Born into an impoverished family of nine, "Kalpana" never attended school and was indentured into servitude at age 10. She was rescued two years later by NYF and was enrolled in a special course designed to ease her transition to school. Upon successful completion of the course, NYF enrolled her in school where she continued her education through high school, quite an accomplishment.
Through FKDF, Kalpana learned about the NYF-sponsored locally-controlled cooperatives and joined, becoming eligible for microloans. She attended NYF’s orientation on vocational training and was accepted into the food stall management program. After completing the training, she returned to her home village and established her own shop with a loan from the co-op. Now, at age 27, she is earning enough to support herself and proudly helps her family.
This life-transforming success was made possible thanks to generous friends like you.
Because you care, young women rescued from indentured servitude -- like Kalpana -- are building powerful new lives. Through NYF’s holistic programs, they overcoming the horrendous suffering they endured in childhood and are receiving they support they need for a productive and dignified adulthood. This includes education, leadership training, micro-loans, cooperative support, psychological counseling, and vocational training.
The Freed Kamlari Development Forum (FKDF), established in 2010 by NYF, empowers Freed Kamlari to become champions of their own causes. The FKDF leadership collaborates with local government agencies to seek essential support, such as investments in the cooperative business loans. The Forum now operates 42 cooperatives with ongoing NYF support. The number of members this past year has grown to 10,935, including Kalpana.
Bindu was born with HIV and underwent many treatments in Nepal, but they were all failing. Both of her parents are also living with HIV and were already struggling to manage their health. Bindu’s condition was only worsening as she was developing wounds all over her body. Unable to afford all of the family’s medications and proper nutrition, their future looked bleak.
Thankfully, a local doctor referred Bindu to NYF's New Life Center. The center provides medical care, treatment, shelter, nutritious diets, and education for children and their caregivers living with HIV/AIDS, one of the most stigmatized diseases in Nepal.
While Bindu’s is one of the most challenging cases that NLC doctors have seen, after proper nutrition, timely medication, learning good hygiene, Bindu’s wounds gradually healed. Her mood improved and she even enjoyed playing with other children residents. Bindu, her mother, and father returned to their village after 5 weeks with dramatically improved health, continuing the practices they learned at the NLC.
Thank you for making such remarkable transformations possible!
While academic education can transform lives, it’s not appropriate for everyone. NYF's focus on vocational training is an essential investment in a country where child labor is common and about one quarter of the population lives below the poverty line. Vocational Education and Career Counseling (VECC) provides occupational training and guidance for youth whose background of deprivation and hardship keeps them from succeeding academically. VECC provides unparalleled opportunities for girls rescued from Kamlari servitude and for NYF scholarship recipients.
In Nepal, the rate of youth unemployment and underemployment hovers around 50%, yet 94% of NYF’s vocational training graduates so far have been able to secure employment.
Excellent vocational training is imperative in Nepal, and NYF’s established VECC program and new Olgapuri Vocational School (OVS) help to meet that need. NYF sponsors students in vocational courses through VECC and helps them find jobs, providing career counseling and training to more than 6,500 youth since the program began. Additionally, through OVS, NYF provides first-rate training to 320 carpenters, welders, plumbers, and electricians annually. Since the 2015 earthquakes, which destroyed hundreds of thousands of structures, such skills are in high demand.
These well-paying jobs are traditionally held by men, but NYF is encouraging and training women to fill these positions as well. Of the first handful of women who have been trained at OVS as carpenters, electricians and plumbers, all of them have found employment.
Thank you for being an important part of their life-transforming path to self-sufficiency. Together we are creating previously unimagined opportunity!