The back-to-school season in the US is a whirlwind of anxiety and excitement. As parents wonder how their child will get along with new teachers and students, they are also flooded with reminders of milestone events, extracurricular activities, and sales on anything that could possibly fit inside a backpack.
In Nepal, where school starts in the spring, families face more basic concerns like, “We can barely afford the necessities. How can we afford uniforms and school supplies?” Impoverished families with disabled children – who are often ostracized in Nepal – face dire concerns. With additional challenges such as beloning to a low-caste, the opportunities can continue to shrink.
But thanks to your generosity, some of the most desperately poor disabled children in Nepal can proudly look forward to their school year with one goal: to learn!
NYF is one of the largest non-governmental providers of educational scholarships in Nepal. Priority is given to female, low-caste, disabled and other marginalized students. Currently, over 1,300 children and teens are currently in school from kindergarten to university. Thank you!
In Nepal, the unemployment and underemployment rate hovers around 50%, yet 94% of Olgapuri Vocational School (OVS) graduates so far have been able to land jobs.
The consequence of the high unemployment rate is that Nepali men migrate for jobs, most to the Gulf countries. The social consequences of this migration are enormous – wives separated from their husbands for years, even decades, and children growing up without their fathers.
The shocking unemployment rate is due in substantial part to the fact that Nepalis do not have the skills to fill the available jobs. There are well-paid openings in the construction trades, but not enough carpenters, electricians, and welders to fill them.
Excellent vocational training is imperative in Nepal, and OVS was established to serve that need. Initially, NYF is providing first-rate training to 320 carpenters, welders, plumbers, and electricians a year. Because of the 2015 earthquake, which destroyed hundreds of thousands of structures, such skills are in high demand.
These well-paying jobs are traditionally held by men, but NYF is encouraging and training women to fill these positions as well. Of the first handful of women who have been trained at OVS as carpenters, electricians and plumbers, all of them have found employment.
It’s the generosity that you share that helps make it all possible! Dhanyabad!
Eight year old “Anjana” had an extremely difficult childhood. After her father left their family, Anjana’s mother patched together a livelihood with odd jobs to provide for her barely 3 year-old daughter. In desperation, she resorted to dangerous labor. To protect her daughter from the high risk environment, she left Anjana with relatives. Extremely poor themselves, their meager resources soon ran out. Fortunately they were able to turn to NYF to provide a safe home.
Staff from NYF's Ankur Counseling Center meet with Anjana regularly to help her heal from trauma and loss.She is making remarkable progress in both individual and group counseling and adjusting well to her new environment.
Each year over 450 children like Anjana receive the support they need to turn a life of unimaginable hardship to one full of hope and opportunity. It's the generosity that you share with NYF that helps make it all possible. Dhanyabad!