“Pratik”, a 22 month old boy from a family of 6, was brought to the Nutritional Rehabilitation Home (NRH) in Chitawan from a very remote village called Lothar.
His impoverished family ate only two meager meals each day with very little protein. Pratik was suffering from diarrhea and had no appetite. Frightened by his worsening condition, his parents took him to the hospital. A doctor there recognized the desperate situation and sent them to the NRH.
At admission, Pratik weighed only 12 pounds – 6 pounds below the normal weight for his 28” height. With protruding ribs, sparse hair, irritable mood, he was suffering.
Pratik could digest only milk for the first week of his stay. He was then fed healthy versions of the food his family could easily access or grow themselves, while his mother was educated on the importance of nutrition.
With nutritious food, proper medication and care, Pratik’s condition improved dramatically. While he stayed a little longer than the usual 21 to 28 days, in less than 6 weeks he gained over 5 pounds and transformed into a healthy and happy boy.
These life-saving interventions – at a cost of only $350 per child – are made possible by generous friends like you. We hope you feel proud of the difference your support makes. Thank you, and dhanyabad!
Born into an impoverished family of nine, "Kalpana" never attended school and was indentured into servitude at age 10. She was rescued two years later by NYF and was enrolled in a special course designed to ease her transition to school. Upon successful completion of the course, NYF enrolled her in school where she continued her education through high school, quite an accomplishment.
Through FKDF, Kalpana learned about the NYF-sponsored locally-controlled cooperatives and joined, becoming eligible for microloans. She attended NYF’s orientation on vocational training and was accepted into the food stall management program. After completing the training, she returned to her home village and established her own shop with a loan from the co-op. Now, at age 27, she is earning enough to support herself and proudly helps her family.
This life-transforming success was made possible thanks to generous friends like you.
Because you care, young women rescued from indentured servitude -- like Kalpana -- are building powerful new lives. Through NYF’s holistic programs, they overcoming the horrendous suffering they endured in childhood and are receiving they support they need for a productive and dignified adulthood. This includes education, leadership training, micro-loans, cooperative support, psychological counseling, and vocational training.
The Freed Kamlari Development Forum (FKDF), established in 2010 by NYF, empowers Freed Kamlari to become champions of their own causes. The FKDF leadership collaborates with local government agencies to seek essential support, such as investments in the cooperative business loans. The Forum now operates 42 cooperatives with ongoing NYF support. The number of members this past year has grown to 10,935, including Kalpana.
Bindu was born with HIV and underwent many treatments in Nepal, but they were all failing. Both of her parents are also living with HIV and were already struggling to manage their health. Bindu’s condition was only worsening as she was developing wounds all over her body. Unable to afford all of the family’s medications and proper nutrition, their future looked bleak.
Thankfully, a local doctor referred Bindu to NYF's New Life Center. The center provides medical care, treatment, shelter, nutritious diets, and education for children and their caregivers living with HIV/AIDS, one of the most stigmatized diseases in Nepal.
While Bindu’s is one of the most challenging cases that NLC doctors have seen, after proper nutrition, timely medication, learning good hygiene, Bindu’s wounds gradually healed. Her mood improved and she even enjoyed playing with other children residents. Bindu, her mother, and father returned to their village after 5 weeks with dramatically improved health, continuing the practices they learned at the NLC.
Thank you for making such remarkable transformations possible!