Impoverished and disabled children and youth receive scholarships for early childhood education through graduate school.
“Why aren’t these children in school,” Olga Murray wanted to know while trekking in Nepal in the 1980s. “How much would it cost to send them?” Her curiosity planted the seed for the program that has since given thousands of disadvantaged Nepali children the most valuable tool they can possess in the developing world: an education.
NYF grants need-based scholarships to impoverished and disabled children and youth. Homeless, orphaned and abandoned children are enrolled in reputable Kathmandu boarding schools. In addition to school fees, NYF funds the children’s living costs, medical expenses, clothing, and counseling services. Blind, deaf, and physically-handicapped children are enrolled in regular or special schools, giving them the chance to exchange a life of isolation, stigma, and hardship for one with meaning and the possibility of employment.
NYF pays the school fees and buys the school supplies for more than 130 children living with their families in Kathmandu’s slums and villages through its Day School Scholarship program. Every year the relatives of another 50 children whose parents are deceased or unable to provide care receive support from NYF’s Kinship Care program. The children live with extended family, attend school, and receive food, clothing, and medical care. Lastly, NYF puts motivated, smart students from impoverished backgrounds through college. Priority is given to female, disabled, and low-caste applicants. Currently NYF is educating over 300 students in colleges and universities in Nepal.