In her mid 20s, “Laxmi” has a disability in both feet. She grew up in western Nepal in a family of 7 who depend on subsistence farming and seasonal labor to make ends meet. Despite these challenges, Laxmi was a dedicated student. Her dream was to pursue higher education, but her family, already stretched thin, simply couldn’t afford it. Thankfully, they were referred to NYF and Laxmi was selected for a Disabled School scholarship. She’s currently earning her Masters in Agriculture and hopes to serve her country as an Agro-Scientist. Your support is truly changing lives!
Another recent highlight we are pleased to share is that this past spring NYF organized a consultative conference on 'Access to Education for Disabled Children and Youth'. The meeting helped to identify needs and gaps in access to education for disabled children and youth in Nepal, as well as build a stronger network of stakeholders for collaborative efforts to support them.
With your support, disabled students are reaching their full potential. Dhanyabad!
Thanks to your support, 27 children living with HIV/AIDS were treated at the New Life Center this past spring out of which 14 have already been discharged with improved health. The remaining children who entered the program later in the spring will continue to receive care at the center until they get better (average three months).
The children receive ATT, ARV, and prophylaxis treatment, supplemented by a doctor-prescribed diet and additional medical care as needed. At the same time, caregivers (mostly mothers) learn about appropriate nutrition, safe sex, STDs, reproductive health, hygiene, sanitation, tuberculosis, and treatment options. Both the children and mothers receive psychological counseling through NYF’s Ankur Counseling Center.
To make their stay more enjoyable, residents also participate in recreational and cultural events such as Holi (festival of colors or festival of love).
This spring, NYF also launched a new economic support program for the mothers to help them take care of their HIV-positive children and themselves. Following a three-day business development training, each mother received a stipend with a written agreement to repay 50% of the loan in a given time period.
All children deserve to be happy and healthy and have access to effective psychological care. We're so proud that NYF's Ankur Counseling and Training Center is a mental health pioneer in Nepal, providing life-transforming support for children and youth across our programs.
Your generous support helped to make these recent highlights possible:
This past spring, Ankur Counseling and Training Center was also featured at the Ministry of Health and Population’s International Mental Health Conference in Kathmandu. The conference was an important venue for sharing therapy techniques, professional insight, and data in an emerging field in Nepal.
Each quarter Ankur conducts approximately 120 counseling sessions (90 individual sessions and 30 group sessions) and approximately 20 house visits at Olgapuri Children's Homes for over 100 children, adolescents, and adults employing appropriate psychological interventions such as sand play therapy, expressive art therapy, cognitive behavior techniques, clay therapy, mandala work, relaxation, and non- directive play therapies.
Ankur also provides ongoing support to staff in their work with children with sessions such as Effective Communication Skills and Positive Parenting.
With your support, children who have endured unimaginably tragic hardships are healing and thriving. Dhanyabad!