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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

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Nepal Youth Foundation is doing incredible work to change the lives of vulnerable children and families in Nepal. As a Nepali-American, their mission is especially close to my heart! Thank you for doing what you do and giving children a better chance at living up to their full potential.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent organization with a very dedicated staff. Their impactful programs are making a real difference in the Nepali community. Great work!

1 Michael B.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a great team that does hugely important work!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Nepal Youth Foundation is an excellent, multifaceted nonprofit that tends to the needs of children in Nepal in a variety of ways. They are incredibly transparent in their work - donors always know exactly how their dollars are being spent and are encouraged to contact staff with any questions. NYF's services range from healthcare to disaster relief, so donors have a variety of programs to choose from. Keep up the great work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As the wife of a man from Nepal and an avid supporter of human rights, I am blown away by the work done through the Nepal Youth Foundation. The strong connection between NYF staff in America and staff in Nepal is something that can be hard to come by with international humanitarian organizations. Additionally, the fact that Olga, the founder of NYF (who recently celebrated her 92nd birthday!) lives in Nepal for over half of the year to oversee operations tells you a great deal about the organization's passion for the well-being of the men, women, and children of Nepal. I have had the fortune to meet the NYF team, including Olga, and can certainly say that they are a true source of inspiration for many, including myself.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

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.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met Olga Murray some years ago and was immensely impressed with her and her charity. That one woman should change the lives for the better of all these children is truly remarkable. I shall very happily continue to donate.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Though I have not had the opportunity to witness firsthand the work that NYF does, I have talked to several people who have been involved with the organization. I have also learned some of the stories of the immense number of individuals that the foundation has helped. This is a Non-profit that is making a large impact, and utilizes donations effectively. I definitely hope to do some work with the organization sometime.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first saw Nepal Youth Foundation on the news in San Francisco many years ago and was excited about their mission to help children in Nepal. I was attracted to the fact that there was no religious affiliation and that the founder was so passionate and had worked so hard to build orphanages and programs in Nepal. I immediately contributed and, because of limited funds in the future asked if there were other ways I could help. I liked that the founder gave me a list of items the foundation needed help with.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I saw Olga give a program about this organization and was extremely impressed with their video presentation and with her description of her work founding the NYF and working with the orphans and girls over the years. I certainly hope to be able to volunteer there in the near future.

Sara56

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I interviewed founder, Olga Murray last year for a project about happiness. Olga is one of the most wonderful, sincere, absolutely dedicated individuals I have ever met. The work at Nepalese Youth Foundation is literally changing Nepal. Olga started this dream from her own pocketbook and has laid the foundation for an organization whose funding goes straight to supporting the people. I plan to visit Nepal next year to have the opportunity to see the incredible power of their work. I encourage anyone to support this organization!

Donor

Rating: 5

NYF is a truly effective charity. I have visited their programs in Nepal and I saw the impact they make. They're also careful to use donations as efficiently as possible.

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1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NYOF is an excellent organization. They're making a huge difference in the lives of thousands of children in Nepal by providing them with health care, education, and human rights. Because of the low cost of living in Nepal, and because NYOF implements their funds so efficiently, they're able to make profound impacts on children's lives for very little money.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met the founder, Olga, fifteen years ago. Please read her story, as she told it to me and you'll understand why NOF should be noticed. Ogla is 87, and she spends half her year in Sausalito, California and the other half in Kathmandu where she works to buy girls out of bondage in a rural farming district in southern Nepal. Poverty forces families to sell their daughters, as young as 7 years old, as domestic slaves or worse.

Olga told me her story: On her first trip to Asia in 1984, she found herself captivated by the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Nepal. “I got off the plane in Kathmandu and was overwhelmed by the beauty of the land, the exotic surroundings, but most of all by the children. They were poor beyond anything I had ever experienced – dressed in rags and dirt, malnourished, mostly unschooled, but with an amazing capacity for joy. I thought that for the price of a good haircut, I could make a huge difference in their lives.’” So she returned to the USA determined, somehow, to do just that.


By raiding her own savings, and securing donations from friends, she returned to Kathmandu with the wherewithal to establish a home for the country’s throwaway children – street urchins, handicapped kids, orphans, or children who had been abandoned - often by parents too poor to feed them.

She learned about the practice of child slavery years ago and since then has worked tirelessly to find a solution. Nepal Youth Foundation pays parents to keep their daughters at home and in school. However, in lieu of cash, her foundation, Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation (NYOF.org) offers families a piglet, which they can raise on kitchen scraps and sell, ultimately receiving about as much as they would from their daughter’s labor. Girls receive a school uniform, notebooks, pencils, a school bag, a daily snack at school, and most importantly, an education.

“What began as a pilot project with 37 families now includes 2,500 girls,” she marveled.

“I realized that education is the best way to ensure a better life for these children,” Olga says, knowing this would become the cornerstone of her work. Over the last 16 years, not only has the number of supported children expanded (to 3,000 plus), but so have the ways in which they are helped. In addition to scholarships, NYOF funds the salaries of more than 65 teachers in various poor rural areas of Nepal, and teacher training in a country where teachers are not trained. Her foundation also runs two boarding schools and nutritional programs in Kathmandu.

Olga was an attorney who worked for 37 years helping write opinions for two California Supreme Court chief justices in San Francisco. Today she crisscrosses the globe to help children.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think that NYF is a wonderful organization. I have met personally with Teresa, the director of development and communications, and discussed at length their work and vision. The work that they do is purely life-changing, and NYF's staff is devoted to making a difference. Education, healthcare, and shelter? These are humanity's most basic needs, and NYF provides them. Also worth noting -- they are responsible and transparent with their donations. They haven't earned six consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator for nothing! I support everything NYF does and think they absolutely deserve this recognition.