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 24, 2014

Heading from bonded servitude to a bachelors degree

Renu delivers babies at a rural maternity hospital
Renu delivers babies at a rural maternity hospital

Renu was a fifth grader in her local village school when her dad had a bad accident and could no longer support the family. Desperate, he "sold" Renu into a contract of indentured servitude and sent the 12-year old to work as a Kamlari — essentially, a household slave — for a family in a city far from her home.

While her "employer" promised to send Renu to school, he gave her so much work that she was unable to attend the local elementary school. Instead, she studied on her own late at night after a grueling day of sweeping, mopping and fetching fodder for the family’s animals.

“As a Kamlari, I was constantly working,” Renu said. “I started at 3 a.m. and often didn’t finish until midnight. It took everything to stay up to study.”

As part of its campaign to end the practice of Kamlari, Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF) rescued Renu in 2000 after five years as an indentured servant. She was 17 years old.

Smart and hardworking, Renu received a scholarship and finished her studies, passing the difficult School Leaving Certificate exam, a test required of all Nepalis to complete high school. She joined NYF’s Vocational Education and Counseling Center program (VECC) and completed the 18-month Auxiliary Nurse Midwife training program.

She now earns 15,000 rupees ($150) a month — good money in this impoverished country — delivering babies at a small clinic in Western Nepal.

Renu is also continuing her work towards a bachelor’s degree — again, working late into the night studying.

“This is different,” she said. “I don’t mind studying now. I am lucky to have this opportunity. “

Since 2000, NYF has rescued nearly 13,000 girls from the Kamlari system, and was instrumental in causing the government of Nepal in 2013 to officially ban Kamlari once and for all. Today, NYF focuses on providing former Kamlaris with the education, job skills, emotional counseling, and business opportunities they need to ensure a brighter future.

”I am happy that the next generation of girls will never have to go through what I have been through,” Renu said.

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Jan 31, 2014

Education offers hope for a better future

Going the distance for an education
Going the distance for an education

Thank you for your support of our project to Send Deserving Children to School in Rural Nepal. Your generosity has changed the lives of some of the most destitute children in Nepal by giving them the gift of an education.

These children come from families so poor that the cost of school uniforms, supplies and even a modest school fee is far beyond their meager budgets. They live in remote villages where access to education is difficult. In addition, many parents need their children to work on the family farm or perform household chores and some believe school is beyond their reality, and sadly beyond their dreams.

In several rural districts in Nepal, NYF grants scholarships to children to cover their school expenses. This is the first generation in most of these areas to receive an education. The cost – about $100 a year per child – is an incredible investment. An education will best prepare these youngsters for the very difficult future that awaits them.

NYF supports children until they can support themselves. After they graduate from high school, we provide them with college scholarships or vocational training. There are currently 30 children in the program.

We asked some of the rural scholarship girls to reflect on their lives and ambitions:

Pushpa, a student in class five wrote; “Despite the … adversities, I am not hopeless… I am studying hard because I am determined to become a nurse and take care of the poor.”

Kamala, an 8th grader, said; “After getting this scholarship I have been able to go to school regularly and keep myself neat and clean.”

Menuka wrote; “I am happy that this scholarship has provided an opportunity for us to get education on an equitable basis with other rich and high class people. We can also become a renowned person if we get equal access of education.”

Your support gives young girls like Pushpa hope for a better future.

Namaste.

Studying in a cowshed
Studying in a cowshed
Young village scholarship student
Young village scholarship student
A rural village classroom
A rural village classroom
Children in a village classroom
Children in a village classroom

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Jan 31, 2014

Change a disabled student's life today

A daily dose of joy is part of the treatment
A daily dose of joy is part of the treatment

Thank you for your generous contributions to our project to Provide Education to 20 Disabled Children. This program’s accomplishments, including giving the life-changing opportunity of education to nearly 200 blind, deaf, and physically disabled students in Nepal, would not be possible without the support of people like you.

Our Disabled Scholarship fund has helped blind, deaf and physically disabled children who are 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, all but one student who took the rigorous School Leaving Certificate exam passed -- an impressive 91 percent pass rate in a country where only 40 percent of Nepali students pass the required college entrance exam.

NYF supported students have gone on to great successes. One student went on to become the only blind lawyer in Nepal. Others have gone on to teach at private schools. Another is now leading his own non-government organization (NGO) to help disabled students in Nepal. Students develop self-respect as well as the skills to support themselves and live with dignity.

We are grateful for your continued support.

Namaste.

Helping hands
Helping hands
The gift of artificial limbs
The gift of artificial limbs

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