Himalayan Childrens Fund

Rating: 5 stars   49 reviews

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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.  

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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  

I have been donating to Himalayan Children’s Fund for many years and highly recommend this organization to anyone who is considering offering financial support. I have traveled to Nepal and seen personally how HCF puts charitable donations to good use at Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School, Tara Abbey, and elsewhere, improving the lives of so many people. It is particularly moving to see the education, housing, and hope for a better future that this organization provides to children from the area’s remote mountain regions. I wholeheartedly recommend supporting HCF.

 
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I've contributed to HCF for years. They do great work and are very transparent. They publish a wonderful newsletter on a regular basis and are very responsive to donor inquiries. I can't think of a more deserving and engaging nonprofit.

 
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It is my pleasure to give Himalayan Childrens Fund a five-star rating as a way to acknowledge the tremendous work they are doing on behalf of so many. I have sponsored a nun at Tara Abbey for over twenty years and on my many visits to Nepal over the years I have seen first hand the many projects there. Our OCVV meditation and dharma study group here in Orange County contributes to HCF on a regular basis and celebrate the fact that the funds are managed so skillfully for the benefit of others. I couldn't be more enthusiastic in recommending the HCF.

 
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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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2012

 
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This is a fantastic charity. There are virtually no expenses; it's run by volunteers who are well connected in the Himalayan region. Your donation truly goes a LONG way in this part of the world which is so poor and has so many needs -- especially after the 2015 earthquakes.

 
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I sponsor 3 students at Shree Mangal Dveep , the HCF boarding school
I have seen one student through his entire primary, middle and high school years and now through a 3 year Paramedic course. Another is currently finishing his high school years and another is also studying to be a paramedic
These children come from astonishingly poor families and would have no chance for education without intervention from outside. The thing about this nonprofit that makes it different, is the very personal relationships I have developed with each child through the years. The help is tangible and direct. The young students have become part of my extended family.
I have watched each child turn into a young adult and we are in close contact through the internet. I have come to know their unique personalities and seen them grow and change through the magic power of a first class education. The academic standards set by the school are high and the students grow up in a safe and spiritual environment. Of all the charitable institutions I have been involved with, HCF is the most personal and the most gratifying. I highly recommend this nonprofit for any one with any amount of money to spare. For the price of a large coffee at Starbucks each day, I managed to see someone through 15 years of education. This was such a small investment for the most powerful return possible: the transformational change of a human being.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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I have been a sponsor for many years. I most like the connection I have with the girl I sponsor. We stay connected through letters, then more recently emails and now we occasionally visit on Skype! She brings so much richness to my life. My father passed away recently and she had traditional butter lamps lit to honor him. I had the good fortune to visit the school a couple of times and the friendliness and smiles were immense. I could see how warm and caring the staff were and how privileged the children felt to be there. I bow to all those that help the existence of this school.
Sincerely, Donna McLaughlin

 
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I have been involved with HCF for most of the last decade. I was introduced by friends in a meditation group. Over that time, I've worked hard to contribute every month to help support the efforts of the group. The work done with the students is amazing and I know that Thrangu Rinpoche's influence is part of every step taken.

I have received regular communication from students I've sponsored as well as the regular newsletter. The efforts of HCF need to continue as the benefits to the students are so crucial in their lives. The integrity of HCF is beyond question and I will always make sure that I contribute regularly.

HCF is a group that deserves your support in any and every way possible.

 
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I have been a donor for the last 3 years, and have loved every minute of it. The Himalayan Children's fund has been providing for the basic needs of the Himalayan Children. I am greatly honored to be associated with an organization like the HCF. Words can not describe their accomplishments.
May their work continue to flourish.

Emmanuel

 
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I've been a HCF donor for over 15 years and every year I am more blown away at the amazing work that this charity provides. I could not give it a higher ranking or recommendation!!

 
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HCF is a most worthy charity, providing education, food, clothing, and medical care for deserving children in the Himalayan region. HCF also supports young Buddhist monks and nuns to continue their studies and practice, and in so doing preserves a rich ancient tradition based on compassion for others. HCF is the vision of The Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, one of the great meditation masters of our time. The organization’s longtime director, Debra Ann Robinson-Menzies, does an impeccable job. Because this organization is administered by unpaid volunteers, overhead costs are minimal and donations go where they are truly needed.

I feel much gratification in donating to this fine organization. Debra Ann keeps us informed about projects through pictures and articles in the monthly newsletter. Our donations really do make a difference.

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