Your support is changing lives!
The Olgapuri Vocational School (OVS) opened in Fiscal Year 2018 with the first cohort of students beginning their training in electrical wiring, plumbing, and metal welding and fabrication. The trainees also attend regular career counseling classes to learn about job searching, networking, preparing CVs, interviewing, and interpersonal and social skills.
After successfully completing the OVS course, the students received on-the-job-training, allowing NYF to liaise with well-aligned companies to help secure job placements. By September 2017, 17 OVS graduates were already employed and four were applying for employment with NYF support.
The second cohort of 67 students began their training in November and will complete the course this month.
NYF’s established Vocational Education and Career Counseling program provided short and long-term training to an additional 163 students. 76 trainees have completed their respective courses and are in the process of seeking employment.
In a country where unemployment is rampant, without vocational training and career counseling, these young people could face homelessness, trafficking, or worse. Instead, with your support, they are on a life-transforming path to economic independence.
With support from friends like you, NYF’s vocational training program addresses the systemic problem of unemployment in Nepal, helping to break the cycle of poverty and creating lasting change for generations to come.
In addition to our Vocational Education and Career Counseling Program which serves about 300 young people annually, last year, NYF built its own Vocational School as a part of the new Olgapuri Children’s Village. Scheduled to open in 2018, the school will train 320 students annually in trades that offer gainful employment such as carpentry and welding. Underprivileged young people will receive free training and counseling.
In a country where unemployment is high and where child labor, child trafficking, and homelessness is common, vocational training offers a life-transforming path to economic independence for young people and their families.
Your support makes a tremendous difference. Thank you for donating to NYF’s Vocational Training and Career Counseling program.
We are emailing to let you know about our Youth Week Campaign on GlobalGiving. International Youth Day is Saturday, August 12th, and GlobalGiving is celebrating our work for an entire week from August 7th-12th, providing matching funds and bonus prizes!
During this week, Nepal Youth Foundation will be focused on building support for our projects in Nepal that educate, shelter, nourish and empower youth to be all they can be.
Will you help?
One-Time Donation Match:
One-time contributions made at the beginning of the week will be matched dollar for dollar! The campaign starts at 9:00am EDT and Nepal Youth Foundation will be competing for the $13,000 available in one-time matching funds. Contributions up to $250 will be matched at 100% while funds remain.
Recurring Donation Match:
All recurring donations started this week will be matched at 100%! Recurring donations of all sizes provide meaningful, dependable support to power our work. As a champion of our work to educate and empower Nepali youth, we would love for you to consider starting a recurring donation during International Youth Week!
Bonus Prize Competition:
At the end of the campaign, bonus prizes of $500, $300, and $200 will be awarded to the top three fundraising organizations and the top three organizations with the most donors.
Thank you for making this life-changing work possible!
Nepal Youth Foundation
Santoshi spent three years of her childhood as an indentured house servant, but she promises that her four-year old daughter’s life will be vastly different from hers.
After her husband died of typhoid fever, his family threw her out of the house calling her an “ill omen.” Determined to find a new path for herself and her daughter, Santoshi completed a training program through our Vocational Education and Career Counseling Program (VECC). She also took a business development course to learn the basics of starting and running her own business.
She is now the proud owner of a food stall in her village and earns enough money to send her daughter to private school.
Tara is another successful graduate of our vocational training program. After passing her School Leaving Certificate (SLC) exam – a difficult test all Nepali 10th graders must pass to go on to higher education - she attended an orientation session to learn about NYF’s VECC program. She enrolled in a 15-month lab assistant course and is now working at a lab in a village near her home. She plans to further her studies and enroll in an advanced lab assistant course.
We are so proud of Santoshi and Tara and of all the young people who are changing their lives through NYF’s vocational training programs. Your support puts these young people on the road to economic independence.
Thank you and dhyanabad!
You can make an even bigger impact on the lives of Nepalese families still recovering from the massive earthquakes in 2015.
Beginning April 25 at 9 a.m. EDT - the second anniversary of the earthquake - Global Giving will match gifts by 50 percent on projects that are helping Nepal to recover and rebuild. The $50,000 match will continue until December 31 or the funds run out - whichever comes first.
Our project – Help a Child Remain with a Loving Family - #24772 – qualifies for this generous opportunity. Our program allows children orphaned or abandoned after the earthquakes to live with extended family. The majority of the children lost one or both parents in the disaster, to death or disability, and all of the children accepted into the program were identified as being among the most vulnerable of the 8,000 applicants. By covering the most basic living expenses of school supplies, food, and health care, NYF is protecting children from sex or labor trafficking, and ensuring they are able to continue their educations despite the incredible disruption in the country.
Even a small gift can make a big difference in the life of a poor Nepali child. Please donate on April 25n to our project #24772.
Thank you and dhanyabad!
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