Countless children in Nepal are blind, deaf, or physically disabled due to dietary deficiencies and lack of medical care. They seldom have a chance 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. Your generosity provides them with hope and the opportunity to reach their potential.
In 2012-2013, 10 students in our Disabled Scholarship Program passed the college entrance exam (School Leaving Certificate) and will attend college. Of these 11 children who sat for the S.L.C. (the Nepali equivalent of a high school diploma), only one failed – a 91 percent pass rate! We added two more children to the program last year with 61 students currently enrolled. The students range from preschool to high school.
NYF has paid special attention to blind, deaf, and physically challenged children, giving 190 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. 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.
NYF supported students have gone on to great successes. One student went on to become the only blind lawyer in Nepal. Others have gone on to teach at private schools. Aside from the feeling of self-respect, the students develop the skills to be able to support themselves and live with dignity.
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