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.
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.
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.
HCC is supporting about 100 kids who were orphaned by the earthquakes in 2015. These kids are from Dhading district where I come from too. With the help from HCC, those kids have been able to continue their school and dream big. I have personally met over 40 of these kids and they highly appreciate the help they have been receiving from HCC and partners. I find that Susan, Bruce and Sadie are all about helping those who needs. I am very glad that they are doing great works in Nepal and making a difference in the lives of those kids who lost their loving parents.
You only have this one life and you should recognize that each day is gift. I am Mun Maya Rawal recently graduated student of HCC. I feel that it was yesterday I joined HCC, Can’t believe it’s already been 11 years. I am so blessed and lucky to be surrounded by so many people who are ready to give me a helping hand.
I can proudly say that I am a big sister, mentor and leader for my younger brothers and sisters in so many ways. I love spending my leisure time at Happy Home (Khushi Ghar) because my heart lives there.
Now I am well educated and working young woman. This wouldn’t be possible without the support of HCC sponsors.Thank you HCC sponsors for being with me in my hard and good times.
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.
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.
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.
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.