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.
Aug 14, 2013

Help end child hunger

Jal Bahadur at admission to the NRH
Jal Bahadur at admission to the NRH

Nutritional Rehabilitation Home staff discovered Jal C. in April 2013 during an outreach camp in rural Nepal.  The 39-month old boy was so malnourished he could not stand, walk, talk or eat properly. They enrolled him and his father in the NRH and the youngster recovered after only 20 days.

Jal is from an extremely poor family in the rural hills of Nepal. His mother died last year and his father cares for Jal and his seven-year-old sister. As part of the NRH training, Jal's father learned how to prepare low cost nutritious food for his children and to practice good sanitation.  He was able to go back to his village and share this knowledge with his neighbors.

Last year, 1,178 children received care in the eight NRHs under NYF managment. More than 80 percent of these children were under age 5. At the same time, 1,073 caretakers learned about food, nutrition, health, hygiene and sanitation in the training sessions.

NYF builds the NRHs on the grounds of existing hospitals. After the clinics are operational for five years, NYF turns them over to the Nepal government, while NYF continues to oversee the operations.

We continue to be deeply grateful for your support of the NRH program and, especially, when we can save a child like Jal from starvation. Please give as generously as you can, so that we can continue to help children in Nepal grow up to live as fully as possible.

Jal Bahadur 20 days later
Jal Bahadur 20 days later
Aug 13, 2013

A Gift to Ease the Pain

Easing the pain through sand play therapy
Easing the pain through sand play therapy

Even when the Nepal Youth Foundation is able to rescue a child from hunger and want, it is not always as easy to rescue that child from the nightmares that remain in the wake of harsh trauma, domestic violence and extreme poverty.

Ankur Counseling Center (ACC) was established in 2006 as a place to give the children of NYF the psychological counseling needed to recover their mental health as they are being restored to physically healthy, happy lives in NYF's other programs.

In addition, ACC offers outreach for other children suffering psychological pain and has provided counseling and therapy to 4,000 children as well as training and orientation for 2,400 adults. ACC trained 45 former Kamlari (indentured servants) girls as peer counselors and these therapists now work with 1,156 young women in 91 support groups. 

One of only a few such facilities in Nepal, ACC and other organizations are urging the Nepali government to include mental health in its government health policies. The center's staff work with clients to help them overcome the stigma surrounding mental health.

Thank you again for your support of the Nepal Youth Foundation.  Namaste!


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Aug 5, 2013

New Life for Nepali children with HIV/AIDS

New Life Center children at play
New Life Center children at play

HIV/AIDS is a rapidly growing problem in Nepal, fueled by ignorance about HIV prevention and brutal discrimination against people with AIDS. Many children with HIV are forced to leave their schools, and infected women are often abandoned by their husbands. Because of this stigma, many people avoid being tested and hide their symptoms of AIDS for as long as possible. According to a U.N. study, more than 80% of Nepalis with HIV have not been diagnosed.

New Life Center offers what its name promises – a new start for the 88 children with HIV/AIDS and their caretakers who were treated at the center in 2012-2013.  The program provides lifesaving treatment to children while teaching their caretakers, most of whom also have HIV, to live hygienically and cook nutritious meals. This training dramatically reduces the risk of acquiring the illnesses that make HIV develop into AIDS, and lets infected people lead fulfilling lives. During the months that children and their guardians spend there, they receive food, housing, and all medical treatment for free.

Opened in 2006, the center can house 18 children and their caretakers for several months. Last year, the center admitted 79 new children – 43 boys and 36 girls, in addition to 9 children who remained from the previous year. More than half of these children were under the age of 5.

It is the only facility in Nepal that uses a comprehensive, holistic approach to helping HIV-positive children. Its nurses, nutritionist, doctor, and other staff provide:

For the children: education and enriching activities

For their caretakers: training in nutrition, health, literacy, and income generation

For both: nutritious meals, 24-hour medical care, and counseling to improve their self-confidence and help them manage the stigma of HIV/AIDS.

Most children who are admitted to the Center suffer from health problems such as malnutrition and tuberculosis. Rather than only treating their symptoms, the Center implements a three-pronged approach consisting of clinical therapy, nutritional therapy, and psychological therapy. While the nurses treat the patients’ health issues and give anti-retroviral drugs to reduce the effects of HIV infection, the professional nutritionist and cook plan and prepare healthy, well-rounded meals. Professional psychological counselors help the children and their guardians learn to live with the stigma of HIV/AIDS and improve their self-esteem. 

The nurses and nutritionist complement the treatment with a series of educational programs for the caretakers. The topics include nutrition, sanitation and hygiene, the dietary needs of children of different ages, reproductive health, and illnesses that commonly afflict people with HIV. This training enables the parents to avoid many of the diseases that are particularly dangerous to HIV-positive people and to eat a balanced diet using inexpensive, locally available foods to keep themselves and their children as healthy as possible. The children also participate in enrichment activities such as celebrating Nepali festivals and taking trips to the zoo.

After several months, when the patients’ health problems have been alleviated and the caretakers are fully trained, they return to their homes.

Some children have no homes to return to. Last year, four children were orphaned after their parents died of AIDS and were moved to another facility that provides long term care. These children have made friends and are adjusting well to their new home.

Many live productive lives for years by practicing what they learned at the New Life Center. If they need additional treatment or if their health worsens, they can return to the Center for free follow-up care at any time.

The Center’s staff has taken initiative to raise money for the program. In addition to requesting donations from visitors and supporters, they print and sell t-shirts and note cards. They formed a partnership with Heifer International, which contributed two cows, who are a source of fresh milk to nourish the children and sell for additional income.

Mothers at center learning about good nutrition
Mothers at center learning about good nutrition
New Life Center children
New Life Center children

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