Shelter and medical supplies for quake survivors

by Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)
Shelter and medical supplies for quake survivors
Shelter and medical supplies for quake survivors
Shelter and medical supplies for quake survivors
Shelter and medical supplies for quake survivors
Shelter and medical supplies for quake survivors
Shelter and medical supplies for quake survivors
NYF staff served hot lunches to hungry children
NYF staff served hot lunches to hungry children

It’s been more than a year since Nepal was shaken by two major earthquakes. Since then, Nepal Youth Foundation has been able to make significant contributions to the nation’s relief and recovery process.

We reached more than 80,000 people with emergency support, and 14,000 more through longer term rehabilitation and rebuilding efforts.

We have completed our critical emergency relief projects and have turned to longer-range efforts to help Nepalis whose lives were severely disrupted by the devastating earthquakes in 2015.

A key focus is educational support of children and young people whose lives were disrupted by the devastation. NYF is now caring for 800 children in its Kinship Care program and 300 youths in our 10+2 program (higher secondary education – equivalent to community college in the U.S.)

The “Kinship Care” model 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.

Anjali is one of the children supported by NYF’s expanded Kinship Care program. Anjali lost both of her parents in the earthquake, when they were buried in a landslide. Now, Anjali lives with her impoverished grandfather, who without help would not be able to support her.

In keeping with NYF’s commitment to long term support, many children, like Anjali, will be supported by Kinship Care for as many as 10 years or until they finish high school and can stand on their own.

Thank you for helping us to meet these critical needs.

 Namaste!

Delivering supplies to earthquake suvivors
Delivering supplies to earthquake suvivors
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Anjali with her grandfather
Anjali with her grandfather

With critical emergency relief projects completed, Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF) has turned to longer-range efforts to help Nepalis whose lives were severely disrupted by the devastating earthquakes in 2015.

One such effort is educational support. NYF is now caring for 800 children in its Kinship Care program and 300 youths in our 10+2 program (higher secondary education – equivalent to community college in the U.S.)

The “Kinship Care” model 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.

Anjali is one of the children supported by NYF’s expanded Kinship Care program. Anjali lost both of her parents in the earthquake, when they were buried in a landslide. Now, Anjali lives with her impoverished grandfather, who without help would not be able to support her.

In keeping with NYF’s commitment to long term support, many children, like Anjali, will be supported by Kinship Care for as many as 10 years or until they finish high school and can stand on their own.

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

Namaste!

Anjali with school friends
Anjali with school friends

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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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Children with their new hats and blankets
Children with their new hats and blankets

We made winter a little warmer for some earthquake survivors in Sindhupalchowk with a big delivery of blankets and warm clothes. The knit caps were a big hit with the children!

Sindhupalchowk was devastated by the earthquakes - more than 3,000 people died and thousands more were injured.  Nearly all of the homes in this district at the base of the Himalayas were destroyed.

NYF staffers took a truckload of blankets, hats, and warm clothing for the families who are bracing for a cold winter ahead.

Still suffering from the earthquakes and now even more hardships from the border blockade as winter sets in, the people of Nepal need your support more than ever!

Namaste!

A gift of warm hats
A gift of warm hats
Blankets for earthquake survivors
Blankets for earthquake survivors
Children with new hats
Children with new hats

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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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Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)

Location: San Francisco, California - USA
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Twitter: @nepalyouthfound
Project Leader:
Julie Pofsky
Associate Director of Development
Sausalito, California United States

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