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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

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Nepal is one of the world's poorest countries and it's youngest and most vulnerable suffer the effects of poverty disproportionately. It is daunting to contemplate the tremendous adversity facing impoverished Nepalese children including: forced servitude, child abandonment, malnutrition, unsafe water and waterborne diseases, HIV and AIDS, lack of access to education, particularly for girls.

I almost never write online reviews and have never been inspired to do so for a nonprofit until now. My own experience working at non-profits taught me to be cautious and deliberate with my donated dollars and time. NYF demonstrates the highest standard of effective, ethical, efficient use of all donations.

My confidence in NYF has only grown over time as I learn more about the programs and the highly ethical and transparent policies of the US and Nepal offices.

Poverty programs are hard to implement, tricky to evaluate, challenging to fund -- and success is rare. When interventions are based on the needs and values of the participants, they are more likely to work consistently, as NYF demonstrates the most important, tangible bottom line --saved lives, improved quality of life and health, increased access to education and job opportunities. The graduates of the programs become de facto advocates and models for the next generation of children in need.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have fifteen years of experience working with nonprofits. Nepal Youth Foundation is one of the best, most reliable nonprofits when it comes to donor stewardship and supporting its programs on the ground in Nepal. NYF values every donation they receive, and strives to implement funds as effectively as possible to help impoverished children in need. This effective and efficient implementation of funds has earned NYF its tenth consecutive 4-star rating, the highest possible from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent evaluator of charities. Only 1% of all charities evaluated have received at least 10 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Nepal Youth Foundation is worthy of supporter trust and commitment.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Puran S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to work with NYOF in building one of the first organization in Nepal which works for helping students from marginalized community achieve their professional dream. I appreciate all the great work done by NYOF and their sister organizations in Nepal for kids, students and so many unfortunate girls in western part of the country called Kamlari. I thank NYOF from the bottom of my heart.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Nothing is more fulfilling than helping someone, making a difference in someone's life. I want to thank NYF for giving me this opportunity for more than a decade. It has been a wonderful journey all along and an honor working for NYF. I wish NYF all the best.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

13 years ago, bonded girl labourers (Kamalari) of western terai were living their life in hell. There were parentsless though they had parents, homeless though they had home. They had left their mother's warm lap in the early childhood. I used to live in Dang and seeing that evil practice without any effort to change that tradition. At that time, I saw Nepal Youth Foundation, a non profitable organization, taking a step forward to change that slavery from Dang. It provided Kamalaris warm love of parents, rescued them and admitted in the school. It was a challenging job at first because it is very difficult to change any custom and social values but amazingly I am seeing now after 13 years that those hell dweller girls are moving in heaven of education, opportunity and brightness. More than 12 thousand kamalaris are free and 6 thousand kamalaris are studying. I reported all these stories in my media Kantipur publications with big space. It was not because of any relationship but it was a genuine issue and job. Government was unknown about this issue but the movement of kamalari supported by NYF compelled government to know it and declare a Kamalari Free state. All the credit of this achievement goes to NYF. I have found this job very humanitarian. I dont believe in supernatural powers but also if there is God, NYF is suitable organization to be loved by Gods. It is a great charity to human world.
Durga Lal KC
Dang, Nepal.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working with NYF since 2003 as a Manager in Indentured Daughters Program. I am so happy to be a part of NYF’s team; because, it is truly a humanitarian organization that helps Nepali children providing them education, shelter, health care, rescue and rehabilitation, as well as helps them access for their justice.
It is my immense pleasure to work with freed bonded girls as an activist. It gives me fully satisfaction to see the huge number of school going girls after getting freedom from slavery. I am enjoying in this non profitable organization as an activist.
In 2000, only 36 bonded (Kamalari) girls were rescued, now, NYF has rescued over 12,000 bonded girls. After rescuing, NYF has been providing meaningful education, vocational training, technical education, legal aid and capacity building opportunity to them. Freed Kamalari girls have established their own organization named as Freed Kamlari Development Forum. They also have formed 33 cooperatives aiming to empower freed bonded girls economically. Besides, they are also campaigning for the meaningful social empowerment and elimination of slavery system in Nepal.
Just three months ago, big achievement was achieved, Nepal government declared Nepal as Kamalari (Labor Bonded) Free Nation.
After joining NYF's team, as Indenture Daughters Program's Manager, I was awarded by International Ashoka Fellowship Award 2006, as Ashoka Fellow. Now, I am a part of Global Ashoka team.
So, NYF deserves this award for its immense and significant contribution in rescuing and rehabilitating bonded labors (kamalris girls) in Nepal.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working in this organization for 2 years. NYF is an outstanding organization that works with the servitude girls and parent-less children. NYF has been providing vocational training for making best income and life standard. NYF vision is to see them free and have received a lot of opportunity. Most of the free kamalari girls have been in vocational education. I am also happy to work with this organization for supporting in vocational education and making them self-reliant in their life.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have been working Nepal Youth Foundation for over 14 years and working with children and youth of Nepal. N Y F has been supporting helpless children and youth by providing health,Education, salter and awareness etc. I really believed that it has changed their life.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am working with NYF since 2002 as a nutrition coordinator. It is my pleasure to be a part of NYF’s team; because it is a truly a humanitarian organization that helps Nepali children and youth by providing them education, shelter, health care and freedom from bonded labor.
It is my pleasure to work with the malnourished children and their caretakers. It gives me immense satisfaction to see the severely malnourished children smiling and happy once they regain their weight and health. In 1998 there was only one rehab center, now we have 16 centers throughout the country and 13,000 children have already benefited from this service and 12,250 mothers have been educated on nutrition and health.
The main achievement of NYF is being able to work in partnership with the government for the sustainability.
So NYF deserves to win this opportunity and will reach to those children who are still in need of support.