Coming from an impoverished family of eight who was struggling to survive, “Rani” was sold into indentured servitude at age 14.
She worked as a Kamlari for six years until she was finally rescued by NYF at age 20. Rani was recovering well, got married, and had two children.
While her young family was in good spirits, their financial situation was desperate, resulting in her husband’s migration to India to seek employment. Rani carried the overwhelming burden of raising her children alone without a reliable source of income.
Fortunately she learned about NYF’s vocational training program and applied for a 21-day Food Stall Management course. Now, Rani is the proud owner of two thriving businesses: a tea and snacks shop and an adjacent grocery shop. She is earning enough to support her entire family and saving for their future. Her husband returned from India and helps her with the businesses while their children attend a reputable local school. She says, “I am very grateful to Nepal Youth Foundation for helping me to stand on my own feet.” ------------- Thanks to your support, graduates of NYF’s vocational training programs like Rani are earning as much as $4,000-$5,000 annually, a life-transforming impact in a country where 1 in 4 people live on less than $1 a day.
Extreme poverty affects millions of Nepali families. Approximately one-third of the children aged 5-14 (2 million children) are in the labor market. Thousands of children live on the streets, in sub-standard institutions, or work illegally in bonded labor – orphaned, abandoned, or given up by parents unable to provide for them. Far too often, poverty and desperation separates children from their families and into a bleak future.
NYF’s original children’s homes, J House for boys (since 1992) and K House for girls (since 1994), were founded to provide safe shelter, nurturing, and educational opportunities for children with nowhere else to turn. Despite the exceptional care children received, these rented homes weren’t ideal.
In 2016, NYF opened our own permanent children’s residences at Olgapuri Village. “Olga’s little oasis” offers a beautiful home for up to 80 of the most vulnerable children in Nepal and has developed into a lively sanctuary that offers countless opportunities to enrich young minds.
In FY 2017-18, a total of 82 children received care at Olgapuri. The children are thriving in highly-rated schools in Kathmandu appropriate to their individual needs, they receive excellent healthcare, celebrate festivals, enjoy fresh food they help grow at the farm, and stay active throughout the year.
While we’re proud of the high quality of the living environment Olgapuri provides, and the well-adjusted, successful young adults who are “alumni” of our residential program, we also recognize that even the best children’s home falls short of a loving family. That’s why NYF’s Kinship Care model focuses on providing financial support to extended family members who otherwise would not be able to keep an orphaned, abandoned, or at-risk child.
While over 150 earthquake affected families have regained self-sufficiency, approximately 720 families are currently receiving support through our Kinship Care programs, allowing them to remain together and children to continue their education. “Rohit” is one of these students who comes from a village in Gorkha district. He lives with his father and elder sister in a temporary shelter as they lost their family home in the 2015 earthquake. They have not yet been able to rebuild their house and sustain meagerly by raising goats for livelihood.
Rohit has been receiving an NYF scholarship since 2016, has excellent school attendance, and has also greatly improved his academic performance. He is currently studying in in the 7th grade and aspires to continue his education through college.
Thanks to your support, children are on a life-transforming path to self-suffiency in adulthood while remaining with their loving families!
“Pratik”, a 22 month old boy from a family of 6, was brought to the Nutritional Rehabilitation Home (NRH) in Chitawan from a very remote village called Lothar.
His impoverished family ate only two meager meals each day with very little protein. Pratik was suffering from diarrhea and had no appetite. Frightened by his worsening condition, his parents took him to the hospital. A doctor there recognized the desperate situation and sent them to the NRH.
At admission, Pratik weighed only 12 pounds – 6 pounds below the normal weight for his 28” height. With protruding ribs, sparse hair, irritable mood, he was suffering.
Pratik could digest only milk for the first week of his stay. He was then fed healthy versions of the food his family could easily access or grow themselves, while his mother was educated on the importance of nutrition.
With nutritious food, proper medication and care, Pratik’s condition improved dramatically. While he stayed a little longer than the usual 21 to 28 days, in less than 6 weeks he gained over 5 pounds and transformed into a healthy and happy boy.
These life-saving interventions – at a cost of only $350 per child – are made possible by generous friends like you. We hope you feel proud of the difference your support makes. Thank you, and dhanyabad!