While we’re proud of the high quality of the living environment at Olgapuri (NYF’s permanent children’s home which opened in 2016), we strive to keep children with their own families whenever possible. This is especially important in Nepal, where family is one of the highest values. As such, NYF’s Kinship Care model focuses on providing financial support to extended family members who otherwise would not be able to keep an orphaned or abandoned child. With your support, a relatively small stipend can prevent the trafficking, exploitation, or institutionalization of at-risk children.
Before the devastating 2015 earthquakes, our Kinship Care program supported 40-50 children annually. As noted in the previous report, we accepted 743 children into Earthquake Kinship Care as part of our disaster relief efforts. While NYF’s Earthquake Relief and Reconstruction program ended in 2017, 591 families remain in our Kinship Care program.
As earthquake-stricken communities in Gorkha, Dhading and Kavre stabilize, we continue to assess the need in other disadvantaged communities, evaluate strategies, and raise funds to maintain our increased capacity for Kinship Care. The experience NYF gained from administering Earthquake Kinship Care has allowed us to nearly double the number of children in our core Kinship Care.
Sita’s mother committed suicide when her daughter was just two years old. Her father then remarried, leaving Sita to be raised by her elderly grandparents.
Already struggling to support Sita and themselves with their meager old-age benefits, they lost everything, including their home and the garden they counted on for sustenance, during the earthquakes. The family is still living in a temporary shelter while Sabita, now 12, attends her village school through NYF’s Kinship Care scholarship.
While we anticipate another 100 families to stabilize in 2018 with your support, those on the margins – like Sita’s - will likely need Kinship Care until the child graduates and becomes self-sufficient.
Thank you for allowing children to reach their full potential -- with their family!
Thanks to your support of NYF, freed Kamlari women are receiving the counseling, training, and support they need to turn a life of unimaginable hardship into one filled with hope and opportunity.
Most of these girls never attended school before their rescue and many struggle academically. Of the 12,722 girls NYF rescued from servitude since 2002, 2,319 are currently in school or college and a total of 1,657 have completed vocational training programs.
Approximately 750 girls are preparing to take the Secondary Education Examination in March – a test required of all students in Nepal who hope to attend 11th and 12th grade. Given the disruption in their childhood and education, approximately 30% of freed Kamlaris is not expected to pass, leaving them in need of alternatives.
The girls’ need for economic independence without academic preparedness informs NYF’s strong focus on vocational education and career counseling (VECC). NYF’s VECC program provides 300 freed Kamlari women annually with training suited to their interests. Whether they aspire to learn midwifery, lab assistant training, plumbing, shoe making, hotel/hospitality training, or food stall management, NYF can help.
In a country where youth unemployment and underemployment are severe, vocational training and career counseling offer a life-transforming path to economic independence.
In addition to providing life-saving support to approximately 600 children and their caretakers annually through Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes (NRH), NYF is expanding our nutrition outreach program to reach thousands more children.
NYF’s Nutrition Outreach program brings specialized nutrition education and services to remote communities that are isolated by rough terrain and lack of transportation. The camp activities include hand-washing, hygiene, and nutrition education for caregivers and nutrition assessment, general health checkups, and medicine distribution as needed for children. Through each two to three-day camp, NYF reaches 500-1000 children and their caregivers whose health and lives are forever transformed.
Below are pictures from one of these camps.