Health
 Nepal
Project #6042

Rescue Ten Needy Children in Nepal with HIV/AIDS

by Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)
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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

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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

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Children of Nepal
Children of Nepal

2015 has been an incredibly challenging year for Nepal and its people. First the devastating earthquakes last spring and now the four-month blockade at the Indian border that’s threatening lives and causing even more economic damage.

Fuel is scarce; creating days-long lines at gas stations for what little is available. People are cooking outside with wood because there is no cooking fuel. Hospitals are turning away non-critical patients because of a shortage of medicine and supplies. The government continues to negotiate with the groups leading the protests, and we all hope there will be a resolution soon.

Knowing the incredible resilience of the people of Nepal, we are hopeful that 2016 will bring an end to the political discord and the country can move forward with its work of rebuilding.

Our staff is working hard to push forward with our programs and we continue to care for the children under our watch.

Please keep the people of Nepal in your hearts and thoughts this holiday season.

With warmest wishes for the year ahead,

Nepal Youth Foundation

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Children at New Life Center
Children at New Life Center

NYF's New Life Center for HIV/AIDS affected children cared for 83 children last year, including four who are orphaned and living there permanently.

Children and their mothers stay at the center for an average of three months. During their stay, they receive medical care, including antiretroviral treatment. Like all of NYF's programs, the center takes a holistic, comprehensive approach to care. Children eat nutritious food, receive tutoring and psychological counseling, and have lots of opportunities for play and recreation.

Their mothers, who are often also HIV/AIDS affected, receive medical care and take classes on preparing low-cost nutritious food, and how to care for the children once they return home. They also take classes on reproductive health, STDs, tuberculosis and antiretroviral treatment.

New Life Center staff also held trainings at the Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, teaching medical students about its comprehensive treatment model to caring for these vulnerable children.

Thank you for your support.

Namaste!

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boy at New Life Center
boy at New Life Center

Nepal Youth Foundation is accelerating plans to build a permanent residence for our New Life Center after the earthquakes weakened our rented structure this spring.

While the current residence is still habitable, residents no longer feel safe. We will build the new house on the site our Nutritional Rehabilitation Home in Kathmandu on property owned by NYF. The building will cost around $200,000 to build.

We had architectural plans drawn up before the devastating earthquakes struck Nepal in April and May and will move forward with construction after the monsoon ends this summer.

The newly constructed New Life Center will improve both access and quality to HIV/AIDS treatment and services in Nepal for years to come. 65 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!

Architectural drawing of new New Life Center
Architectural drawing of new New Life Center
Mother and child at New Life Center
Mother and child at New Life Center

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Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)

Location: Sausalito, California - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.NepalYouthFoundation.org
Project Leader:
Jackie Frost
Sausalito, California United States
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