November 2017 marked a tremendous milestone made possible by friends like you (the inauguration of NYF’s new New Life Center - NLC)! The specialized treatment center is located on the grounds of the existing Nutritional Rehabilitation Home in Lalitpur, Nepal.
With your support, the NLC provides transitional shelter and care for children and their mothers living with HIV/AIDS, one of the most stigmatized diseases in Nepal. Pediatricians and Nurses provide the children antiretroviral treatment and medical attention while nutritionists educate mothers on how to care for their infected children and themselves.
Residents also receive nutritious meals and psychological counseling, participate in recreational and social activities, and the children attend classes to keep up with their studies during their stay.
Each year the NLC program serves approximately 70 children and 53 mothers.
Thanks to friends like you, HIV/AIDS-positive children, who might otherwise be ostracized, can be healthy, have a normal life expectancy, and attend school with their peers.
Your support is changing lives!
The Olgapuri Vocational School (OVS) opened in Fiscal Year 2018 with the first cohort of students beginning their training in electrical wiring, plumbing, and metal welding and fabrication. The trainees also attend regular career counseling classes to learn about job searching, networking, preparing CVs, interviewing, and interpersonal and social skills.
After successfully completing the OVS course, the students received on-the-job-training, allowing NYF to liaise with well-aligned companies to help secure job placements. By September 2017, 17 OVS graduates were already employed and four were applying for employment with NYF support.
The second cohort of 67 students began their training in November and will complete the course this month.
NYF’s established Vocational Education and Career Counseling program provided short and long-term training to an additional 163 students. 76 trainees have completed their respective courses and are in the process of seeking employment.
In a country where unemployment is rampant, without vocational training and career counseling, these young people could face homelessness, trafficking, or worse. Instead, with your support, they are on a life-transforming path to economic independence.
This month, we have two important updates to share.
As you know, catastrophic August floods in southern Nepal killed 100+ people and displaced thousands, including over 200 former Kamlari women. With help from generous donors like you, NYF’s team in Nepal helped 500 affected families across our programs begin their road to recovery. Because the extent of damage varied, NYF tailored immediate support to meet the essential needs of each family. After days of uncertainty and deprivation, the families each received several weeks’ worth of supplies, including rice, dal (lentils), oil, salt, and flour. Families who lost their homes entirely (mostly former Kamlari) received additional support including a basic cooking set, blankets, and stipends for living expenses.
While the road to recovery is long, 500 families are taking an important step forward knowing people like you care. Thank you!
Identity and Respect
We also want to share another recent accomplishment with you. After advocating for their rights—with your support— for more than four years, freed Kamlari women are getting identity cards. A representative of the Nepalese Government, Minister Gopal Dahit, presented cards to eight women in a recent ceremony, with the remaining 13,000 expected to be granted by early 2018.
The IDs will enable the young women to access the support promised in 2013 when the Kamlari practice was abolished, including educational scholarships and special consideration for government employment. NYF is so proud of Freed Kamlari Development Forum (FKDF) leaders for their ongoing advocacy efforts -- and so grateful to friends like you for being a part of this milestone achievement!
Your support truly transforms the lives of thousands of young women.