Thank you so much for all of your generous support over the years. You have helped NYF to care for so many children through our Nutrition Rehabilitation Homes. While NYF will continue providing medical care and nutrition education to families and children, our fundraising efforts on GlobalGiving will now focus on providing immediate COVID-19 relief to families in Nepal.
As a result, we will be concluding this project on GlobalGiving. We are so grateful to each and every one of you who have helped to make this project such a success.
We hope you’ll continue to support NYF’s ongoing efforts to empower Nepalese families and children. Please check out our new GlobalGiving projects we’ve launched in response to the current global crisis:
“Amir” is a 15-month-old boy from a mountainous village in western Nepal.
In early December 2019, when Amir fell ill, his mother rushed him a local hospital, desperate to find out what was wrong with her baby. Hospital staff referred them to one of NYF’s Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes, where Amir was identified as suffering from malnutrition.
In disbelief, his mother declared that Amir received two meals every day – in addition to breast-feeding.
She explained that with such a heavy workload at home, she had not been preparing separate dishes for her baby. Instead, Amir ate the same foods that the rest of their family ate – most of which were unhealthy even for adults.
With nutritious food, his mother’s milk, and proper care, Amir quickly recovered, while his mother attended nutrition classes where she learned how to prepare nutritious foods for Amir and the rest of the family. In 25 days, Amir was discharged a happy and healthy boy, and they both returned home.
Overall lack of awareness about the relationship between nutrition and health causes severe malnutrition in so many children in Nepal. As Nepal, like the rest of the world, faces challenges from the COVID-19 virus, the poor and vulnerable are at high risk. Your support to help keep malnourished children alive means even more now. Thank you so much!
At 22-months-old, “Ram” - suffering from severe diarrhea and pneumonia - was rushed to NYF’s Nutrition Rehabilitation Home (NRH) in Lalitpur. He was crying inconsolably - and was so ill and malnourished he couldn’t even stand on his own.
Ram needed 24/7 care at the NRH, but his worried mother was under pressure from her husband to come home: he was skeptical of healthcare, and didn’t understand how severe the circumstances were.
The concerned staff at the NRH met with both of Ram’s parents to discuss their sick child’s deteriorating health. They went over the potentially fatal consequences of sending Ram home without care, and explained in detail how the specialized treatment process could save their little boy. Ram’s father finally understood, and, reassured, agreed to let his wife and Ram stay at the NRH to receive care.
Within 26 days, Ram gained over 5 Ibs. His diarrhea was eradicated, and his pneumonia treated. Now a happy and healthy boy, he was officially discharged.
At the NRH, Ram's mother learned about nutrition, good hygiene, and how to grow and prepare local, healthy food. When she and Ram left for home, his mother thanked the NRH staff for all that they did to heal her baby. She was excited to share with other village mothers her new knowledge about keeping children healthy.
Thanks to your support, malnourished children like Ram are rehabilitated every single day. We - and they - are so incredibly thankful for friends like you.
Six-year-old “Suman” was brought to one of NYF’s Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes (NHRs) in a dreadful condition. His ribs clearly visible, he weighed only 20.7 lb – well under half of what an average six-year-old boy should weigh.
Suman could not even stand on his own. He suffered from rickets, a bone disorder caused by a deficiency of vitamin D, calcium, or phosphate – a result of his severe malnutrition.
This was a challenging case. Suman required healthy foods and good nutrition, but his bones were too fragile to support any immediate gain in weight. NRH staff carefully devised a treatment plan, designed specifically for Suman, so he could safely gain enough weight to receive proper medical care at a hospital.
We are happy to report that after putting on enough weight, Suman was recently discharged from the hospital. He returned home in high spirits – and we’re so thankful to our donors for helping to make that possible!
In Nepal, poor nutrition contributes to more than half of all child deaths. Malnutrition is a serious issue, but thanks to your support, it can be readily addressed through education and treatment.
One highlight of NYF’s nutrition programs this quarter was the success of our outreach camps. These camps are designed to help us “go on the road” by providing life-saving interventions to isolated and rural communities. Each two to three day camp reaches 500-800 children and their caregivers.
This quarter, 2,262 children and caregivers attended the camps. Through nutritional screenings and general health check ups, 711 children were found to be malnourished. Minor cases were treated on the spot with medicine and dietary supplements, while more serious patients were taken to our Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes to receive more intensive care. By the end of the camp, over 1900 caretakers had also participated in nutritional education sessions.
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