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.
Nov 4, 2013

Going the distance for an education

Village scholarship boy at the top of his class
Village scholarship boy at the top of his class

Since 1984, Nepal Youth Foundation has provided scholarships to children living in Nepal’s remote rural villages to attend school – a difficult undertaking for both the students and NYF field workers who monitor their progress.

Forty-one students – 17 girls and 24 boys – received NYF funding through the Village Scholarship program during 2012-2013 to cover the cost of school uniforms, fees and supplies. Thirteen students took the School Leaving Certificate exam this summer – a test all Nepali students must take to move on to college – and five passed the rigorous exam. One student dropped out of the program and the rest of the children are finishing their schooling.

These students are among the most poor and marginalized children in Nepal. They often drop out of school, and girls marry young.  Many cannot complete their education because they need to work to support their families.

The program is challenging to operate because students are scattered throughout the countryside in remote villages. Our field workers must visit the schools regularly to check on the children and to see how the schools are functioning. To do the job, they walk the mountain paths of isolated rural areas, sometimes ten hours a day.

Their efforts are often rewarded. Many students receive a new start in life though of the gift of an education.  Sushant, a bright and hardworking tenth-grader, is such a student. He is from one of the poorest and most HIV affected villages in Nepal and he lost his father to AIDS. He himself is HIV-positive, as well as his mother and his sister.

Despite these hardships, Sushant is the top student in his class and is a top athlete. He will take the School Leaving Certificate examination next summer and hopes to become a medical doctor.

Thank you for making the gift of education possible for Sushant and others like him.

Namaste.

Students in a rural village lining up for school
Students in a rural village lining up for school

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Nov 4, 2013

Offering new life to children with HIV-AIDS

A girl who lost her parents to AIDS
A girl who lost her parents to AIDS

Living with the complicated regimes of antiretroviral treatments is a challenge for anyone affected by HIV-AIDS. For the impoverished HIV-infected children in Nepal, the expensive treatment can be simply out of reach.

At the New Life Center in Kathmandu, 88 children – half-younger than five – last year received not only treatment and medical care, but also psychological counseling and an appropriate diet. Center staff also took the children on outings and celebrated holidays and festivals to make certain that joy was a part of their lives. New Life Center has treated 400 children and educated 356 mothers since Nepal Youth Foundation began the program in 2006.

While 65 children were returned home in stable health, readmission is very high because the children’s health often deteriorates rapidly once they return to homes without appropriate living conditions or nutritious food.   

To help families take care of their children, counselors educate mothers and caretakers in a series of 48 sessions on nutrition and reproductive health. They also offer guidance on caring for their infected children once they returned home.

Some children do not have a home to return to. Four children at the center last year lost their parents to AIDS. Since it is a transitional center, staff found permanent homes for them. Our staff reports that they are adjusting well and have made many new friends.

Thank you for supporting these vulnerable children.

Namaste.

Three boys orphaned by AIDS find new homes
Three boys orphaned by AIDS find new homes
A daily dose of joy is part of the treatment
A daily dose of joy is part of the treatment
Children at the New Life Center
Children at the New Life Center

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Oct 31, 2013

NYF hands over 8 nutrition homes to government

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

We began building Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes in 1998 as a way to restore severely malnourished children to good health while educating their caregivers about nutrition basics. Yet with half of all Nepali children suffering from malnutrition, we knew we would need the Nepali government to partner with us to create a sustainable solution for the problem. 

Today, the Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes (NRHs) are a model of innovation and sustainability. We have built 16 of these small hospitals throughout the country, and the government is now operating eight of them. Together, we have helped more than 20,000 children and have educated their parents about low-cost nutrition strategies.

It's a win-win program. We build the NRH’s, hire and train the staff, and help the hospitals develop a successful operating plan. After five years, we hand over management of the NRHs to the government, freeing up valuable resources so we can continue to build new facilities — such as the NRHs we're building in Baglung, Dang and Butwal.

When you meet the children we serve, you appreciate the miracles that happen at the NRHs. Jal Bahadur is one of the children who got a new start in life at an NRH. Last April, NYF workers found him during a Nutrition Outreach Camp. His mother had died four months earlier, and his deeply impoverished father struggled to care for Jal and his older sister. Three-year-old Jal was so malnourished he could not talk, walk or even stand up.

Within 20 days of care at the center, Jal had gained weight and regained enough strength in his legs to walk. His father learned the basics of good nutrition and took this information back with him to share in his rural village.

While poverty is pervasive in Nepal, the simple lack of knowledge about good dietary practices is often the cause of child malnutrition. NRH nurses and nutritionists teach parents to prepare food that is affordable and locally available. The families return home with a healthy child and the knowledge they need to keep all of their children growing strong.

Thanks to your support, children like Jal have a chance to lead a healthy life.

Jal at discharge from the NRH
Jal at discharge from the NRH
Children queuing up for screening at the NRH
Children queuing up for screening at the NRH
Weigh -in at an NRH
Weigh -in at an NRH

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