HIMALAYAN CHILDRENS FUND

Rating: 5 stars   44 reviews

Issues: Education, Human Services, International

Location: P.O. Box 15644 Beverly Hills CA 90209 USA

Mission: The Himalayan Children''s Fund is a way for people around the world, and the west in particular, to connect with the lives of people in the Himalayan Region of Nepal, India and Tibet. Established in 1987 by students of Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche, the HCF provides support Rinpoche''s many compassionate activities such as schools, monasteries and free clinics. By providing support for education, food, clothing, medicine and other needs we hope to equip the children and adults with the tools necessary for life enhancement while helping to preserve the culture of the people which is primarily of Tibetan and Buddhist heritage.  
Programs: Founded in 1987, Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School was the first of its kind to offer an approved Nepali government curriculum to girls and boys, both lay and monastic while helping to preserve the culture of the Himalayan people by providing instruction in Tibetan language and culture as well as Buddhist meditation and philosophy.
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Rating: 5 stars  

We so very much appreciate the Himalayan Childrens Fund--for that it makes possible to help not only the Tibetan refugee children but also other Himalayan children. We were first drawn to donate to Tara Abbey but in time we realized that those in charge of the fund knew best where money most needed to go and let them decide what that would be. There are so many ways that one can help... which is one of the positive attributes of this non-profit. We enjoy the personal attention that Debra Ann Robinson-Menzies gives to these efforts and to us as donors. We are touched by the compassion that Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche demonstrates through these many projects in Nepal. Here there are so many people giving of their time, energy, and money in various ways. And then those who are being helped will be helping others as well, now and in the future. All the money donated goes directly to these projects.

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Very inspirational in hearing the stories of the nuns and children who have been helped.

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Give it more money if we could.

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What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

The inspiration of Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche and the need of these displaced Tibetan nuns is so great.

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We donate yearly when we can.

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Your donation will do a tremendous benefit. You will be supporting individuals and an organization that exists to benefit others.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The HCF established by VV Thrangu Rinpoche provides food, clothing, education and lots of love for many children in the Himalayan Region. I have visited both the monasteries and schools that are part of HCF and found the children, monks and nuns to all be thriving-healthy, happy and getting an excellent education. Perhaps the most important gift these children are receiving by HCF is to be under the nurturing and compassionate love and care of Thrangu Rinpoche, a meditation master in the Tibetan Buddhist Karma Kagyu lineage. Just to catch a glimpse of Rinpoche is a great blessing and all of his senior teachers, Abbots and Abbess provide guidance in all aspects of life, scholarship and Buddhist and secular training.

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I have contributed to HCF for close to a decade and have visited many of the projects that have been funded by HCF. I am particularly impressed with the high quality educational and medical work undertaken by the Fund. The Fund's support for education of girls and women and the providing of both secular and religious studies is important to me. I have confidence that the Fund makes very effective use of donor contributions.

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I have been contributing to Himalayan Childrens Fund since its inception.. Early on, before HCF, I had sponsored a little girl who attended Thrangu Rinpoche's school, Mangal Dvip. She was from a very poor family: her father was partially blind and could not make living and her mother had tuberculous. The famiiy was concerned about this little girl's health but couldn't afford the cost of boarding school. Fortunately, I was able to sponsor her so she received a good education in a healthy environment. She is now married with a child of her own and living in the United States. Before the founding of Himalayan Children's Fund the sending of money to sponsor this child was complicated. Currently I am sponsoring a nun from Thrangu Tara Abbey through HCF. This sponsorship is much easier for me. I have been to Nepal many times and have visited Thrangu Rinpoche's beneficent projects. I cannot speak too highly of HCF.

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I have followed the philanthropic activity of HCF closely for the past seven years and have developed a clear understanding of the value and importance of their charitable activity in the Himalayan region, which is one of the poorest regions in the world. The donations, and sponsorship money go to very worthy causes and, because this is a volunteer organization, with no paid staff positions, administrative costs are kept to an absolute minimum. In addition, the organization monitors the distribution and allocation of funds closely which means that every dollar contributed makes a real difference to the lives of the needy children they care for.

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I have profound respect for the work being accomplished by the Himalayan Childrens Fund which I have been associated with as a donor for over twenty-years. I have visited Shree Mangal Dvip school in Nepal many times and have seen first hand the high quality of education that is being offered there. It is through the generosity of so many skilled and generous volunteers that the work of this organization is able to do so much where the need is great and resources limited. I intend to continue my support of this organization and urge others to consider contributing as well.

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The impact this organization has on the population of Nepal and surrounding Himalayan regions is completely profound and virtually unmatched. This is the poorest country in Asia and children would literally starve and have absolutely no future without this brilliant uplifted organization. Their work and impact is superior. A model of goodness and effectiveness. What a non-profit should be and how all the world should take care of one another.

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I have donated to HCF for the past several years. It is heartwarming to see the smiles on these children monks and nuns who so appreciate the assistance and education they recieve. I am pleased that monies that the HCF recieves goes directly to supporting all of the projects. I have great confidence in those who run the organization which is why I am a part of this wonderful community.

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I have sponsored a day student at the Shree Mangal Dvip for several years. I thoroughly enjoy the correspondence I receive throughout the year from my student. It is very heartwarming knowing that my small contribution can make such a huge difference in the life of a child. I am also pleased to know that every penny is spent to educate and care for the children. It is my pleasure to be linked to such a loving and caring organization.

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An interest in Buddhist Studies led my husband and me to a teacher who opened our hearts to the extraordinary commitment that Thrangu Rinpoche has made to educate and care for underprivileged young people from the Himalayan region. Our hearts joined with many others' when my husband began sponsoring 10 young nuns from Tara Abbey via the contributions he received from teaching yoga. It is a lovely relationship of one community (yoga) supporting another community (students). I was inspired by a personal visit to Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School (SMD) and Tara Abbey in Nepal that confirmed the wealth of scholarship, personal development, and broad world view provided for these endearing students by the Himalayan Childrens Fund - all from an operating budget that is unimaginably lean. I now support a nun attending monastic college in her quest for a graduate degree. Our warm correspondence with these 11 young women has made the world a much smaller place. We are grateful for the heart connection we share.

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