Apply to Join
 Health  Nepal Project #2055

Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition

by Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition
"Suman" when he was discharged from the NRH
"Suman" when he was discharged from the NRH

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!

Links:

Outreach camp in progress
Outreach camp in progress

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.

Thank you for making this possible!

Links:

Then: Tara restored to health in the early days
Then: Tara restored to health in the early days

Your donation to save a child from life-threatening malnutrition can be matched by GlobalGiving's Little by Little Matching campaign until this Friday, April 12!

Over 20 years ago...at 22 months “Tara” was among the first children to receive lifesaving treatment at a Nutrition Rehabilitation Home (NRH). Before 1998, malnutrition may have ended her life. Thankfully, timely support like yours helped restore Tara’s health and taught her mother how to keep their family well-nourished.

With continued help from people around the world, NYF has built 17 NRHs where more than 20,000 children like Tara have received a second chance. Malnutrition can be remarkably simple to address in Nepal with treatment and education using local foods. Just $350 (less than $1 a day) can save a child’s life in 3 weeks.

In 20 years, NYF has built 17 NRHs, successfully transitioning 15 of them to the Nepali government after 5 years of operations. Our first flagship Kathmandu NRH remains our permanent treatment, training, and monitoring center, and NRH-17 is in its 3rd year.

This past quarter, the two NRHs directly operated by NYF admitted 39 children, and 41 children were discharged with improved health (including a few children continuing from the previous month). NYF’s Kathmandu NRH took these lifesaving services and education “on the road” to remote villages, additionally reaching 796 children and 530 caregivers.

It is the generosity you share that makes it all possible. And if you make a gift by this Friday, it can be matched, helping NYF support even more desperately malnourished children in need.

Thank you. Dhanyabad!

Lifesaving treatment continues 20+ years later
Lifesaving treatment continues 20+ years later

Links:

Healthy Sanjowk
Healthy Sanjowk

Seventeen-month old “Sanjowk” – skinny, pale, and undoubtedly ill – was rushed to the front of the health screening line at the August 22nd 2018 Nutrition Outreach Camp in Sindhupalchowk.   He weighed only 16 pounds and was 28 inches tall – the size of an average 9 month old baby in the US.  

At the pediatrician checkup, little Sanjowk and his mother were referred to the closest Nutrition Rehabilitation Home (NRH) for free immediate treatment.

During the NRH intake process, he was diagnosed with severe Anemia (Iron Deficiency), and nutritionists learned that Sanjowk’s diet consisted of mostly rice with some lentils.  

He was carefully fed a doctor-prescribed diet (local foods including milk, fruits, and green leafy vegetables). While he stayed longer than the average three weeks, in 54 days he reached normal weight.  He was no longer anemic and his mood and health completely transformed.

At the same time Sanjowk’s mother also learned about nutrition and the importance of fruits and leafy vegetables for keeping her family healthy. At discharge, his mother happily shared I did not know I could fed leafy vegetables and citrus fruits to the children, I had heard that such food caused cold for the children. Now I realize these are the real medicines for the children”.

While malnutrition is a serious problem in Nepal, with your support, it can be easy to address and makes a tremendous difference. Thank you!

Links:

Suresh After
Suresh After

From the day he was born in a remote Nepali village, “Suresh’s” life was a struggle.

His desperately poor parents could barely manage to scrape together two skimpy meals for the family each day. Undernourished herself, his mother wasn’t able to breastfeed him, so baby Suresh was fed the same thin soups and rice as his parents and older brother.

At 15 months old, little Suresh weighed a scant 13 pounds… more like an average 7 month old baby in the US. He was miserably unhappy and inconsolable.

When he became dehydrated from severe diarrhea, his parents travelled by foot for four hours to the nearest hospital. After two days of treatment, he was discharged. Until 2017, he would have returned to the village malnourished and likely have continued to fall sick, or died. Now, however, children like Suresh come to NYF’s Nutritional Rehabilitation Home (NRH) -- which friends like you helped build -- for treatment of the underlying malnutrition.

Because his little body couldn’t tolerate high-calorie food, at first Suresh was fed small amounts every two to three hours. He required six weeks of treatment – twice the average – to restore his health.

In the meantime, with her beloved baby finally being nourished and restored to health, his mother “Sabita” was also eating healthy foods and studying the essentials of nutrition.

At only 22 years old, Sabita was already pregnant with her third child. She learned how crucial breastfeeding is for infants, the benefits of greens (typically not viewed as human food in Nepal, and instead fed to animals for those fortunate enough to have livestock), the healthiest plants she can grow in the family garden, and how to combine the basic vegetables, lentils and rice of their diet into balanced meals.

At discharge, Suresh was happy and healthy – going home with a mother who now had the empowering knowledge to provide her family healthy food at minimal cost. 

While severe poverty is a factor, it’s the lack of knowledge that dooms so many Nepali children to a life stunted – or even ended – by malnourishment.

By supporting NYF’s Nutritional Program, your gifts are literally saving lives. Thank you!

Suresh regaining his health - with his mother
Suresh regaining his health - with his mother

Links:

 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)

Location: Sausalito, California - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @nepalyouthfound
Project Leader:
Julie Pofsky
Associate Director of Development
Sausalito, CA United States
$41,479 raised of $50,000 goal
 
844 donations
$8,521 to go
Donate Now
lock
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. View other ways to donate

Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF) has earned this recognition on GlobalGiving:
Add Project to Favorites

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

Donate
WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.