This project provides COVID-19 relief for women and children in Nepal. As per government request, NYF had set up an emergency shelter for women (and their children) experiencing housing insecurity due to the nation-wide lockdown and mandatory quarantine. Now that the lockdown has been lifted, NYF will continue efforts to empower women and children through the pandemic by providing them with access to education.
With the COVID-19 situation changing daily in Nepal, NYF's response to the crisis must be flexible. We are expanding our response beyond the emergency shelter to be able to continue empowering women and children. Public schools have been closed for the past four months, and will most likely stay closed - denying bright students from low-income areas access to education. Without schools, young girls especially (aged 15-19) are at risk of early marriage. This project aims to empower these women.
This project will allow NYF to provide ongoing COVID-19 relief for women and children in Nepal. To ensure that they remain empowered, educated, and safe throughout the pandemic, NYF will set up "satellite schools" in rural communities. Partnering with public school leadership, NYF will provide local teachers with the digital and technological tools they need to conduct smaller classes in safe spaces. These classes will follow the government curriculum so that students will not fall behind.
This project has already provided care to so many hard-working women impacted by COVID-19, and will continue to empower many more throughout the crisis. NYF's "satellite schools" will provide these young girls and children with access to education, and prevent many of them from an early marriage - helping them become independent and achieve their dreams!
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