With support from friends like you, NYF’s vocational training program addresses the systemic problem of unemployment in Nepal, helping to break the cycle of poverty and creating lasting change for generations to come.
In addition to our Vocational Education and Career Counseling Program which serves about 300 young people annually, last year, NYF built its own Vocational School as a part of the new Olgapuri Children’s Village. Scheduled to open in 2018, the school will train 320 students annually in trades that offer gainful employment such as carpentry and welding. Underprivileged young people will receive free training and counseling.
In a country where unemployment is high and where child labor, child trafficking, and homelessness is common, vocational training offers a life-transforming path to economic independence for young people and their families.
Your support makes a tremendous difference. Thank you for donating to NYF’s Vocational Training and Career Counseling program.
Samiksha’s home was devastated by the 2015 earthquakes. Since then, she has been living in a hut withher mother, stepfather, and younger brother. They have a small plot of land for farming, but it is hardly enough to feed the family so the parents are also wage laborers in the village.
With a destroyed home and an unpredictable family income, Samiksha could have been forced to abandon her education, trafficked into labor or worse, or sent to a substandard orphanage far from home. Instead, NYF’s earthquake response staff offered new hope: Kinship Care.
With your support, NYF keeps children and young people with their families whenever possible through our Kinship Care program. Children remain with relatives and attend school while NYF provides a stipend to cover costs like food, education, and health care.
For as little as $1 or $2 per day, NYF provides a stipend to cover costs like food, education, and healthcare for a child. Allowing orphaned or abandoned children to remain with relatives is incredibly important in Nepal, where family is central to identity.
Two years later, Samiksha and her family are rebuilding their lives - together. In the 6th grade at a familiar village school, surrounded by friends, Samiksha is doing well and making plans for her future.
In the aftermath of the earthquakes, NYF is supporting over 600 children like Samiksha – thanks to friends like you.
As someone who has supported NYF’s work with the formerly enslaved freed Kamlaris, you may be concerned about the devastating situation in Nepal where massive flooding and landslides have displaced thousands of families. The number of deaths and causalities are mounting, as rescue efforts continue. Southwestern Nepal, the hardest hit region, is home to thousands of freed Kamlari women and girls. They've had the life-transforming opportunity -- with your support -- to build businesses, homes, and freedom. Now, they are at risk of losing everything.
At least 150 girls have lost their homes and 250 are badly affected. They were running thriving businesses (food carts, cafes, grocery shops, seamstress, goat and pig farming) with training from NYF. With their communities devastated and their businesses wiped out, their futures look bleak without our help.
Despite severe disruptions to the local electricity, transportation, and communication systems, the NYF team in Nepal is assessing the extent of damage and planning our response. As we learn more, we will share updates via our website and on Facebook and Twitter.