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.
Sep 8, 2015

A stitch in time changes lives

Kilkumari tailoring school
Kilkumari tailoring school

Twenty young women freed from the practice of child slavery known as Kamlari recently began a tailoring class and are already producing an impressive array of clothing.

Once they complete the three-month training, they will have the skills needed to start their own tailoring businesses. They can borrow seed money from the loan cooperative operated by the Freed Kamlari Development Forum.

Former Kamlari Dil Kumari Chaudhary started the tailoring program in Nepalgunj, Nepal in 2014 with the help of Nepal Youth Foundation. Dozens of girls have already completed the training program.

The tailoring class is a part of NYF’s larger vocational training program for former Kamlari, which prepares young women for careers in farming, hairdressing, computer techs, electricians – even motorcycle mechanics.

Thank you for helping these young women make new lives.

Namaste!

Former Kamlari at sewing class
Former Kamlari at sewing class
Traditional Nepalese clothing crafted by students
Traditional Nepalese clothing crafted by students
Dress made by girls in seamstress school
Dress made by girls in seamstress school
Shirt made by students in training program
Shirt made by students in training program

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Aug 13, 2015

Serving healthy meals to children hurt by quake

A mother with her malnourished child
A mother with her malnourished child

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.

Sadly, relief efforts might be worsening the problem. In the immediate aftermath of the quake, relief organizations sent huge amounts of rice, noodles and biscuits to villages, Because  these foods are easy and filling, mothers were happy to serve rice, noodles and biscuits to their children three times daily.

Nepal Youth Foundation staff visited three emergency centers in Sindhupalchok, a region hard hit by the quakes, and found many children showing signs of malnourishment.

"This is an unintended consequence of relief," said Nepal Youth Foundation's (NYF) President Som Paneru. “This should serve as a lesson for future disasters.'

Instead of starchy, processed food with no nutritional value, Mr. Paneru recommends that relief agencies send non-genetically modified seeds be distributed to the villagers, most of whom already farm their own land.

To help ease the problem, NYF is opening 10 Community Nutrition Kitchens in local primary schools to serve nutritious meals to children under the age of ten. We are working with local communities to to provide mid-day meals that will be similar to those provided in our highly successful Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes (NRHs) across Nepal. We will operate the kitchens for one year.

The cooks for the kitchens will be trained at our Kathmandu Nutritional Rehabilitation Home. Community Nutrition Educator (CNE) will provide trainings on best nutrition practice and family hygiene to mothers of the children who attend these schools as well as other village people on Saturdays and off school hours at the school premises. During the year of operation, they will learn about nutrition best practices that they can apply in their own kitchens. One CNE will be able to supervise 10 Community Nutrition Kitchens and train 10 mothers' groups simultaneously. We will serve 1,000 children and 1,500 mothers and village women/households in this program.

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!

Mothers and children wait for a mid-day meal
Mothers and children wait for a mid-day meal

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Jun 30, 2015

Thank you for helping a disabled child thrive

Blind students in a classroom in Nepal
Blind students in a classroom in Nepal

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 welcomed 10 new students into our program, caring for a total of 100 students in preschool through high school.

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!

A leg brace does slow down this young boy
A leg brace does slow down this young boy
A blind student in the classroom
A blind student in the classroom

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