I have been a part of HCC since 2004 and from then I have a really strong bond with this organization. I was supported by this organization when I was in Class.4. My parents weren’t able to look after me. They were economically weak and had to put me in an orphanage when I was four years old. I don’t remember anything from my early childhood, not even my mother and the village. I was too small when I put into the orphanage to remember. In the orphanage, I had my friends but felt really sad as I always felt the emptiness of not being with my parents. When I look back to the day when I was selected in this program, it was the happiest day of my life. We were in a group and were enrolled in a good boarding school in Kathmandu. I was a shy girl at first in school but later on I gained self-confidence and was outspoken. I got sponsors, Jeff and Diane, who treated me as their daughter and gave me the love of the parents, which always made me feel cared for. Many thanks to our HCC founders Mr. Bruce Keenan and Mrs.Susan Keenan for this initiative to help children like us.
After our Class.10 School Leaving Certificate (SLC), we had no place to go, and so we were kept in a youth home named Khushi Ghar, which means Happy Home, where we were given life skills training of cooking, cleaning, staying in the family, celebrating our festivals with the family members and most importantly the mentorship training. We got our mother and father in Hira Aunt and Dinesh uncle. Everything we got was so much valuable and precious to us; from the study support to the bonding with all the brothers and sisters here. The hardest thing for me after my Class.11 was meeting my father, whom I met after 20 years. I thought after meeting he would have cared for me but that wasn’t the case. Even then, I did not feel the lack of love from him, as I have my sponsor Jeff caring me as his own daughter. Jeff’s trip to Nepal the next year to meet me meant the world to me. At Khushi Ghar we are people from different backgrounds, communities and districts but still we are living together as our own family sharing the same bond.
After completion of my university I got to be one of the staff of Himalayan Children’s Charities looking after the new program- Dhading Children’s Initiative (DCI). Now I am an independent girl working to support myself and living on my own. The self-confidence in me to do better in life, and the degree that I hold (Bachelor in Business Studies) are the biggest accomplishments that I have. The HCC graduation program was a big day of my life as I realized the drastic change in my life prior to 13 years ago. Now I look at my life and find a positive change in me; I look after many programs of HCC; Dhading Children’s Initiative (DCI) and the school support to the children in different schools of Nepal; Dhading, Nuwakot, Dolakha. I am also involved in project coordination for Creating Possibilities, Nepal. I feel so privileged to be a part of this program as I was a student of this program and now an active staff member.
The changes in me, my identity as an independent youth of Nepal, and my readiness to move forward with a vision of helping the needy children and women is all possible all because of HCC.
Hello! I am Khil Bahadur Thapa, graduating student supported by Himalayan Children's Charity for past 15 years in my education, training, accommodation and food. I have been so lucky out of many to get this support. Today I am what I got from HCC. They have always been supportive in the things that I love to do and provided me guidance, care and love. I am Public Health graduate from one of the prestigious colleges in the country, and currently working as a program coordinator in one of the youth-leading NGOs called YUWA, where I also serve as a Secretary. Like me, there are many other children who are pursuing their educations with full support from HCC. Besides academic support HCC believes in all round development of children, regardless of their family backgrounds. This is because we are children who do not have either or both parents. Life skills training and links with experts in the field are other very important parts of HCC. Here, we live as a big family helping each other. This helps us to live together in the society later when we graduate from HCC. Out of many things that I got and learned from HCC, giving back is what most fascinates me and I have been doing this through small steps. I feel really blessed and pleased to write my review for such a great organization.
HCCI helped to educate children who were affected by the earthquake. I was desperate to find a sponsor for two children. Bruce, Dinesh Thapa, and Sadie coordinated and decided to fund for the children. This is a great humanitarian work at this time of crisis.