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Why should I become a member of YFN?
Well, if you have ever benefited from the benevolence of others, then you are aware of the importance of responding in kind. Pay it forward.
We are also reliant on you to take this organization forward. We need your energy to continuously evolve and serve others better.
Finally, only members of YFN can become office-bearers or members of the Board.
How do I become a member of YFN?
If you, or anyone else you know, would like to part of this organization, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also become a member by signing up here.
What are the requirements for becoming a member of YFN?Only that you tell us a little about yourself and why you want to become a member. There are no other requirements.
What does a volunteer in Nepal do?
Volunteers in Nepal will be in charge of talking to schools, students and other interested individuals and try to encourage them to come up with projects that we can support. An example of a completed project, as well as potential ones, are listed on our website. Volunteers also support these projects, as required.
Who can become a volunteer?
Anyone who has the desire to change things in Nepal, is dedicated to our vision and can contribute a few hours a week (generally fewer than 5) of their time.
What if I want to do a project of my own?
That's totally fine. If you just want to do a project, contact us (via our website or we can provide you with a phone no.). If you would like to be both a volunteer and start a project, that is just fine with us too. We encourage you to do as much as you think you can handle.
How does the system work in Nepal? Where can I get more information?
We have biweekly meetings (generally at Maitighar ND on Saturday), where the team discusses the activities and other issues. If you're interested, we invite you to join one of those. We are also planning on hosting an information session soon. We can provide details as required.
How did YFN start?
Youth For Nepal was first started by three Nepali citizens—Abishkar, Sanchit and Suyog—currently residing in the US. According to them, “We want to add value to our own lives by doing something besides having a job and leading comfortable lives. As a group of friends who collectively want to be a part of a good cause collectively, we found that the common thread for all of us was Nepal. Given that we had all had memorable experiences through various projects or simply through friends, we decided that we give others similar opportunities to do the same in a meaningful way.”
We are now a big team and everyone has their own reasons for joining. Look at our “About Us” section to get a snapshot of some of their reasons.
What drove the thought process for the formation of YFN?
The idea stems from St. Xavier’s Campus, where the late Fr. E. L. Watrin used to lead recently graduated students to various assistance programs in and around the Kathmandu valley. Secondly, St. Xavier’s had a club called SET (for Social service, Environment and appropriate Technology) which encouraged fellow students to come up with projects of their own and showcase their work to the rest of the College. The central body extended financial and basic administrative support to the different projects. We simply merged the two models.
Even though Nepal already has numerous youth organizations that are doing an excellent job of addressing different issues, we feel there is room and need for another, one that addresses similar issues in a new way—by encouraging young adults from all corners of the country and implementing short- and long-term grassroots projects for the benefit of the local communities and the nation. Having had similar exposure ourselves, we understand the sense of achievement that one gets from initiating and executing a project. We want to extend similar opportunities to others as well.
By blending international and Nepali networks, we also aim to create a cultural connect across national boundaries. Given the large non-resident Nepali population, we hope that the bridging the divide between countries may generate positive effects beyond the scope of YFN.
What makes YFN different? Why did you adopt this particular structure for YFN?
YFN wants to empower the youth of tomorrow by placing its faith in their ability to make a better nation for everyone and a better future for themselves.
By enlisting volunteers across geographical regions, the organizational structure hopes to eliminate the need for a significant administrative center, which helps reduce operational costs and channels a greater portion of donor money towards planned projects. In fact, a central administrative center would not even work for YFN.
The structure also offers plenty of flexibility for people to undertake projects that adhere to their own interests and schedules.
So are you just a trust fund that bankrolls young people to pursue risky and impractical endeavors?
No. With time, we will undertake long-term projects that we feel are compatible with our mission, can be run by us efficiently and face insurmountable obstacles otherwise.
Furthermore, we are strong believers in self-sustenance. By this, we mean that we aim to undertake projects and activities that offset the operational costs of YFN. Examples of such projects are recycling and handicraft programs or partnerships with businesses. Through these programs, we can ensure that most of the donations are channeled to socially beneficial projects.
NOTE: Self-sustenance is a long-term goal of YFN. At this point of time, we do not have projects in the pipeline for this.
Why should I trust you?
Trust is definitely built over time and we will have to work very hard to earn yours. To ensure that we maintain trust at every step of the way, we make a commitment towards 100% financial transparency right from the beginning. All our expenses and endeavors will be documented and our financial statements will easily be accessible online on our website, once it is relevant to do so.
We would also like to make it easy for all people to be able to track their own donations and see where they ended up (or direct them to particular projects). But we cannot make any promises about that; feasibility studies are still in nascent stages.
Do you have anything planned or is this all just pipe dreams?
Good question. Right now, ideas are still being compiled and nothing is set in stone. We do have ideas and projects that we can start off with, but details will only be available once we have a structure in place.
Do I have to be a member to initiate, or be part of, a project?
Definitely not. In fact, we encourage people outside the YFN member network to come to us for independent projects. We are here to serve you, not to hire you.
You only have to be a member if you’d like to take an active role in Youth For Nepal, the organization.
Aren’t you being overambitious by expanding your scope to three broad fields – education, environment and health?
If we were to be involved in all three fields all the time, then, yes, that would be overambitious. However, through baby steps, we can make contributions in all the fields without overextending ourselves. The three fields are defined for long-term focus; the limitation to three fields gives us direction, but gives future volunteers a very wide range of issues to choose from.
We wish to cooperate with different businesses, NGOs and volunteers to boost communication between all that needs to be done, all that can be done and people who want to do it. We do not aim to revolutionize the way things are run in these fields; that would just be a nice by-product.
Just how do you intend to motivate the youth today to undertake such projects?
First of all, we don’t think they need any motivation. There are plenty of people ready to contribute to a better tomorrow. We just have to work with their schedule and eliminate obstacles they really shouldn’t have to worry about anyway.
Initially, we intend to spread word through friends and colleagues (that’s you). We will soon start with programs that students can be a part of and encourage them to come up with projects of their own. We also open a network of successful people (again, that’s you…if you don’t mind being contacted) who they can turn to for help in the future.
Their efforts can be lauded through the showcasing of their work to the general public or other channels.
We are already registered and established in the US and Nepal. We also have teams in place in both these countries. We are currently working hard to kick off the first few projects.
How are you going to raise money?
Well, that’s where you come in. How much can you give us?
We also plan to come up with fund-raising initiatives in the future.
If you’d like to make a financial contribution, click here.
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