Now 21, Jyoti started working as a Kamlari (indentured child servant) when she was only nine years old.
In her own words:
"I worked as a Kamlari for 3 years until I was rescued by NYF. After rescue I studied through grade 10 with support from NYF. After grade 10 I could not do further studies. I was not sure what I would do for a living. I then heard about the vocational training opportunities by NYF through their staff and attended one of the orientation sessions. During the orientation I, along with so many girls like myself, found out about different trades that we could learn and do business in. This gave me immense hope. I chose tea and snacks business training. After the one month training and practice I opened my own food stall. I received a food stall and supplies to set up the business.
The business is doing very well now. With the income I have also been able to pay some debt that we had taken for building our house. In the future I wish to expand the business and open a restaurant.
I am immensely thankful for this support which has given me so much hope for life."
With your generous support, NYF’s Vocational Education and Career Counseling program provided training to 340 youth like Jyoti in the last quarter.
The trades included Industrial Training, Electrics, Plumbing, Carpentry and Wood Turning, Welding and Steel Fabrication, Food Stall Management, and Care Giver Training.
107 trainees completed the training in this reporting period; and of them, 60 are already employed while the rest are seeking employment.
Thank you for helping capable Nepali youth train for a brighter future!
Little “Usha” had suffered more than many of us do in a lifetime.
After her father passed away and her distraught mother disappeared, Usha had been living with their elderly grandmother. Sadly, even this new life they patched together was uprooted when their house was destroyed in the 2015 earthquake.
With no safety net and the threat of trafficking and exploitation, Usha’s future looked bleak.
Fortunately, she was among the 743 children who started receiving NYF’s Earthquake Scholarship in 2016. With a monthly stipend from NYF, Usha is currently studying in fifth grade at a local school in her familiar village in Gorkha.
Thus far, 342 of the original 743 families have regained self-sufficiency thanks to the interim support they received. 401 families like Usha’s will continue to receive support until they are independent.
Thank you for helping to keep families together and children in school!
“Today’s drug awareness session was educational. I learnt how important it is to find happiness/enjoyment in little things to not get addicted [to drugs]. Thank you so much for conducting this session.” –Drug Awareness Participant Feedback
As a mental health pioneer in Nepal, Ankur conducts psychological counseling and psychotherapies for NYF children and offers trainings and workshops.
In the past quarter, Ankur conducted 222 counseling sessions (148 individual sessions and 74 group sessions) and made 23 house visits (at Olgapuri Children's Homes) for 124 children & adolescents using appropriate psychological interventions such as sand play therapy, expressive art therapy, cognitive behavior techniques, clay therapy, relaxation and non- directive play therapies.
Ankur additionally conducted 9 training and orientations sessions for 209 children and young adults. The participants included children and youth from Olgapuri Village, Olgapuri Vocational School, New Life Center and another children’s home (Ama Ghar).
Topics included Life Skills Training; Drug Awareness Program; Being Safe; and Me, My body and My Safety.
With support from generous friends like you, children and teens are exchanging a life of hardship for one full of opportunity. Dhanyabad!