2012 News

YFN donates computers to school

Youth for Nepal (YFN) donated three computers to Shree Prathamik Vidhyalaya on 13 April 2012 in an effort to provide computer education to underprivileged students of Bhadrakali VDC. During the handover function, the school principal, Mr Dhruba Kumar Basnet praised YFN’s initiative and promised to fulfill YFN’s mission to promote computer literacy in schools in the rural areas of Nepal.

Shree Prathamik Vidyalaya is a primary school in Ward No. 1 of Sindhuli district. A semi-government school established in 2019 BS, the school runs classes up to fifth grade. Currently, the school has five teachers and 150 village students. YFN has trained one of the school teachers to enable him/her to teach basic computer knowledge to students of classes three, four, and five. The goal of the project is to introduce students to operating systems, hardware and peripherals, Microsoft Office applications, and other skills. The project’s progress will be observed by YFN’s liaison person for six months, who will update reports.

Fundraising activities

YFN launched a campaign to raise funds through sales of t-shirts among its supporters and well-wishers across the US in November 2011, with a first batch of 150 t-shirts. So far, YFN has raised just under $3000 dollars from this campaign, with t-shirts sold at $20 a piece, for a net profit of about $750. The sales of t-shirts were mainly done through word-of-mouth among YFN's network of friends and well-wishers in various US cities and states. A complete financial breakdown of the sale will be available in our next financial report.

On February 11, 2012, YFn volunteers organized a get-together event in the twin cities of Minneapolis & St. Paul. The event was organized with a dual purpose of showing appreciation for people who had already purchased t-shirts and selling more t-shirts. The event was organized in a clubhouse of suburban Bloomington apartments.The event consisted of good food, music and lot of different fun and games. There was karaoke, X-box kinect games, Fifa video games and a live DJ. YFN managed to raise $960 solely from the sales in the Twin Cities area.

Making an impact: YFN 2010/2011 Projects updates

Youth for Nepal contributed to a number of projects in 2010 and 2011. We decided to check back with our partners in these projects to find out the impact that they were having on the communities they serve. Here we present some updates. Thanks to our partners for providing these updates.

Nyaya Health Solar Project

YFN partnered with Nyaya Health on a project to install a solar energy system at a hospital in Achham district of western Nepal. A recent letter from Nyaya Health thanked YFN for its contribution and highlighted the impact it has had on the hospital. Excerpts:

We wanted to thank you for your $1500 investment in Nyaya Health and provide you with a brief update on the status of the Solar Power Project at Bayalpata Hospital. The best news may, in fact, be that there has not been a lot to report because they system has been working without failure since it was installed in the summer. This includes critical times when we have been able to maintain operations during power outages, which are frequent. Through your support, we have been able to maintain a 24 hour administrative capacity and a 24 hour supply for several critical medical devices.
[T]his project has been so successful and vital to our operations that we are currently in the process of expanding this project through our partnership with Gham Power Nepal so that we can meet the increased demand that is being created by the installation of our first operating theater and Far-Western Nepal’s first microbiology laboratory.

The project was recently featured in the documentary This is Nepal, "a film about young Nepali returnees":

Previous updates:

Bhatte Primary School renovation

YFN collaborated with Santi School and sponsored part of the project to renovate The Bhatte Primary School in the north-eastern Sindhupalchowk district. A new report from the project coordinaters that details the impact of the renovation on the community is now available (download link; PDF, 209 KB).

Excerpts from the report:

Before our involvement in the renovation of the school, it had two blocks of classrooms. The first, and the older block, was built more than 15 years ago was in a state of utter disrepair...classes used to be held in the open ground outside. Due to the state of the classrooms, the students did not attend the school regularly and there was tendency to play truancy after the afternoon break.... [After renovation], the school saw an increase of students from around 40 to around 70 after the construction was complete. The students attend the classes regularly and are more enthusiastic about their classes.

You can read the complete report by downloading it as a PDF file.

Here's a video of the school quoted in the report:

Previous updates:

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