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.
Oct 28, 2015

Beyond emerency relief: Scholarships for children orphaned by the earthquakes

Girl orphaned by the quake with her grandfather
Girl orphaned by the quake with her grandfather

Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF) completed its critical emergency relief projects and is now moving towards longer-range efforts to help Nepalis whose lives were severely disrupted by the devastating earthquakes last spring.

One such effort is educational support. NYF has received more than 8,000 applications for scholarships for children and youth affected by the earthquakes.

Working with local education departments and disaster relief committees in five severely affected districts, NYF placed announcements in newspapers, and sent dozens of staff to collect applications, prepare cases studies and conduct interviews.

NYF will offer 230 scholarships for the 10+2 course (junior college), and 1,000 under NYF’s
“Kinship Care” model which 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.

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

Namaste!

Children orphaned by quake in temporary shelter
Children orphaned by quake in temporary shelter

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Sep 29, 2015

NYF's vocational training gets results

Freed Kamlari at a VECC orientation
Freed Kamlari at a VECC orientation

NYF's vocational training program has improved the lives of hundreds of young women who spent their childhoods as household slaves in the now outlawed practice known as Kamlari.

An independent analysis of Nepal Youth Foundation's Vocational Education and Counseling Program found that the training programs raised the average age of marriage among the young women, more than doubled their incomes, and raised their overall financial and social well-being, placing a majority into Nepal's middle class.

The report was commissioned by NYF to assess the impact of our program on the former Kamlari.

All of the girls surveyed increased their percentage of home ownership and had attained material goods such as mobile phones, refrigerators, bicycles and savings accounts.

Last year, NYF provided long and short term training courses to 336 freed Kamlari. These courses train the former indentured servants for jobs in nursing, lab assistants, fashion design, printing, electronics, auto mechanics and plumbing.

We also provided career counseling to another 818 freed Kamlari to help them find the right career path.

NYF has provided vocational training to more than 1,000 youth with a 76 percent employment rate since the program began in 2007. Nearly half of Nepal's young people are either unemployed or underemployed.

Thank you for your support.

Namaste!

Seamstress training
Seamstress training
Nursing training
Nursing training

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Sep 29, 2015

Thank you for your support!

A leg brace does slow down this young boy
A leg brace does slow down this young boy

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 for a total of 83 students in preschool through high school - 41 boys and 42 girls.

While there are some special schools that accomodate specific needs of disabled students, tuition is usually more than the annual income of a Nepali family. consequently, only an estimted 30 percent of disabled childred 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!

Student in disabled school program
Student in disabled school program
Student in the disabled school program
Student in the disabled school program

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