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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
laxmi after four weeks at the nutrition center
laxmi after four weeks at the nutrition center

In 2011, Laxmi was a severely malnourished and desperately ill preschooler. She was in desperate need of care that the crowded hospital in Kathmandu could not provide. Fortunately, she and her mother were guided to one of Nepal Youth Foundation’s Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes, where they received the treatment they needed to not only survive, but thrive.

At NYF’s nutrition clinics, children are restored to health, while their mothers or caregivers learn how to combine local foods to maximize nutritional benefits, and about the importance of hand washing and hygiene to help prevent illness. NYF provides this life-saving work free of charge.

These treatments are simple – and effective. Support from friends like you helped NYF’s nutritional programs serve over 450 children and 239 mothers in the past six months… and we hope to reach even more families in the year ahead.

For a child like Laxmi, it can literally be the difference between life and death.

Laxmi is now in the 4th grade, and like thousands of children NTY has helped recover from malnutrition, she’s doing well in school and is on her way to a very bright and productive future.

More than 50,000 children die in Nepal every year – and 60% of those deaths, are the result of severe malnutrition.

NYF has been addressing this problem since 1998, using a unique solution. By partnering with government hospitals, NYF established 16 nutrition clinics across the country. The agreement was that once these facilities were up and running, the hospitals would take over all operations within five years. NYF has turned over control of 11 of these clinics, with five remaining under our management.

Click on the link below to watch the inspiring story of Laxmi's recovery!

Thank you and dhanyabad!

A severely malnourished Laxmi
A severely malnourished Laxmi
Laxmi and her mother today
Laxmi and her mother today

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Laxmi today
Laxmi today

Namaste!

It was another challenging year for Nepal and children and families we serve.

Just months after two major earthquakes devastated the country, political unrest and a prolonged blockade at the Indian border brought Nepal’s recovery efforts to a near standstill.

Petrol, cooking fuel, food, medicine and building materials were in short supply and prices more than doubled, causing even more suffering.

The crisis slowed us down, but it couldn’t stop NYF’s dedicated staff from doing everything they could to care for some of Nepal’s most impoverished children.

They rode bicycles when there was no petrol. When the cooking fuel ran out, they built outdoor fires to keep the community kitchens operating. They worked 16-hour days to help people who had lost everything. And we continued our life-saving work in our Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes.

We are so proud of what our team accomplished in face of these hardships.We could not have done it without your friendship and support.

Thank you and dhanyabad.

With warmest wishes for the year ahead!

Nepal Youth Foundation

Laxmi at admission to our nutrition clinic
Laxmi at admission to our nutrition clinic
Laxmi after treatment
Laxmi after treatment

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Say ahh...Young Nepali girl gets a checkup
Say ahh...Young Nepali girl gets a checkup

NYF staff and volunteers recently set up a nutrition camp in two remote villages in central Nepal - screening 500 children for malnutrition and providing them with basic medical care. A third – about 150 children – were found to be malnourished and referred for treatment. About 400 mothers and adults from the community learned about nutrition and sanitation.

More than 40 percent of children in Nepal - one of the world’s poorest countries - suffer from malnutrition. Sixteen NYF-founded clinics throughout the country nurse children back to health and teach their caregivers how to prepare nutritious meals from locally available food.

Staff from NYF’s Nutritional Rehabilitation Home conducts regular outreach camps in Nepal’s rural villages where people have limited access to healthcare.

Your support helps make this important work possible. Thank you and dhyanyabad!

Standing tall...NYF staffer measurers a young girl
Standing tall...NYF staffer measurers a young girl
Nurse counsels mother on nutrition
Nurse counsels mother on nutrition
Mothers register for nutrition camp
Mothers register for nutrition camp
Mothers and children listen to a talk on nutrition
Mothers and children listen to a talk on nutrition

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Mothers learn the basics of good nutrition
Mothers learn the basics of good nutrition

People often refer to our 16 Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes as “places where miracles happen” – clinics where children enter severely emaciated and malnourished and exit a month later healthy and robust.

We introduced this model approach for treatment and prevention of malnutrition in 1998 and have nourished more than 14,000 severely malnourished children back to health in one of our clinics across Nepal. An equal number of mothers have been educated in nutrition to better care for their children when they return home.

We also work with the Nepal government to commit to managing the NRHs once they were established and successfully in operation for 5 years. This model leverages our impact by allowing us to create new innovations while the government maintains the clinics currently operating. So far, Nepal government hospitals have successfully taken over the management of 10 NRHs.

In addition to nursing children back to health, and teaching their mothers the basics of good nutrition, our staff conducts nutrition camps to reach out to rural and marginalized communities and provides training to child care workers, teachers, and other stakeholders on the management of malnutrition and diet.

Due to poverty and widespread ignorance about nutrition, nearly half of Nepal’s children are severely malnourished.

Thank you for your continued support. Namaste!

Child getting weighed at an outreach clinic
Child getting weighed at an outreach clinic
A doctor exams a child at an NRH outreach camp
A doctor exams a child at an NRH outreach camp

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A boy looks at a poster on handwashing
A boy looks at a poster on handwashing

NYF temporarily switched the focus of its nutrition program from residential care to community outreach - conducting nutrition education workshops in districts hard hit by the earthquakes last spring.

A team of doctors and nurses traveled to villages in Dhading district and screened children for malnutrition and other medical conditions, while nutritionists taught their mothers the basics of good nutrition and sanitation at a half dozen such camps held throughout the region.

The program shift was necessary because a lengthy blockade at the Indian border, lifted just last month, nearly crippled the tiny land-locked country. Without crucial supplies such as cooking fuel, medicine and food, NYF staff curtailed the number of children it could care for in its 16 Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes.

The country is gradually regaining its footing, and NYF plans to bring it centers back to capacity.

An estimated 40 percent of all Nepali children are malnourished. In NYF’s residential program, severely malnourished children are nursed back to good health, while their mothers learn to prepare healthy meals using locally available food.    

Educator teaching mothers on proper nutrition
Educator teaching mothers on proper nutrition
A nurse teaches mothers about breastfeeding
A nurse teaches mothers about breastfeeding
A staffer measures a young boy's height
A staffer measures a young boy's height

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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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