Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)

The Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF; formerly the Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation, NYOF) is devoted to bringing hope to the most destitute children in the beautiful but impoverished Himalayan country of Nepal. With a personal touch, we provide these children with what should be every child's birthright - education, housing, medical care, and loving support. Empowered to reach their potential, these children blossom, enriching the world we all share.
Jun 17, 2016

A new home for the New Life Center

Boys at the New Life Center
Boys at the New Life Center

We are waiting approval on plans for a permanent new residence for our New Life Center and will break ground after we receive the building permits.

Built on the site of our Nutritional Rehabilitation Home in Kathmandu, the building will cost around $200,000 to complete.

The months-long embargo that crippled much of Nepal last winter stalled plans to begin building last fall.

The newly constructed New Life Center will improve both access and quality to HIV/AIDS treatment and services in Nepal for years to come. 49 children received treatment and care at the center last year.

The New Life Center provides lifesaving treatment to children with HIV/AIDS while teaching their caretakers, most of whom also have HIV, to live hygienically and cook nutritious meals. This training dramatically reduces the risk of acquiring the illnesses that make HIV develop into AIDS, and allows infected people lead fulfilling lives. During the months that children and their guardians spend at the Center, they receive food, housing, and all medical treatment for free.

The New Life Center is the only facility in Nepal that uses a holistic approach to helping HIV-positive children. We offer psychological counseling services to help children and their guardians learn to live with the stigma of HIV/AIDS and improve their self-esteem. Further, nurses, nutritionist, doctor, and other staff provide: education and enriching activities for children, training in nutrition, health, literacy, and income generation for caregivers, as well as nutritious meals, 24-hour medical care, and counseling to improve their self-confidence and help them manage the stigma of HIV/AIDS for both.

This comprehensive care model is key to the Center’s success. Most children arrive with full-blown AIDS, including illnesses such as tuberculosis, malnutrition, and hepatitis, and return home with only HIV, ready to go to school and enjoy a happy childhood. If children with HIV live hygienically, eat a nutritious diet, and try to avoid infections, they can typically expect to lead full and meaningful lives for around 25 years. By that time, it’s likely that additional treatments will be available to extend their lives even further. Most of the children don’t even need to take anti-retroviral drugs, which are difficult for people in rural and remote areas to obtain.

Thank you for your support.

Namaste!

Front view of the proposed New Life Center
Front view of the proposed New Life Center

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Jun 17, 2016

Your support is helping young earthquake survivors

Anjali with her grandfather
Anjali with her grandfather

With critical emergency relief projects completed, Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF) has turned to longer-range efforts to help Nepalis whose lives were severely disrupted by the devastating earthquakes in 2015.

One such effort is educational support. NYF is now caring for 800 children in its Kinship Care program and 300 youths in our 10+2 program (higher secondary education – equivalent to community college in the U.S.)

The “Kinship Care” model covers educational as well as living expenses for children. Children in this program either have parents who cannot care for them or have been orphaned. NYF finds the child’s nearest kin and provides support for the family to cover the child’s education and upbringing. The average cost of a college scholarship is $850 annually. Kinship Care averages $350 a year.

Anjali is one of the children supported by NYF’s expanded Kinship Care program. Anjali lost both of her parents in the earthquake, when they were buried in a landslide. Now, Anjali lives with her impoverished grandfather, who without help would not be able to support her.

In keeping with NYF’s commitment to long term support, many children, like Anjali, will be supported by Kinship Care for as many as 10 years or until they finish high school and can stand on their own.

Your generosity will help us assure that these children receive an education and a safe haven.

Namaste!

Anjali with school friends
Anjali with school friends

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Jun 17, 2016

Give the gift of education

Student in disabled school program
Student in disabled school program

Our Disabled Scholarship fund has helped hundreds of deaf, blind and physically disabled children students get an education and learn the skills necessary to live full, productive lives since we began the program in 1990.

Often treated as discards in Nepal's caste society, we send the children to special schools which are set up to care for them physically and academically. Our students thrive. Last year, we cared for a total of 103 students in preschool through high school - 51 boys and 52 girls.

While there are some special schools that accommodate specific needs of disabled students, tuition is usually more than the annual income of a Nepali family. Consequently, only an estimated 30 percent of disabled children are educated, leaving most unable to read, write or ever work.

The program has been highly successful and many graduates are now employed and are proudly providing for themselves and families. Some are paying their own way through graduate school. Furthermore, the program has had positive impacts that extend beyond the student's academic performance. The social workers have found that once they become involved in our program, they become much more motivated, independent and their social behavior improves remarkably.

Your dollars go far in Nepal. Thank you for your generous contributions to our project to Provide Education to 20 Disabled Children. This program’s accomplishments would not be possible without the support of people like you.

Namaste!

Young boy in disabled scholarship program
Young boy in disabled scholarship program

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