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.
Dec 22, 2011

Former Indentured Child Receives Back Pay

Phulbasni Chaudhary
Phulbasni Chaudhary

Phulbasni Chaudhary -- Freed and Paid

Many girls who have been sold into bonded servitude by their impoverished and desperate parents are "purchased" by well-to-do middle-class and upper-class Nepali families.  Yet, this does not guarantee that they will be treated any better than household slaves.  Despite promises of fair treatment and education, these children are usually worked without respite, day in and day out, while provided only the bare minimum of food and shelter.

However, with the help of the Nepal Youth Foundation's successful efforts to challenge this illegal practice, these "employers" are not only being forced to release these children, they are also being pressured to pay the wages for the work performed.

Often the threat of a lawsuit or a formal complaint with the local police are sufficient to compel the employers to comply with the law and release the girl from her obligation.  Now, too, through the dilligent efforts and persistent pressure from the Former Kamlari Development Forum (FKDF), an association of formerly indentured girls, these employers are agreeing to pay back wages, too.

One such case is that of Phulbasni Chaudhary whose employers agreed to deposit five years of back wages into a bank account for her education.  In addition, these people signed an agreement not to employ bonded children again.

Thank you for your support and interest.  You may read more about this and other programs of the Nepal Youth Foundation on our website www.nepalyouthfoundation.org Follow this link to watch our new 4 minute video:http://bit.ly/uv6is2.

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Dec 22, 2011

Out of the Mud Grows the Lotus

Newest NRH in Rajbiraj
Newest NRH in Rajbiraj

Rajbiraj Nutritional Rehabilitation Home

Seven years ago, the Nepal Youth Foundation offered to build a Nutritional Rehabilitation Home (NRH) next to the government's "zonal" hospital in the town of Rajbiraj in southeastern Nepal.  From the first NRH built in Kathmandu in 1998, Nepal's Minister of Health supported the project and urged NYF to expand these facilities around the country.  A goal of 14 NRH's was set, with the intention of establishing an NRH adjacent to each of the country's zonal hospitals.

In 2004, NYF approached the administrator for the Sagarmatha zonal hospital in Rajbiraj. The hospital itself was in desperate need of upkeep and the conditions for the patients were very poor and unsanitary.  One of the most unhealthy aspects of the site was an open pond right on the hospital grounds into which biological waste was dumped. We were certain that the NRH would be a welcome addition as a place to provide long-term care for infants and children suffering malnutrition, a frequent cause of children's hospitalization. However, the administrator refused the offer.

Yet, NYF did not forget their commitment to build an NRH by every hospital. So our staff kept offering. This year, Sagarmatha hospital's new administrator said, "Yes."  In less than half a year, the new NRH was built and opened its doors to children and their caregivers.

And, the most wondrous part of the story is the open waste pit was emptied, disinfected and backfilled and is now the very place on which the NRH stands.  Yes, "out of the mud grows the lotus." 

On behalf of the children we serve, thank you for your support.  For more information please visit our website, www.nepalyouthfoundation.org. Follow this link to watch our new 4 minute video:http://bit.ly/uv6is2.

Rajeev Thakur at Admission to Rajbiraj NRH
Rajeev Thakur at Admission to Rajbiraj NRH
Rajeev Thakur after 18 days at NRH
Rajeev Thakur after 18 days at NRH

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Dec 16, 2011

The Gift of Books and a Schoolroom

Young Student Learning to Write
Young Student Learning to Write

Often, for children in the developed countries of the world, going to school is so much a certainty and a guaranteed opportunity that many of them look upon their education with disdain.  Bored with their studies and distracted by their electronic toys -- while living lives of fantastic abundance without knowing it -- these "first-world" children have little or no understanding of what it is to crave an education.

However, the children of Nepal live with this craving. These children know that they will only be able to improve conditions for themselves and their families if they can learn to read and write, learn the fundamentals of mathematics and science, and learn something of history and culture.  And to go to school is a supreme privilege that more than 30% of them will never get. The children who do get this privilege often start toward school before dawn and get home after dark.  Walking, literally, for hours on undeveloped tracks and footpaths, they arrive at crowded schoolhouses in distant villages with the hope of learning the information and gaining the tools that will free them and their families from ignorance and poverty.

In regions where few roads connect the towns and families have lived for generations farming small plots of land, children have historically gone to work in the fields with their parents as soon as they could walk.  For these children in the remote, mountainous regions of Nepal, the promise of education, a few books and a crowded schoolroom are priceless gifts.  And, these gifts are, at the very least, what the Nepal Youth Foundation's Village Scholarship Program ensures they get.

For approximately $100 a year, NYF provides books, paper and pencils, school uniforms, and the school fee.  As nominal as that possibly sounds to someone in the West, this sum is beyond the means of many parents in rural Nepal.  Through these modest investments, NYF's donors are giving more than hope and education.  They are providing the opportunity to change an entire culture one deserving student at a time.

To read more about Nepal Youth Foundation's Village Scholarship Program and our other projects in Nepal, please visit our website, www.nepalyouthfoundation.org

Students in Rural Classroom
Students in Rural Classroom

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