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.
This is going to be an exciting year for the Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation. Next month, our staff will fan out over the five districts in west Nepal where girls are enslaved as bonded laborers to carry out our dynamic awareness program against the bonding custom. We will have a new weapon in our arsenal this year in addition to the piglet or goat we give the parents as incentives – the new government program to pay for the education or vocational training of all the girls we rescue. This is the culmination of a decade of lobbying the government by NYOF! We will emphasize to reluctant parents that their daughters will be eligible for a fully funded education by the government if they will consent to bring them home from their labors. Our plan is to rescue thousands of girls who have been or are about to be sold. Within a few years, we plan to completely eliminate the horrible tradition of selling Nepali girls into bondage. Those of you who have contributed to this cause have our eternal gratitude.
We still need your generous support to liberate the bonded girls and conduct our awareness campaign, because the government funding will not be used for these purposes.
We are deeply grateful for the contributions you have made. Please give as generously as you can, so that we can continue to help kids in Nepal to uncover and develop their full potential. We have a proven track record in making the most of your donations – you can do more good with a dollar in Nepal than almost anywhere else, and we spend a very small percentage of donations on administration (as evidenced by our four-star rating from Charity Navigator). We hope you will help us in our efforts to make a difference in these children’s lives.
Please let us know your thoughts by providing feedback in our comments section! Also, please tell your friends, family and colleagues about NYOF’s accomplishments!
Watch a video about Ramchandra at http://www.nyof.org/newsroom/video.html#ram !
Because of a scholarship from the Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation (NYOF), Ramchandra has been able to overcome the limitations of his blindness and an extremely disadvantaged childhood. He did not even attend school until age nine, when NYOF began to support him. Ramchandra has an inspirational outlook on life, and when he completes his education, he wants to promote education for the disabled in Nepal.
The Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation (NYOF) is a U.S. based nonprofit organization devoted to bringing hope to the most destitute children in the beautiful but impoverished Himalayan country of Nepal. With a personal touch, NYOF provides them with education, housing, medical care, and loving support.
You can learn more about NYOF's programs to help disabled children at http://nyof.org/programs/schoolsScholarships/disabled.html .
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We are deeply proud of the successes and accomplishments of the many students in our programs. Take, for example, the girls in rural Nepal who we have liberated from bonded labor at the age of 16 or 17 and who have never been to school. It would be too uncomfortable for them to be in a class with first and second graders, so we place them in an intensive literacy course for nine months and then train them for a job – preferably one which will allow them to start a business of their own.
Early on, we created a sewing program for these older girls. The success of this program is guaranteed because they make school uniforms for the thousands of girls we have liberated and now support in school. (The Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation (NYOF) pays the education expenses of former bonded girls, including two sets of school uniforms a year.) So there is no shortage of work for them. Better still, many of the girls we have trained have left the program and started their own sewing businesses in nearby villages.
We have also trained formerly indentured girls to run small shops, repair bicycles, etc. Many of the girls are remarkably entrepreneurial and have started their own businesses to generate income.
Higher education is not the same stepping stone to job opportunities in Nepal that it is in most Western countries; even people with advanced university degrees have difficulty finding work. Our limited funding is sometimes better spent on providing more children with elementary and high school educations and on efforts targeted at eventual employment and self-sufficiency.
The unemployment rate in Nepal hovers around 50%. Thus, for many youngsters, guidance and training in a specific career path is far more helpful than years of higher education. We offer counseling to explore their strengths and interests, and then support them in training for 20 different careers, such as electrician, lab technician, cook, or midwife. These jobs often pay better than the office jobs many college graduates hold out for.
Our vocational programs actively encourage women to pursue careers that in Nepal are traditionally restricted to men. At a technical training school in Kathmandu, NYOF sponsors the only female in the plumbing course. Once she’s employed as a plumber, she hopes to serve as an example to others that women should not feel that certain careers are off-limits.
A number of our vocational trainees who have found decent paying jobs are attending college on their own nickel. One of these is Bashudev Basnet. His father died when he was very young, and his mother earned a living by operating a small tea stall at the bus park in Kathmandu. We supported the education of Bashudev and his brother. After he finished high school and passed his college entrance exams, he enrolled in our vocational program as a cook and he found employment at a fairly snazzy restaurant on the fanciest street in Kathmandu. He was such a good worker that after only a month on the job he got a raise. He has enrolled in college in the morning and then goes to work on the day and evening shift. Not only that, he is now able to support his mother.
We are deeply grateful to you for standing with us. Please give as generously as you can, so that we can continue to help kids in Nepal to uncover and develop their full potential. We have a proven track record in making the most of your donations – you can do more good with a dollar in Nepal than almost anywhere else, and we spend a very small percentage of donations on administration (as evidenced by our four-star rating from Charity Navigator). We hope you will help us in our efforts to make a difference in these children’s lives.
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