Provide Education to 20 Disabled Nepali Children

by Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)
Olga & two girls of K House, NYF
Olga & two girls of K House, NYF's home for girls

Dear Friends:

First, I would like to thank you for your generous contributions to our project to Provide Education to 20 Disabled Children ( This program’s accomplishments, including giving the life-changing opportunity of education to close to 200 blind, deaf, and physically disabled students in Nepal, would not be possible without the support of people like you.

Additionally, I want to tell you that I am retiring as the President of the Nepal Youth Foundation and that the Board has appointed Som Paneru, our former Executive Director in Nepal, as my successor.

This is bittersweet – on the one hand, I am leaving a position to which I had devoted the last 25 years of my life. On the other, I’m taking a step toward fulfilling my most ardent wish – that the Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF) continue to provide life-changing help to the neediest children of Nepal. The appointment of Som as the new President will bring to NYF the skills, the passion, the smarts, the creativity, and the experience to assure its future long after I am gone. NYF has a bright future.

Let me tell you a bit about Som. He is a product of NYF’s scholarship program and the son of a poor farmer from the Ghorka District of Nepal. In the 1990s, after we granted him a scholarship to Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu to study science and math, he brought several of his young siblings to Kathmandu from his village to assure that they, too, would receive an education. He enrolled them in school in the city, and provided all the care they needed, and full support. Several of his siblings now have advanced degrees.

After Som graduated, he wanted to teach, but not in a private school for rich kids, but in a poor village where the instruction in science and math was pitifully inadequate. He explained that he had "a lot to pay back" to those who had helped him to get an education.

NYF was growing quickly, and in 1995 we offered Som a job. It became apparent very quickly that he had an uncanny knack for creating and administering programs. Our very popular Indentured Daughters Program was his idea, and he was instrumental in creating the ingenious "piglet for a girl" method to liberate these young girls from slavery ( And it was his idea and his excellent relations with the Ministry of Health that led to the government agreeing to take over and fund all the 14 Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes we have built after we operate them for five years (  

I will continue to be involved with NYF, of course. I hold the post of Honorary President, and will continue as a member of the Board of Directors. It is hard to exaggerate the pleasure your support and encouragement have given me over these many years. It has enabled NYF to grow from a tiny organization to what we are today – a well-run foundation providing transformative help to thousands of Nepali children every year.

Warm regards,
Olga Murray
Founder and Honorary Board President
Nepal Youth Foundation

P.S. Please learn more about the Nepal Youth Foundation’s diverse programs for children in need at

Olga with Som Paneru at her 87th birthday party
Olga with Som Paneru at her 87th birthday party


Silvi can overcome her disabilities, thanks to NYF
Silvi can overcome her disabilities, thanks to NYF

The Nepal Youth Foundation provides scholarships to hundreds of children in Nepal. Some are blind, deaf, or have physical disabilities.

Silvi Rana, a blind student receiving a scholarship, described the impact of the Nepal Youth Foundation on her life:

“If NYF had not supported me, I would have been a beggar wandering on the streets or I could have even died. Because of this support…I am satisfied with my life. Even if I couldn’t see the material world with my eyes, I can always see the world with the eyes of my education and knowledge…If I was not able to get this support, I would have been blind from both internally as well as externally.”

The Nepal Youth Foundation’s education programs enable children like Silvi to overcome their limitations and fulfill their dreams. Learn more about these life-changing programs at

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A disabled boy is happy for the gift of education
A disabled boy is happy for the gift of education

Countless children in Nepal are blind, deaf, or physically disabled due to dietary deficiencies and lack of medical care. They seldom have an opportunity to show that they can be productive members of society. Tuition at schools that accommodate the needs of disabled students is usually more than the annual income of a Nepali family. Thus, only 30% of the disabled are educated; the rest are relegated to barren lives, unable to read, write, or earn a living.

NYF gave scholarships to 69 disabled children in 2011-2012. Education is generally the only way the disabled in Nepal can support themselves.

NYF’s Solution

NYF has paid special attention to blind, deaf, and physically challenged children, giving 188 of them scholarships since its inception. If they can enter regular school or college, NYF enrolls them there. For other children, the best place is a special school that meets their needs. NYF gives them hope, a chance to demonstrate their capabilities and proudly learn to support themselves. The program has been highly successful. Many of its graduates are now providing for themselves and their families. Some are paying their own way through graduate school.

I Can See with the Eyes of Education

A blind student receiving a college scholarship described the impact of NYF on her life: “If NYF had not supported me, I would have been a beggar wandering on the streets or I could have even died. Because of this support…I am satisfied with my life. Even if I couldn’t see the material world with my eyes, I can always see the world with the eyes of my education and knowledge…If I was not able to get this support, I would have been blind from both internally as well as externally.”

A disabled girl with unimagined opportunities
A disabled girl with unimagined opportunities
An NYF scholarship lets her fulfill her dreams
An NYF scholarship lets her fulfill her dreams


Dipesh waiting for his ride to school
Dipesh waiting for his ride to school

Even for the Nepalese children who are healthy and who can run and play, getting a formal education is a challenge.  However, for disabled children in a country where sidewalks are rare and many remote areas don't even have paved roads, getting to school becomes an impossibility.

NYF's Disabled Student Scholarship Program has been helping these students gain access to the education that they crave.  And, in many situations, the disabled child, once educated, becomes the source of the highest income in the household, thus raising everyone in the family to a more sustainable economic level.

We appreciate the support you have given us and we are grateful for your contributions to the opportunity to learn for these disabled, yet bright and eager children and young adults.

And, now, next Wednesday, March 14 ONLY...

... because we appreciate every dollar you have given to support our program, NYF is thrilled to invite you to participate in GlobalGiving’s Bonus Day event.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012, will match 30% for every dollar you donate!  $50,000 in matching funds are available, but only on March 14.  This 30% matching offer begins right after the stroke of midnight, March 13, and runs only until the $50,000 is claimed. Once the funds are used, no more matching funds will be applied.

Add even greater value to the gifts you give NYF.  Mark your calendars for NEXT Wednesday, March 14, 2012.

And, GlobalGiving will make this 30% match for single contributions up to $1,000!  That’s $1,300 value for a $1,000 donation.

As far as the Disabled Student Scholarship Program goes, this means that we could provide FOUR students with an entire year of education at a special school for the disabled, PLUS provide transportation to and from school to all of them. This is almost twice the value of services that the original donation can provide!


  • The organization that raises the most funds on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving.
  • The organization that has the most unique donors on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving.

Thank you again for your support of the Nepal Youth Foundation.  Namaste!



Rama Bhattarai

Eighteen-year-old Rama Bhattarai has been blind since birth. The fourth child of Mr. Kashinath Bhattrai and Ms. Kamala Bhattrai, Rama is their second daughter to be born blind.

In the Morang district of eastern Nepal where Rama's family lives, there are no schools for blind or disabled children. With an historic prejudice in Nepal toward blind children as evidence of familial wrongs, Rama's future looked bleak. Many children afflicted with blindness and other disabilities suffer ostracism and isolation all of their lives; lives which, very often, are much shorter than normal Nepali children.

However, the door to Rama's opportunity opened when she was selected for a Nepal Youth Foundation Disabled Student Scholarship and brought to their special school in Dharan. Now Rama lives in the school's hostel with many of the other children in Gayan Chakchhu School for the Blind. Last year, Rama passed the final term examination for 7th grade in the first division, with the second highest marks in her class.  Now, studying in the 8th grade, she is doing well in her exams, securing first division marks.

Rama is a bright young woman who hopes to work for the blind community in the Morang district in another two years, after she completes here studies. Knowing what it's like to function without sight will be an incomparable asset for understanding how best to improve conditions for other blind people in the region. As Rama learns how to master computer skills and finishes her education through NYF's Disabled Student Scholarship Program, she will, indeed, bring light where, for many others, there was only darkness.

Disabled Scholarship Program-Removing Barriers

In Nepali society children born with disabilities are believed to be cursed and are considered the result of past wrongs committed by the family.  Not only are they are a source of shame for their families, who often try to keep them hidden out of sight, they are often viewed as worthless by the entire community.  These beliefs in addition to widespread poverty and high unemployment make these children extreme burdens to their families. 

The Nepal Youth Foundation’s Disabled Scholarship Program provides children with disabilities opportunities to be educated or receive vocational training so that they may live their lives in dignity and become productive members of society.  NYF has emphasized education for the disabled since our inception in 1990.

The program, which covers all educational, medical, and living expenses, primarily supports children with impaired vision and hearing, because they are particularly likely to become self-sufficient adults who can give back to others in need.  NYF’s social workers visit the students and meet with their parents and teachers at least every three months. The purpose of these visits is to monitor the students’ academic progress, ensure that their living conditions are suitable for studying, and determine if their disabilities are being properly accommodated.  All students in the program also receive frequent medical examinations.

NYF’s scholarship program has positive impacts that extend beyond the students’ academic performance. The social workers have found that once students are enrolled in the program, they become much more motivated to be independent and their social behavior improves noticeably.

Thanks in large part to financial support from donors like you, the Nepal Youth Foundation gave scholarships to 57 disabled children in fiscal year 2010-2011.  Seven of these children graduated from 10th grade and took the school leaving exam (SLC). This year, 37 or 76% of students in grades 1st through 9th successfully passed to the next grade.  Seven or 88% passed the qualifying test to go on to 10th grade.   

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Thank you for your support!



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Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)

Location: Sausalito, California - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Sanju Poudel
Associate Director of Development
Sausalito, CA United States
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