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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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.
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.
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 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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