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.
Jun 14, 2016

Counselors help young brothers live through a painful loss

After rescue at the transit center
After rescue at the transit center

   Bikram, Suman and Bishal, brothers who are 10, 9, and 5 years old, lost their mother in the terrible earthquake last year, when their home collapsed on top of her, killing her instantly. The mother provided for her sons, by selling home-grown vegetables.

    Within days, the motherless boys were on the verge of being trafficked out of the country. Well aware of the alarming rise of human trafficking of children after natural disasters, NYF was working with local authorities to establish safe transit homes. Police intercepted the boys, and NYF was able to take them in at J House, NYF’s home for boys.

    Counselors from NYF’s Ankur Counseling and Training Center, who specialize in the treating children suffering from trauma, have been working closely with the boys to ease them into their new home and help them recover from the loss of their mother. The boys regularly visit their father, an impoverished rickshaw driver.

    The brothers are healthy and safe, attending an excellent school in Kathmandu, and love to ride bikes, play basketball and soccer.

    Thousands of emotionally-traumatized children and youth have benefitted from the psychosocial services of Ankur, a pioneer in psychological therapy for disadvantaged children in Nepal.

    Your donation gives Bikram, Suman and Bishal and other traumatized children the counseling, support and therapy they need to turn a life of despair into one filled with hope and possibility.

    Thank you for your continued support!

Off to school from J House
Off to school from J House

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May 18, 2016

Business cooperatives help former child slaves gain financial independence

Freed Kamlari display certificate of appreciation
Freed Kamlari display certificate of appreciation

Girls freed from the now abolished practice of child slavery known as Kamlari are leading the way to economic empowerment through cooperatives and business loans. NYF has encouraged their efforts through its Empowering Freed Kamlari Program, which operates 41 cooperatives in Western Nepal with 5,695 members.

The Nepal government recently recognized NYF and these young entrepreneurs on National Cooperative Day with a ceremony and a certificate of appreciation.

In 2000, NYF began a campaign to end the practice of Kamlari, a centuries-old system of indentured servitude embedded in the culture of rural Nepal. Our Indentured Daughters Program was twofold: to rescue the girls who had been sold into slavery and to abolish the practice going forward. More than 12,700 girls, some of whom had been enslaved since the age of six, were rescued and returned to their home communities. Our focus now is to help them to become healthy and independent young women.

Thank you for your continued support to help stimulate the cultural and economic development necessary to ensure that no girl will ever again become a victim of Kamlari.

Namaste!

NYF program manager Man Bahadur Chhetri
NYF program manager Man Bahadur Chhetri

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Mar 23, 2016

Nepal border blockade finally lifted!

A school built by NYF
A school built by NYF

The months-long embargo that crippled much of Nepal over the winter has lifted and NYF staffers are returning to the work of rebuilding from the 2015 earthquakes.

The politically triggered blockade at the Indian border came on the heels of the devastating earthquakes and caused widespread economic and humanitarian loss. Fuel was scarce and the lack of cooking fuel forced people to cook outside with wood. Hospitals turned away non-critical patients because of a shortage of medicine and supplies.

We continued to care for the children under our watch, but were forced to sharply curtail all of our programs. Without petrol, our staff used 15 bicycles to get to our projects in Kathmandu.

Despite the disruptions, we were able to still make an impact on the lives of some of the world’s most impoverished children.

A 14-year-old from a remote village in the western hills of Nepal dropped out of school after receiving heart emergency heart surgery from a team of doctors in Kathmandu. He was working as a dishwasher to pay for his care. NYF took him into one our residential homes and is now supporting him in school.

Two siblings and their mother arrived at our New Life Center for children with HIV-AIDS, severely under-weight, and covered with rashes and cuts. Three months later, the family returned home, with their HIV under control and in good health. Their mother had also learned the skills and knowledge needed to care for her children and herself.

Our programs are gearing up again. We are building classrooms, enrolling more students in our scholarship programs, and have launched our Construction Skills Training program to teach villagers and young people skills to enter the building trades.

The Nepali people are very resilient, and we are hopeful that the country can now move forward to rebuild and recover from the earthquakes and discord.

Thank you for your continued support.

Namaste!

Construction skills training
Construction skills training
NYF distributes blankets to earthquake survivors
NYF distributes blankets to earthquake survivors

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