While academic education can transform lives, it’s not appropriate for everyone. NYF's focus on vocational training is an essential investment in a country where child labor is common and about one quarter of the population lives below the poverty line. Vocational Education and Career Counseling (VECC) provides occupational training and guidance for youth whose background of deprivation and hardship keeps them from succeeding academically. VECC provides unparalleled opportunities for girls rescued from Kamlari servitude and for NYF scholarship recipients.
In Nepal, the rate of youth unemployment and underemployment hovers around 50%, yet 94% of NYF’s vocational training graduates so far have been able to secure employment.
Excellent vocational training is imperative in Nepal, and NYF’s established VECC program and new Olgapuri Vocational School (OVS) help to meet that need. NYF sponsors students in vocational courses through VECC and helps them find jobs, providing career counseling and training to more than 6,500 youth since the program began. Additionally, through OVS, NYF provides first-rate training to 320 carpenters, welders, plumbers, and electricians annually. Since the 2015 earthquakes, 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.
Thank you for being an important part of their life-transforming path to self-sufficiency. Together we are creating previously unimagined opportunity!
Jogesh’s family was scraping by in their village until his father tragically passed away when “Jogesh” was barely 5 years old. His mother remarried and left Jogesh to live with elderly grandparents. Already struggling to support just themselves, his grandparents couldn’t manage the added responsibility of caring for Jogesh.
When NYF staff learned of this desperate situation, they made a visit to the family and brought Jogesh to live at J House (now the Junior Boys house at Olgapuri). His grandparents were so relieved that Jogesh was going to be well cared for and his future was secure.
Having endured such extreme hardship at such a young age, Jogesh came to NYF with a great deal of emotional trauma. In just a few months of receiving regular psychological counseling, Jogesh had transformed. Four years later, he is a smart, confident, playful boy. He is healthy, doing well in his studies, and enjoys arts and crafts as well as learning from the older boys
NYF’s Ankur Counseling Center is a pioneer in psychological therapy for disadvantaged children like Jogesh in Nepal, providing traumatized children and teens with the counseling they need to turn a life of despair into one filled with hope and opportunity.
With specialized support, children who have endured unimaginable hardships at very young ages, many of whom depend on scholarships from NYF, are enabled to fulfill their potential as they heal.
Ankur’s professional counselors have also trained over 200 peer-counselors in our Empowering Freed Kamlari program, to support girls and young women freed from indentured servitude.
Thank you for supporting the emotional health and well-being of some of the most destitute children in Nepal.
As one of the largest non-governmental scholarship providers, NYF grants life-changing scholarships to over 700 students each year, with a special emphasis on serving the most marginalized – including female, disabled, and low-caste children and teens.
In addition to school fees, NYF can fund the children’s living costs, medical expenses, clothing, and counseling services as needed. These scholarships ensure specialized education for children with disabilities, from grade school all the way through university in some cases!
One of these students, "Asha" is physically disabled (enormous difficulity walking). Her impoverished family could not afford medical care and educating her was simply not an option. Thankfully, a villager referred her family to NYF, forever changing her life. Asha is currently studying in the 6th grade with an NYF scholarship, doing well in her studies, receiving excellent medical care, and enjoying her childhood with friends.
Support from friends like you makes these remarkable transformations possible. Thank you!