Despite the efforts of the Nepal Youth Foundation, desperate families in rural regions of Nepal continue to sell their own children into bonded servitude. Now that NYF and the Freed Kamlari Development Forum have helped to educate the Nepali public about the practice, which has caused an uproar against the selling of young girls, these families are turning to selling their sons, who, as indentured servants are known as Kamlar.
Regardless of the gender of the child, this practice must stop! Your donations are helping to turn the tide of public opinion against this practice. Yet there are thousands of children who still need our help and are crying out to be rescued.
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.What this opportunity means for the Indentured Daughters Program is that the $1,000 gift that would normally fund the rescue of 10 enslaved children, will, on this one day, March 14, 2012, provide enough money to rescue a total of 13 little girls and boys to come home and return to school for the same donation. PLUS –
Thank you again for your support of the Nepal Youth Foundation. Namaste!Links:
In 2011, the Nepal Youth Foundation helped to rescue a total of 1111 girls from virtual slavery in five districts of Nepal. Many of those rescued joined the Freed Kamlaris Development Forum (FKDF), an organization begun and sustained by the rescued girls and young women.
During the last eight months, the FKDF has grown more and more effective in its ability to influence and persuade Nepal government leaders to make available the funds already earmarked for education of former bonded child laborers. In 2011, FKDF delegations met with two Prime Ministers who occupied the office, sequentially. Currently, the government continues to experience some instability following the end of a decades-long civil war, which resulted in the shift from a monarchy to a republic.
Yet, even in light of this instability, the FKDF delegates successfully gained agreement for support of the comprehensive Kamlari Rehabilitation Guideline and timely release of the scholarship stipend. In addition to meeting with the Prime Ministers, the delegation teams met with the Finance Minister, the Education Minister, the Department of Education, and the Center for Child Welfare Board, the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights and the National Human Rights Commission.
This successful campaign for increasing attention on Kamlari issues resulted in a Department of Education commitment to increase the scholarship amount. In accordance with Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai’s directive, responsibilities were assigned to respective ministries for immediate action. The Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office has been charged with bringing the rehabilitation issue to a productive conclusion.
Thank you for supporting this historical evolution to enlighten one government’s attitude toward the treatment of children. With the Nepal government ready to educate them, there is more reason now than ever to do all we can to liberate the remaining few thousand girls and nearly 2,000 little boys that are still sold into bonded slavery. Look into the faces of these children here: http://bit.ly/uv6is2.
Phulbasni Chaudhary -- Freed and Paid
Many girls who have been sold into bonded servitude by their impoverished and desperate parents are "purchased" by well-to-do middle-class and upper-class Nepali families. Yet, this does not guarantee that they will be treated any better than household slaves. Despite promises of fair treatment and education, these children are usually worked without respite, day in and day out, while provided only the bare minimum of food and shelter.
However, with the help of the Nepal Youth Foundation's successful efforts to challenge this illegal practice, these "employers" are not only being forced to release these children, they are also being pressured to pay the wages for the work performed.
Often the threat of a lawsuit or a formal complaint with the local police are sufficient to compel the employers to comply with the law and release the girl from her obligation. Now, too, through the dilligent efforts and persistent pressure from the Former Kamlari Development Forum (FKDF), an association of formerly indentured girls, these employers are agreeing to pay back wages, too.
One such case is that of Phulbasni Chaudhary whose employers agreed to deposit five years of back wages into a bank account for her education. In addition, these people signed an agreement not to employ bonded children again.
Thank you for your support and interest. You may read more about this and other programs of the Nepal Youth Foundation on our website www.nepalyouthfoundation.org. Follow this link to watch our new 4 minute video:http://bit.ly/uv6is2.
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 freedom for enslaved girls, nutrition, education, 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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