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.
Jun 28, 2012

I Can See with the Eyes of Education

Silvi can overcome her disabilities, thanks to NYF
Silvi can overcome her disabilities, thanks to NYF

The Nepal Youth Foundation provides scholarships to hundreds of children in Nepal. Some are blind, deaf, or have physical disabilities.

Silvi Rana, a blind student receiving a scholarship, described the impact of the Nepal Youth Foundation on her life:

“If NYF had not supported me, I would have been a beggar wandering on the streets or I could have even died. Because of this support…I am satisfied with my life. Even if I couldn’t see the material world with my eyes, I can always see the world with the eyes of my education and knowledge…If I was not able to get this support, I would have been blind from both internally as well as externally.”

The Nepal Youth Foundation’s education programs enable children like Silvi to overcome their limitations and fulfill their dreams. Learn more about these life-changing programs at www.NepalYouthFoundation.org

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Jun 28, 2012

A Mysterious Illness Cured by Therapy

Narayan received life-changing counseling from NYF
Narayan received life-changing counseling from NYF

Narayan is a Nepali student in 9th grade. He suffered from headaches, dizziness, and vomiting, and was performing poorly in school. He went to the Nepal Youth Foundation’s Ankur Counseling Center to seek help. Ankur’s counselor found that he was very afraid of the future and felt pressured to excel in school to "be somebody." His fears had produced physical symptoms.

Through techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Sand Play Therapy, Ankur’s psychologist explored Narayan’s problem and reduced his fears. The counselor taught him relaxation techniques and instructed him to study, eat, and sleep according to a set schedule. After six therapy sessions, Narayan passed his high school examinations and is now studying in college.

Psychological therapy is still in its infancy in Nepal. The Nepal Youth Foundation is a leader in counseling for youth. NYF’s Ankur Counseling Center provides therapy to underprivileged children, to enable them to overcome their obstacles and fulfill their dreams. Learn more about this life-changing program at www.NepalYouthFoundation.org

P.S. To get the latest news about the Nepal Youth Foundation’s work for Nepali children in need, please join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nepalyouth

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Apr 18, 2012

NYF has now built 12 nutrition homes in Nepal

Nutritional education for mothers and children
Nutritional education for mothers and children

In Nepal, around half the children under five are malnourished. Malnutrition is a leading cause of death in young children.

NYF's Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes (NRHs) are small home-like hospitals throughout Nepal that use an innovative method to restore severely malnourished children to good health while educating their mothers in nutrition and child care. When mother and child return home, the mother shares her new knowledge with her family and neighbors, multiplying the impact.

NYF opened the first Nutritional Rehabilitation Home in 1998. Since then, the program has treated 8,443 severely malnourished children and educated 7,528 of their parents and guardians. In 2011-2012 alone, the NRHs rescued 1374 children and trained 1249 caretakers.

NYF’s Solution

In Nepal, the main cause of malnutrition is ignorance, rather than poverty. Severely malnourished children come to NRHs with their caretakers (who, in Nepal, are almost always their mothers). Many of these children are emaciated and lifeless. The NRHs’ nurses, dieticians, and cooks provide medical care and nutritious food to restore the youngsters to full weight and health. More than 80% of the patients are younger than five.

At the same time, the staff trains the youngsters’ guardians about a wide range of topics including preparing nutritious meals using locally available, inexpensive food; sanitation and hygiene; preventive health care; and how to share this knowledge with others. The daily hands-on training sessions and practical demonstrations are very effective with illiterate and uneducated parents.

After an average of five weeks, a happy, healthy child and a newly educated mother return to their home. The mother provides better nutrition for her entire family and tells her relatives and neighbors what she learned at the NRH, extending the effects of the program far beyond the children who are treated at the facilities.

According to a typical case study, “When Lhamu returned to her village, the entire community was in awe over her improvement. Moreover, her mother has now changed her feeding habits and improved her family’s hygiene.”

NRH field staff visit every child at least twice to ensure they are retaining their health and weight. They also provide additional training to the caretakers and refer the children to hospitals or NRHs if they suffer from health problems. In 2011-2012, NRH staff conducted 1,490 follow-up visits and found that the small number of children who were still malnourished were generally suffering from chronic diseases or were from deeply impoverished families.

Expansion of the Program

This program has been extremely successful. At the request of the government of Nepal, NYF has built Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes throughout the country. With the exception of the flagship facility in Kathmandu, each NRH is constructed on or next to the grounds of a large government hospital. Through an agreement with the government, NYF builds the facilities, hires and trains staff, and gradually transfers management and funding of the operation to the government hospital. After five years, the government is fully responsible for the NRH.

NYF has now constructed 12 NRHs, which can treat a total of 143 children at a time. In 2011-2012, the organization transferred two NRHs to the government. NYF’s staff inspected all five NRHs that have crossed the five-year threshold and found that all are adequately funded and effectively managed.

The program continues to expand across the country to rescue children from malnutrition in remote areas. In 2011-2012, NRHs were in all stages of development: a newly built one began operation, NYF completed construction of another, and plans were made to begin one more. NYF also secured funding to construct three more facilities in rural and remote areas of Nepal.

In early 2012, NYF’s flagship NRH moved to a new and much larger facility. In addition to its functions as an NRH, it serves as a nutritional education center for training dieticians and health care professionals.

The NRHs’ pioneering approach has built-in sustainability. The nutritional knowledge imparted on the caretakers stays with them for life and will be handed down for generations. On a larger scale, by transferring management of the NRHs to government hospitals, NYF ensures they will continue to rescue malnourished children for decades to come, and frees NYF’s funding to be used for other projects.

Akha when he first arrived at the NRH...
Akha when he first arrived at the NRH...
...Akha after just a few weeks of treatment
...Akha after just a few weeks of treatment

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