Health
 Nepal
Project #6042

Rescue Ten Needy Children in Nepal with HIV/AIDS

by Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)
Two boys at New Life Center
Two boys at New Life Center

While construction workers are hard at work building a permanent new home for the children at the New Life Center, the center continues to offer an oasis from the social isolation, medical neglect, and physical and emotional abandonment that HIV-affected children in Nepal often face.

The program’s doctor, nutritionist, and staff provide educational activities for the children and helpful trainings for the adult caretakers. Last year, 49 children received treatment, which includes nutritious meals, medical care, and psychological counseling. This holistic approach is the only program of its kind for HIV-positive children in Nepal.

HIV affected children and their mothers are often treated as outcasts in Nepal. The government offers limited treatment programs and hospitals refuse to provide medical care. Schools shut their doors. Non-infected children won’t play with them, and they’re banned from village activities. The children quickly become very sick, and feel brutally ostracized.

Over 80% of the children arrive at the New Life Center acutely undernourished and full of opportunistic infections. Three months after arriving at the center, more than 90 percent of the children return home at a normal weight, free of associated infections. The mothers return to their village with the knowledge and tools to care for their children.

The new center under construction outside of Kathmandu will improve both access and quality to HIV/AIDS treatment and services in Nepal for years to come. We hope to open the doors in October.

Thank you for your generous support of some of the most vulnerable children in Nepal.

Namaste!

Children at New Life Center
Children at New Life Center
Mother and son at New Life Center
Mother and son at New Life Center

Links:

Mother and child
Mother and child

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 the NYF Nepal 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

Standing tall...NYF staffer measurers a young girl
Standing tall...NYF staffer measurers a young girl
two schoolgirls
two schoolgirls
Early childhood education
Early childhood education

Links:

Chilren at the New Life Center in Kathmandu
Chilren at the New Life Center in Kathmandu

We are getting closer on our permanent new residence for our New Life Center!

We just received approval on plans for a permanent new residence for our New Life Center, hired a contractor and are set to break ground early October!

Built on the site of our Nutritional Rehabilitation Home in Kathmandu, the building will cost around $200,000 to complete.

The newly constructed New Life Center will improve both access and quality to HIV/AIDS treatment and services in Nepal for years to come. 49 children received treatment and care at the center last year.

The New Life Center provides lifesaving treatment to children with HIV/AIDS while teaching their caretakers, most of whom also have HIV, to live hygienically and cook nutritious meals. This training dramatically reduces the risk of acquiring the illnesses that make HIV develop into AIDS, and allows infected people lead fulfilling lives. During the months that children and their guardians spend at the Center, they receive food, housing, and all medical treatment for free.

The New Life Center is the only facility in Nepal that uses a holistic approach to helping HIV-positive children. We offer psychological counseling services to help children and their guardians learn to live with the stigma of HIV/AIDS and improve their self-esteem. Further, nurses, nutritionist, doctor, and other staff provide: education and enriching activities for children, training in nutrition, health, literacy, and income generation for caregivers, as well as nutritious meals, 24-hour medical care, and counseling to improve their self-confidence and help them manage the stigma of HIV/AIDS for both.

This comprehensive care model is key to the Center’s success. Most children arrive with full-blown AIDS, including illnesses such as tuberculosis, malnutrition, and hepatitis, and return home with only HIV, ready to go to school and enjoy a happy childhood. If children with HIV live hygienically, eat a nutritious diet, and try to avoid infections, they can typically expect to lead full and meaningful lives for around 25 years. By that time, it’s likely that additional treatments will be available to extend their lives even further. Most of the children don’t even need to take anti-retroviral drugs, which are difficult for people in rural and remote areas to obtain.

Thank you for your support.

 

Namaste!

Rendering of new New Life Center
Rendering of new New Life Center

Links:

Boys at the New Life Center
Boys at the New Life Center

We are waiting approval on plans for a permanent new residence for our New Life Center and will break ground after we receive the building permits.

Built on the site of our Nutritional Rehabilitation Home in Kathmandu, the building will cost around $200,000 to complete.

The months-long embargo that crippled much of Nepal last winter stalled plans to begin building last fall.

The newly constructed New Life Center will improve both access and quality to HIV/AIDS treatment and services in Nepal for years to come. 49 children received treatment and care at the center last year.

The New Life Center provides lifesaving treatment to children with HIV/AIDS while teaching their caretakers, most of whom also have HIV, to live hygienically and cook nutritious meals. This training dramatically reduces the risk of acquiring the illnesses that make HIV develop into AIDS, and allows infected people lead fulfilling lives. During the months that children and their guardians spend at the Center, they receive food, housing, and all medical treatment for free.

The New Life Center is the only facility in Nepal that uses a holistic approach to helping HIV-positive children. We offer psychological counseling services to help children and their guardians learn to live with the stigma of HIV/AIDS and improve their self-esteem. Further, nurses, nutritionist, doctor, and other staff provide: education and enriching activities for children, training in nutrition, health, literacy, and income generation for caregivers, as well as nutritious meals, 24-hour medical care, and counseling to improve their self-confidence and help them manage the stigma of HIV/AIDS for both.

This comprehensive care model is key to the Center’s success. Most children arrive with full-blown AIDS, including illnesses such as tuberculosis, malnutrition, and hepatitis, and return home with only HIV, ready to go to school and enjoy a happy childhood. If children with HIV live hygienically, eat a nutritious diet, and try to avoid infections, they can typically expect to lead full and meaningful lives for around 25 years. By that time, it’s likely that additional treatments will be available to extend their lives even further. Most of the children don’t even need to take anti-retroviral drugs, which are difficult for people in rural and remote areas to obtain.

Thank you for your support.

Namaste!

Front view of the proposed New Life Center
Front view of the proposed New Life Center

Links:

A clown entertains children at New Life Center
A clown entertains children at New Life Center

The months-long embargo that crippled much of Nepal over the winter has lifted and NYF staffers are returning to the work of rebuilding from the 2015 earthquakes.

The politically triggered blockade at the Indian border came on the heels of the devastating earthquakes and caused widespread economic and humanitarian loss. Fuel was scarce and the lack of cooking fuel forced people to cook outside with wood. Hospitals turned away non-critical patients because of a shortage of medicine and supplies.

We continued to care for the children under our watch, but were forced to sharply curtail all of our programs. Without petrol, our staff used 15 bicycles to get to our projects in Kathmandu.

Despite the disruptions, we were able to still make an impact on the lives of some of the world’s most impoverished children.

A 14-year-old from a remote village in the western hills of Nepal dropped out of school after receiving heart emergency heart surgery from a team of doctors in Kathmandu. He was working as a dishwasher to pay for his care. NYF took him into one our residential homes and is now supporting him in school.

Two siblings and their mother arrived at our New Life Center for children with HIV-AIDS, severely under-weight, and covered with rashes and cuts. Three months later, the family returned home, with their HIV under control and in good health. Their mother had also learned the skills and knowledge needed to care for her children and herself.

Our programs are gearing up again. We are building classrooms, enrolling more students in our scholarship programs, and have launched our Construction Skills Training program to teach villagers and young people skills to enter the building trades.

The Nepali people are very resilient, and we are hopeful that the country can now move forward to rebuild and recover from the earthquakes and discord.

Thank you for your continued support.

Namaste!

Contstruction skills training
Contstruction skills training
A school built by NYF
A school built by NYF

Links:

 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)

Location: Sausalito, California - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.NepalYouthFoundation.org
Project Leader:
Jackie Frost
Sausalito, California United States
$2,190 raised of $13,500 goal
 
44 donations
$11,310 to go
Donate Now Add Project to Favorites

Help raise money for this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page for this project.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.