Parents in Nepalese society rely on extended family members to help care for their children. Community-based childcare is especially prevalent in rural villages where grandparents, aunts and other family members care for the children while parents work in the fields. Youngsters who lose their parents to an early death are typically raised by relatives in the village.
In keeping with this established model of family support, Nepal Youth Foundation designed Kinship Care as a way to support family members who are raising orphaned or abandoned children. Preferring that children be raised in a family unit rather than an institutional setting, the Kinship Care program covers the child’s school expenses and living costs in households without the financial ability to support more children. Currently fifty children receive a Kinship Care scholarship.
In the aftermath of the devastating April earthquake, NYF is expanding Kinship Care to support up to 1,000 children. With a death toll of nearly 9,000 and more than 20,000 people seriously injured, thousands of children have been left with no one to care for them. NYF is stepping in to find family members willing to raise these children, and providing the funds to cover their expenses. Your support makes this possible.