Provide Education to 20 Disabled Nepali Children

 
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Blind students in a classroom in Nepal
Blind students in a classroom in Nepal

Our Disabled Scholarship fund has helped hundreds of deaf, blind and physically disabled children students get an education and learn the skills necessary to live full, productive lives since we began the program in 1990.

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 10 new students into our program, caring for a total of 100 students in preschool through high school.

While there are some special schools that accomodate specific needs of disabled students, tuition is usually more than the annual income of a Nepali family. consequently, only an estimted 30 percent of disabled childred are educated, leaving most unable to read, write or ever work.

The program has been highly successful. and many graduates are now employed and are proudly providing for themselves and families. Some are paying their own way through graduate school. Furthermore, the program has had positive impacts that extend beyond the student's academic performance. The social workers have found that once they become involved in our program, they become much more motivated, independent and their social behavior improves remarkably.

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!

A leg brace does slow down this young boy
A leg brace does slow down this young boy
A blind student in the classroom
A blind student in the classroom

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Pushpa
Pushpa

In Nepal, many people view children born with disabilities as a penance for the sins committed in a previous life.

Since its founding 25 years ago, the Nepal Youth Foundation has worked to help disabled people shed that stigma and grow into healthy, productive members of society.

We currently support 100 children through our Disabled Scholarship Program. Meet a few of our students!

Pushpa,15, lost his footing while climbing trees in 2012.

The fall left him paralyzed from the waist down.

His father sold their land to pay for his treatment but it was not enough. NYF offered him a scholarship and he is now a star student in the the 8th grade at Khagendra Navjiwann School.

Sachita, who was born blind, has been in our Disabled Scholarship Program since 2006. She comes from a large family with an older sister who is also blind. Sachita lives at the hostel of the Lab School in Kathmandu where she has excelled. The 16-year-old recently passed the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) exam -- a rigorous test required of all Nepali students to enter college.

We are very proud of her achievement!

Thank you and dhanyabad!

Sachita
Sachita

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Rajan and Choodamani
Rajan and Choodamani

I often talk about all the extraordinary children we serve. I’ve often described their harrowing lives before they came to us – heartrending stories of neglect and abuse.

What I haven’t talked about often enough is how they’ve turned out and how utterly satisfying it is to witness their transformation from homeless waifs to confident and successful young adults.

Long after they have grown up and forged their own paths in the world, they come visit me in Katmandu to talk about their lives and introduce me to their spouses and children. As I sit in my garden chatting away with these capable, self-reliant young adults, I think back to the time they first came into my life and I am filled with gratitude and awe at what these kids have become.

When Choodamani was a boy he burned his foot and became partially disabled. His social worker wrote to us explaining that his school was far away, across a river – too far for the boy to limp there on his own. The letter quoted 12-year-old Choodamani saying he wanted to be “the Charles Darwin of Nepal.” So we brought this ambitious young boy to start a new life at J House, our home for boys, where school would be easily accessible and he would be well-cared for.

Choodamani eventually became our very first J House graduate, and we’re as proud as any family would be. After high school, he got a job in a hospital as a physical therapist while he took classes at college. He eventually became a leader in Nepal’s emerging disability rights movement, and served on Nepal’s National Federation of the Disabled.

Our Disabled Scholarship fund has helped hundreds of 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 110 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!

Olga with another NYF success story
Olga with another NYF success story

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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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Blind students in the Disabled Scholarship Program
Blind students in the Disabled Scholarship Program

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 more than 100 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, 90 percent of the students from grades 1 through 9 made it through their annual examination and have been promoted to the next grade.

Meet Angel. Blind and struggling with diabetes, the entering third grader lives with her parents and sister in a rented room and travels a great distance to go to school where she is learning to read and write in braille. She said she endures the long commute because she loves to learn.

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.

Students supported by Disabled Scholarships
Students supported by Disabled Scholarships

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Jackie Frost

Sausalito, CA United States

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