Thanks to your generosity and compassion, disabled Nepali students who commonly face isolation, discrimination, and stigma, are thriving through NYF’s Disabled School scholarship program. One of these students “Prajun” is physically disabled without a right hand. His large family lives in a remote village and could not afford to send Prajun nor his brother who is also disabled to school.
Recognizing how bright Prajun is, a local school teacher encouraged his family to seek NYF support. Prajun has been attending his village school with an NYF scholarship since November 2016 and is making remarkable progress. He is in third grade and enjoys playing sports with his friends as much as he enjoys his studies.
This benefit ripples through Prajun’s family and community. His brother is learning through Prajun’s experience and his community is more accepting of both of their disabilities.
Prajun’s future is so much brighter because people like you care.
In 2015-2016 after two major earthquakes devastated much of Nepal and displaced thousands of families, NYF accepted 743 children into Earthquake Kinship Care. With your help, of these 743 children able to remain safe with their parents or relatives through NYF’s Kinship Care program, over 150 families have regained self-sufficiency. Nearly 600 families continue to receive support, including Anjali and her grandfather.
Thirteen year old Anjali was one of the first children accepted into Earthquake Kinship Care. Her life was shattered in a moment, when her parents and brothers were buried in a landslide during the 2015 earthquakes.
Two years later, Anjali and her grandfather are rebuilding their lives together. In her familiar school, surrounded by friends, Anjali is healing and has a brighter future.
As NYF completes the earthquake response that generous donors like you made possible, we remain committed to supporting displaced and vulnerable children through our comprehensive programs until they are self-sufficient.
With your help, every year NYF’s Ankur Counseling and Training Center provides over 120 traumatized children, teens, and freed Kamlaris (previously indentured servants) with the counseling and support they need to turn a life of unimaginable hardship into one filled with hope and opportunity.
One of these children, "Agni", recently joined NYF’s very own Olgapuri(“Olga’s little oasis” – named after NYF founder Olga Murray), a beautiful, permanent home for some of the most vulnerable children in the world.
Agni has a dreadful background, having suffered more in her brief childhood than many of us do in a lifetime. An intense child, Agni laughed a lot – a bit too exuberantly – but would suddenly veer into bouts of sobbing. She can be willful and stubborn, but the children at Olgapuri allowed her a lot of slack – even the youngest willingly surrendered the toys she coveted, and the oldest comforted her. A children’s counselor from NYF’s Ankur Counseling Center has spent several hours a week with her and will continue to for as long as she needs it.
In just six months, Agni had transformed into a different person. She’s far more tranquil, and has formed a special bond with her siblings and “Auntie” and “Uncle”, the house parents. She is adjusting well in one of the best pre-schools in Nepal and is far more affectionate and thoughtful of others.
Her future is bright thanks to supporters like you!