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Yang-Ward Foundation, Inc.

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Causes: International, International Development

Mission: “We embrace social responsibility and commitments to empower single women by engaging them in revenue-generating activities to gain better financial independence, invest in improving local education opportunities, and transform their lives.”

Results: We launched our pilot program in Kot, Bhojpur in eastern Nepal in July, 2013 to great success. In less than a year, it is on track to becoming self-sustainable. We employ 4 single women who work 5 hours a day 5 days a week for five times their previous wage. We have donated 5000 books to the local school where 1200 students are benefitting from these books, established two scholarships for underprivileged girls, and we are raising funds to establish computer labs. Since its inception we have achieved following goals: 22 →Number of single women who have generated sustainable income through various projects that were implemented by Yang-Ward Foundation. 250 --→ Number of people who have obtained access to information technology through our laptop donations to school. 1780-→ Number of school children who have gained access to improved quality of education (we provided library books, teaching materials, and sports materials to local schools). 4-→ Number of scholarships provided to underprivileged girls with the profits generated from cash crop production. 266 households -→ 266 households were provided immediate aid relief materials such as tents, food, medicine, etc when 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, 2015, killing thousands of people and demolishing more than half a million homes.

Target demographics: Empowerment of Single Women in Rural Areas.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 4 single women full time job, donated 5000 books to local school, set up two scholarship for underprivileged girls.

Geographic areas served: Nepal

Programs: engage single women in reveune generating activities such as cash crop production, and animal husbandry.

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Kaushal S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had a chance to work with Yangward and Sahadev for a Library Project in Bhojpur. Since then I have been following their works. It's amazing to see such a noble organization focussed towards uplifting the living standards of women of Nepal. All the very best team Yangward. You have my highest endorsements. Proud to be associated with your organization. :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

"If you empower a woman, you empower a family, a nation and the whole world."
Yang ward foundation is doing its best to help women uplift their standard. I have also worked with this foundation in providing reusable sanitary cloth pads to the women of Ramechhap.
I am happy to be a part of such a noble organization and wish luck for the upcoming events.

2 Sulav K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Yang-ward foundation is doing very good, mostly in helping poor women's of Nepal. I have also worked with this foundation in helping a poor women by providing her all necessary requirements to start a tailoring shop. She lost her husband few months back and she has a son and 2 daughters. Because of Yang ward foundation she can now earn some money to take care of her children. I am always ready to help Yang ward foundation where ever i can. It is doing good and hope it will work more and more in the field of social service.

1 सुवास

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Yang-Ward foundation is doing good for rural people and I am happy to be the part of this foundation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This foundation doing great job for empowering single women of Nepal especially based on rural area.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The projects that are carrying out by Yang-Ward foundation is commendable. Keep it up. So proud of this foundation and team members!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The projects that are carrying out by Yang-Ward foundation is commendable. Keep it up. So proud of this foundation and team members!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The projects that are carrying out by Yang-Ward foundation is commendable. Keep it up. So proud of this foundation and team members!

Sagar K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am very proud and thankful for everything this organization has done for the Nepalese people.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can not wait to see their future projects. I have been following their work closely for the last few years and I must admit the way they are empowering single women to gain financial independence is quite unique and sustainable. Congratulations for whatever you have done so far and wishing you all the best for upcoming projects.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Inspiring ! Keep up the good work! Hope to see more of such good achievements.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love seeing how they are expanding their areas of operation from cash crop production to goat farmings to tailoring. I just can not express in words the way they are impacting the lives of single women and their family members. I was so touched by their new project to empower a single women by engaging her in tailoring business. Good job and all the best

1 Chansa K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work that The Yang-Ward foundation is highly commendable. Helping those in need through amazing projects is the kind of posisitive action we need right now.

1 Emilio U.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was doing my masters in London I was able to colaborate in the work of this foundation. Their representatives were very good at making visible the social issues they dealt with and their fundraising campaigns were fun and creative. Their members shared a common cause that went beyond their geographical sphere of influence, namely the fight against poverty and the empowerment of women in situation of vulnerability. The passion with which they dealt with these issues made it easy for people from all over the world to engage with them and identify the work of the foundation with their own realities. Overall I had a great time collaborating with their fundraising events and I became more sensitive and aware of important social issues due to their work, this took me to take actions to aid to these global causes in my own country.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've known closely the work of Yang Ward Foundation for about two years now. I've had the opportunity to collaborate with them in fundraising events and develop a close relation with its members. In the time I've shared with them, I acknowledged their devotion for service and for helping, their commitment to leave this a better world than what they found, this makes them a very special group of people that work with passion for their causes.

The labour they have done in Nepal has empowered many women through production. Giving them tools not only to sustain themselves and their families but also to effectively exercise their rights on places on which the action of governments has been limited. Moreover I know the passion these people have for serving others and as such Yang Ward Foundation is a non-profit that truly deserves all the support they can get, as the work they perform is actually effective on the field, were people need it to be, and not only on board meetings.

Donor

Rating: 5

Commendable work. I had a privilege to be a part of fund -raising activities while I was a student at Westminster College. I wish all the best for future projects.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with the Yang-Ward foundation in Nepal showed me first hand the value of the work that they do. The chariry reaches out to those most in need. A great team of Neaplaese citizens work alongside overseas volunteers to make a difference to the lives of women who are stigmatized.

Donor

Rating: 5

We need more organization like Yang-Ward Foundation which is making a remarkable contribution towards women empowerment in Nepal

Shivish C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Good initiation with a good concept.Aiming to uplift the living standards and be independent in the society for the underprivileged woman of the rural parts of Nepal by engaging themselves into animal husbandry and cash crop productions ,Yang-ward foundation is leaving a mark in the world.Good luck for the more future achievements and keep on going

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great initiation with a great purpose .Such a great organization with a aim in helping underprivileged women of the rural parts of Nepal to uplift their living standards and to be an independent in the society by encouraging them to engaged themselves in the polutary farming,animal husbandry as well as cash crop production .
Good luck for more n more achievements in future and rewards for doing such great work

Donor

Rating: 5

I got to know about this organization through one of my friends. As someone who cares about women empowerment, I attended the fund raising dinner event by this organization. I was blown away by the passion of the President of this organization who is making impacts in the grassroots level. I will be supporting this organization in the days to come with my time and money.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Yang-Ward Foundation is a Missouri based Non-Profit organization which seeks to empower single women in rural areas by engaging them in revenue generating activities such as cash crop production, goat-farming, poultry farming and so on. These women are provided with leased land for cash-crop production, seed money and technical support while foundation staff, volunteers and partnered schools provide guidance and support. The income from these proceeds pays workers a generous wage and parts of the proceeds are used for giving scholarships to underprivileged girls. Similarly, Yang-Ward Foundation also donates library books to local schools where thousands of students are benefiting from these generous donations.How Did I know About Yang-Ward Foundation?I got to know about Nepal through Yangmali Sahadev Rai (who was working as my student worker in undergraduate college), Founder and President of Yang-Ward Foundation. Being an American who has never been to any Asian countries, I didn’t know about the situation of single women in Nepal. I got to know that rural Nepal has nearly half a million impoverished single women, many widowed and abandoned during the civil war. These single women and their children become outcasts in their local communities, no longer supported by ex- husband’s families, struggling to survive, and barely able to feed themselves and their children, much less send those children to school. This was something that really touched my heart and I wanted to help.When was the First Time I gave To Yang-Ward Foundation?Yangmali implemented his first project in rural Nepal right after getting his seed funding from the Resolution Project, in partnership with The Clinton Global Initiative. When he came back after spending 2 months implementing the project, I was blown away by their work in that area. Within 9 months, his project was becoming self-sustainable. I was blown away by the transformation of the land before and after his project, and the freshly grown organic vegetables. The hard work and dedication of Yangmali and his team was very clear. I got to know that because of his successful pilot project, people from other parts of the country were requesting him to expand the project. Since he didn’t have money to implement other projects, he ran a online crowd-funding campaign with indiegogo in 2013. That is my first donation to Yang-Ward Foundation because I believed in his work, someone I could entirely trust with my donation as well as I was convinced how my small donation could transform the lives of single women who are the victims of constant discrimination.Now Yang-Ward Foundation has expanded its projects in different parts of Nepal. From cash-crop production to poultry farming and goat farming projects to help single women who were severely affected by disastrous recent earthquakes in Nepal, the work of the Yang-Ward Foundation is highly commendable. The change in the lives of single women in terms of their economic power is amazing. They are making 5 times their previous salary, working 5 hours a day 5 days a week, compared to 10 hours a day, 7 days a week. Now Yang-Ward Foundation is giving away 5 full scholarships to underprivileged girls in rural areas. Because of the change in economic power of these single women, local people’s perceptions about the single women are changing. What This 5000 Prize money would do?A $5,000 prize means one more project for Yang-Ward Foundation in rural Nepal, empowering single women. This project will change the lives of single women. This project seeks to turn these outcasts into valued contributors to their communities by achieving three key goals: 1) engaging these women in revenue generating agricultural activities that give them financial independence so they can feed and house themselves and their children, 2) achieving sustainability in which their activities can continue without added external funding, and 3) making significant contributions to improving education in local schools through donating books, scholarships, and equipment to school libraries and computer labs.

Review from #MyGivingStory

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Yang-Ward Foundation has greatly contributed toward the society. They have also inspired many young people.

Donor

Rating: 5

Simple concept, perfectly executed. Impressing achievement by organization within short period of its inception.

Donor

Rating: 5

We often think that it takes a lots of resources to make a difference. But Yang-Ward Foundation and it's work have proven otherwise. Yang-Ward Foundation's mission of empowering single women to gain financial independence, giving scholarships to underprivileged girls are praise-worthy. Keep up the good work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Please keep working to empower single women who are abandoned by their family, society and the government. Keep inspiring everyone. Amazing job. Please donate and support this organization so they can continue their work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An absolutely wonderful initiative to give back something to the community. Inspirational. Keep up the good luck.

1 Gurung S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of our favourite foundation (Yang-ward Foundation):

During our journey of 3 years at University Of The Winchester, the president of yang-ward foundation Mr. Yangmali Sahadev Rai has supported us and offered us a lot of advice. Not only this is a non profit organisation but it is also a organisation which helps and support people who wants to start their own charity organisation.

Thank you
jai winns

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I read a news article about this foundation recently on newspaper. I checked their website and their work and I was blown away by what they are doing in rural areas to empower single women.
Keep inspiring many people around the world and keep empowering single women who need help. We all are with you and your work.

Ayush M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Yang-Ward foundation, since its founding has been exemplary in their commitment towards empowering and inspiring people. Their work, specifically towards powering underprivileged women in Nepal, has been a success. Their initiatives are practical and effective for local communities they are in, therefore enabling them to make meaningful impact.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work Yang-ward Foundation does is splendid. They really have a passion to help the underprivileged to uplift their standard of lifestyle. Yang-ward foundation has had a history of doing work with perfection and I am sure they will continue to impact the lives of many people in the years to come.

1 Chandra5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing work done by Yang ward foundation in the remote villages of Nepal. It has transformed the lives of single women by making them economically strong and as a consequence made them socially visible, boosted their confidence to participate in communal activities, and more importantly have made them able to invest in their children's future by being to provide proper nutrition and education.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An incredible journey for women of the hills of Nepal. Salute to Yang dai for his work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I got to know about Yang-Ward Foundation through my friend who lives in New York. I was lucky enough to meet with Yangmali Rai,Founder of Yang-Ward Foundation. Since then I have been closely following the works of Yang-Ward Foundation and I am so proud of its work, success and changes it is making in the lives of single women. I can assure you, if you really want your dollar to be used in right place, Yang-Ward Foundation is the way to go.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I cant think of any other nonprofit than Yang-Ward Foundation when it comes to efficient, effective and making difference in grassroots level. We need more non-profit like Yang-Ward Foundation to make changes in grassroots level.

1 Michael369

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great concept, helping people improve their lives!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I got to know about this charity through one of my friends who made a contribution to their campaign to empower single mother in rural areas. Usually I am skeptical about my donation but wanted to give it a chance. It was in my pleasant surprise that this foundation launched the project and delivered the result within 8 months as promised in their campaign. I love what they are doing and how they are changing the lives of many single women.

1 Paul182

Donor

Rating: 5

Many people feel they are not getting a good return from their charity dollars with big charities that have big admin costs. You also wonder what you get out of the money you send. Well check out Yang-Ward Foundation. They are small. I know one of the principles and have met with him personally. They get your money to work on the ground helping empower single women and widows in Nepal. They are also helping educate the children of Nepal. If you want bang for your buck from a committed group of young people doing great things this is the charity you should look into!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Yang-Ward foundation provides it's donors with constant feed back on the progress that it's making on its programs. This information helps the donor see that his/her donation is making a tangible difference.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Yangward's a great initiative that empowers women-in-need in developing countries. Since contributing to their campaigns, I've received constant updates with respect to how the funds are utilised to empower sustainable farming programmes for women in Nepal.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I heard about this organization through one of my friends who did a fund raising event for this organization. What I was mostly surprised with was, total proceeds goes to the beneficiary and how within a short period of its inception, it is making a huge difference in single women's lives.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Yang-Ward Foundation is continuously taking on new projects and adapting to meet current needs in the populations it serves. Designed to empower single women in rural areas, I have seen it do significant good through its farm projects, particularly its goat farming projects, and its educational initiatives to bring more educational resources to rural schools. The 2 things that keep me donating to this nonprofit are its emphasis on sustainability and its direct work on the ground. Its projects are designed to be sustainable so that improvement in the living standards of the women who are part of the projects does not permanently depend on external support, as the participants are able to maintain and grow the initial farming projects themselves. I am also confident that when I donate to the foundation, the money reaches the people on the ground. When Nepal was struck by devastating earthquakes, the organization quickly responded with an effort to mobilize aid and supplies. Rather than being deterred by the loss of progress on some of its earlier projects due to the disaster, it adapted and reached out to people to find out what they needed in the short-term to recover. There is a great deal of transparency surrounding their work, so it is always clear what donations have paid for, whether it is farming equipment, educational equipment, laptops, or earthquake relief supplies. As someone who studies non-profits and knows the many ways they can become politicized and bureaucratized, I see this organization as a refreshing reminder of the good that can come from using networks to mobilize support and implementing simple projects that can improve peoples' lives in meaningful ways.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Yang-Ward Foundation's grassroots movement of empowering single women is praiseworthy. Financial independence of single women to establishing a scholarship for underprivileged girl student in rural Nepal is making a differences in so many level. Yang-Ward Foundation's effective role in distributing relief aid to earthquake victims in Nepal was also something that really impressed me.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Coming from a family led by a single woman, I am one of those people who can confirm the need for an organization that aims to to empower women by engaging them in revenue generating activities using local resources. What's more, this organization targets women in more rural areas, and areas harder to reach - which I am assuming - are places where this women do not get much support from other bigger organizations. Also, the founder of this organization has been in those areas and knows the women's real needs - while some other organizations try to help in some areas that are not really as needed.
Lastly, knowing the founder of this organization personally, I can guarantee that the money, help & support that goes to this organization will be fully & only used to advance the lives of disadvantaged women.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Yang-Ward Foundation is an organization that is truly committed to empowering underprivileged women in Nepali by engaging them in income-generating activities. The founder is very passionate about empowering women. In one year of it's existence, the foundation has made great progress towards achieving it's overall mission. I am highly confident that they will continue empowering women in Nepali, community by community. The founder has the zeal, determination, and passion to continue moving the non-profit to greater heights.

Chastity A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience working with the Yang-Ward Foundation to say the least was absolutely phenomenal. I found out about the Yang-Ward Foundation through a service learning project. I was inspired by the message of empowering women by giving them the tools needed to survive. On a more personal note, I was raised in a single parent household. When my mother could not find work times were very hard; she would be stressed out constantly thinking about where the next meal would come from. I believe through this foundation Yangmali has found a way to relieve the same stress off of the women of Nepal.

Shree Raj S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Coming from Nepal and having experienced the repercussions of the 10 years long civil war first hand, I feel YangWard Foundation comes in as a boon to the single women who are still suffering from the devastation of the war that ended almost 8 years ago. The women on both sides who lost their bread winners in the war are still stigmatized by the patriarchal Nepalese culture that inhibits them economically and socially. YangWard Foundation empowers these women form the roots, providing them social mobility and by empowering the educational infrastructures by building libraries and establishing scholarship funds for the needy. Furthermore, by harnessing the capacity of agriculture (Nepal is about 75 percent agricultural economy) itself, I believe YangWard Foundation will continue on empowering single women in warn-torn Nepalese societies and I will keep on supporting YangWard Foundation for its efforts.

Shahil S.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Yang-Ward foundation is doing an incredible work empowering underprivileged women by providing them with different employment opportunities in Nepal. As the entire community of Yang-Ward foundation is highly motivated and dedicated to create a great difference, the impact it has had to the Nepalese women and the society as a whole is outstanding. This foundation has an immense potential.

Jason T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The scope and goals of the Yang-Ward foundation are phenomenal. Yangmali, the President and Founder, has taken great strides towards the empowerment and improvement of women in Nepal, and the results of his foundation's work are truly inspiring. Yang-Ward is not only improving the lives of rural women today, but instilling within them a sense of entepreneurship and hope which will only continue to improve the lives of their community members and improve their local infrastructure. The Yang-Ward Foundation is paving the way for a new Nepal, and is an organization to follow closely.

Sireen T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Yang-Ward foundation has been doing a lot of great things and inspiring people all around. Their motive to empower single women in rural areas in Nepal has been a life changing opportunity for them. The foundation has been succeeding in providing and extending various possibilities for the single women to progress in their standard of living and I strongly believe they will continue their commitment further and will do a great job.

Rakesh2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been following the work of Yang-Ward Foundation for couple of months. Their mission to empower single women in rural Nepal is highly recommendable. Because of their work, single women who were once outcast by their family, society are re-gaining their position in the society while contributing towards improving educational infrastructure of local school.

Lejla D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work of the Yang-Ward foundation has been so inspiring and is something I stronly support in every single way. The committment and passion of this foundation is something so special and their effort to make a change in this world and to help these women to live better is my everlasting inspiration.