Health
 Nepal
Project #2739

Psychological Counseling for 20 Nepali Children

by Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)
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Girl in pink hat
Girl in pink hat

Namaste!

It was another challenging year for Nepal and children and families we serve.

Just months after two major earthquakes devastated the country, political unrest and a prolonged blockade at the Indian border brought Nepal’s recovery efforts to a near standstill.

Petrol, cooking fuel, food, medicine and building materials were in short supply and prices more than doubled, causing even more suffering.

The crisis slowed us down, but it couldn’t stop NYF’s dedicated staff from doing everything they could to care for some of Nepal’s most impoverished children.

They rode bicycles when there was no petrol. When the cooking fuel ran out, they built outdoor fires to keep the community kitchens operating. They worked 16-hour days to help people who had lost everything.

We are so proud of what our team accomplished in face of these hardships. We could not have done it without your friendship and support.

Thank you and dhanyabad.

With warmest wishes for the year ahead!

Nepal Youth Foundation

Early childhood education
Early childhood education
two schoolgirls
two schoolgirls
Mother and child
Mother and child

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Former Kamlari at a monthly support group meeting
Former Kamlari at a monthly support group meeting

To provide crucial counseling services to girls freed from the now abolished practice of child slavery known as Kamlari, Nepal Youth Foundation’s counseling staff have trained 70 former child slaves as peer counselors.

The volunteer peer counselors, who work in five districts in Western Nepal, lead 189 monthly support groups for 2,713 former Kamlari.

The members share their problems, issues, life stories, and discuss ways and strategies to deal with those issues.

The counselors from NYF’s Ankur Counseling and Training Center, who specialize in the treating children suffering from trauma, recently provided Life Skills training classes for the Peer Counselors and also monitored the progress of the support groups. During the monitoring visit, the Ankur counselors met the Peer Counselors and members of the support groups to check on their progress.

Thousands of emotionally-traumatized children and youth have benefitted from the psychosocial services of Ankur, a pioneer in psychological therapy for disadvantaged children in Nepal.

Thank you for helping us to carry out this important work.

Namaste!

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After rescue at the transit center
After rescue at the transit center

   Bikram, Suman and Bishal, brothers who are 10, 9, and 5 years old, lost their mother in the terrible earthquake last year, when their home collapsed on top of her, killing her instantly. The mother provided for her sons, by selling home-grown vegetables.

    Within days, the motherless boys were on the verge of being trafficked out of the country. Well aware of the alarming rise of human trafficking of children after natural disasters, NYF was working with local authorities to establish safe transit homes. Police intercepted the boys, and NYF was able to take them in at J House, NYF’s home for boys.

    Counselors from NYF’s Ankur Counseling and Training Center, who specialize in the treating children suffering from trauma, have been working closely with the boys to ease them into their new home and help them recover from the loss of their mother. The boys regularly visit their father, an impoverished rickshaw driver.

    The brothers are healthy and safe, attending an excellent school in Kathmandu, and love to ride bikes, play basketball and soccer.

    Thousands of emotionally-traumatized children and youth have benefitted from the psychosocial services of Ankur, a pioneer in psychological therapy for disadvantaged children in Nepal.

    Your donation gives Bikram, Suman and Bishal and other traumatized children the counseling, support and therapy they need to turn a life of despair into one filled with hope and possibility.

    Thank you for your continued support!

Off to school from J House
Off to school from J House

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Street drama against early marriage
Street drama against early marriage

Peer counselors are using radio programs, street dramas, discussion groups and home visits to steer girls from the practice of early marriage.

The Early Marriage Prevention Program is targeted at girls freed from the practice of Kamlari, a once common form of childhood slavery abolished in 2013 after NYF carried out a successful campaign to end it. NYF has rescued more than 12,700 girls since it began the effort in 2000.

Poverty forces some families to pressure their daughters into early marriage because they cannot afford to care for them. A lack of opportunity can also lead to marriage before age 18.

NYF is offering opportunity to thousands of these girls through its Empowering Freed Kamlari Program, where they can receive vocational training, counseling, educational support , co-op loans and advocacy training.

The counseling support groups seem to be working. A survey conducted last year by NYF shows that girls in the support groups tend to marry at an older age compared to girls that don’t receive any counseling. According to the survey, 81 percent of the girls in the support groups got married at an appropriate age, while only 19 percent of those outside of the groups did so.

Thank you for helping these girls to build healthy and independent lives.

Namaste!

 


  

Counselors working with support group
Counselors working with support group

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Young children at a counseling session
Young children at a counseling session

Dozens of children orphaned by the earthquakes last spring are staying at one of NYF’s “transit homes” until they can find homes with relatives or other long term care.

In addition to providing food, shelter and clothing, NYF counselors are working with these children to ease them through the trauma of losing their homes, parents and siblings.

Staff spent a week at the transit home in the Gorkha district and engaged the children in both group and individual counseling sessions. Counselors from NYF’s Ankur Center, one of the only counseling centers for children and youth in Nepal, use play and art to help the children express their feelings.

Counselors also trained the caregivers at the transit homes to effectively care for the children.

Ankur therapists counseled more than 800 children and 150 adults after the earthquakes in an effort to comfort survivors.They also trained 300 people in psychological first aid.

Thank you for your support.

Namaste!

Children at the Gorkha Transit Home
Children at the Gorkha Transit Home
Gorkha Transit Center counseling session
Gorkha Transit Center counseling session

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Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)

Location: Sausalito, California - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.NepalYouthFoundation.org
Project Leader:
Jackie Frost
Sausalito, CA United States
$1,612 raised of $10,000 goal
 
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