Unemployment exceeds 30 percent in Nepal. College graduates sometimes struggle to find meaningful work. To help young people become job-ready, NYF’s Vocational Education and Career Counseling program trains participants for more than a dozen careers. Counselors assess students to match aptitude and interests with career options. Students receive structured career counseling. Vocational courses are offered through the VECC program, or students are helped to find a training program that suits their needs. After training, NYF helps with job placement or helps them start their own businesses.
The VECC program serves young people in NYF’s programs, students from public schools, and girls who were freed from a form of indentured servitude known as Kamlari.
Sharmila spent eight years in servitude as a Kamlari. After she was rescued at age 17, she entered fifth grade, but felt uncomfortable in a classroom with young children and stopped attending. She enrolled in vocational training to become a seamstress and has opened her own tailoring shop. She now earns about $65 a month – good money in rural Nepal – and has training five other girls.
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