Even for the Nepalese children who are healthy and who can run and play, getting a formal education is a challenge. However, for disabled children in a country where sidewalks are rare and many remote areas don't even have paved roads, getting to school becomes an impossibility.
NYF's Disabled Student Scholarship Program has been helping these students gain access to the education that they crave. And, in many situations, the disabled child, once educated, becomes the source of the highest income in the household, thus raising everyone in the family to a more sustainable economic level.
We appreciate the support you have given us and we are grateful for your contributions to the opportunity to learn for these disabled, yet bright and eager children and young adults.
And, now, next Wednesday, March 14 ONLY...
... because we appreciate every dollar you have given to support our program, NYF is thrilled to invite you to participate in GlobalGiving’s Bonus Day event.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012, GlobalGiving.org will match 30% for every dollar you donate! $50,000 in matching funds are available, but only on March 14. This 30% matching offer begins right after the stroke of midnight, March 13, and runs only until the $50,000 is claimed. Once the funds are used, no more matching funds will be applied.
Add even greater value to the gifts you give NYF. Mark your calendars for NEXT Wednesday, March 14, 2012.
And, GlobalGiving will make this 30% match for single contributions up to $1,000! That’s $1,300 value for a $1,000 donation.
As far as the Disabled Student Scholarship Program goes, this means that we could provide FOUR students with an entire year of education at a special school for the disabled, PLUS provide transportation to and from school to all of them. This is almost twice the value of services that the original donation can provide!
Thank you again for your support of the Nepal Youth Foundation. Namaste!
Eighteen-year-old Rama Bhattarai has been blind since birth. The fourth child of Mr. Kashinath Bhattrai and Ms. Kamala Bhattrai, Rama is their second daughter to be born blind.
In the Morang district of eastern Nepal where Rama's family lives, there are no schools for blind or disabled children. With an historic prejudice in Nepal toward blind children as evidence of familial wrongs, Rama's future looked bleak. Many children afflicted with blindness and other disabilities suffer ostracism and isolation all of their lives; lives which, very often, are much shorter than normal Nepali children.
However, the door to Rama's opportunity opened when she was selected for a Nepal Youth Foundation Disabled Student Scholarship and brought to their special school in Dharan. Now Rama lives in the school's hostel with many of the other children in Gayan Chakchhu School for the Blind. Last year, Rama passed the final term examination for 7th grade in the first division, with the second highest marks in her class. Now, studying in the 8th grade, she is doing well in her exams, securing first division marks.
Rama is a bright young woman who hopes to work for the blind community in the Morang district in another two years, after she completes here studies. Knowing what it's like to function without sight will be an incomparable asset for understanding how best to improve conditions for other blind people in the region. As Rama learns how to master computer skills and finishes her education through NYF's Disabled Student Scholarship Program, she will, indeed, bring light where, for many others, there was only darkness.
Disabled Scholarship Program-Removing Barriers
In Nepali society children born with disabilities are believed to be cursed and are considered the result of past wrongs committed by the family. Not only are they are a source of shame for their families, who often try to keep them hidden out of sight, they are often viewed as worthless by the entire community. These beliefs in addition to widespread poverty and high unemployment make these children extreme burdens to their families.
The Nepal Youth Foundation’s Disabled Scholarship Program provides children with disabilities opportunities to be educated or receive vocational training so that they may live their lives in dignity and become productive members of society. NYF has emphasized education for the disabled since our inception in 1990.
The program, which covers all educational, medical, and living expenses, primarily supports children with impaired vision and hearing, because they are particularly likely to become self-sufficient adults who can give back to others in need. NYF’s social workers visit the students and meet with their parents and teachers at least every three months. The purpose of these visits is to monitor the students’ academic progress, ensure that their living conditions are suitable for studying, and determine if their disabilities are being properly accommodated. All students in the program also receive frequent medical examinations.
NYF’s scholarship program has positive impacts that extend beyond the students’ academic performance. The social workers have found that once students are enrolled in the program, they become much more motivated to be independent and their social behavior improves noticeably.
Thanks in large part to financial support from donors like you, the Nepal Youth Foundation gave scholarships to 57 disabled children in fiscal year 2010-2011. Seven of these children graduated from 10th grade and took the school leaving exam (SLC). This year, 37 or 76% of students in grades 1st through 9th successfully passed to the next grade. Seven or 88% passed the qualifying test to go on to 10th grade.
For more about our work, please visit us at www.nepalyouthfoundation.org. Follow this link to watch our new 4 minute video:http://bit.ly/uv6is2.
Thank you for your support!
NYF knows that an education is the only way to break the cycle of poverty. We have been providing scholarships since our inception in 1990. To offset the inequities against females in Nepal, NYF has been providing more scholarships to girls than to boys. We know that when you educate a girl, you change society. Educated girls will marry later in life, have smaller families, and make sure that their children receive an education.
NYF currently runs 8 different categories of scholarship programs depending on the needs of the children and youth. During 2010, 807 children ranging from kindergarten through college, received scholarships. In many cases, the programs also support physical school infrastructure and providing educational materials.
Out of 807, 68% are female. Grade-wise, the highest number of students is in the Secondary level with 283 students and the lowest number of students is in the Pre-primary level with 6 students. Among the 8 programs, Girls’ School Scholarship is the largest with 187 students.
Under NYF’s disabled program, the children are provided with the special education in child friendly schools.
Success Story of a blind girl
Neera Adhikari, blind by birth, was born into a poor family in a remote village of Lalitpur. Luckily, she received a scholarship from the Special Education Section of the Ministry for her school education. But since she did not have any financial support for further studies she had to struggle to complete her Intermediate level but there was no way she could continue her study after she completed her Intermediate level. The only way she could ‘become somebody’ was by proving herself educationally. But now, even that door was closed for her.
When everything was looking hopeless, she came to know about NYF from her teacher and applied for the Scholarship. When she heard she was selected for the scholarship her joy knew no boundaries: the hope was still alive.
NYF then supported her from 1998 to 2001 for her Bachelor’s degree majoring in English and Sociology. This support raised her confidence. She was intelligent as well as hard working and was thus able to pass BA in 1st division. After graduation, NYF encouraged her to work and earn so that she could pay for her Master’s degree. She worked as Assistant Instructor at Nepal Association of the Blind for 3 years and at the same time passed Masters Degree in 1st division.
As she worked, she started to prepare for the examination of Public Commission for the position of Section Officer. She passed the examination and was appointed as a Section Officer under Ministry of Women and Children. Now, she is the Social Protection Head of Ministry of Women and Children.
We thank you for supporting this worthwhile project.
The Nepal Youth Foundation has started to rescue children with HIV/AIDS! The New Life Center in Kathmandu, Nepal provides excellent treatment to children with HIV/AIDS while teaching their parents to live hygienically and cook nutritious meals. This training dramatically reduces the risk of acquiring the illnesses that make HIV develop into AIDS, and lets HIV-infected people lead fulfilling lives. Find out more about this pioneering project!http://www.nepalyouthfoundation.org/programs/health/newlife.html
NYF's founder Olga Murray describes falling in love with NepalShe also discusses NYF’s diverse programs for children and the organization's plans for the future, in an interview in the Napa Valley Register. http://bit.ly/8XzPn6
Read an interview about NYF's life-changing projects!Read an interview with the Nepal Youth Foundation's Development Director, Gregg Tully, about NYF's work to end child slavery in Nepal, scholarships, and children's homes. Also watch a video in which a blind Nepali girl describes the happiest moment in her life.http://bit.ly/9Fihbt
NYF earns its fourth consecutive four-star ratingBecause of our exceptional fiscal management, the Nepal Youth Foundation received its fourth four-star rating – the highest possible – from Charity Navigator, America's largest evaluator of charities. Only 8% of the charities evaluated receive four consecutive four-star ratings. This indicates our extremely efficient and effective implementation of the funds that you, our donors, contribute.
A hair salon held a fundraiser to rescue enslaved Nepali girls! Salon Amour in Walnut Creek, California donated 100% of their proceeds for a day to NYF, and raised $5,000 – enough to rescue 50 girls! Find out more about how they did it at http://www.callandresponse.com/blog/?p=753. Can you hold a fundraiser, too? Read about many creative and fun ways you can help NYF rescue needy children:http://www.nepalyouthfoundation.org/howtohelp/supporters.html
Please donate today to enable the Nepal Youth Foundation to give unimagined opportunities to some of the most destitute children on earth. It only costs $100 to rescue a girl from bonded servitude and let her get an education.
The Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation (NYOF) uses an integrated approach to address the multitude of challenges facing Nepali children and empowers them to fulfill their dreams. To learn more about how NYOF’s diverse programs provide education for disabled children, nutrition, loving homes, and much more, visit http://www.NYOF.org .
Olga Murray, who founded the Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation (NYOF) 20 years ago, just turned 85. We celebrated this combined anniversary and birthday in San Francisco with around 200 of Olga and NYOF’s friends and supporters.
Watch ABC TV's VIDEO about NYOF’s work in Nepal and Olga's party!
The video shows the results of the decades NYOF and Olga have spent helping Nepali Children, including rescuing girls who have been enslaved as bonded servants.
NYOF has rescued close to 10,000 girls from slave-like servitude, and more than 3,500 have been saved in the current year alone. NYOF will soon eliminate the tradition of selling Nepali girls into bondage. Read this news article about our accomplishments:
"Happy Birthday Olga Mummy!"
Watch this adorable VIDEO of the children of J and K House, the Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation's excellent homes for children, sending Olga Murray birthday greetings.
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