The Blue Butterfly Foundation

The Blue Butterfly Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps support and educate impoverished and enslaved women and children in Nepal.

Please help the children of Nepal! The Blue Butterfly Foundation is putting together an emergency relief mission A 7.8 earthquake has a devastated Nepal, leaving a million children in desperate need of food, water, safe shelter, medical care, and much more. Donate today and save a life! At The Blue Butterfly Foundation, we believe that every child has the right to nutritious food, proper shelter,

Operating as usual

11/30/2021

Happy holiday seasons from the Blue Butterfly Foundation family! We are so deeply grateful for all your support. Thank you for your help this #GivingTuesday. Watch this beautiful short video of one of our boys, Sanjay Basnet, share his creation of our new logo!
https://youtu.be/I361x82ThjI

Happy holiday seasons from the Blue Butterfly Foundation family! We are so deeply grateful for all your support. Thank you for your help this #GivingTuesday. Watch this beautiful short video of one of our boys, Sanjay Basnet, share his creation of our new logo!
https://youtu.be/I361x82ThjI

11/30/2021

Happy Giving Tuesday! We have been awarded a matching grant challenge for $15,000! Please donate and help end child labor and s*x slavery! This beautiful photo was taken by one of our vulnerable young adults, Ramsharan. Part of our fundraising efforts is to help Ramsharan go to college. Thank you for all your help! 🦋💙

Happy Giving Tuesday! We have been awarded a matching grant challenge for $15,000! Please donate and help end child labor and s*x slavery! This beautiful photo was taken by one of our vulnerable young adults, Ramsharan. Part of our fundraising efforts is to help Ramsharan go to college. Thank you for all your help! 🦋💙

11/30/2021

Happy Gving tuesday! We have been awarded a matching grant challenge for $15,000! Please donate and help end child labor and s*x slavery! This beautiful photo was taken by one of our vulnerable young adults, Ramsharan. Part of our fundraising efforts is to help Ramsharan go to college. Thank you for all your help! 🦋💙

Happy Gving tuesday! We have been awarded a matching grant challenge for $15,000! Please donate and help end child labor and s*x slavery! This beautiful photo was taken by one of our vulnerable young adults, Ramsharan. Part of our fundraising efforts is to help Ramsharan go to college. Thank you for all your help! 🦋💙

11/28/2021

This year, child labor rose to 160 million children, the first increase in two decades. The International Labour Organization and UNICEF warn 9 million additional children at risk as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. Please help the Blue Butterfly Foundation continue to fight child labor and help ensure a decent education for both girls and boys. Please help and feel free to be in touch this #GivingTuesday. Thank you for being part of the solution. 🦋🦋

This year, child labor rose to 160 million children, the first increase in two decades. The International Labour Organization and UNICEF warn 9 million additional children at risk as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. Please help the Blue Butterfly Foundation continue to fight child labor and help ensure a decent education for both girls and boys. Please help and feel free to be in touch this #GivingTuesday. Thank you for being part of the solution. 🦋🦋

11/06/2021

The Blue Butterfly Foundation family wishes everyone a joyous Tihar!! The festival of lights!! This festival honors the Gods and Goddesses, our brothers and sisters, and our animals so make sure to give your pet a big hug! 💙🦋

09/14/2021

Teaser!! More to come in 2 weeks!!
#fastfashionkills #fairwage #fashion #supportwomen #supportsmall #bluebutterflyfoundation #didibahiniboutique

Teaser!! More to come in 2 weeks!!
#fastfashionkills #fairwage #fashion #supportwomen #supportsmall #bluebutterflyfoundation #didibahiniboutique

09/13/2021

Our latest shipment just arrived from @didibahiniboutique !! We cannot wait to share each piece with you!
#fastfashionkills #fashion #fairwage #ethicalfashion #supportsmall #supportwomen

Our latest shipment just arrived from @didibahiniboutique !! We cannot wait to share each piece with you!
#fastfashionkills #fashion #fairwage #ethicalfashion #supportsmall #supportwomen

08/27/2021

There are no words to truly describe the emotion all of us at #bluebutterflyfoundation are feeling today! Two of our students, Kamlesh and Sanjay, applied and were accepted to @missouri_valley_college with a wonderful scholarship, had to travel to Delhi for the rigorous and at times devastating VISA process, both received their student VISA, and today they fly to America for the very first time. To say this process was an emotional rollercoaster is an understatement, to also say we are so incredibly proud of these young men and all their hard work is also an understatement. These young men aim to be human rights lawyers and make the world better for all, they are true inspirations! Please keep them in your thoughts, prayers, and meditations today as they embark on this new journey.
🙏💙🦋 May their plane fly smoothly on the wings of a Blue Butterfly 🦋💙🙏
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#southasia #love #socialwork

08/20/2021

“If you knew what I know about the power of giving you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.”
-Buddha

📸by @ramsk000

“If you knew what I know about the power of giving you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.”
-Buddha

📸by @ramsk000

08/10/2021

Our beautiful @didibahiniboutique BOHO Dusters are now available on Etsy!! Didi Bahini Boutique is a fair trade sewing shop. Our #bluebutterfly @nirumagar runs Didi Bahini, she is self taught and has been training young women in her village for years. Help put an end to fast fashion and sweatshops!

💙Featured here is the navy blue option.💙 Check out our #etsy page for more!
www.etsy.com/shop/DidiBahiniBoutique
#nonprofit #notforprofit #charity #educationforall #education #humanrights #humantraffickingawareness #humantrafficking #s*xtrafficking #s*xtraffickingawareness  #childrights #childlabor #slumcites #nepal #nepalese #nepali #nepalesekids #socialjustice #socialjusticewarrier #advocate #poverty #empoweringwomen #educatinggirls
#southasia #love #socialwork #fastfashionkills

Our beautiful @didibahiniboutique BOHO Dusters are now available on Etsy!! Didi Bahini Boutique is a fair trade sewing shop. Our #bluebutterfly @nirumagar runs Didi Bahini, she is self taught and has been training young women in her village for years. Help put an end to fast fashion and sweatshops!

💙Featured here is the navy blue option.💙 Check out our #etsy page for more!
www.etsy.com/shop/DidiBahiniBoutique
#nonprofit #notforprofit #charity #educationforall #education #humanrights #humantraffickingawareness #humantrafficking #s*xtrafficking #s*xtraffickingawareness  #childrights #childlabor #slumcites #nepal #nepalese #nepali #nepalesekids #socialjustice #socialjusticewarrier #advocate #poverty #empoweringwomen #educatinggirls
#southasia #love #socialwork #fastfashionkills

08/09/2021

Our Executive Director and Director of Marketing and Outreach had a great meeting with #FIWNA (Federation of Indigenous Women of Nepal in America)! We are developing programs to run with these amazing Nepali-American women.

Our Executive Director and Director of Marketing and Outreach had a great meeting with #FIWNA (Federation of Indigenous Women of Nepal in America)! We are developing programs to run with these amazing Nepali-American women.

Photos from The Blue Butterfly Foundation's post 08/06/2021

Happy birthday to our amazing Director of Operations, Joanna Sister! To celebrate we ate at a wonderful Nepali restaurant in New York, and she ate her first momo and daal bhat! Thank you for all you do for all of us, Didi. We love you with all our hearts! 💕💜❤🎂🎂🎂😀❤️😇😇😇

08/06/2021

After a successful day of planning and programing, the #bluebutterflyfoundation directors shared a wonderful Nepalese meal right here in NYC!

After a successful day of planning and programing, the #bluebutterflyfoundation directors shared a wonderful Nepalese meal right here in NYC!

Photos from The Blue Butterfly Foundation's post 07/13/2021

IT'S HERE!! IT'S HERE!! This package of beautiful, handmade, fair wage items had a very long trip and was finally delivered to our Director of Operations this morning! Stay tuned for how and when you can find these amazing items for purchase!!

07/06/2021

In honor of our very talented Blue Butterfly, Sanjay Basnet on his birthday! Sanjay is the talent behind our new logo, how incredibly beautiful!! The following is his explaination of his vision💙🦋

Lauren Yanks is the Founder and Executive Director of The Blue Butterfly Foundation. She established this charity after the death of her stepdaughter, Zoe Damon. Zoe was on a school trip studying environmental sustainability in Costa Rica. One morning, to the amazement of her friends, a blue butterfly kept following Zoe around everywhere as she did her work.

A few hours later, the teacher was driving the students back to camp when a car came from the other direction. The teacher pulled the van to the side of the road and fell 100 feet, landing upside-down in a shallow river. The teacher and other students were able to get themselves out of the van, but Zoe was trapped and died.

Lauren seeks to keep Zoe’s beautiful memory alive in every good deed the Blue Butterfly Foundation carries out. She shared this beautiful story with me when she met me. I was just a little hungry boy living in impoverished circumstances on the streets of Kathmandu. Lauren put me in a good school and in good circumstances, and she became Mommy to me.

From this story, I chose to create the blue butterfly because butterflies are also popularly thought to symbolize a person's essence, or soul, either past, present, or future. The color blue in a butterfly is often thought to symbolize joy, color, or a change in life. Sometimes a blue butterfly represents dreams coming true.

Then, I put the world on its wings. The idea of showing the world on the wings is that the work this charity does reaches throughout the world. Next, I put some flying butterflies on the right wings, the main reason for that is Mommy is such a big inspiration for us, and we are so inspired with her work. She is making more people like her, and we all will continue this charity far into the future.
At last, I put some clouds and lights. To indicated that we will fly and make our future Bright.
I am very grateful to Mommy and to the Blue Butterfly Foundation.

In honor of our very talented Blue Butterfly, Sanjay Basnet on his birthday! Sanjay is the talent behind our new logo, how incredibly beautiful!! The following is his explaination of his vision💙🦋

Lauren Yanks is the Founder and Executive Director of The Blue Butterfly Foundation. She established this charity after the death of her stepdaughter, Zoe Damon. Zoe was on a school trip studying environmental sustainability in Costa Rica. One morning, to the amazement of her friends, a blue butterfly kept following Zoe around everywhere as she did her work.

A few hours later, the teacher was driving the students back to camp when a car came from the other direction. The teacher pulled the van to the side of the road and fell 100 feet, landing upside-down in a shallow river. The teacher and other students were able to get themselves out of the van, but Zoe was trapped and died.

Lauren seeks to keep Zoe’s beautiful memory alive in every good deed the Blue Butterfly Foundation carries out. She shared this beautiful story with me when she met me. I was just a little hungry boy living in impoverished circumstances on the streets of Kathmandu. Lauren put me in a good school and in good circumstances, and she became Mommy to me.

From this story, I chose to create the blue butterfly because butterflies are also popularly thought to symbolize a person's essence, or soul, either past, present, or future. The color blue in a butterfly is often thought to symbolize joy, color, or a change in life. Sometimes a blue butterfly represents dreams coming true.

Then, I put the world on its wings. The idea of showing the world on the wings is that the work this charity does reaches throughout the world. Next, I put some flying butterflies on the right wings, the main reason for that is Mommy is such a big inspiration for us, and we are so inspired with her work. She is making more people like her, and we all will continue this charity far into the future.
At last, I put some clouds and lights. To indicated that we will fly and make our future Bright.
I am very grateful to Mommy and to the Blue Butterfly Foundation.

06/30/2021

Items from @didibahiniboutique are making their way to the US! Stay tuned to see when and how you can purchase these beautiful items and support amazing women!
#shopfairtrade #fastfashionkills #handmade #nepal #bluebutterflyfoundation #socialjusticewarrier

06/14/2021

Our Executive Director, Lauren Yanks, and newest member of the Blue Butterfly Team, Deepak, met with Nepal’s top journalist Yubaraj Ghimire, Founding President of Backward Society Education (BASE) and the State Senator from Nepali Congress Dilli Bahadur Chaudhari to speak about COVID-19 in Nepal and the best way our organization can help. More on that to come.
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#southasia #love #socialwork #covid_19 #coronaviruspandemic

Our Executive Director, Lauren Yanks, and newest member of the Blue Butterfly Team, Deepak, met with Nepal’s top journalist Yubaraj Ghimire, Founding President of Backward Society Education (BASE) and the State Senator from Nepali Congress Dilli Bahadur Chaudhari to speak about COVID-19 in Nepal and the best way our organization can help. More on that to come.
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#bluebutterflyfoundation #nonprofit #notforprofit #charity #educationforall #education #humanrights #humantraffickingawareness #humantrafficking #s*xtrafficking #s*xtraffickingawareness #childrights #childlabor #slumcites #nepal #nepalese #nepali #nepalesekids #socialjustice #socialjusticewarrier #advocate #poverty #empoweringwomen #educatinggirls
#southasia #love #socialwork #covid_19 #coronaviruspandemic

06/13/2021

From the very talented artist, our Blue Butterfly @imsanjaybasnet
"We are celebrating #worlddayagainstchildlabour This painting denotes the pain that every child has as a laborer. The pain, fear, the loneliness of a child. This painting will bring awareness to people that child labor should be stopped."

From the very talented artist, our Blue Butterfly @imsanjaybasnet
"We are celebrating #worlddayagainstchildlabour This painting denotes the pain that every child has as a laborer. The pain, fear, the loneliness of a child. This painting will bring awareness to people that child labor should be stopped."

Photos from The Blue Butterfly Foundation's post 06/12/2021

Started in 2002 by the @ilo_org (ILO), #worlddayagainstchildlabour works to bring awareness to child labor and work as a collective to put an end to its awful practice. 
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According to the UN, “Today, throughout the world, around 218 million children work, many full-time. They do not go to school and have little or no time to play. Many do not receive proper nutrition or care. They are denied the chance to be children. More than half of them are exposed to the worst forms of child labour such as work in hazardous environments, slavery, or other forms of forced labour, illicit activities including drug trafficking and prostitution, as well as involvement in armed conflict.”

06/02/2021

COVID-19 Update: Nepal
Not enough room to cremate all the bodies, cremation site is extended in the rear. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

New Cases Today: 5,285
Total Cases: 567,000
Total Deaths: 7,454

COVID-19 Update: Nepal
Not enough room to cremate all the bodies, cremation site is extended in the rear. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

New Cases Today: 5,285
Total Cases: 567,000
Total Deaths: 7,454

05/28/2021

Blue Butterfly students get to work!

Blue Butterfly students get to work!

05/26/2021

Difficult times in Nepal.
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#southasia #love #socialwork

Difficult times in Nepal.
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#bluebutterflyfoundation #nonprofit #notforprofit #charity #educationforall #education #humanrights #humantraffickingawareness #humantrafficking #s*xtrafficking #s*xtraffickingawareness  #childrights #childlabor #slumcites #nepal #nepalese #nepali #nepalesekids #socialjustice #socialjusticewarrier #advocate #poverty #empoweringwomen #educatinggirls #metoo #timesup
#southasia #love #socialwork

Our Story

At The Blue Butterfly Foundation, we believe that every child has the right to nutritious food, proper shelter, a loving home, a caring community, and a high-quality education. Our focus is on the impoverished country of Nepal in South Asia, where we seek to help anyone who longs for a better life, regardless of gender, age, background, religion or ethnicity. Much of our work focuses on victims of child labor, trafficking, and enslavement.

We invite you to become a part of our organization and help in our mission to empower those in need. Whether through a donation, volunteering, or setting up a program in your community, we always welcome your thoughts, ideas and initiatives. Join us!

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Tillson, NY
12486

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Monday 6pm - 7pm
Tuesday 2pm - 8pm
Wednesday 2pm - 8pm
Thursday 2pm - 8pm
Friday 2pm - 8pm
Saturday 2pm - 8pm
Sunday 2pm - 8pm
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