Provide Education to 20 Disabled Nepali Children

 
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Aug 1, 2013

Education lights the way for disabled students

Students are eager to learn
Students are eager to learn

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 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.

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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May 6, 2013

Education - Their Hope for the Future

Enrolled in school, and succeeding
Enrolled in school, and succeeding

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Outcasts in their own Communities 

Countless children in Nepal are blind, deaf, or physically disabled. Many of them develop their disability under the age of five due to malnutrition and lack of medical care. The disabled in Nepal face difficult challenges. In addition to having to cope with their impairment, they live in a society that traditionally views them as outcasts - people who are viewed as useless and to be avoided. Many people still believe that disabilities are punishments for the sins of previous lives. This prevailing view has contributed to a shockingly low education rate for the disabled in Nepal. A recent study found that nearly 60% of disabled men and nearly 78% of disabled women had no education. Without education, Nepal’s disabled children face a bleak future, with little hope of supporting themselves or using their talents to contribute to their communities.

Another factor that contributes to the lack of education is the economic hardships faced by Nepalis. Many families simply cannot afford to send their disabled child to school. While there are schools that can accommodate the needs of disabled students, the price of tuition is more than the annual income of a Nepali family.

NYF’s Solution

Education is the only hope for disabled Nepalis to support themselves. The Nepal Youth Foundation has always paid special attention to vulnerable children, including the blind, deaf, and physically challenged. With support from generous donors like you, NYF has provided scholarships to over 180 disabled children since its inception. In 2011-2012, 69 disabled youth received scholarships. Of these, 30 were girls and 39 were boys.

If a disabled child is able to enter a regular school or college, then they are enrolled there. Children who cannot attend a regular school attend a special needs school that can accommodate them. NYF scholarships provide them with hope and the opportunity to reach their potential. 

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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Jan 24, 2013

Provide Education to Disabled Nepali Children

Blind and thriving thanks to NYF
Blind and thriving thanks to NYF

Disabled Student Scholarships Achievements  •  2012

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.

 NYF gave scholarships to 69 disabled youth (30 girls and 39 boys) in 2011-2012. Education is generally the only way the disabled in Nepal can support themselves.

NYF’s Solution

NYF has paid special attention to blind, deaf, and physically challenged children, giving 188 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. NYF gives them hope and opportunities to demonstrate their capabilities and proudly learn to support themselves. 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.

I Can See with the Eyes of Education

A blind student receiving a college scholarship described the impact of NYF on her life: “If NYF had not supported me, I would have been a beggar wandering on the streets or I could have even died. Because of this support…I am satisfied with my life. Even if I couldn’t see the material world with my eyes, I can always see the world with the eyes of my education and knowledge…If I was not able to get this support, I would have been blind from both internally as well as externally.”

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Oct 22, 2012

Provide Education to Disabled Nepali Children

"I was nothing before I got support from NYF"
"I was nothing before I got support from NYF"

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.

NYF gave scholarships to 69 disabled youth (30 girls and 39 boys) in 2011-2012. Education is generally the only way the disabled in Nepal can support themselves.

NYF’s Solution

NYF has paid special attention to blind, deaf, and physically challenged children, giving 188 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. NYF gives them hope and opportunities to demonstrate their capabilities and proudly learn to support themselves. 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.

I Can See with the Eyes of Education

A blind student receiving a college scholarship described the impact of NYF on her life: “If NYF had not supported me, I would have been a beggar wandering on the streets or I could have even died. Because of this support…I am satisfied with my life. Even if I couldn’t see the material world with my eyes, I can always see the world with the eyes of my education and knowledge…If I was not able to get this support, I would have been blind from both internally as well as externally.”

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Aug 5, 2012

An Exciting Change at the Nepal Youth Foundation

Olga & two girls of K House, NYF
Olga & two girls of K House, NYF's home for girls

Dear Friends:

First, I would like to thank you for your generous contributions to our project to Provide Education to 20 Disabled Children (www.nepalyouthfoundation.org/programs/education/disabled.html). This program’s accomplishments, including giving the life-changing opportunity of education to close to 200 blind, deaf, and physically disabled students in Nepal, would not be possible without the support of people like you.

Additionally, I want to tell you that I am retiring as the President of the Nepal Youth Foundation and that the Board has appointed Som Paneru, our former Executive Director in Nepal, as my successor.

This is bittersweet – on the one hand, I am leaving a position to which I had devoted the last 25 years of my life. On the other, I’m taking a step toward fulfilling my most ardent wish – that the Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF) continue to provide life-changing help to the neediest children of Nepal. The appointment of Som as the new President will bring to NYF the skills, the passion, the smarts, the creativity, and the experience to assure its future long after I am gone. NYF has a bright future.

Let me tell you a bit about Som. He is a product of NYF’s scholarship program and the son of a poor farmer from the Ghorka District of Nepal. In the 1990s, after we granted him a scholarship to Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu to study science and math, he brought several of his young siblings to Kathmandu from his village to assure that they, too, would receive an education. He enrolled them in school in the city, and provided all the care they needed, and full support. Several of his siblings now have advanced degrees.

After Som graduated, he wanted to teach, but not in a private school for rich kids, but in a poor village where the instruction in science and math was pitifully inadequate. He explained that he had "a lot to pay back" to those who had helped him to get an education.

NYF was growing quickly, and in 1995 we offered Som a job. It became apparent very quickly that he had an uncanny knack for creating and administering programs. Our very popular Indentured Daughters Program was his idea, and he was instrumental in creating the ingenious "piglet for a girl" method to liberate these young girls from slavery (www.nepalyouthfoundation.org/programs/freedom). And it was his idea and his excellent relations with the Ministry of Health that led to the government agreeing to take over and fund all the 14 Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes we have built after we operate them for five years (http://nepalyouthfoundation.org/programs/health/nrhindex.html).  

I will continue to be involved with NYF, of course. I hold the post of Honorary President, and will continue as a member of the Board of Directors. It is hard to exaggerate the pleasure your support and encouragement have given me over these many years. It has enabled NYF to grow from a tiny organization to what we are today – a well-run foundation providing transformative help to thousands of Nepali children every year.

Warm regards,
Olga Murray
Founder and Honorary Board President
Nepal Youth Foundation

P.S. Please learn more about the Nepal Youth Foundation’s diverse programs for children in need at www.NepalYouthFoundation.org.

Olga with Som Paneru at her 87th birthday party
Olga with Som Paneru at her 87th birthday party

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Jackie Frost

Sausalito, CA United States

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