I have been involved with NYF for over 7 years. The integrity and commitment of the leadership and staff is without comparison. With a program driven by its Nepal-based President, NYF has been able to build a range of services for children and youth that Nepalese families can rely upon both for acute relief from hunger and poverty and for longer term assistance in education, health and nutrition. And thanks to the deep knowledge of Nepal, NYF has also been able to respond nimbly and effectively to crises such as the devastating earthquake in 2015. While there are many worthwhile international NGOs, I cannot think of another where contributions have more significant impact on those in need.
For anyone who is aware of the many different needs in Nepal, and the deserving nature of its people, it is tempting to conclude that anything short of grand scale international government aid and drastic political reform is futile. Nepal Youth Foundation takes another view. In a country where needs are so great, the one sure way of making a difference is to focus on improving the lives of individual girls and boys, one child at a time. Through the leadership of its founder, Olga Murray, and now its President and Nepal native, Som Paneru, it has achieved remarkable and heart warming successes, even on a modest budget. This is what an international aid organization should be: driven by and responsive to local needs, committed to cost-effective programs, and guided by international expertise to help thousands of boys and girls who otherwise may have little in the way of hope. I would not have joined this Board and committed my time to it if I did not believe that Nepal Youth Foundation is making more of a difference in this world than any other charity of its size.
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.
NYF has been doing great work in Nepal for over 25 years. It was because of their excellent track record that I became involved with the organization two years ago, soon after learning of them after a move to the Bay area. I was particularly impressed with their emphasis on local Nepali involvement in managing and implementing the Foundation's programs; the U.S. office is lean and efficiently run, allowing more resources to directly impact those living in Nepal.
Among NYF's many life-changing programs, the Indentured Daughter Program - which saved over 10,000 Nepali girls from being sold into enforced servitude - stands out. The Foundation is deeply committed to improving the lives of Nepali children and families, and I hope to be able to support their work for years to come.
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.
Nepal Youth Foundation has been saving children’s lives in Nepal for more than a quarter of a century. I visited their programs a few years ago and saw firsthand the remarkable accomplishments of this organization – from rescuing girls from childhood slavery to saving lives of severely malnourished children, NYF is a beacon of light in this deeply impoverished and beautiful country. I highly recommend this organization.
My donation to NYF last year helped to save the life of a malnourished child.... when I visited Nepal this past spring and saw the actual work being done, it was incredibly moving.
The Nutrition Homes are not just my favorite NYF project - they may be the most amazing investment of $350 in any nonprofit I know! It only costs $1 - ONE DOLLAR per day - to literally save a life.
Our charity, Global Grandmothers, vets and recommends child-centered charities on our website. We only recommend 9 and Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF) is one. We recently sponsored a walk to raise funds for them. Unexpectedly a family of three showed up to the walk and we asked what had prompted them to come. They told us that the dad regularly commutes on the ferry and that he had met and talked to a young Nepalese man on his commute. This young man told him all about the Nepal Youth Foundation, how it had changed his life, paid for his education, and that he now was married, living in the US with a good job thanks to them. One more evidence of NYF's great work!
I live in Patan, Lalitpur, Nepal. I have seen many people (volunteers) keeping the donated goods to themselves instead of giving it to earthquake victims.
Many International agencys donated so many things but people who were wearing NYF tshort gave only few to victims and kept many releef goods like food, blanckets to themself.
Some people working there said volunteers are NYF manager's relatives.
We were disappointed to hear the local Earthquake victims complain about NYF staffs selling the donated items like tents and blankets to wholesalers in Lalitpur district in Kathmandu valley.
Most of the donors don't go to see the actual victims so they don't know what's happening there. Our organisation donated a lot to NYF, particularly in Lalitpur area because we have a few clients who work there and they asked us to help the victims. The Earthquake victims never received the amount of tents and blankets that were supplied to the area. We think that the person who manages the distribution was involved in the corruption.
I love Nepal Youth Foundation because of its Nepal-centered approach! This is not your SUV driving, fly-in and fly-out charity. They have a US staff of 3 or 4 people, and a staff in Nepal of over 100. Your money goes far because donations are used for services delivered in Nepal, not for fancy offices in the US. Symbolizing this approach, Olga Murray, the extraordinary woman who founded NYF, has handed the reins to Som Paneru, a Nepalese man and a beneficiary of NYF who explains NYF's programs brilliantly in the US and runs them skillfully in Nepal.
I learned about NYF as President of Global Grandmothers when we were researching child-centered charities that we could recommend to our membership. NYF stood out by its high ratings in Charity Navigator and Great Non-Profits, an impression that was only amplified when we reviewed its programs, like the J and K houses and the Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes, and met the leadership. This is an organization with integrity whom you can be proud to support.