Thanks to supporters like you, the Ankur Counseling Center - the first specialized children’s counseling program in Nepal – is celebrating over 10 years of transforming lives!
For over a decade, NYF staff have provided traumatized children, teens, and freed Kamlaris with the counseling and support they need to turn a life of unimaginable hardship into one filled with hope and opportunity.
This year, 129 children and young people participated in 476 individual and 165 age-appropriate group counseling sessions with a wide range of topics, including trauma, low self-esteem, lack of concentration, low school performance, bullying, managing emotions, manipulative behavior, attachment issues, restlessness, depression, anxiety, sexual abuse, shyness, and the need for love and affection.
With your support, Ankur counselors can continue to be there for children who need them most.
With support from friends like you, NYF’s vocational training program addresses the systemic problem of unemployment in Nepal, helping to break the cycle of poverty and creating lasting change for generations to come.
In addition to our Vocational Education and Career Counseling Program which serves about 300 young people annually, last year, NYF built its own Vocational School as a part of the new Olgapuri Children’s Village. Scheduled to open in 2018, the school will train 320 students annually in trades that offer gainful employment such as carpentry and welding. Underprivileged young people will receive free training and counseling.
In a country where unemployment is high and where child labor, child trafficking, and homelessness is common, vocational training offers a life-transforming path to economic independence for young people and their families.
Your support makes a tremendous difference. Thank you for donating to NYF’s Vocational Training and Career Counseling program.
Samiksha’s home was devastated by the 2015 earthquakes. Since then, she has been living in a hut withher mother, stepfather, and younger brother. They have a small plot of land for farming, but it is hardly enough to feed the family so the parents are also wage laborers in the village.
With a destroyed home and an unpredictable family income, Samiksha could have been forced to abandon her education, trafficked into labor or worse, or sent to a substandard orphanage far from home. Instead, NYF’s earthquake response staff offered new hope: Kinship Care.
With your support, NYF keeps children and young people with their families whenever possible through our Kinship Care program. Children remain with relatives and attend school while NYF provides a stipend to cover costs like food, education, and health care.
For as little as $1 or $2 per day, NYF provides a stipend to cover costs like food, education, and healthcare for a child. Allowing orphaned or abandoned children to remain with relatives is incredibly important in Nepal, where family is central to identity.
Two years later, Samiksha and her family are rebuilding their lives - together. In the 6th grade at a familiar village school, surrounded by friends, Samiksha is doing well and making plans for her future.
In the aftermath of the earthquakes, NYF is supporting over 600 children like Samiksha – thanks to friends like you.