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.
Jan 29, 2014

A gift of new life

Boys blossom at New Life Center
Boys blossom at New Life Center

While HIV-AIDS affected children at New Life Center in Kathmandu receive care and medical treatment, their mothers and caregivers are educated on how to better care of them once they return home.

Mothers at the center last year received 48 sessions of training, covering everything from nutrition to reproductive health. They also learned skills to take home once their children were well enough to leave the center.

Last year, 88 children – half-younger than five – received medical care as well as psychological counseling and a nutritious diet.

“The mothers are happy,” said NYF’s President Som Paneru. “They feel very comfortable here because they are not stigmatized here. And after living here for three months, their child gets healthy. You don’t believe looking in their eyes that this child is carrying HIV aids.Our aim is to provide them with a comfortable life as long as they live.”

New Life Center is the only such home in Nepal that offers a holistic approach to caring for children affected with HIV-AIDS.

Thank you supporting these vulnerable children.

Namaste.

Mothers learn the basics of good nutrition
Mothers learn the basics of good nutrition

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Jan 29, 2014

Reaching out to end malnutrition

Dietician Training for Health Professionals
Dietician Training for Health Professionals

The staff at the Nutritional Rehabilitation Home in Kathmandu screened 1,532 children last year for malnutrition and found that nearly 40 percent of them suffered from this life-threatening condition.

NYF staff referred 50 of the most severely malnourished children to the NRH for treatment and educated the mothers of 510 others who were found to be mildly or moderately malnourished.

NYF staff conducts “Nutritional Outreach Camps” throughout the country every year to identify children who need treatment. Last year, we organized four such camps and two smaller ones.

To celebrate Nepal’s national “Nutrition Week,” we organized a new screening camp in a local health post in Lalitpur.

In addition to treating malnourished children and teaching their mothers the basics of good nutrition, we offer Dietitian Training workshops for health professionals, focusing on diet counseling, menu preparation, nutritional awareness and improvement in kitchen management and cooking in hospitals. The 23 healthcare professionals who went through the training last year multiplied the effect by sharing their knowledge with other professionals in the team.

Thank you for helping us nourish these children.

Children lining up for screening
Children lining up for screening

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Dec 27, 2013

Freedom

NYF rescues some of Nepal
NYF rescues some of Nepal's last remaining Kamlari

In a concerted push to rescue the last 376 girls still held as slaves in the homes of wealthy and powerful Nepali families, NYF this month launched an intensive effort to find and free them.

NYF rescued two girls in December– Jayarani and Jugri – who were working in the homes of wealthy businessmen in Kathmandu. Jayarani was seven when her parents sold her as a Kamlari. She remained for nine years. Despite promises made by her employers, she never went to school nor had they paid her family the meager amount of money they promised for her work. Jugri was forced to work as a Kamlari to reimburse a family for paying for a needed ear operation. She worked for a year to pay off her debt, and still worried that she still owed the family.

The girls are now safely sheltered and are receiving counseling before returning to their families. NYF will provide the girls with an education, skills training and counseling to help them transition to freedom. Despite the recent abolition of the Kamlari system, an estimated 376 girls are still enslaved according to a recent survey, and 89 of them are in Kathmandu. NYF has freed more than 12,000 girls since it began its movement in 1990.

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