With your help, every year NYF’s Ankur Counseling and Training Center provides over 120 traumatized children, teens, and freed Kamlaris (previously indentured servants) with the counseling and support they need to turn a life of unimaginable hardship into one filled with hope and opportunity.
One of these children, "Agni", recently joined NYF’s very own Olgapuri(“Olga’s little oasis” – named after NYF founder Olga Murray), a beautiful, permanent home for some of the most vulnerable children in the world.
Agni has a dreadful background, having suffered more in her brief childhood than many of us do in a lifetime. An intense child, Agni laughed a lot – a bit too exuberantly – but would suddenly veer into bouts of sobbing. She can be willful and stubborn, but the children at Olgapuri allowed her a lot of slack – even the youngest willingly surrendered the toys she coveted, and the oldest comforted her. A children’s counselor from NYF’s Ankur Counseling Center has spent several hours a week with her and will continue to for as long as she needs it.
In just six months, Agni had transformed into a different person. She’s far more tranquil, and has formed a special bond with her siblings and “Auntie” and “Uncle”, the house parents. She is adjusting well in one of the best pre-schools in Nepal and is far more affectionate and thoughtful of others.
Her future is bright thanks to supporters like you!
November 2017 marked a tremendous milestone made possible by friends like you (the inauguration of NYF’s new New Life Center - NLC)! The specialized treatment center is located on the grounds of the existing Nutritional Rehabilitation Home in Lalitpur, Nepal.
With your support, the NLC provides transitional shelter and care for children and their mothers living with HIV/AIDS, one of the most stigmatized diseases in Nepal. Pediatricians and Nurses provide the children antiretroviral treatment and medical attention while nutritionists educate mothers on how to care for their infected children and themselves.
Residents also receive nutritious meals and psychological counseling, participate in recreational and social activities, and the children attend classes to keep up with their studies during their stay.
Each year the NLC program serves approximately 70 children and 53 mothers.
Thanks to friends like you, HIV/AIDS-positive children, who might otherwise be ostracized, can be healthy, have a normal life expectancy, and attend school with their peers.
Your support is changing lives!
The Olgapuri Vocational School (OVS) opened in Fiscal Year 2018 with the first cohort of students beginning their training in electrical wiring, plumbing, and metal welding and fabrication. The trainees also attend regular career counseling classes to learn about job searching, networking, preparing CVs, interviewing, and interpersonal and social skills.
After successfully completing the OVS course, the students received on-the-job-training, allowing NYF to liaise with well-aligned companies to help secure job placements. By September 2017, 17 OVS graduates were already employed and four were applying for employment with NYF support.
The second cohort of 67 students began their training in November and will complete the course this month.
NYF’s established Vocational Education and Career Counseling program provided short and long-term training to an additional 163 students. 76 trainees have completed their respective courses and are in the process of seeking employment.
In a country where unemployment is rampant, without vocational training and career counseling, these young people could face homelessness, trafficking, or worse. Instead, with your support, they are on a life-transforming path to economic independence.