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.
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