Nepal Youth Foundation

Rating: 4.97 stars   102 reviews

Issues: Education, Health, International

Location: 3030 Bridgeway, Suite 202 Sausalito CA 94965 USA

Mission: Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF) is a U.S. based nonprofit that works to provide Nepal's most impoverished children what should be every child's birthright: freedom, health, shelter and education.
Results: Since 1990, 40,000 children and youth have been served by our programs, and 62,000 adults have benefitted from our awareness and education programs regarding health, nutrition and children's rights. Special highlights include: Ending "Kamlari" child slavery - Since launching our campaign to end the Kamlari system of indentured servitude in 2000, NYF has freed over 12,000 girls who had been forced to work as domestic slaves. Vocational Education and Career Counseling - more than 80% of our graduates are now employed, a remarkable achievement considering that nearly half of all Nepalis are unemployed. Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes (NRH) - Since 1998, we've established 16 NRHs throughout Nepal. To ensure sustainability, we have already transferred the management of eight of the NRHs to the government.
Direct beneficiaries per year: In fiscal year 2013-14, we served approximately 8,000 children and youth.
Geographic areas served: Nepal
Programs: Education Support - We offer scholarships to underprivileged and disabled children from grade school to graduate school. Empowering Freed Kamlaris - We provide former Kamlaris (girls who worked as house slaves) with education, psychological support services, and assistance in developing self-sufficiency. Vocational Education and Career Counseling - We help young people establish careers that can support themselves and their families. Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment - We restore the health of malnourished children while educating their mothers in nutrition and childcare. New Life Center - We provide life-prolonging treatment to impoverished children with HIV/AIDS, while teaching their caretakers about hygiene and nutrition. Ankur Counseling Center - This is the only psychological services clinic in Nepal specifically for children and adolescents. Children's Homes - We provide nurturing home environments for orphans, children with disabilities, and those who were abandoned.
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Rating: 5 stars  

For almost 8 years I had the honor and privilege to work with the founder, Olga Murray, as the Executive Director for the Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF). I have almost 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and the Nepal Youth Foundation is one of the best nonprofits in existence. Olga has devoted the past 24 years ensuring that the neediest children of Nepal have hope. The numbers of children served are astonishing. I had the opportunity to visit NYF's programs in Nepal. The impact that the Nepal Youth Foundation makes is miraculous. The organization operates as effectively and efficiently as possible with over 81% of the funds raised going directly back into NYF’s programs. Because I know firsthand the importance of their work, I continue to be a financial supporter of NYF. The Nepal Youth Foundation brings freedom, health, shelter, and education to Nepal's most impoverished children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None. This organization is flawless. They should be an example to other nonprofit organizations.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been contributing to NYF for many years and I am so impressed with how much good is done with the money they receive. When I first became a supporter, most of the money went to prevent young girls from going into servitude. Because of the work of NYF, this practice has been pretty much eliminated. But the need for funds is still there and NYF continues to do wonderful work to better the lives of so many young boys and girls. The newsletters they send tell the stories of these kids who were helped years ago now being productive members of society.

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I wrote a review of Nepal Youth Foundation in June 2009 and thought it would be helpful to confirm that five years later I am still thrilled to be a monthly donor and volunteer. In fact, after 14 years as a donor and volunteer, I just joined the Advisory Board. Nepal Youth continues to lead the way in Nepal with sound programs and practices, effective and efficient management, and breathtakingly ambitious goals and accomplishments. I cannot recommend their work strongly enough to anyone wishing to make a lasting difference for the most vulnerable children of Nepal and their families.

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By buying a family a pig for $100 they can generate for themselves the same income each year as their daughters would provide in servitude. It' win-win! Families do not have to make the heart wrenching decision of sending their daughters away to work in appalling conditions. The girls, as young as 6, ca then stay at home and receive an education. We all know that if you educate the next generation of mothers you improve the life chances of future generations. This charity is amazing and is changing the life chances of children in Nepal.

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Rating: 5 stars  

$100. can save the life of a girl held in bondage in Nepal. Where else can you save a life for so little.
I have been a donor to NYF for over 15 years. A small amount of money goes so far in Nepal. With great heart and compassion they have been changing the lives of impoverished children. Giving them homes, education, skills, nutrition programs and a great future. Single handedly, they have changed laws, that now forbid the selling of children for domestic labor. I know where my money goes, I read first hand the reports on programs, I believe it is one of the best run charities in the USA.

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Our first touch point with Nepal Youth Foundation was, when I went to their Nutrition Rehabilitation Center for a class project 10 years ago. The impact their Rehab Home was making on saving the lives of the children with just proper nutrition and nutrition education to the parents is amazing. Their approach is not short term, at the Nutrition Rehabilitation Center, they not only provide good nutritious, locally available food, they also guide parents on nutritious food handling and habits.
Before and after pictures of these children and the difference that are made in such a short time is just mind blowing.
Keep up the good work Nepal Youth Foundation!

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is not just your standard charity. This is an organization that has helped to ensure that the children of Nepal are able to enjoy the basic human rights of freedom, safety, and education. They have literally changed negative aspects of the Nepal culture and saved thousands of children from forced servitude and abuse. As time has passed, these children have grown into educated adults that are now starting businesses. It is incredible to see what one person's vision and caring has done, and I'm referencing founder Olga Murray. Almost 100% of the money donated goes to directly help these children vs. other charities that use very little of the money received for anything other than "administrative expenses". I would highly recommend donating to this charity as it is making a true difference in our world and in the lives of children who often have no one to count on (not even their parents) early on in life. This organization has literally saved numerous lives and given these children opportunities to reach their full potential.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My 82 year-old mother and I went to Nepal for a month long trek and to celebrate Mother's Day in the Himalayas. While there, we connected with NYF. We saw their facilities (Nutrition, Boy and Girls Homes) and met the staff and children. How wonderfully amazing! The love and care the children receive is beyond words. I wish I could post my photos! There is so much goodness generated through their programs . The culture of the people is embraced, not overlooked. The love between kids and staff is so apparent - it made for the best photos and memories! We were so impressed we would like to build a school with NYF once my children graduate and we are able.

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I have had the great opportunity to work with Nepal Youth Foundation for the past 5 years. They are an outstanding organization with a true understanding of the problems facing the people of Nepal. Specifically I have been involved in fundraising for the Nutrition Rehabilitation Homes, a very unique project championed by NYF to help alleviate malnutrition in Nepal. As someone who has lived in Nepal and seen firsthand the variety of INGOs and NGOs working in the field, I can say that NYF is among the top 5% of nonprofit organizations working with the Nepalese today.

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