Thanks to your support of NYF, freed Kamlari women are receiving the counseling, training, and support they need to turn a life of unimaginable hardship into one filled with hope and opportunity.
Most of these girls never attended school before their rescue and many struggle academically. Of the 12,722 girls NYF rescued from servitude since 2002, 2,319 are currently in school or college and a total of 1,657 have completed vocational training programs.
Approximately 750 girls are preparing to take the Secondary Education Examination in March – a test required of all students in Nepal who hope to attend 11th and 12th grade. Given the disruption in their childhood and education, approximately 30% of freed Kamlaris is not expected to pass, leaving them in need of alternatives.
The girls’ need for economic independence without academic preparedness informs NYF’s strong focus on vocational education and career counseling (VECC). NYF’s VECC program provides 300 freed Kamlari women annually with training suited to their interests. Whether they aspire to learn midwifery, lab assistant training, plumbing, shoe making, hotel/hospitality training, or food stall management, NYF can help.
In a country where youth unemployment and underemployment are severe, vocational training and career counseling offer a life-transforming path to economic independence.
In addition to providing life-saving support to approximately 600 children and their caretakers annually through Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes (NRH), NYF is expanding our nutrition outreach program to reach thousands more children.
NYF’s Nutrition Outreach program brings specialized nutrition education and services to remote communities that are isolated by rough terrain and lack of transportation. The camp activities include hand-washing, hygiene, and nutrition education for caregivers and nutrition assessment, general health checkups, and medicine distribution as needed for children. Through each two to three-day camp, NYF reaches 500-1000 children and their caregivers whose health and lives are forever transformed.
Below are pictures from one of these camps.
Thanks to your generosity and compassion, disabled Nepali students who commonly face isolation, discrimination, and stigma, are thriving through NYF’s Disabled School scholarship program. One of these students “Prajun” is physically disabled without a right hand. His large family lives in a remote village and could not afford to send Prajun nor his brother who is also disabled to school.
Recognizing how bright Prajun is, a local school teacher encouraged his family to seek NYF support. Prajun has been attending his village school with an NYF scholarship since November 2016 and is making remarkable progress. He is in third grade and enjoys playing sports with his friends as much as he enjoys his studies.
This benefit ripples through Prajun’s family and community. His brother is learning through Prajun’s experience and his community is more accepting of both of their disabilities.
Prajun’s future is so much brighter because people like you care.