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 18, 2015

Hot lunches for young earthquake survivors

Children taking a break for a healthy lunch
Children taking a break for a healthy lunch

Nearly all the homes in the district of Sindhpalchowk, nestled at the base of the Himalayas, were leveled by the earthquakes last spring. More than 3,000 district residents lost their lives and thousands more were injured.

Now NYF is helping to ensure that the district’s children don’t become malnourished while their families struggle to rebuild their lives.

We set up nine “community kitchens” at elementary schools throughout the district to provide hot, mid-day meals for the children. Their mothers learn about proper nutrition and hygiene through classes offered by our trained dieticians.

To help measure our effectiveness and establish a baseline, NYF staff surveyed the mothers about their nutrition practices and also measured and weighed the children to determine their overall health.

Malnutrition was a big problem in this tiny country before the massive earthquakes destroyed large swaths of Nepal earlier this spring. Nearly half of all Nepalese children under age five are afflicted with the condition.

NYF operates 16 nutrition clinics throughout Nepal and has educated thousands of mothers and caretakers in the basics of good nutrition.

Thank you for your support.

Namaste!

Feeding children at one of the community kitchens
Feeding children at one of the community kitchens

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Dec 4, 2015

Give the Gift of Freedom

Former Kamlari at sewing class
Former Kamlari at sewing class

NYF rescued 363 girls from indentured servitude last year, bringing the total number of rescued Kamlaris to 12,702 since NYF began the campaign to end the centuries-old practice of indentured servitude in 2000.

The government officially banned the practice in June 2013, but it’s estimated that a few hundred girls may still remain enslaved in homes far from their families.

Our Indentured Daughters Program was twofold: to rescue the girls who had been sold into slavery and to abolish the practice going forward.

NYF is now focusing on helping these girls live healthy and productive lives. Some 4,403 Kamlaris are now going to school and college and another 987 are enrolled in vocational training programs. The young women have also started 51 cooperatives, with more than 5,000 participants.

Your support has helped to ensure that no young girl will ever again become a victim of Kamlari.

Namaste!

Former Kamlari in traditional Tharu dress
Former Kamlari in traditional Tharu dress

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Oct 28, 2015

Beyond emerency relief: Scholarships for children orphaned by the earthquakes

Girl orphaned by the quake with her grandfather
Girl orphaned by the quake with her grandfather

Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF) completed its critical emergency relief projects and is now moving towards longer-range efforts to help Nepalis whose lives were severely disrupted by the devastating earthquakes last spring.

One such effort is educational support. NYF has received more than 8,000 applications for scholarships for children and youth affected by the earthquakes.

Working with local education departments and disaster relief committees in five severely affected districts, NYF placed announcements in newspapers, and sent dozens of staff to collect applications, prepare cases studies and conduct interviews.

NYF will offer 230 scholarships for the 10+2 course (junior college), and 1,000 under NYF’s
“Kinship Care” model which covers educational as well as living expenses for children. Children in this program either have parents who cannot care for them or have been orphaned. NYF finds the child’s nearest kin and provides support for the family to cover the child’s education and upbringing. The average cost of a college scholarship is $850 annually. Kinship Care averages $350 a year.

Your generosity will help us assure that these children receive an education and a safe haven.

Namaste!

Children orphaned by quake in temporary shelter
Children orphaned by quake in temporary shelter

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