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Rescue Children Suffering From Severe Malnutrition

by Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)
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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
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!

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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

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Handover Ceremony
Handover Ceremony

Five years ago, with support from friends like you, NYF embarked on a major commitment - building FOUR life-saving Nutrition Rehabilitation Homes (NRHs) to save malnourished children.

This month, we’re celebrating the success of that project - transitioning all four NRHs to the Nepali government.

Located in Dailekh, Dang, Butwal, and Baglung, these centers will now be fully operated and funded by the government, with ongoing monitoring and training from NYF’s team. 

We’re proud of this model - building and establishing each NRH and then transferring the ongoing operations to the government over a five year period – because it’s sustainable and maximizes the impact of your generosity.

That generosity has helped NYF build 17 NRHs over the past 20 years –transforming the lives of thousands of children since 1998. Now, 15 of those NRHs have been fully transitioned and we’re in the second year of operating the new Dadeldhura center. 

Our first, flagship NRH in Kathmandu remains the heart of this program, as NYF staff provide life-saving treatment, train nutrition professionals, and coordinate the Nutrition Outreach program – taking these critical services “on the road” to remote, isolated communities.

Please click here to read more about NYF’s expanded nutrition outreach camps and to view more photos from this month’s handover ceremonies.

Your generosity makes these incredible successes possible. Dhanyabad!

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Before and After
Before and After

“Pratik”, a 22 month old boy from a family of 6, was brought to the Nutritional Rehabilitation Home (NRH) in Chitawan from a very remote village called Lothar.

His impoverished family ate only two meager meals each day with very little protein. Pratik was suffering from diarrhea and had no appetite. Frightened by his worsening condition, his parents took him to the hospital. A doctor there recognized the desperate situation and sent them to the NRH.

At admission, Pratik weighed only 12 pounds – 6 pounds below the normal weight for his 28” height. With protruding ribs, sparse hair, irritable mood, he was suffering.

Pratik could digest only milk for the first week of his stay. He was then fed healthy versions of the food his family could easily access or grow themselves, while his mother was educated on the importance of nutrition.

With nutritious food, proper medication and care, Pratik’s condition improved dramatically. While he stayed a little longer than the usual 21 to 28 days, in less than 6 weeks he gained over 5 pounds and transformed into a healthy and happy boy.

These life-saving interventions – at a cost of only $350 per child – are made possible by generous friends like you. We hope you feel proud of the difference your support makes. Thank you, and dhanyabad!

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Nutritional Outreach Camp Team
Nutritional Outreach Camp Team

In addition to providing life-saving support to approximately 600 children and their caretakers annually through Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes (NRH), NYF is expanding our nutrition outreach program to reach thousands more children.

NYF’s Nutrition Outreach program brings specialized nutrition education and services to remote communities that are isolated by rough terrain and lack of transportation. The camp activities include hand-washing, hygiene, and nutrition education for caregivers and nutrition assessment, general health checkups, and medicine distribution as needed for children. Through each two to three-day camp, NYF reaches 500-1000 children and their caregivers whose health and lives are forever transformed.

Below are pictures from one of these camps.

Medical Examination
Medical Examination
Nutrition Assessment
Nutrition Assessment
Height Measurement
Height Measurement

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Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)

Location: Sausalito, California - USA
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Julie Pofsky
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Sausalito, CA United States
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