Host Organization Details
Friends of Needy Children
Friends of Needy Children (FNC) is a child focused organization that works with disadvantaged Nepali children and youth to promote their rights and welfare. This organization believes that Nepali youth need to be made aware of their rights and become empowered to assert them. The programs offered by this organization focus on child protection, nutrition, education, counselling, and the abolition of child labour. They have served more than seven thousand disadvantaged children, providing them with education, health, food, shelter and other facilities.
Friends of Needy Children, believes that all Nepali children deserve the right to reach their full potential, unhindered by poor family backgrounds, poor health or trauma in their past.
Children who are assisted through this organization often need help due to violence, poverty and health issues. Over half of Nepal’s population consists of children under the age of eighteen, many of whom have been displaced and orphaned due to violence. Hundreds of schools have been damaged or closed leaving thousands of children in dire straits. According to UNICEF, half of all Nepalese children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition; a preventable condition that can result in lifelong physical and mental problems. Poverty also forces many children to beg on the streets after their parents die or become too sick to care for them.
FNC has Numerous Programs such as:
1) Indentured Daughters Program (IDP). They are on a mission to end an age old system whereby girls are bonded and sold into slavery. They rescue the girls and they are put in rehabilitation programs by the government. FNC supports the families for income generation and they strive to mobilize the community against said practices.
2) Education Programs. They provide scholarships to support the education of children and youth in day schools, boarding schools and colleges. They help the disabled children get an education and have also introduced community programs towards a more holistic form of development.
3) Children’s Homes. They provide loving homes for the orphaned and the abandoned children who would otherwise end up in the streets. They have their own shelter home where the children receive an education.
4) Vocational Education and Career Counselling. They help children and youth identify their interests and aptitude and then help them build a career through vocational training and employment opportunities.
5) Nutritional Rehabilitation Home. They treat malnourished children and educate their mothers on the importance of proper nutrition and childcare. FNC also provides training and guidance to other institutions regarding good nutrition.
6) MSPN – The New Life Centre. They provide comprehensive care for children with HIV/AIDS and teach their caregivers ways of caring for their kids and living a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
7) Ankur Counselling Centre. They are breaking new ground by providing therapy to disadvantaged children and training adults on child psychology.
This organization was founded in 1996.
This organization has strong governance with an independent board which was formed in September, 2009. The Board of Directors consists of 7 members who are all volunteers, highly committed to the organization’s mission. Board of Directors: President Mr. Hem Prashad Shrestha Secretary Mr. Krishna Prashad Devkota Treasurer Mr. Shyam Shrestha Members Ms. Basudha Gurung Ms. Anita Mahat Mr. Choodamani Paudel Mr. Dinesh Shrestha
Nepal has a population of almost thirty million inhabitants, 37% of whom are under the age of fourteen. According to surveys of child labour in Nepal, over a quarter of children between the age of five and fourteen are actively working. Some of these children are working unpaid at their family farms, and some work as labourers, in sweat shops, in mines and on the streets. Most of these children have little to no formal education and are, historically, likely to continue this cycle with their own families.
Roughly half of the population of Nepal cannot read or write, and many are unaware of their legal and civil rights. This organization works with the youth of today so that they may pull themselves out of poverty and make a better life, not only for themselves, but for the nation.
The friends of Needy Children Organization is funded by The Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation.
NYOF is a non-profit organization based in Sausalito, California, on the edge of the San Francisco Bay. Hundreds of individual donors and volunteers, private foundations and local businesses support these efforts. Thousands of children benefit.
Donations of children's toys, puzzles, colouring books, crayons, markers, clothing, shoes or office supplies would be welcomed at this organization.
They would also appreciate donations of medical supplies such as syringes, latex gloves, band-aids, blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, gauze and antiseptics.