Fifty percent of Nepali children under five-years-old are malnourished. Among the consequences of malnutrition are stunted growth, increased susceptibility to disease and permanent intellectual damage. Malnutrition is the main cause of death for as many as 50,000 Nepali children each year. NYF's unique program restores health to a malnourished child while simultaneously educating the mother in proper childcare, hygiene, and nutrition. And all of this can be done with a donation of $260.
In Nepal, half the children under five are malnourished and poor nourishment is one of the leading causes of death for young children. Surprisingly, one of the main causes of the problem is ignorance, rather than poverty. Yet, it is just this "curable" cause that makes NYF's Nutritional Rehabilitation Home program so successful.
Through an innovative program of nutritional therapy using only locally produced ingredients, NYF has helped save thousands of children afflicted with malnutrition. While the children are recovering their health, NYF nutritionists teach the mothers safe nutritional practices and proper food preparation. This not only ensures that the children stay healthy once they leave the NRH, the entire family's nutrition benefits from the mother's training.
NYF's NRHs prevent children from dying of malnutrition and from growing up with life-long mental and physical disabilities resulting from malnourishment. Because the children's mothers are educated, the program's impact spreads throughout Nepal.