Half of Nepali children under five-years-old are malnourished, which leads to stunted growth, increased susceptibility to disease and permanent intellectual damage. As many as 50,000 Nepali children die each year from malnutrition.
To combat this scourge, the Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF) in 1998 opened the first Nutritional Rehabilitation Home (NRH) in Kathmandu. Through an innovative program of nutritional therapy, NYF has helped save thousands of children afflicted with malnutrition. While the children are recovering their health, NYF nutritionists teach the mothers safe nutritional practices and proper food preparation using only locally produced ingredients. This not only ensures that the children stay healthy once they leave the NRH, the entire family's nutrition benefits from the mother's training. In addition, NRH field workers later follow up in the villages to ensure the children maintain their weight and health.