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.
Jun 16, 2016

Give the gift of health

Mothers learn the basics of good nutrition
Mothers learn the basics of good nutrition

People often refer to our 16 Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes as “places where miracles happen” – clinics where children enter severely emaciated and malnourished and exit a month later healthy and robust.

We introduced this model approach for treatment and prevention of malnutrition in 1998 and have nourished more than 14,000 severely malnourished children back to health in one of our clinics across Nepal. An equal number of mothers have been educated in nutrition to better care for their children when they return home.

We also work with the Nepal government to commit to managing the NRHs once they were established and successfully in operation for 5 years. This model leverages our impact by allowing us to create new innovations while the government maintains the clinics currently operating. So far, Nepal government hospitals have successfully taken over the management of 10 NRHs.

In addition to nursing children back to health, and teaching their mothers the basics of good nutrition, our staff conducts nutrition camps to reach out to rural and marginalized communities and provides training to child care workers, teachers, and other stakeholders on the management of malnutrition and diet.

Due to poverty and widespread ignorance about nutrition, nearly half of Nepal’s children are severely malnourished.

Thank you for your continued support. Namaste!

Child getting weighed at an outreach clinic
Child getting weighed at an outreach clinic
A doctor exams a child at an NRH outreach camp
A doctor exams a child at an NRH outreach camp

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Jun 14, 2016

Counselors help young brothers live through a painful loss

After rescue at the transit center
After rescue at the transit center

   Bikram, Suman and Bishal, brothers who are 10, 9, and 5 years old, lost their mother in the terrible earthquake last year, when their home collapsed on top of her, killing her instantly. The mother provided for her sons, by selling home-grown vegetables.

    Within days, the motherless boys were on the verge of being trafficked out of the country. Well aware of the alarming rise of human trafficking of children after natural disasters, NYF was working with local authorities to establish safe transit homes. Police intercepted the boys, and NYF was able to take them in at J House, NYF’s home for boys.

    Counselors from NYF’s Ankur Counseling and Training Center, who specialize in the treating children suffering from trauma, have been working closely with the boys to ease them into their new home and help them recover from the loss of their mother. The boys regularly visit their father, an impoverished rickshaw driver.

    The brothers are healthy and safe, attending an excellent school in Kathmandu, and love to ride bikes, play basketball and soccer.

    Thousands of emotionally-traumatized children and youth have benefitted from the psychosocial services of Ankur, a pioneer in psychological therapy for disadvantaged children in Nepal.

    Your donation gives Bikram, Suman and Bishal and other traumatized children the counseling, support and therapy they need to turn a life of despair into one filled with hope and possibility.

    Thank you for your continued support!

Off to school from J House
Off to school from J House

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May 18, 2016

Business cooperatives help former child slaves gain financial independence

Freed Kamlari display certificate of appreciation
Freed Kamlari display certificate of appreciation

Girls freed from the now abolished practice of child slavery known as Kamlari are leading the way to economic empowerment through cooperatives and business loans. NYF has encouraged their efforts through its Empowering Freed Kamlari Program, which operates 41 cooperatives in Western Nepal with 5,695 members.

The Nepal government recently recognized NYF and these young entrepreneurs on National Cooperative Day with a ceremony and a certificate of appreciation.

In 2000, NYF began a campaign to end the practice of Kamlari, a centuries-old system of indentured servitude embedded in the culture of rural Nepal. Our Indentured Daughters Program was twofold: to rescue the girls who had been sold into slavery and to abolish the practice going forward. More than 12,700 girls, some of whom had been enslaved since the age of six, were rescued and returned to their home communities. Our focus now is to help them to become healthy and independent young women.

Thank you for your continued support to help stimulate the cultural and economic development necessary to ensure that no girl will ever again become a victim of Kamlari.

Namaste!

NYF program manager Man Bahadur Chhetri
NYF program manager Man Bahadur Chhetri

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