Extreme poverty affects millions of Nepali families. Approximately one-third of the children aged 5-14 (2 million children) are in the labor market. Thousands of children live on the streets, in sub-standard institutions, or work illegally in bonded labor – orphaned, abandoned, or given up by parents unable to provide for them. Far too often, poverty and desperation separates children from their families and into a bleak future.
NYF’s original children’s homes, J House for boys (since 1992) and K House for girls (since 1994), were founded to provide safe shelter, nurturing, and educational opportunities for children with nowhere else to turn. Despite the exceptional care children received, these rented homes weren’t ideal.
In 2016, NYF opened our own permanent children’s residences at Olgapuri Village. “Olga’s little oasis” offers a beautiful home for up to 80 of the most vulnerable children in Nepal and has developed into a lively sanctuary that offers countless opportunities to enrich young minds.
In FY 2017-18, a total of 82 children received care at Olgapuri. The children are thriving in highly-rated schools in Kathmandu appropriate to their individual needs, they receive excellent healthcare, celebrate festivals, enjoy fresh food they help grow at the farm, and stay active throughout the year.
While we’re proud of the high quality of the living environment Olgapuri provides, and the well-adjusted, successful young adults who are “alumni” of our residential program, we also recognize that even the best children’s home falls short of a loving family. That’s why NYF’s Kinship Care model focuses on providing financial support to extended family members who otherwise would not be able to keep an orphaned, abandoned, or at-risk child.
While over 150 earthquake affected families have regained self-sufficiency, approximately 720 families are currently receiving support through our Kinship Care programs, allowing them to remain together and children to continue their education. “Rohit” is one of these students who comes from a village in Gorkha district. He lives with his father and elder sister in a temporary shelter as they lost their family home in the 2015 earthquake. They have not yet been able to rebuild their house and sustain meagerly by raising goats for livelihood.
Rohit has been receiving an NYF scholarship since 2016, has excellent school attendance, and has also greatly improved his academic performance. He is currently studying in in the 7th grade and aspires to continue his education through college.
Thanks to your support, children are on a life-transforming path to self-suffiency in adulthood while remaining with their loving families!
“Pratik”, a 22 month old boy from a family of 6, was brought to the Nutritional Rehabilitation Home (NRH) in Chitawan from a very remote village called Lothar.
His impoverished family ate only two meager meals each day with very little protein. Pratik was suffering from diarrhea and had no appetite. Frightened by his worsening condition, his parents took him to the hospital. A doctor there recognized the desperate situation and sent them to the NRH.
At admission, Pratik weighed only 12 pounds – 6 pounds below the normal weight for his 28” height. With protruding ribs, sparse hair, irritable mood, he was suffering.
Pratik could digest only milk for the first week of his stay. He was then fed healthy versions of the food his family could easily access or grow themselves, while his mother was educated on the importance of nutrition.
With nutritious food, proper medication and care, Pratik’s condition improved dramatically. While he stayed a little longer than the usual 21 to 28 days, in less than 6 weeks he gained over 5 pounds and transformed into a healthy and happy boy.
These life-saving interventions – at a cost of only $350 per child – are made possible by generous friends like you. We hope you feel proud of the difference your support makes. Thank you, and dhanyabad!
Born into an impoverished family of nine, "Kalpana" never attended school and was indentured into servitude at age 10. She was rescued two years later by NYF and was enrolled in a special course designed to ease her transition to school. Upon successful completion of the course, NYF enrolled her in school where she continued her education through high school, quite an accomplishment.
Through FKDF, Kalpana learned about the NYF-sponsored locally-controlled cooperatives and joined, becoming eligible for microloans. She attended NYF’s orientation on vocational training and was accepted into the food stall management program. After completing the training, she returned to her home village and established her own shop with a loan from the co-op. Now, at age 27, she is earning enough to support herself and proudly helps her family.
This life-transforming success was made possible thanks to generous friends like you.
Because you care, young women rescued from indentured servitude -- like Kalpana -- are building powerful new lives. Through NYF’s holistic programs, they overcoming the horrendous suffering they endured in childhood and are receiving they support they need for a productive and dignified adulthood. This includes education, leadership training, micro-loans, cooperative support, psychological counseling, and vocational training.
The Freed Kamlari Development Forum (FKDF), established in 2010 by NYF, empowers Freed Kamlari to become champions of their own causes. The FKDF leadership collaborates with local government agencies to seek essential support, such as investments in the cooperative business loans. The Forum now operates 42 cooperatives with ongoing NYF support. The number of members this past year has grown to 10,935, including Kalpana.