By Sabita Shrestha:
I am now twelve years old. I have my father, mother and three brothers in my family and I am the only daughter. I am studying in grade 5. I feel so lucky because of the support I have been receiving from the Nepal Youth Foundation. If I hadn't got support, going to school would have been a dream to me because my family is so poor.
Our condition is very miserable. The roof of our house is made of straw. During the rainy season the rain water leaks through the roof and the house is also vulnerable to the wind. My father has no job and we have a very small plot of land. The cultivation from that land is insufficient for us even to feed ourselves. We don't even have enough blankets to protect ourselves from the winter. My only clothes are the school uniform provided by NYF.
My aim in life is to become a nurse and take care of the poor. That is why I have been studying so hard. But my father scolds me when he gets drunk. He even beats my mother. Last time she had to be taken to hospital because of my father's physical torture. Despite these adversities, I am not hopeless.
The Nepal Youth Foundation’s education programs enable children like Sabita to uplift themselves from poverty and give them hope for a better future. NYF’s diverse programs help impoverished children in villages and urban Kathmandu, from kindergarten to college. Learn more about these life-changing programs at www.NepalYouthFoundation.org
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Many Nepali children do not attend school because their families cannot afford the uniform and small fees. Furthermore, many parents expect their children to work on the family farm or do housework all day.
In 2011-2012, the Nepal Youth Foundation’s village scholarships provided education to 72 children in impoverished rural families. Many are the first members of their families to attend school.
Only 70% of Nepali children enroll in primary school, and many of them drop out before the fifth grade. In the rural areas where the Nepal Youth Foundation works, the dropout rate is very high. Often, a family simply cannot afford the cost of the school uniform and school supplies, or even the very small school fee.
In several rural districts in Nepal, the Nepal Youth Foundation grants scholarships to children to cover their school expenses. This is the first generation in most of these areas to receive an education. An education is the best way to prepare these youngsters for the very difficult future that awaits them, since an increasing number of the next generation in Nepal's overpopulated hills will inherit no land and will have no choice but to find their fortunes competing for jobs in the cities.
The impact of the program ripples throughout communities. The scholarships motivate parents other than those whose children NYF supports to send their children to school, because there is social pressure in the village when some kids go to school and others do not. Some parents hope that their children will also be sponsored if they start school. Headmasters report that there are noticeable rises in general attendance after NYF brings its scholarship program to their schools.
NYF’s field workers visit the schools regularly to check on the children and to observe how the school is functioning. They walk the mountain paths of isolated rural areas, stopping at various village schools to survey the situation and discuss problems with the headmasters and students.
The Nepal Youth Foundation supports children until they can support themselves. After they graduate from high school, the organization provides them with college scholarships or vocational training. 273 children have received life-changing opportunities thanks to this program.
I Am Not Hopeless
I am now twelve years old. I have my father, mother and three brothers in my family and I am the only daughter. I am studying in grade 5. I feel so lucky because of the support I have been receiving from NYF. If I hadn't got support, going to school would have been a dream to me because my family is so poor.
Nepal Youth Foundation's January 2012 Bi-Annual Scholarship Report from Kathmandu includes this fabulous news:
NYF's Scholarship students consistently outperformed the national Pass Rate by leaps and bounds. For the "School Leaving Certificate" (the rough equivalent of our 10th Grade, and a notoriously difficult exam), the national pass rate average was 65%. Yet of NYF Scholarship Students, the average pass rate was 80%.
And, the difference increases from there:
For the 11th Grade test, the national rate is 39%, NYF Scholarship Students, 87%;
12th Grade national rate, 46%, NYF Scholarship Students, 80%;
Bachelor's 1st Year national rate, 23%, with NYF Scholarship Students passing at 67%.
And, remember, these Scholarship Students are not from the privileged classes and castes. The Nepal Youth Foundation and its donors support the welfare and education of the least fortunate children of Nepal's society, many of whom were destitute and without any family to support them. Of our Scholarship recipients, 49% are from the Janajati, an ethnic minority, and 18% are of the Dalit community, one of the historically "untouchable" sects. As with every one of our Scholarship recipients, the remaining 33% of our high-acheiving Students (children of other Nepali ethnicity) would not have the opportunity of an education without the help of NYF.
Help these children gain the education that will make them leaders in Nepal and, perhaps, in the World. For as little as $100 a year, NYF provides books, paper and pencils, school uniforms, and pays the school fee. Through these modest investments, NYF's donors are giving more than hope and education. They are providing the opportunity to change an entire culture, one deserving student at a time.
To read more about Nepal Youth Foundation's Village Scholarship Program and our other projects in Nepal, please visit our website, www.nepalyouthfoundation.org
Often, for children in the developed countries of the world, going to school is so much a certainty and a guaranteed opportunity that many of them look upon their education with disdain. Bored with their studies and distracted by their electronic toys -- while living lives of fantastic abundance without knowing it -- these "first-world" children have little or no understanding of what it is to crave an education.
However, the children of Nepal live with this craving. These children know that they will only be able to improve conditions for themselves and their families if they can learn to read and write, learn the fundamentals of mathematics and science, and learn something of history and culture. And to go to school is a supreme privilege that more than 30% of them will never get. The children who do get this privilege often start toward school before dawn and get home after dark. Walking, literally, for hours on undeveloped tracks and footpaths, they arrive at crowded schoolhouses in distant villages with the hope of learning the information and gaining the tools that will free them and their families from ignorance and poverty.
In regions where few roads connect the towns and families have lived for generations farming small plots of land, children have historically gone to work in the fields with their parents as soon as they could walk. For these children in the remote, mountainous regions of Nepal, the promise of education, a few books and a crowded schoolroom are priceless gifts. And, these gifts are, at the very least, what the Nepal Youth Foundation's Village Scholarship Program ensures they get.
For approximately $100 a year, NYF provides books, paper and pencils, school uniforms, and the school fee. As nominal as that possibly sounds to someone in the West, this sum is beyond the means of many parents in rural Nepal. Through these modest investments, NYF's donors are giving more than hope and education. They are providing the opportunity to change an entire culture one deserving student at a time.
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.
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