Bindu was born with HIV and underwent many treatments in Nepal, but they were all failing. Both of her parents are also living with HIV and were already struggling to manage their health. Bindu’s condition was only worsening as she was developing wounds all over her body. Unable to afford all of the family’s medications and proper nutrition, their future looked bleak.
Thankfully, a local doctor referred Bindu to NYF's New Life Center. The center provides medical care, treatment, shelter, nutritious diets, and education for children and their caregivers living with HIV/AIDS, one of the most stigmatized diseases in Nepal.
While Bindu’s is one of the most challenging cases that NLC doctors have seen, after proper nutrition, timely medication, learning good hygiene, Bindu’s wounds gradually healed. Her mood improved and she even enjoyed playing with other children residents. Bindu, her mother, and father returned to their village after 5 weeks with dramatically improved health, continuing the practices they learned at the NLC.
Thank you for making such remarkable transformations possible!
While academic education can transform lives, it’s not appropriate for everyone. NYF's focus on vocational training is an essential investment in a country where child labor is common and about one quarter of the population lives below the poverty line. Vocational Education and Career Counseling (VECC) provides occupational training and guidance for youth whose background of deprivation and hardship keeps them from succeeding academically. VECC provides unparalleled opportunities for girls rescued from Kamlari servitude and for NYF scholarship recipients.
In Nepal, the rate of youth unemployment and underemployment hovers around 50%, yet 94% of NYF’s vocational training graduates so far have been able to secure employment.
Excellent vocational training is imperative in Nepal, and NYF’s established VECC program and new Olgapuri Vocational School (OVS) help to meet that need. NYF sponsors students in vocational courses through VECC and helps them find jobs, providing career counseling and training to more than 6,500 youth since the program began. Additionally, through OVS, NYF provides first-rate training to 320 carpenters, welders, plumbers, and electricians annually. Since the 2015 earthquakes, which destroyed hundreds of thousands of structures, such skills are in high demand.
These well-paying jobs are traditionally held by men, but NYF is encouraging and training women to fill these positions as well. Of the first handful of women who have been trained at OVS as carpenters, electricians and plumbers, all of them have found employment.
Thank you for being an important part of their life-transforming path to self-sufficiency. Together we are creating previously unimagined opportunity!
Jogesh’s family was scraping by in their village until his father tragically passed away when “Jogesh” was barely 5 years old. His mother remarried and left Jogesh to live with elderly grandparents. Already struggling to support just themselves, his grandparents couldn’t manage the added responsibility of caring for Jogesh.
When NYF staff learned of this desperate situation, they made a visit to the family and brought Jogesh to live at J House (now the Junior Boys house at Olgapuri). His grandparents were so relieved that Jogesh was going to be well cared for and his future was secure.
Having endured such extreme hardship at such a young age, Jogesh came to NYF with a great deal of emotional trauma. In just a few months of receiving regular psychological counseling, Jogesh had transformed. Four years later, he is a smart, confident, playful boy. He is healthy, doing well in his studies, and enjoys arts and crafts as well as learning from the older boys
NYF’s Ankur Counseling Center is a pioneer in psychological therapy for disadvantaged children like Jogesh in Nepal, providing traumatized children and teens with the counseling they need to turn a life of despair into one filled with hope and opportunity.
With specialized support, children who have endured unimaginable hardships at very young ages, many of whom depend on scholarships from NYF, are enabled to fulfill their potential as they heal.
Ankur’s professional counselors have also trained over 200 peer-counselors in our Empowering Freed Kamlari program, to support girls and young women freed from indentured servitude.
Thank you for supporting the emotional health and well-being of some of the most destitute children in Nepal.