From the day he was born in a remote Nepali village, “Suresh’s” life was a struggle. His desperately poor parents could barely manage to scrape together two skimpy meals for the family each day. Undernourished herself, his mother wasn’t able to breastfeed him, so baby Suresh was fed the same thin soups and rice as his parents and older brother.
At 15 months old, little Suresh weighed a scant 13 pounds… more like an average 7 month old baby in the US. He was miserably unhappy and inconsolable. When he became dehydrated from severe diarrhea, his parents travelled by foot for four hours to the nearest hospital. After two days of treatment, he was discharged. Until 2017, he would have returned to the village malnourished and likely have continued to fall sick, or died. Now, however, children like Suresh come to NYF’s Nutritional Rehabilitation Home (NRH) -- which friends like you helped build -- for treatment of the underlying malnutrition.
Because his little body couldn’t tolerate high-calorie food, at first Suresh was fed small amounts every two to three hours. He required six weeks of treatment – twice the average – to restore his health.
In the meantime, with her beloved baby finally being nourished and restored to health, his mother “Sabita” was also eating healthy foods and studying the essentials of nutrition.
At only 22 years old, Sabita was already pregnant with her third child. She learned how crucial breastfeeding is for infants, the benefits of greens (typically not viewed as human food in Nepal, and instead fed to animals for those fortunate enough to have livestock), the healthiest plants she can grow in the family garden, and how to combine the basic vegetables, lentils and rice of their diet into balanced meals.
At discharge, Suresh was happy and healthy – going home with a mother who now had the empowering knowledge to provide her family healthy food at minimal cost.
While severe poverty is a factor, it’s the lack of knowledge that dooms so many Nepali children to a life stunted – or even ended – by malnourishment.
By supporting NYF’s Nutritional Program, your gifts are literally saving lives. Thank you!
From an indentured servant to Policewoman and advocate for other Freed Kamlaris, “Radha” is making waves thanks to the concern and generosity of friends like you.
Born in a remote village in western Nepal, Radha spent much of her childhood in desperation as an indentured servant. She begged her master to allow her to attend school until he finally agreed to send her to take exams. On those few eagerly anticipated days, her family substituted for Radha’s absence at the master’s house.
After she moved with her master to Butwal from Kathmandu, life became miserably hopeless. Without her parents nearby to substitute for her, Radha couldn’t take exams anymore. She was denied her scant annual salary of $40, given scraps to eat, and suffered inhumane treatment for six years.
Thankfully she was rescued by Nepal Youth Foundation. Radha was overjoyed to have the opportunity to attend school every day and studied with newfound determination. She was especially inspired by civic studies because she saw the potential to help others through fair leadership.
Recognizing her value, the Freed Kamalari Development Forum nominated Radha as their President in 2013. She led more than 12,000 Freed Kamlaris for three years with remarkable compassion and courage. Radha is now studying in 12th grade, completed a 9-month training course in the Police force, and was initiated into service in September 2018!
She says, “I would have never had this opportunity to fight on behalf of the entire community of Freed Kamlaris had I not been rescued into this life of freedom. I used to feel that I was living inside a cage. But my life has changed beyond my imagination.”
This profound transformation would not have been possible with your friends like you. Your support of NYF’s Empowering Freed Kamlaris program makes a tremendous difference in the lives of so many young women like Radha. Thank you!
Aditi’s parents are severely disabled, and too poor to care for her. Her aunt and uncle in Kathmandu were willing to take her in, but couldn’t afford another mouth to feed. With a small stipend from NYF’s Kinship Care, this 8-year girl is studying in first grade and living safely with loving relatives. Her future – like hundreds of others – is so much brighter now thanks to you!
While NYF’s permanent children’s home, Olgapuri provides a nurturing home for 80 children each year, the need is so much greater. NYF’s Kinship Care program is a holistic alternative to institutional care that keeps orphaned or abandoned children with relatives by providing financial support to extended family members who otherwise would not be able to care for them.
In the aftermath of the April 2015 earthquakes, NYF was able to expand this program rapidly – growing from 40 children to over 740. Thanks to this essential support, over 150 earthquake affected families are now self-sufficient while approximately 585 remain in the program like “Aditi”.
It is the generosity you share that helps keep children with their families! Dhanyabad!