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.
Oct 19, 2012

Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes are saving lives

Mother Feeds her Child: Mealtime at an NRH
Mother Feeds her Child: Mealtime at an NRH

The Nepal Youth Foundation’s Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes are located in 12 districts throughout Nepal. They have a total capacity of 143 beds and this year they treated 1,697 severely malnourished children and provide hands-on training to 1,561 mothers in nutrition and health. Countless lives are saved by this program, and even more children are rescued from being physically or mentally stunted for life.

 

The Nepal Youth Foundation builds the Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes (NRHs) on the grounds of government hospitals and gets them up and running, then transitions management of the Homes to the government five years later. Two NRHs were handed over to the government this year, making a total of five that are now being run by the government, leaving the Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)’s funds available for building new NRHs.

 

In the last year, NYF’s staff investigated three more government hospitals and determined they are suitable locations for buildng new NRHs.

 

NYF built a new flagship NRH in Kathmandu, which was inaugurated on February 21, 2012 and started operations on April 27, 2012. It has 24 beds and a large room for training. The training facilities have already been used for training new NRH staff as well as dieticians and other health professionals from throughout Nepal.

 

In addition to treating children at the Kathmandu NRH, the staff conducted three nutrition outreach camps in underserved areas. They conducted growth monitoring for children and provided health education to parents.

 

Thanks to generous support from donors, the NRH program continues to thrive.

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Oct 19, 2012

NYF's scholarships benefit hundreds of Nepali kids

Sabina is using her education to help her family
Sabina is using her education to help her family

The Nepal Youth Foundation’s scholarship programs are benefitting hundreds of students throughout Nepal, including rural and remote areas where education is often overlooked by families. If parents in these areas send their children to school at all, it is often only for a few years so they can read, write, and do basic math.

 

In the last year, 24 students supported by NYF graduated from college, many the first members of their families to do so. 105 new students were enrolled in NYF’s scholarship programs. Many of the students supported by NYF are blind, deaf, or physically disabled.

 

Sabina’s story

 

Sabina passed her final school exams this year with very good grades and has enrolled in a technical education program to become a Lab Assistant. She decided to pursue technical career over the academic so that she would get immediate employment so she can support her mother and her little brothers and sisters.

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Oct 19, 2012

Formerly enslaved girls lead anti-bonding campaign

Former servants meet with the Prime Minister
Former servants meet with the Prime Minister

The Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF) has been rescuing Nepali girls from virtual slavery as bonded servants since 2000, and has now liberated almost 12,000 girls. Formerly enslaved girls formed an association that they called the Freed Kamlaris Development Forum (FKDF), which they registered as a non-profit organization. Since July 2011, FKDF has taken over the activities of opposing the bonding practice that the Nepal Youth Foundation conducted. NYF continues to give the girls training, guidance, and any other support needed for their advocacy, networking, and income generating activities.

 

One of the biggest achievements of the year was the approval of the Guideline for Scholarship and Vocational Training for the Freed Girls. NYF had been struggling with the government for the guideline for over 3 years, and eventually, with its approval, the scholarship distribution process is taking place smoothly.

 

So far in 2012, 535 girls were rescued throughout western Nepal. At present NYF has 7118 girls in school. 370 girls who did not have acceptable homes to return to are staying in 8 different hostels.

 

IDP is focusing on the expansion of cooperatives as a strategy for economic empowerment of the girls and their families. 17 cooperatives are up and running while 19 more are in the process of formation. At the end of June, there were 880 share members with combined savings of more than 16 million rupees. The cooperatives provide loans to their members to start income generation projects, such as establishing shops and purchasing agricultural tools.

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