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Himalayan Children's Charities Inc

Rating: 4.98 stars   54 reviews 2,321

Address:

PO Box 3837 Alpharetta GA 30023 USA

Mission:

Our mission is to create a viable future for today’s vulnerable, marginalized children by empowering them through education, nurturing care and mentorship to become contributing/productive members of their societies. To create a paradigm of sustainability in order to break the cycle of poverty and its after-affects.

Target demographics:

educate orphaned and abandoned children

Direct beneficiaries per year:

53 children from the ages of 8 to 22

Geographic areas served:

Nepal

Programs:

education up through the university level, leadership training and life skills training.

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(305) 495-7531
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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the unique opportunity to travel with the activity coordinator of HCC to outlying villages in Nepal and participate in a meeting to support and inform parents and students of the services being brought to the region as well as distribute scholarships to their families. The work was so impactful and life changing both for myself and for the students who were being served by this charity. I am pleased to continue my involvement and now we have a network in NYC of donors who are supporting students in Nepal to complete their education. The founders are kind and available, and their staff so well informed and have excellent communication skills. The homes they have built for students in the Kathmandu valley are warm and full of life, and their policy is so transparent and accessible that there is no doubt that all the donations and funds raised go directly to supporting these wonderful youth.

 
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I have been a donor to HCC since Nepal suffered the devastating earthquake in April 2015 that orphaned so many of her vulnerable children. It was evident to me that HCC is an organization of great integrity which would channel the donations from individuals such as myself to where they were most needed - to provide direct services to these children. This March, I had the opportunity to travel to Nepal, visit HCC's group home in Kathmandu and meet a number of the children who have benefited from the program along with HCC's founders and local staff.
HCC has been in operation for over 15 years and I was also honored to attend the a ceremony honoring the first college graduating class of HCC, a number of whom had been children rescued by the program since its founding.I was so impressed by the program's mission, which is to support and encourage these young people who have lost everything to attain the highest level of education they are capable of, to become leaders of positive change in their impoverished culture, to nurture and give back to one another in order to create a real sense of family. And it works. I and others who had travelled to Nepal together were so moved by our personal connections with these vibrant and genuinely happy and motivated young people and so humbled by the dedication and vision of the founders and staff of HCC that we organized a fundraiser in our hometown when we returned to the U.S. I will continue to support HCC and encourage others to do the same.

 
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We have been supporters of Himalayan Children's Charity for many years now but had an opportunity to go to Nepal for the first time in March. It was incredible and enlightening to experience such a rich and vibrant culture and to see, first-hand, our sponsored child and the entire HCC family, in their element, in Kathmandu.

My husband and I went to Nepal knowing about it's dire economic situation and poverty, but we were still unprepared for the culture shock we felt. Seeing the living situations of some Nepalis and the post-earthquake wreckage, made us appreciate and respect the work of HCC even more. To have taken these extremely unfortunate children out of orphanages, and off the streets, and given them a real chance at life- an opportunity to become something- is truly extraordinary.

On two occasions, we visited HCC's "Kushi Ghar" (Happy Home), where the sponsored kids stay when they are not in boarding school. It was located in a nice, safe neighborhood. As the older kids showed us around, they explained that they learned basic life skills here; how to cook, do chores, maintain cleanliness and be a responsible person. We had many opportunities to spend quality time with the kids throughout the trip. They guided us during our sightseeing, took us through the markets and helped us negotiate, celebrated a Nepali wedding with us, and a few of them even came along on a three day trek in the amazing Annapurna mountains with us.

On our last day, we were able to see the first of the HCC children graduate at the beautiful Yak & Yeki Hotel. As I looked around at the children's faces here, and not only the graduates, it made me realize something: the HCC kids looked different than other children in Nepal. They smile with confidence; they are educated; and each of them speak with excitement about following their dreams and giving back to their country. This is what HCC is about and why we love to support them.

 
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I visited the HCC headquarters during my recent visit to Nepal and met the staff and some of the children they serve. i am very impressed with their programs and with the young people who have been served by them. I have volunteered to help with a fund raiser in my community and support their good work.

 
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I visited the HCC while in Kathmandu, Nepal. It was wonderful to see many of the young adults who had been served by this charity; some since early childhood. Some of these children were orphaned or abandoned. The Signature Program, which is a rural program, works with children who were abandoned or orphaned during the 2015 7.8 earthquake, which killed around 10,000 people. These children live with extended families in the outlying villages. The Charity works with the local schools. Many of these children had been living in state orphanages . Over 150 children are currently being served in this program. The villages in which they live are very remote and sometimes high up in the hills. Some people walk for miles over very rough terrain to attend their schools and to receive other kinds of help. The people who work with this charity are mainly volunteers; there are two full time staff in Nepal. Any volunteer who works with the program pay for their own travel and living expenses.
We visited the boarding home and school in Kathmandu. These children were adolescents and some of them were getting ready for graduation. When they graduate from High School, they are given a stipend and some of them move into their own apartments. They are given schooling for different professional choices. They are also schooled in life skills. Nine of the ten graduates now have jobs in Nepal. They are provided with a large network of social support as they navigate the complexities of working in Nepal. Nepal is a very poor country, and the problems are enormous.
i was very impressed with what I saw. Our friend Sadie Green is one of the Directors in this program. While we were in Nepal, we went to her wedding, marrying a Nepalese man from Kathmandu. They live in Kathmandu and Sadie travels a lot for her job; sometimes she walks for two days to get into the remote villages to work with the children.
It is a very deserving program and is deserving of the kinds of donations that will help continue and expand the organization.

 
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I was privileged to meet the students who are the lucky beneficiaries of the HCC program. They are confident and feel positive about their futures. I was fortunate to attend the ceremony for the first ten University graduates. Laxmee’s speech brought us to tears. It’s was so good to see a program that provides loving care and educational opportunities for children who would otherwise be seriously at risk for a life devoid of opportunities. I was so impressed by the program, that when I came home, I planned a benefit for the organization.
I'm an ESL teacher, and I was impressed with their mastery of the language and their enthusiasm for my class.

 
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I'm honored to write and recommend HCC as a outstanding non-profit organization.
I was a part of HCC on the graduation day in March 2016. This was the first time that HCC was able to produce graduates with university degrees.

I participated in the graduation program. I listened to the two individuals (girl and a boy) who gave the speeches. They talked about their journey with the HCC. They thanked Bruce and Susan and the HCC team who helped them to raise and be university graduate. When they spoke, they made audiences into their tears.
I saw that how much HCC has given them, not only the education and care, but also the confidence and hope.

I had a chance to work with other children during the program. They were all very smart and happy. I also talked with some sponsors who have been sponsoring these children for over 10 years. The sponsors were like parents to these children. And they seemed very proud.
Overall, I am very happy to be the part of HCC in some ways and to see these children growing. Kudos to HCC family who has worked tirelessly to put these children in school and supporting them.

 
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Soma and I have supported HCC since its inception, and finally made it to Nepal for our once-in-a-lifetime encounter with some beautiful young souls. Thanks to Bruce, Susan, Dinesh and all the others who make the daily sacrifices necessary to build young minds, bodies, and spirits!

 
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We have been involved with HCC for over ten years by supporting our child Laxmi who has grown into a smart, confident loving young lady because of the love and guidance she was given by HCC since a young age. I have personally traveled to the group home in Katmandu to see for myself the wonderful work they do. These children would be out on the streets or worse if it wasn't for the loving hand of HCC. The group home is amazing in how the children help each other to become their best. Laxmi is graduating college! How amazing is that?

 
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My wife and I have known the founders for 20 years and can attest to the fact that they are truly wonderful, loving people who also have the business sense to make HCC a huge success. We've sponsored Laxmi since she firs came to HCC as a shy scared little girl and have watched her grow into a confident woman who will be graduating college in just a couple of years. If not for HCC she most likely would have been left on the street to fend for herself in a very hostile environment.

I went with Susan and Bruce last year to visit Laxmi and the group home and I have to tell you it's amazing what they've done with these children. They now all have the possibility of a great future and they have a family that will always be there for them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get the donors more involved in the charity and the children.

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We have seen Laxmi grow from a shy, reclusive little girl into a confident young woman. I had the opportunity to join Bruce and Susan this year in Katmandu and the experience was amazing! Seeing what our dollars are doing to change these children's lives can't be put into words. The children practically adopted me during my visit and the time I spent with them and Laxmi is priceless.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money. I would love to see other donors get more involved with the children's lives but each donor does what they're comfortable doing.

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I had the great pleasure of working with HCC this past June when I produced a fundraising concert here in Honolulu , Hawaii to help raise funds for the earthquake relief in Nepal. From the very beginning of the fund-raising process, my interactions with Bruce Keenan and HCC were very professional and informative. I knew from the very start how the money I was going to raise would to be distributed in Nepal . This was most helpful when informing my concert-goers and donors around the world who wanted to help.

It was also wonderful to have direct contact with Dinesh in Nepal during this time as he was able to give me daily updates of what was actually happening right there in Nepal. I so appreciated his making a video for us as well to show everyone here in Hawaii how much they appreciated our help. It made our connection to HCC very personal and reassured the donors that we were working directly with people in Nepal.

I also very much appreciate how HCC focuses so much on the well-being of children in Nepal and their current efforts to helps orphans from the recent earthquake receive an education is nothing short of inspiring . With Sadie Maya now onboard the HCC team with Bruce, Susan, and Dinesh, I can only see HCC making a bigger, more effective impact for the children of Nepal.

I am very much looking forward to being in Nepal this coming March to have direct contact with HCC and see where the funds I raised this past June are now being used.in the villages in and around Kathmandu. This will be a wonderful way to report back to all the friends who have helped here in Hawaii.

Keep doing great work, HCC ! You have my support, 100%

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