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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Health, International, International Relief, Public Health, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

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, 50,000 children and youth have been served by our programs, and 66,000 adults have benefitted from our awareness and education programs regarding health, nutrition and children's rights.


Special highlights include:


The opening of Olgapuri Children’s Village--a permanent home to our 80 J&K House children, a farm to make us virtually self-sufficient in food, and a vocational training center.


Kinship Care—While the children of our shelter programs have nowhere else to turn, keeping children with their family is better when possible. We vastly expanded our Kinship Care program for earthquake-displaced or orphaned children and plan to maintain that support in coming years.


Ending "Kamlari" child slavery - Since the campaign in 2000, NYF has freed over 12,700 girls who had been forced to work as domestic slaves. Additionally, nearly 7,000 freed Kamlari are now participating in 41 business co-ops in Western Nepal and another 4,974 are attending school or college.


Education—Through education, we create opportunity and a brighter future for thousands of disadvantaged children and youth. We do it by giving scholarships (782 children and young people attended school and college in FY16), private coaching to former Kamlari (in FY16, our tutors worked with 655 former child slaves to prepare them for the notoriously difficult School Leaving Certificate (SLC) exam), and we do it by starting early. Our Early Childhood Development program grew by 24 centers in 2015-2016 as we expanded to support 43 preschools in schools in five districts in Nepal.


Vocational Education and Career Counseling –In FY16, 373 young people completed vocational and technical skills training. 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. In FY16, our nutrition staff screened 7,874 children at 13 medical outreach camps held throughout the country. While the children received medical checkups, 3,500 mothers and caretakers attended classes on health, sanitation and good nutrition. To ensure sustainability, we have already transferred the management of eleven of the NRHs to the government.


Counseling and Psychological counselors from the Ankur Counseling Center helped hundreds of children in our programs who have endured trauma and abuse. We also cared for 60 HIV-AIDS afflicted children and their caretakers at our New Life Center.


We are extremely grateful to our family of supporters who have made all this possible.


Direct beneficiaries per year: In fiscal year 2015-16, we served over 10,000 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.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited their projects 15 years ago and have followed their work ever since. Their stamina and professionalism is impressive. May they continue to help the youth in struggling Nepal,
Sincerely, Julie Tave
Saint Germain en Laye, France

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having lived in Nepal and volunteered at one of NYF's sister NGO's, I can attest firsthand to what a huge impact the Nepal Youth Foundation can make. Children who were sick or starving or abandoned were found by the Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes, the J&K orphanage, and the New Life Center (the one where I volunteered) - all organizations saving and completely redirecting the lives of impoverished and discarded children of Nepal to a future filled with hope and opportunity. NYF helped place a little boy that I met, whose entire family was deceased or infected with HIV but whose dream was to go to school, in their J&K orphanage and now he is attending one of the best schools in Kathmandu and I'm sent photos of him excitedly posing with a stethoscope. NYF truly changes the lives of the Nepali children and I'm now a monthly donor and eternally grateful to them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known about NYF ever since I was a child as my mom worked for it. I have been growing up with my mom talking about all the children associated with NYF. Their problems, their mistakes, their accomplishments and so on with compassion and love. I have seen her laugh with the children and cry as well. For her, its not just a job, its a way of life.
All this inspires me. The help from NYF and Olga didi is truly amazing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am Dil Kumari Chaudhary. I am a kamalari before rescue from NYF. I would like to give thanks NYF for rescuing me along with the 12000 servitude girls who worked in others home in child age. NYF is our guardian for giving us great opportunity in education,rehabilitation,vocational education and involving in economic opportunity. If NYF will not rescue me, I could have never in this position. Now,I am a president of Free Kamalari Development Forum in Banke district. I am one of the social worker of kamalari. I am able to address our voice in district and centre level. Becoming president of FKDF, I have got different opportunity to get programme from government and different NGO for kamalari empowerment. If NYF did not support me, I could not in that position and dealing with different people. I along with other free kamalari's education,economic,NYF will have done different free kamalari for their dignified life.
Thanks a lot to Nepal youth foundation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nepal Youth Foundation for is more than my parents. Without NYF, I could have never been able to come this place. Thank you NYF for making me able to lead 12000 plus servitude daughter of Nepal.

2 Sushant M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for NYF as a translator for the Indentured daughters Program. When I was there, I translated several letters sent by the rescued girls to their donors, or the organization itself. Most of these letter were somewhat unintelligible since the authors were women and girls who had been enslaved most part of their childhood and had no education. However, these letters have been one of the most inspiring things I have ever read in my life. I would tell you how these letters went, but the fact is although I managed to translate their letter into vague intelligible letters, I could never reproduce the happiness and hope reflected in their own words.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this organization! Since I first encountered NYF about 10 years ago, I have been a donor and I always will be. They do amazing work - always steady and true to their original purpose. All of their programs are designed in culturally sensitive ways to help people help themselves. My personal favorite program is the one that has been freeing indentured girls for the past 10 years or so. I have been so gratified to watch the program grow, little by little, to the point that the former indentured girls were not only freed and educated - made possible by NYF - but have been empowered by their freedom and education to protest against, and helped end the cruel inhumane system that made virtual slaves of tens of thousands of girls. I am so proud of those girls and all the NYF people who helped and inspired them, including Olga Murray who is one of my personal heroes. She has never lost sight of what NYF is about, and her deep love for the children of Nepal is so very touchingly described in the dispatches she sends from Kathmandu.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have visited Nepal several times and have contributed towards the positive work of the Nepal Youth Foundation ever since. They are doing the work that I think is vital and necessary and influencing the youth of the country and changing their lives. I'm so impressed by their open and collaborative projects and they seem to embody many aspects of a truly humanitarian organization. They don't make judgements about political developments in the country and they stay focused on women, empowerment and liberation. Olga's project inspires me and we share this information with our friends and family constantly over the holiday period. I hope on our next visit to Nepal that I can visit their youth houses in Khatmandu and the upcoming collective farm/sanctuary for the needy children. Nepal Youth Foundation is the real thing on so many levels and I wait for their inspiring newsletter every month. I'm a high school teacher in Canada and I share this information with our teenagers as well. Yours in solidarity, Greg