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.
Choodamani and another J house graduate, Rajan, recently teamed up to start a day care center and school for children of poor families in Kathmandu. Most of the parents who send their children to Choodamani and Rajan's center are disabled themselves or work in very low-wage jobs — so they normally couldn't afford a school like this for their children.
But Choodamani and Rajan raise funds to keep tuition at the center low and to provide scholarships. Now dozens of children are getting the education they need to create a path out of poverty — and parents can go to work knowing their kids are safe and thriving.
Thank you for helping young people like Choodamani live full and independent lives.
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.
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.
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Our Disabled Scholarship fund has helped nearly 200 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.
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Pratiksha is paralyzed from the waist down but her disability does not slow her down from her studies at her local primary school.
The happy and energetic eight-year-old is receiving an education through NYF’s Disabled Scholarship Program. She is one of 61 students currently enrolled in the program that helps blind, deaf and physically disabled students get an education and learn the skills necessary to live full, productive lives.
In addition to supporting her education, NYF also pays Pratiksha’s medical expenses.
Our disabled students did exceptionally well this year on the School Leaving Certificate, a rigorous test all Nepali students must take to graduate from 10th grade and continue their studies. Of the 11 children who took the exam in June, only one failed – a 91 percent pass rate!
We also had two new students enter the scholarship program this year.
NYF has paid special attention to blind, deaf, and physically challenged children, giving 190 of them scholarships since its inception. If they can enter regular school or college, NYF enrolls them there. For other children, the best place is a special school that meets their needs. The program has been highly successful – many of its graduates are now providing for themselves and their families. Some are paying their own way through graduate school.
More than 90% of the world's blind people live in developing countries; of these, more than 600,000 live in Nepal. In addition, a great number of these are children who, without special help, have very little chance to live full and satisfying lives. With your support, many of these children receive the gift of an education and become productive members of their society.
Thank you for your continued generosity.
Countless children in Nepal are blind, deaf, or physically disabled due to dietary deficiencies and lack of medical care. They seldom have a chance to show that they can be productive members of society. Tuition at schools that accommodate the needs of disabled students is usually more than the annual income of a Nepali family. Thus, only 30% of the disabled are educated; the rest are relegated to barren lives, unable to read, write, or earn a living. Your generosity provides them with hope and the opportunity to reach their potential.
In 2012-2013, 10 students in our Disabled Scholarship Program passed the college entrance exam (School Leaving Certificate) and will attend college. Of these 11 children who sat for the S.L.C. (the Nepali equivalent of a high school diploma), only one failed – a 91 percent pass rate! We added two more children to the program last year with 61 students currently enrolled. The students range from preschool to high school.
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. Aside from the feeling of self-respect, the students develop the skills to be able to support themselves and live with dignity.
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