Keeping families together and allowing children to grow up in their own communities is the right thing to do.You help to make that possible through your support of Nepal Youth Foundation’s Kinship Care program.
Thousands of children were uprooted from their families after the devastating earthquakes and risked ending up in orphanages – or worse.
To protect these children, NYF expanded its Kinship Care program and is now caring for 682 vulnerable children through this program. NYF provides their extended families with a stipend for school expenses, clothing, food and healthcare, allowing the children to remain in their communities, attend school, and live with loving extended family members.
Some families will only need support for one or two years, as they rebuild their homes and livelihoods from the devastation of the earthquakes. For others, NYF’s commitment may last eight or more years – until they finish high school and are able to live on their own. Many of the children in Kinship Care have lost their parents and suffered severe trauma. As part of the NYF “family,” specialized psychological support is available to them through our Ankur Counseling Center.
Thank you for helping us to keep these vulnerable children with loving family members. Namaste!
Families at the New Life Center are looking forward to moving into their new home now under construction in Kathmandu. We hope to move the families in by October.
Offering an oasis from the social isolation, medical neglect, and physical and emotional abandonment that HIV-affected children in Nepal often face, the new center will improve both access and quality to HIV/AIDS treatment and services for years to come.
Over 80% of the children arrive at the New Life Center acutely undernourished and full of opportunistic infections. Three months after arriving at the center, more than 90 percent of the children return home at a normal weight, free of associated infections. The mothers return to their village with the knowledge and tools to care for their children.
HIV affected children and their mothers are often treated as outcasts in Nepal. The government offers limited treatment programs and hospitals refuse to provide medical care. Schools shut their doors. Non-infected children won’t play with them, and they’re banned from village activities. The children quickly become very sick, and feel brutally ostracized.
The program’s doctor, nutritionist, and staff provide educational activities for the children and helpful trainings for the adult caretakers. Last year, 58 children received treatment, which includes nutritious meals, medical care, and psychological counseling. This holistic approach is the only program of its kind for HIV-positive children in Nepal.
Thank you for your generous support of some of the most vulnerable children in Nepal. Namaste!
As one of the only centers of its kind in Nepal, our counselors at Ankur Counseling Center provide crucial support to the vulnerable children in our care, many of whom have suffered unimaginable hardships in their early lives, enabling them to fulfill their potential.
Nepal Youth Foundation’s counselors specialize in treating children suffering from trauma, and have treated thousands of emotionally-traumatized children since its founding in 2007.
Last year, counselors conducted 543 sessions, ranging from individual to group, using a variety of interventions, including sand-play therapy, expressive art therapy, cognitive behavior techniques, clay therapy, relaxation, and non-directive play therapies.
Your donation provides these traumatized children the counseling, support and therapy they need to turn a life of despair into one filled with hope and possibility.
Thank you and dhanyabad!