Provide Education to 20 Disabled Nepali Children

by Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF) Vetted since 2008 Site Visit Verified
These girls are free from slavery and in school, thanks to NYOF
These girls are free from slavery and in school, thanks to NYOF

Dear Friends,

This is going to be an exciting year for the Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation. Next month, our staff will fan out over the five districts in west Nepal where girls are enslaved as bonded laborers to carry out our dynamic awareness program against the bonding custom. We will have a new weapon in our arsenal this year in addition to the piglet or goat we give the parents as incentives – the new government program to pay for the education or vocational training of all the girls we rescue. This is the culmination of a decade of lobbying the government by NYOF! We will emphasize to reluctant parents that their daughters will be eligible for a fully funded education by the government if they will consent to bring them home from their labors. Our plan is to rescue thousands of girls who have been or are about to be sold. Within a few years, we plan to completely eliminate the horrible tradition of selling Nepali girls into bondage. Those of you who have contributed to this cause have our eternal gratitude.

We still need your generous support to liberate the bonded girls and conduct our awareness campaign, because the government funding will not be used for these purposes.

We are deeply grateful for the contributions you have made. Please give as generously as you can, so that we can continue to help kids in Nepal to uncover and develop their full potential. We have a proven track record in making the most of your donations – you can do more good with a dollar in Nepal than almost anywhere else, and we spend a very small percentage of donations on administration (as evidenced by our four-star rating from Charity Navigator). We hope you will help us in our efforts to make a difference in these children’s lives.

Please let us know your thoughts by providing feedback in our comments section! Also, please tell your friends, family and colleagues about NYOF’s accomplishments!

Warm regards, Olga

Olga with one of the girls at K House, NYOF’s home for the needy
Olga with one of the girls at K House, NYOF’s home for the needy

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Learning how to sew as well as how to support herself
Learning how to sew as well as how to support herself

Watch a video about Ramchandra at http://www.nyof.org/newsroom/video.html#ram !

Because of a scholarship from the Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation (NYOF), Ramchandra has been able to overcome the limitations of his blindness and an extremely disadvantaged childhood. He did not even attend school until age nine, when NYOF began to support him. Ramchandra has an inspirational outlook on life, and when he completes his education, he wants to promote education for the disabled in Nepal.

The Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation (NYOF) is a U.S. based nonprofit organization devoted to bringing hope to the most destitute children in the beautiful but impoverished Himalayan country of Nepal. With a personal touch, NYOF provides them with education, housing, medical care, and loving support.

You can learn more about NYOF's programs to help disabled children at http://nyof.org/programs/schoolsScholarships/disabled.html .

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We are deeply proud of the successes and accomplishments of the many students in our programs. Take, for example, the girls in rural Nepal who we have liberated from bonded labor at the age of 16 or 17 and who have never been to school. It would be too uncomfortable for them to be in a class with first and second graders, so we place them in an intensive literacy course for nine months and then train them for a job – preferably one which will allow them to start a business of their own.

Early on, we created a sewing program for these older girls. The success of this program is guaranteed because they make school uniforms for the thousands of girls we have liberated and now support in school. (The Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation (NYOF) pays the education expenses of former bonded girls, including two sets of school uniforms a year.) So there is no shortage of work for them. Better still, many of the girls we have trained have left the program and started their own sewing businesses in nearby villages.

We have also trained formerly indentured girls to run small shops, repair bicycles, etc. Many of the girls are remarkably entrepreneurial and have started their own businesses to generate income.

Higher education is not the same stepping stone to job opportunities in Nepal that it is in most Western countries; even people with advanced university degrees have difficulty finding work. Our limited funding is sometimes better spent on providing more children with elementary and high school educations and on efforts targeted at eventual employment and self-sufficiency.

The unemployment rate in Nepal hovers around 50%. Thus, for many youngsters, guidance and training in a specific career path is far more helpful than years of higher education. We offer counseling to explore their strengths and interests, and then support them in training for 20 different careers, such as electrician, lab technician, cook, or midwife. These jobs often pay better than the office jobs many college graduates hold out for.

Our vocational programs actively encourage women to pursue careers that in Nepal are traditionally restricted to men. At a technical training school in Kathmandu, NYOF sponsors the only female in the plumbing course. Once she’s employed as a plumber, she hopes to serve as an example to others that women should not feel that certain careers are off-limits.

A number of our vocational trainees who have found decent paying jobs are attending college on their own nickel. One of these is Bashudev Basnet. His father died when he was very young, and his mother earned a living by operating a small tea stall at the bus park in Kathmandu. We supported the education of Bashudev and his brother. After he finished high school and passed his college entrance exams, he enrolled in our vocational program as a cook and he found employment at a fairly snazzy restaurant on the fanciest street in Kathmandu. He was such a good worker that after only a month on the job he got a raise. He has enrolled in college in the morning and then goes to work on the day and evening shift. Not only that, he is now able to support his mother.

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We are deeply grateful to you for standing with us. Please give as generously as you can, so that we can continue to help kids in Nepal to uncover and develop their full potential. We have a proven track record in making the most of your donations – you can do more good with a dollar in Nepal than almost anywhere else, and we spend a very small percentage of donations on administration (as evidenced by our four-star rating from Charity Navigator). We hope you will help us in our efforts to make a difference in these children’s lives.

Please let us know your thoughts by providing feedback in our comments section! Also, please tell your friends, family and colleagues about NYOF’s accomplishments!

Warm regards, Olga

Did you ever see a better looking plumber?
Did you ever see a better looking plumber?
Bashudev and his friends in action
Bashudev and his friends in action

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Laxmi in her wheelchair can go to school because of NYOF
Laxmi in her wheelchair can go to school because of NYOF

Although the government of Nepal is undergoing more tumultuous changes, including a new Prime Minister, NYOF’s programs in Nepal are continuing to transform the lives of impoverished children, and provide them with unimagined opportunities.

In Nepal, disabled children are often seen as cast-offs, as pariahs or as punishment for "sins" of the family. They seldom have an opportunity to prove themselves as productive members of society (Only 30% of disabled people are educated). From its inception, NYOF has paid special attention to these children, whether they are blind or deaf, suffering from conditions such as cerebral palsy, or have other challenges.

NYOF supports many blind and deaf students in Nepal, and some with physical disabilities. The youth enrolled in this program are generally very capable and motivated students. 96% of them successfully passed their most recent end-of-term examinations; five of them obtained the best grades in their class, four ranked second, and three were third.

NYOF’s social workers maintain personal relationships with all of the students who receive scholarships and carefully monitor their academic progress and personal lives. They bring the students for health check ups when needed, and purchase any needed items for the children such as warm clothes, shoes, and books. The social workers also meet with the students’ principals and teachers every three months. For students who have parents, social workers visit the parents and determine if the living conditions are appropriate for the children and conducive to studying. ----------------------------------------- One student’s story: Laxmi Kunwar

My name is Laxmi Kunwar. I am seventeen years old and I am studying in grade nine in Kathmandu. I was not born disabled. Two years ago, in my village, I fell from a tree when I was collecting fodder for the cattle. My spinal cord was badly injured, and even after surgery, I am still paralyzed below the waist. I came to Kathmandu to undergo a lot of physiotherapy, and now I can move around in a wheelchair, but I can’t stand on my feet. I was the best student in my class, and I had a lot of dreams for my future career. Because of the accident, my dreams were ruined. My father sold almost all of our family’s property to pay for my treatment, and now we only have a few cattle, a small house, and a small piece of land.

I was searching for an opportunity to continue my studies, and fortunately, I got a scholarship from NYOF. My happiness crossed all boundaries when I learned that NYOF would support my education. I will utilize this support for my study as well as I possibly can. I want to thank NYOF for this support. ------------------------------------------ Thank you for helping NYOF transform the lives of some of the most disadvantaged children in Nepal.

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One of the best students at the Kathmandu School for the Deaf
One of the best students at the Kathmandu School for the Deaf

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Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)

Location: Sausalito, California - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.NepalYouthFoundation.org
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Twitter: @nepalyouthfound
Project Leader:
Sanju Poudel
Associate Director of Development
Sausalito, CA United States
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