Jogesh’s family was scraping by in their village until his father tragically passed away when “Jogesh” was barely 5 years old. His mother remarried and left Jogesh to live with elderly grandparents. Already struggling to support just themselves, his grandparents couldn’t manage the added responsibility of caring for Jogesh.
When NYF staff learned of this desperate situation, they made a visit to the family and brought Jogesh to live at J House (now the Junior Boys house at Olgapuri). His grandparents were so relieved that Jogesh was going to be well cared for and his future was secure.
Having endured such extreme hardship at such a young age, Jogesh came to NYF with a great deal of emotional trauma. In just a few months of receiving regular psychological counseling, Jogesh had transformed. Four years later, he is a smart, confident, playful boy. He is healthy, doing well in his studies, and enjoys arts and crafts as well as learning from the older boys
NYF’s Ankur Counseling Center is a pioneer in psychological therapy for disadvantaged children like Jogesh in Nepal, providing traumatized children and teens with the counseling they need to turn a life of despair into one filled with hope and opportunity.
With specialized support, children who have endured unimaginable hardships at very young ages, many of whom depend on scholarships from NYF, are enabled to fulfill their potential as they heal.
Ankur’s professional counselors have also trained over 200 peer-counselors in our Empowering Freed Kamlari program, to support girls and young women freed from indentured servitude.
Thank you for supporting the emotional health and well-being of some of the most destitute children in Nepal.
As one of the largest non-governmental scholarship providers, NYF grants life-changing scholarships to over 700 students each year, with a special emphasis on serving the most marginalized – including female, disabled, and low-caste children and teens.
In addition to school fees, NYF can fund the children’s living costs, medical expenses, clothing, and counseling services as needed. These scholarships ensure specialized education for children with disabilities, from grade school all the way through university in some cases!
One of these students, "Asha" is physically disabled (enormous difficulity walking). Her impoverished family could not afford medical care and educating her was simply not an option. Thankfully, a villager referred her family to NYF, forever changing her life. Asha is currently studying in the 6th grade with an NYF scholarship, doing well in her studies, receiving excellent medical care, and enjoying her childhood with friends.
Support from friends like you makes these remarkable transformations possible. Thank you!
While we’re proud of the high quality of the living environment at Olgapuri (NYF’s permanent children’s home which opened in 2016), we strive to keep children with their own families whenever possible. This is especially important in Nepal, where family is one of the highest values. As such, NYF’s Kinship Care model focuses on providing financial support to extended family members who otherwise would not be able to keep an orphaned or abandoned child. With your support, a relatively small stipend can prevent the trafficking, exploitation, or institutionalization of at-risk children.
Before the devastating 2015 earthquakes, our Kinship Care program supported 40-50 children annually. As noted in the previous report, we accepted 743 children into Earthquake Kinship Care as part of our disaster relief efforts. While NYF’s Earthquake Relief and Reconstruction program ended in 2017, 591 families remain in our Kinship Care program.
As earthquake-stricken communities in Gorkha, Dhading and Kavre stabilize, we continue to assess the need in other disadvantaged communities, evaluate strategies, and raise funds to maintain our increased capacity for Kinship Care. The experience NYF gained from administering Earthquake Kinship Care has allowed us to nearly double the number of children in our core Kinship Care.
Sita’s mother committed suicide when her daughter was just two years old. Her father then remarried, leaving Sita to be raised by her elderly grandparents.
Already struggling to support Sita and themselves with their meager old-age benefits, they lost everything, including their home and the garden they counted on for sustenance, during the earthquakes. The family is still living in a temporary shelter while Sabita, now 12, attends her village school through NYF’s Kinship Care scholarship.
While we anticipate another 100 families to stabilize in 2018 with your support, those on the margins – like Sita’s - will likely need Kinship Care until the child graduates and becomes self-sufficient.
Thank you for allowing children to reach their full potential -- with their family!