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.
Dec 28, 2015

Thank you for support!

Children of Nepal
Children of Nepal

2015 has been an incredibly challenging year for Nepal and its people. First the devastating earthquakes last spring and now the four-month blockade at the Indian border that’s threatening lives and causing even more economic damage.

Fuel is scarce; creating days-long lines at gas stations for what little is available. People are cooking outside with wood because there is no cooking fuel. Hospitals are turning away non-critical patients because of a shortage of medicine and supplies. The government continues to negotiate with the groups leading the protests, and we all hope there will be a resolution soon.

Knowing the incredible resilience of the people of Nepal, we are hopeful that 2016 will bring an end to the political discord and the country can move forward with its work of rebuilding.

Our staff is working hard to push forward with our programs and we continue to care for the children under our watch.

Please keep the people of Nepal in your hearts and thoughts this holiday season.

With warmest wishes for the year ahead,

Nepal Youth Foundation

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Dec 21, 2015

Counselors offer comfort to earthquake orphans

Young children at a counseling session
Young children at a counseling session

Dozens of children orphaned by the earthquakes last spring are staying at one of NYF’s “transit homes” until they can find homes with relatives or other long term care.

In addition to providing food, shelter and clothing, NYF counselors are working with these children to ease them through the trauma of losing their homes, parents and siblings.

Staff spent a week at the transit home in the Gorkha district and engaged the children in both group and individual counseling sessions. Counselors from NYF’s Ankur Center, one of the only counseling centers for children and youth in Nepal, use play and art to help the children express their feelings.

Counselors also trained the caregivers at the transit homes to effectively care for the children.

Ankur therapists counseled more than 800 children and 150 adults after the earthquakes in an effort to comfort survivors.They also trained 300 people in psychological first aid.

Thank you for your support.

Namaste!

Children at the Gorkha Transit Home
Children at the Gorkha Transit Home
Gorkha Transit Center counseling session
Gorkha Transit Center counseling session

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Dec 18, 2015

Hot lunches for young earthquake survivors

Children taking a break for a healthy lunch
Children taking a break for a healthy lunch

Nearly all the homes in the district of Sindhpalchowk, nestled at the base of the Himalayas, were leveled by the earthquakes last spring. More than 3,000 district residents lost their lives and thousands more were injured.

Now NYF is helping to ensure that the district’s children don’t become malnourished while their families struggle to rebuild their lives.

We set up nine “community kitchens” at elementary schools throughout the district to provide hot, mid-day meals for the children. Their mothers learn about proper nutrition and hygiene through classes offered by our trained dieticians.

To help measure our effectiveness and establish a baseline, NYF staff surveyed the mothers about their nutrition practices and also measured and weighed the children to determine their overall health.

Malnutrition was a big problem in this tiny country before the massive earthquakes destroyed large swaths of Nepal earlier this spring. Nearly half of all Nepalese children under age five are afflicted with the condition.

NYF operates 16 nutrition clinics throughout Nepal and has educated thousands of mothers and caretakers in the basics of good nutrition.

Thank you for your support.

Namaste!

Feeding children at one of the community kitchens
Feeding children at one of the community kitchens

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