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Himalayan Children's Charities Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations

Mission: We empower self-confidence among at-risk youth in Nepal through quality education, leadership skills and mentorship supported by our unique family value system that enables them to elevate their lives and the world around them. HCC was founded on a principle of community service, and we encourage our students to use their experiences and position to help others. Our philosophy creates a cycle of giving, ensuring that HCC’s future leaders are dedicated to helping vulnerable children in positions that they were once in.

Results: Our scholarship programs have directly supported 207 remarkable children - 12 students have graduated with university degrees, and currently 27 students are enrolled at the collegiate level and over 100 are studying in elementary or high school. Through our various outreach projects and initiatives, we have served 3,000 individuals in the capital of Kathmandu and throughout rural Nepal.

Target demographics: Educate orphaned and abandoned Nepali children.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 150+ children from the ages of 8 to 22

Geographic areas served: Nepal

Programs: Providing education up through the university level, leadership, teamwork and life skills training.

Community Stories

78 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Probably the best and genuine non-profits in Nepal! The staffs are amazing, the founders Bruce and Susan Keenans are true angels with big hearts to offer their resources, time and love to the children of Nepal. HCC has changed lives of several orphaned and abandoned children by providing them opportunities, education and care. Now the organization is transitioning to be run by the HCC youths! What a great concept and success. Congratulations!

Harsha T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It has been 10 years since Himalayan children charities has helped me and I’m also getting additional support like learning about mentorship skills , quality education etc. I’m now in +12 and I’m studying Hotel management in Saipal Academy. For me HCC is like a family where we get love and support. Through this love and support I’m inspire to do more and more good things in my life. This is the best place where abandoned and underprivileged children’s like me get a platform to fulfill their need and reach to their destinity.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been a part of HCC since 2004. I am currently studying Masters in Business Administration and working as an Administration & Finance Officer in HCC Nepal. I am glad to be associated with HCC for 14 years now. HCC has been family for so many children, changing each of the children’s lives by empowering them with good educational facilities and with a family environment. Not all the children in Nepal are fortunate enough to be raised by their own family and find themselves far away due to the various circumstances like the family’s weak economic condition, separation of the parents, semi-orphan hood, and so on. HCC has considered the scenarios of Nepal and vowed to help the underprivileged children. The children need a guardian whom they can look up to as a role model, spend time with, learn the etiquettes of society, and adapt to the family environment. HCC has been contributing all these through the love, support, and guidance from the people here in Nepal and the supporters around the globe. The life skills that the students learn through the mentorship program, living in a home together and learning to cook and clean, celebrations of festivals, etc. has helped to make the students sociable.

The work that I do here in Nepal has made me proud of all the accomplishment that I have achieved and that I am able to inspire people. When I meet the students from the villages, seeing a smile on their face makes me happy. The social prestige and being recognized for the work that I do now is valuable to me. HCC is producing capable young leaders who undoubtedly can bring a remarkable change in the nation. Thanks for all the supporters in and outside the country who have helped to make HCC’s remarkable work possible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

HCC has been supporting me since I was 10 years old. It has provided us with family environment where all the members act as our parents and lead us to the right path. The members of HCC have always supported, loved and motivated us to do a great things in our future and to give back the same service to the needy ones. I feel very lucky to be supported by HCC because we are getting to know about new things each day which inspires us. I am very grateful and thankful for this immense love and support. I will always work harder to utilize the opportunities that I've been getting from HCC.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Nepal as a high school volunteer for HCC. Here I saw just how incredible the work HCC is doing to transform the lives of children who are less fortunate. HCC not only gives children, whose families are no longer able to support them or have abandoned them, a top of the line education but also includes them in the nurturing HCC family which mentors them to become successful individuals in the future. On my visit, I was able to see how the children who had grown up through HCC's program had become inspiring leaders who were making an immense positive impact on their community. Joining HCC has truly given me a whole new perspective and shown me what it means to make a difference in the world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

U r doing great job by educating Young Nepalese.Education is the base to grow & glow.Their growth not only will be their own personal growth but it will contribute to the national growth,which will benefit everybody.Keep up the good work all the very best.
Neelu Thapa Sapkota.

Donor

Rating: 5

I looked at various different charities and studied them before deciding to be a life time supporter of HCC and sponsoring a child. HCC is a very genuine, and transparent organization. I know where my money is going. I can talk to the child I sponsor. I see the progress of all the kids under their umbrella. My kids had the privilege to visit Nepal this summer, and witness the great work done by HCC. I feel very blessed to be able to make a positive impact on these kids, and thanks to HCC for this opportunity.

Client Served

Rating: 5

HCC has been supporting me since I was in grade 1. I am now in my bachelors, and I am studying ACCA. HCC is a blessing because if I had not got the support I would not be in this place. It's like a family and we get lots of love and support. Through this love and support I'm motivated to do more and more good in my life and whatever I'm doing - in my studies, my career, and in my community. To anyone who is reading this, I hope you find the work of HCC inspiring and doing great for students like us who don't have any privilege. Thank you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Himalayan Children Charities has been supporting me since 2003. I was very fortunate to be sponsored by Himalayan Children Charities as their arrival provided me with proper care, nourishment, mentorship, life skills and quality education. In 2018, I am pursuing my undergraduate degree in Computer Science and information technology in one of the best and most reputed IT college of Nepal with the support from Himalayan Children Charities. Had Himalayan Children Charities not been with me, I would not be what I am today.
Just like me, there are 54 students who are in different level of school and university whose life has been different with the support of Himalayan Children Charities. Himalayan Children Charities is making difference in the life of one child at a time and if you are considering making difference in the world, then Himalayan Children Charities is the best platform.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been supporting HCC since its inception, and can only say that Bruce and Susan Keenan have a stellar record of giving and serving. They put all donation money the foundation receives to work: into food, housing, and education for the kids. The results have been both miraculous and heart-warming.

Previous Stories

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife Soma and I have been a part of the HCC family since its inception, and over the years tried to help raise money to support the Keenans in their tireless effort to change the lives of orphans who otherwise would have little or no chance. During a trip to Nepal in late 2015, we visited the orphanage and were really impressed with the joy, caring and talent exhibited by these young people. Bruce and Susan should be proud of their accomplishments so far, as the kids they help certainly are.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Name is Jasmati. I am nineteen years old and I am studying Bachelor in Healthcare Management. I am one of the students of Himalayan Children’s Charities (HCC). HCC has financially and academically supported me since I was seven years old. At present, I stay in the apartment with other female university students of HCC where we live like a family. During the breaks, vacations and festival time I go to the group home and engage in many activities in order to help my juniors learn and grow. I often give them dance classes, do art and craft activities, cook dinner for them and also help them in their studies. This group home has truly been a perfect platform for me to learn and explore different aspects of life. I regard this academic/financial support as the golden opportunity of my life because I am a girl from a very remote place of Nepal and I would have never imagined to get such facilities in my life time.

When I was six years old I was brought from Humla to an orphanage in Nepal’s capital city by my relatives. I knew nothing about the orphanage or the reason of being brought to such a strange place at that young age. I was also one of the shy and innocent kids who did not understand the national language (Nepali) because I belonged to extremely different part of Nepal where we had our own typical language. After a short time Bruce and Susan came to see many children in the orphanage and luckily they choose to sponsor my schooling. That day marked the turning point of my life because I was so happy to get admitted in a good boarding school and the hostel where I was provided with everything that I needed. Ever since that time Bruce and Susan came to visit us twice a year and took us for outings, lunch and trekking, which meant a lot for a girl like me. I felt special about being loved and cared for. As the time passed I was learning to speak Nepali as well as English and I even topped the class when I was in grade three. This vey incident motivated me to work even harder so I never hesitated to learn new things, speak in public, and I was never again that shy little girl. Since then I was always the first girl of my class also I developed communication skills and much more. By 2014, I passed my SLC with good marks and joined +2 in Science. At present I am a student of Healthcare Management and I am also hopeful about my career that I will be following because I am an active citizen capable of doing many things in my life, including helping others. The mentorship and leadership training that HCC has provided me has helped me to cope with many aspects of life. The establishment of HCC has brought a great change in my life and I consider myself as a good human capable of bringing positive changes in the society. Therefore, I would rank HCC 5 out of 5 because HCC provides the best opportunities for education, accommodation and life skills.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Namaste,

I am Saraswati Banstola and I am 20 years old. Currently I am taking my Bachelors in Medical Imaging Technology and I am in my second year. I study in Universal College of Medical Sciences which is in Terai region of Nepal.

I have been in HCC for 15 years. Before coming to HCC I lived in an orphanage where I didn't have good food, proper dress and better place to sleep. But now I have the greatest and the loveliest family and wonderful sponsors.

I have been staying away from home to complete my bachelors. I have learnt a lot of things staying by myself. I feel responsible and independent making my own decisions and managing financial stuffs. HCC has given me an opportunity to experience life outside of Kathmandu Valley (capital city) and it is totally worth it. I feel so happy staying outside from the capital city and experiencing life in different part of Nepal.

Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Namaste,

My name is Chet Kumari B.k and I am 23 years old. I'm currently in my 2nd year of studying my Bachelor in Public Health with the support of HCC. I have been in HCC's program for 19 years. It has been a great experience being part of HCC.

When I was 6 months old my father died due to lack of treatment available for ulcer and when I was 2 years old my mother eloped with another man leaving me and my 3 years old elder sister with my 9 and 12 year old brothers. Due to our poor economic condition, my sister and I were brought to the orphanage in Kathmandu. Soon after being admitted to the orphanage , I was brought into HCC's program where I received good quality of education and got a second chance to live a beautiful and a meaningful life.

Before being a member of HCC, I was really sad that I did not have a family and I used to get hurt that I was abandoned. I didn't like people calling me an orphan and never had good friends with whom I could play with and this made me really sad.

But now I am proud to say that I have a huge family with whom I can share may happiness and sorrows. I don't feel sad anymore about being an orphan. In fact, I am really proud being an orphan because now I can help other children like me. I would have never got an opportunity to get this quality of education and develop my career without HCC. HCC has made me a strong women with determined future aim. In 2016, with the support of HCC, I was able to compete in and was recognized as the first MIss Bishwokarma in a national beauty pageant for women from my so-called "untouchable" caste.

Second chances for children like me are not given to make things right, but are given to prove that we can be better, even after we fall. I'm very grateful to HCC for giving me a second chance to live a wonderful and better life again.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with the work of HCC. The founders and staff work tirelessly on behalf of children in Nepal.
The video called Monika's Story 2017 always brings tears to my eyes. (It can be viewed under galleries/video on the HCC.org website).
The continued expansion and support for the children of the Dhading district is impressive. It provides children who have lost a parent in the earthquake with the means to go to school and supports extended family members to care for them. HCC is changing the lifetime trajectory for many children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Supporting and working with the Himalayan Children's Charities has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. While there are so many large charities that take your money and do who-knows-what with it, HCC is known for their ability to make a difference in real kids lives - and you know exactly what your money and time is going to. Started by a humble couple who live in Atlanta, Bruce and Susan Keenan have raised the bar for charities around the world. Through HCC, they have given proper education, a home, a purpose to life and a family to over 50 kids in Nepal who would otherwise be homeless. And they have been able to help over 100 kids, in four different districts, stay in school after the 2015 earthquake.

I first got involved with HCC in 2014 and have been volunteering and raising money for the charity since then. My family sponsors two girls in Nepal, Shristi and Saraswoti. The charity does a great job of keeping the sponsors in the U.S. up to date with their kids in Nepal, and I personally felt like I had gained two new sisters. I was fortunate enough to meet these two girls, along with many of the other HCC students, during my trip to Nepal in March of 2017. Not only were the two girls sweet and so well-rounded, everyone I met at HCC made me proud of what the charity stands for and was a direct reflection of the morals and values the Himalayan Children's Charities upholds. If there is any charity worth putting your time and money into, the Himalayan Children’s Charities isn’t just a great decision, it is a decision that will change your life for the better.

1 Maya Gold Foundation

Donor

Rating: 5

Five stars is not enough to review Himalayan Children’s Charities (HCC). I could fill the sky with the stars that I offer this organization. And the light from those stars surely shines through the eyes of the dozens and dozens of children touched by this organization. I’ve volunteered, served on boards and worked for nonprofits in different capacities for about forty years. I have the utmost respect for HCC.

When our daughter, who had been interested in doing work in Nepal, took her life in 2015, we knew that we wanted to fulfill her dream in her name. We researched many organizations and were fortunate to find Himalayan Children’s Charities. Our relationship began by asking friends who were visiting Nepal, to please check them out. They came back with glowing report. We then offered a financial contribution. We learned through reports of how that money was put to use.

In the spring of 2017, I helped to organize a trip to Nepal with a group of family and friends. There were thirteen of us. Our hope was to make connections and give of ourselves in some way to the youth served by HCC. Though our intention was to give, we received much, much more! We spent seven solid days with both program managers and the youth of HCC. We had many opportunities to witness firsthand the work done by HCC. Yes, there are some orphans served; there are many, many children who are recipients of services who may have one or both parents. The parent(s) do not have the means to care for their children.

Himalayan Children’s Charities goes way beyond caring for the children’s basic needs. Food, shelter, and clothing are provided. But it’s not just a “house”, it is the feeling of “home” that is experienced. “Families” are created, as the older youth act as mentors to the younger ones. There is a strong emphasis on education. As part of the education, visions are put into motion regarding career goals. In a country fraught with little options, many turning to sexual trafficking. Those who participate in programs supported by HCC are at a significantly less risk to be sold into sexual slavery.

In addition, nurturing creativity is valued. Children with HCC have opportunities to sing, dance, play instruments, and act. For those who are experiencing emotional challenges, efforts are made to connect them with appropriate supports. In regions that were ravaged by the recent earthquakes, HCC finds ways to keep families in tact while supporting the children to attend schools. And the students themselves volunteer. They do receive supports, and they do have a chance to experience the joy of giving.

There are opportunities for graduates of the HCC program to continue to grow with HCC. Some of the people on staff there now, had formerly been helped by HCC for years. And there is so much laughter among people who are part of the organization. My hope is that our next trip will be one in which I can take some teens from NYS, to offer them a profound cross cultural experience. Do you now see why five stars is not enough?

Do not hesitate to contact me if you need more light shed on this Great Nonprofit!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

On a trip to Nepal earlier in the year I was able to visit a HCC home and speak with some amazing young people who were then venturing into higher education. It was incredible what these young people were achieving and how they really put there all in to this. The adults in which worked within the house we visited were extremely welcoming and was great just to have a real insight into the HCC charity. As well as learning about them we as a group of people spoke about our professions and how these change in different countries, how we went about achieving them and then also about our lives back in our homes (in the case the U.K.) I hope these young people achieve great things; it was a pleasure to meet them and great to see they are being given the chance to do this!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Along with some fellow professionals on a trip to Nepal, I was able to visit HCC's facility in Kathmandu. HCC invited us to meet with their students as a cultural broadening exchange. The students we met were in various stages of preparing for higher education or entering the workforce (I understand they work with younger children as well, but it was less applicable for our visit). The visit enabled us to learn about the culture and life of the Nepalis, and allowed the students to learn from our established professional careers. The students were able to ask questions about our various professions and learn about the qualifications in the different countries we represented.

HCC's facility and staff were superb. Setting up the international cultural exchange was a great idea for the students and us travelers alike!

Chris from USA

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been in the HCC orbit for the past 10 years, and have learned so much about how to run and grow a vehicle for social good. Bruce and Susan bring their natural love of human beings into their work, and give their HCC kids both the material and moral support they need to develop into mature, curious, and successful adults. I have little doubt that HCC will continue to grow and deepen its programming, and become an increasing important part of the Nepalese landscape. I find this prospect to be particularly encouraging, because I get the sense that the children that HCC takes into its arms will exit the program inspired to make their own positive mark on the world - they will aim to pay their good fortune forward, as we all should.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.