36 days at NRH
Kripa and her mother after 36 days at NRH

Weighing only four pounds when her mother brought her to NYF’s Nutritional Rehabilitation Home last spring, tiny Kripa blossomed during her month-long stay.

She is one of thousands of children nursed back to health at one of NYF’s 16 NRHs, while their mothers learn the basics of good nutrition using healthy, locally available food. These small clinics are located near hospitals in each district in Nepal. We operate them for five years, and then turn them over to the government to run. So far, we have transferred eight NRH’s to government stewardship, freeing our resources to reach even more malnourished children.

Kripa had a tough start in life. Unable to produce enough breast milk, her mother fed her only rice porridge. Her health quickly deteriorated and she was hospitalized, too weak even to open her eyes. Nurses referred her to our NRH in Kailekh where she was treated intensively until she stabilized.

In a little over a month, she grew to a healthy eight pounds! Receiving lessons in food preparation, nutrition, and personal hygiene, her mother learned to feed her appropriately and took back this knowledge back to the village to share with family and friends.

Thank you for your generous support of Kripa and thousands of children like her.

Namaste!

Mothers and children at a recent outreach camp
Mothers and children at a recent outreach camp

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Sep 17, 2014

Empowerment and employment for former child slaves

This former child slave owns her own repair shop
This former child slave owns her own repair shop

We have changed the name of our Indentured Daughters Program to Empowering Freed Kamlari because we accomplished what we set out to do in 2000 and have helped bring to an end the terrible practice of child slavery in Nepal known as Kamlari.

NYF is now helping thousands of these former indentured servants move towards a brighter future by offering them education, counseling, job skills, advocacy training, and economic support.

An estimated 300 Kamlari remain in servitude, and we will continue this important work to secure their freedom. Our focus now is on helping the more than 12,000 girls we have rescued build new and productive lives.

This is how we are doing it:

  • We helped the young women form their own organization called the Freed Kamlari Development Forum and have taught them the skills to lead the anti-Kamlari movement. NYF gives financial support and offers training in leadership, entrepreneurship, cooperative management and organizational development.
  • NYF negotiated with the Nepal government to offer scholarships to Kamlari robbed of their educations. Thousands of former child slaves are now attending school.
  • Not every young woman is academic and we have a wide range of vocational trainings available for those girls who want to learn a marketable skill. After extensive career and aptitude counseling, girls can choose training in dressmaking, computer technology, cooking, poultry farming, junior engineering, and community medical assistant.
  • We help entrepreneurial young women establish business cooperatives. The girls have established 37 such co-ops with more than 3,000 members. NYF funds low-interest micro loans for businesses such as poultry farming, vegetable production, carpentry, and auto-repair.
  • NYF files lawsuits against employers to obtain just compensation for the freed girls and their families.

In 2014, NYF’s Empowering Freed Kamlari Program has helped to put thousands of formerly indentured daughters on the path of freedom and self-reliance.

Thank you for helping to make a brighterr future for these girls!

Namaste!

A former child slave now tills a successful farm
A former child slave now tills a successful farm
Mina is still in college while running her salon
Mina is still in college while running her salon
Sita runs a successful pig farm
Sita runs a successful pig farm

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