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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: Himalayan Children’s Charities creates paths out of poverty for orphaned and abandoned Nepali children. Through investment in quality education, innovative mentorship and a loving family environment, we help build lives of leadership. HCC was founded in 2000 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 over 200 remarkable children - 17 students have graduated with university degrees, and currently 32 students are enrolled at the collegiate level and over 100 are studying in elementary or high school. Our various outreach projects and initiatives have served an additional 10,000 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

98 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been an HCC donor for the last five years. And while I am only able to donate small amounts, I trust that every dollar I send is being used to help these amazing kids in Nepal.
Through social media and email updates, HCC constantly keeps us supporters updated on what is going on in Nepal, and it is great to watch these students learn, grow, and flourish!
Thanks to HCC for all the work you do!

Advisor

Rating: 5

HCC is the gold standard of charities. Founders- Bruce and Susan Keenan recognized a need while visiting Nepal and helped create a new paradigm - a best practice for sustainability within the lives of orphaned, at-risk and abandoned youth.

Through innovative programs, HCC provides transformational educational opportunities for some of the most vulnerable children on the planet. It works by empowering youth with a heart, mind and soul trifecta of nurturing care, education and mentorship. By partnering with NGO’s in Nepal it helps link and provide support with rich cultural resources and provides opportunities so the children have healthy, happy lives and become leaders in their communities. Cycles of poverty are changed and new futures of hope and promise are possible.

An investment in this small, yet mighty charity helps create global leaders. It represents the promise of the best of humankind; ultimately honoring being human — by being kind!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Kaman. I am happy to be a part of this incredibly beautiful team. Two years ago I entered into HCC with intense hope for my bright future. I would like to thank Bruce's uncle and all the HCC family members for giving me this platform. Being part of HCC, I am enjoying each and every second of my life in a family environment with lots of support and guidance from Dinesh's uncle, Hira aunt and all the HCC siblings.

HCC has given me the platform to flourish my higher education in a good environment. I am extremely happy that I got a chance to enroll myself into Physics for my further study. Besides my study, HCC has helped me to boost my life skills like cooking, gardening, managing finance and house etc. My aim in life is to become a Physics professor. I have been helping my HCC junior siblings with their Science and Mathematics.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Namaste!!
My name is Dipa.
I got an opportunity to be part of this incredible organisation right after the devastating 2015 Earthquake. I have been able to fulfill my career and be a successful person. When I was with my family members I was not able to properly concentrate on my studies but after coming to Khushi Ghar I can give time to myself and to my studies. Before I came here at Khushi Ghar I had no idea of anything but after I came here, I got the best education as well as I also learned to do volunteer work, cleaning, cooking etc. I also did the basic and most useful work. I enjoy and have lots of fun when I sit with my brothers and sisters. We laugh, talk and learn many new things. I am very happy and blessed to be a part of the HCC family. Thank you for your love, care and support .

Client Served

Rating: 5

During the past four years I have learned so many things and participated in different training like mentorship,confidence building,women empowerment,etc. HCC provides me feathers which help me fly to achieve my future goals. HCC has been an outstanding mentor and example for me. I feel very lucky and adored to be a member of the HCC family. I also consider HCC as my heart. Thank you HCC for your love, care and support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Firstly to be honest, I consider HCC as a magician because HCC has brought drastic positive change in my unsecure life. I have been very privileged and would love to express my genuine acknowledgement and inform you that HCC has become a part of my life since I was 6 years old. HCC never hesitates to help me in times of obstacles. HCC has been standing beside me to help before I’ll face any challenges in my future.HCC have been playing a dual role in my life. HCC is both a staircase showing me the way to my success and tread to prevent me from falling down.
I would love to convey my modest hat tip to HCC who is also my backbone of my life to support me in every tough situation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I considered Himalayan Children Charities(HCC) as my heart because it is the one and only reason why I am alive today. When I was very young, it entered into my life as a God in disguise. Actually, HCC included me in their program and had a very outstanding intention of making me a successful person in the upcoming future. HCC had seen the potential of progressing and improving in me, so they welcomed me in their life.

I would like to express my sincere and humble gratitude to all the HCC sponsors, donors and family members for believing in me and helping me to catch my dreams.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After coming to HCC, my life has changed drastically in a better way. HCC has provided me with good education, health, guidance and a happy family. Being at HCC I feel very proud. It has given me confidence. HCC has given me everything I want , going from education to health and a lovely family. I love being at HCC as we all of them know each other very well and we can share our happiness and sorrows. I consider HCC as my everything. It has given me strength to do everything. I have grown into a strong and a confident girl. HCC supports those children who are eager to be a better person in life and also who are eager to do something to make their future bright. I feel happy to be at HCC. Thank you HCC for giving me such a happy life and a great opportunity to study. I love u HCC . Thank you for supporting me and loving me and taking good care of me.

2 Sam E.1

Donor

Rating: 5

The HCC's done steady work to put the difficulties of Nepalese orphans on the radar of donors like me in New York City, where I live. The fundraising events I've attended have included compelling individual stories of tenacity and love in the face of poverty and disaster. If you're so moved to sponsor a child's schooling for a year, you receive progress reports and photos from the kids as they grow and learn. HCC's closeness to the families and children they serve in Nepal means they can track the path of your donations, keep you up to date on their progress, and put you in touch with the kids you help. To do all of that in a country so in need of assistance means fairly modest donations go a long way.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a part of HCC since 2014 and this charity is extremely close to my heart. This nonprofit does not only the absolute best job of providing education to underprivileged children, but is building a future generation of leaders. The charity remains committed to giving Nepali children a bright future and happy home as they continue to expand their efforts with students who have graduated from their program. Their goal to connect today’s youth across the world is apparent as students in the US are able to communicate regularly with Nepali students, building a deep global connection. It warms my heart to see the true impact they have made on hundreds of students in Nepal. If you are looking to make a REAL impact, Himalayan Children’s Charities is your charity.

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been supported by HCC since the year 2011 from Grade.4. It has been a great journey since then; meeting new people from different countries , big happy family to share your happiness and sorrow. I learned the importance of education and I am working to achieve my vision and goals. I also leaned about helping people so I started to do volunteering with differently able people and teach them basketball. Currently I am starting my University level in Bachelors in Travel and Tourism Management(BTTM). Thank you HCC supporters for helping transform our lives and making our lives beautiful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It has already been 10 years that I am the member of HCC. At HCC, I have learnt various kinds of life skills and computer skills. For me, HCC is a platform where I can learn and make my dream come true. Right now, I am doing intern at HCC as a Communication Assistant. I have learnt to make effective videos and collect quotes from each student. I feel so happy and I adore to help people in need. Doing intern at HCC and presenting who I am today has made me feel proud. Thank You!!

1 Christopher M.4

Donor

Rating: 5

I was made aware of this worthwhile charity by a friend who works with them. HCC does excellent work in assisting children, in helping them grow to their greatest potential. They are wonderful in their commitment to these children in need. I will continue to support their worthy cause as they are a truly caring charity.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A beautiful organization founded by Bruce and Susan Keenan of Atlanta, Georgia. Its heart is family-focused: teaching youth life-skills, cooperation; offering scholarships, internships, opportunities to reach beyond a standard education. I was introduced to HCC through one of my former students, Sadie Green - then program coordinator for HCC- and was afforded a beautiful opportunity to work with students at HCC's group home in Kathmandu. The love and support in this organization is palpable. I was especially thrilled to work with seventeen year-old-Beena, creating her first chapbook of poetry (available on Amazon soon). Thank you Sadie. Thank you Bruce and Susan. Thank you HCC for all the amazing memories! You are a beautiful group of people making a tremendous difference in the lives of so many!

2 Annette Britt K.

Donor

Rating: 5

My family has been involved with HCC over the past decade. After traveling to Nepal and seeing the facilities HCC has established along with experiencing first hand the sense of community and support among the children and the people who work for HCC, I am determined to support this charity for as long as I possibly can. HCC has made such a difference in so many lives in Nepal. Because of HCC, many children have received a loving home, a quality education and close friends/mentors who will be a source of support as they continue giving back to their country. I am truly thankful to be a small part of this impactful charity. If you are thinking of participating in a truly good charity run by people who are not only highly qualified from a business acumen standpoint, but who truly care about helping others, look no further. HCC is the place for you! You will be glad you chose to become a part of HCC.

1 Mountaine J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am very impressed with how this organization leverages its funding to change the lives of wonderful young people.

1 Maya Gold Foundation

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been so fortunate to visit the staff and youth of HCC several times since 2016. HCC is an amazing organization of dedicated and committed staff striving to educate and empower many young people. They are worthy of your support!

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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!

1 Randy B.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I strongly believe Education is an effective way to break the cycle of poverty, but it is far more complicated than throwing money into buildings, materials, and even simple sponsorships. HCC has well-founded, comprehensive programs to identify and address the difficulties in providing effective, sustainable, and quality education, not only for individual children, but communities as well, which is why we at Family & Friends Project have complete confidence in working with HCC to provide quality education for children in Nepal. Randall W. Bollig, Director: Family & Friends Project

Donor

Rating: 5

Best nonprofit I’ve experienced. Bruce and Susan Keenan work tirelessly to ensure these children have the best opportunities possible. After going to Nepal and meeting the kids they have helped I am amazed at the facilities and educational opportunities they have established to change the lives of these kids. I can’t say enough positive things about this organization and am thrilled to be a small part of the change it has made for these people.

Amita D.

Donor

Rating: 5

It’s such an amazing cause and well organized. The events held are informative and have been very engaging. It’s amazing to see so many young lives impacted and shaped because of this charity. It was great to actually meet one of the children last year and I truly commend all the great work this charity has done for the children in Nepal. It truly is like a large family!

2 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

1 Khil T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Arjun A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

4 Manna R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Thank You.

1 Montalvo L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I visited the HCC while in Kathmandu, Nepal. It was wonderful to see many of the young adults who had been served by this charity; some since early childhood. Some of these children were orphaned or abandoned. The Signature Program, which is a rural program, works with children who were abandoned or orphaned during the 2015 7.8 earthquake, which killed around 10,000 people. These children live with extended families in the outlying villages. The Charity works with the local schools. Many of these children had been living in state orphanages . Over 150 children are currently being served in this program. The villages in which they live are very remote and sometimes high up in the hills. Some people walk for miles over very rough terrain to attend their schools and to receive other kinds of help. The people who work with this charity are mainly volunteers; there are two full time staff in Nepal. Any volunteer who works with the program pay for their own travel and living expenses.
We visited the boarding home and school in Kathmandu. These children were adolescents and some of them were getting ready for graduation. When they graduate from High School, they are given a stipend and some of them move into their own apartments. They are given schooling for different professional choices. They are also schooled in life skills. Nine of the ten graduates now have jobs in Nepal. They are provided with a large network of social support as they navigate the complexities of working in Nepal. Nepal is a very poor country, and the problems are enormous.
i was very impressed with what I saw. Our friend Sadie Green is one of the Directors in this program. While we were in Nepal, we went to her wedding, marrying a Nepalese man from Kathmandu. They live in Kathmandu and Sadie travels a lot for her job; sometimes she walks for two days to get into the remote villages to work with the children.
It is a very deserving program and is deserving of the kinds of donations that will help continue and expand the organization.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was privileged to meet the students who are the lucky beneficiaries of the HCC program. They are confident and feel positive about their futures. I was fortunate to attend the ceremony for the first ten University graduates. Laxmee’s speech brought us to tears. It’s was so good to see a program that provides loving care and educational opportunities for children who would otherwise be seriously at risk for a life devoid of opportunities. I was so impressed by the program, that when I came home, I planned a benefit for the organization.
I'm an ESL teacher, and I was impressed with their mastery of the language and their enthusiasm for my class.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm honored to write and recommend HCC as a outstanding non-profit organization.
I was a part of HCC on the graduation day in March 2016. This was the first time that HCC was able to produce graduates with university degrees.

I participated in the graduation program. I listened to the two individuals (girl and a boy) who gave the speeches. They talked about their journey with the HCC. They thanked Bruce and Susan and the HCC team who helped them to raise and be university graduate. When they spoke, they made audiences into their tears.
I saw that how much HCC has given them, not only the education and care, but also the confidence and hope.

I had a chance to work with other children during the program. They were all very smart and happy. I also talked with some sponsors who have been sponsoring these children for over 10 years. The sponsors were like parents to these children. And they seemed very proud.
Overall, I am very happy to be the part of HCC in some ways and to see these children growing. Kudos to HCC family who has worked tirelessly to put these children in school and supporting them.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Soma and I have supported HCC since its inception, and finally made it to Nepal for our once-in-a-lifetime encounter with some beautiful young souls. Thanks to Bruce, Susan, Dinesh and all the others who make the daily sacrifices necessary to build young minds, bodies, and spirits!

1 Jeff108

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been involved with HCC for over ten years by supporting our child Laxmi who has grown into a smart, confident loving young lady because of the love and guidance she was given by HCC since a young age. I have personally traveled to the group home in Katmandu to see for myself the wonderful work they do. These children would be out on the streets or worse if it wasn't for the loving hand of HCC. The group home is amazing in how the children help each other to become their best. Laxmi is graduating college! How amazing is that?

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have known the founders for 20 years and can attest to the fact that they are truly wonderful, loving people who also have the business sense to make HCC a huge success. We've sponsored Laxmi since she firs came to HCC as a shy scared little girl and have watched her grow into a confident woman who will be graduating college in just a couple of years. If not for HCC she most likely would have been left on the street to fend for herself in a very hostile environment.

I went with Susan and Bruce last year to visit Laxmi and the group home and I have to tell you it's amazing what they've done with these children. They now all have the possibility of a great future and they have a family that will always be there for them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I had the great pleasure of working with HCC this past June when I produced a fundraising concert here in Honolulu , Hawaii to help raise funds for the earthquake relief in Nepal. From the very beginning of the fund-raising process, my interactions with Bruce Keenan and HCC were very professional and informative. I knew from the very start how the money I was going to raise would to be distributed in Nepal . This was most helpful when informing my concert-goers and donors around the world who wanted to help.

It was also wonderful to have direct contact with Dinesh in Nepal during this time as he was able to give me daily updates of what was actually happening right there in Nepal. I so appreciated his making a video for us as well to show everyone here in Hawaii how much they appreciated our help. It made our connection to HCC very personal and reassured the donors that we were working directly with people in Nepal.

I also very much appreciate how HCC focuses so much on the well-being of children in Nepal and their current efforts to helps orphans from the recent earthquake receive an education is nothing short of inspiring . With Sadie Maya now onboard the HCC team with Bruce, Susan, and Dinesh, I can only see HCC making a bigger, more effective impact for the children of Nepal.

I am very much looking forward to being in Nepal this coming March to have direct contact with HCC and see where the funds I raised this past June are now being used.in the villages in and around Kathmandu. This will be a wonderful way to report back to all the friends who have helped here in Hawaii.

Keep doing great work, HCC ! You have my support, 100%

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for HCC during the summer of 2014 and was blown away by how much the organization really makes a difference in the everyday lives of so many people. While in Nepal, the children and staff members would regularly tell me how thankful they were for the assistance, while also expressing optimism for the organization and their own futures. HCC goes beyond simply giving a home and basic education to these children. The organization and its staff members foster a warm-hearted and open atmosphere where the kids feel free to express themselves and pursue their studies and interests. At the same time, HCC does a great job in getting these children a high level of education and positioning them to be successful in the future.

What HCC does, taking the most disadvantaged kids and giving them a loving home with adult and peer support and access to quality education, is something that is truly impactful in every one of these kids lives, and ultimately positions them to be independent and successful in their futures. I am personally very grateful that HCC exists because of the enormous amount of good it does in Nepal and the world, and I would encourage prospective volunteers to think about signing up to help. The experience of volunteering for HCC has helped me grow as a person and become more open minded and knowledgable about some of the challenges that face so many people in the world. I had never been to Nepal or a country like it before, and the experience of volunteering there for HCC has positively impacted my world view.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with HCC for 5 years, and on the board of advisers for two years.
HCC has committed time, energy and resources to over 50 orphaned and destitute children in Nepal.
HCC has a profound commitment to provide not only the basic education, food, shelter, and health care, but they have created a home for the children with a family-like environment, holiday celebrations, and emotional support. The children receive classes in communication, team-building and essential life skills. Educational field trips and tutoring services are available for them.
HCC's commitment to provide education makes a huge difference for these children and teaching these children to be leaders not only for their country but for the world.
I'm honored to be affiliated with an organization that has such a love for children.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was surprised how HCC operates and are helping orphan children in Nepal. I went to the HCC's khusi ghar(Home of Happiness -literal meaning), where the orphan children lived. Well, they were all late teenagers, who were studying post high school , some were in college-level.
I'm amazed that HCC actually supports a child all the way through college and have a strategic exit plan. Most non-profits working in Nepal don't support children all the way up to the college.
When I visited the HCC, the staffs were nice and welcoming. I also saw the children's rooms they were comfortable and very organized with all the facilities they needed. Boys and girls had separate floors with common kitchen.

There are thousands of NGOs in Nepal but very few are exceptional and deserve time to write a review. i'm glad that HCC is operating in Nepal, educating hundreds of orphan children and developing one child at a time. I wish them a bright future and wish that they get all the support they need from the government, donors, general public and everyone else.
Thank you!

4 Beate F.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with HCC for 10 years, and on the board of advisers for six years.
HCC has committed time, energy and resources to over 50 orphaned and destitute children in Nepal. Due to the recent earthquakes, that number will greatly increase, and HCC is stepping up to provide resources and education for these children who have lost homes and family.
What sets HCC apart is that they provide not only the basic education, food, shelter, and health care, but they have created a home for the children with a family-like environment, holiday celebrations, and emotional support. The children receive classes in communication, team-building and essential life skills. Educational field trips and tutoring services are available for them.
With a literacy rate of only 57.4% in Nepal, HCC's commitment to provide education makes a huge difference, not only in the lives of the children in their care, but for the future of Nepal as a whole. This commitment is extended to include college or technical training. HCC students are studying to become health assistants, lab technicians, nurses, pharmacists, IT engineers, hotel and business managers, and accountants.
I'm glad to be a part of this wonderful organization that contributes so much.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a pleasure and privilege to support HCC for the past 9 years through my sponsorship and being a member on the board of advisers. The work they do is immense. Just watching Man Maya grow into such a wonderful, loving and talented young woman gives me such hope for future generations. When one child's life is saved and transformed, the ripple effect cannot yet be measured, but it certainly can be imagined. I have had the pleasure of watching over 50 children's lives be transformed. Imagine the ripple that has caused!. How inspiring!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are so thankful and humbled to have met Bruce and Susan, and to be a part of such an amazing organization. My husband and I sponsor a beautiful young girl whose life has been so positively impacted by HCC. The kind of support and empowerment these children are given is extremely comprehensive- and at such a reasonable cost for a donor.

I wanted to be even more involved because the founders and volunteers are truly wonderful people and everything this charity does is very transparent. We look forward to supporting HCC for a long time and visiting the children in Nepal this Spring.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really do not have proper words to thank Himalayan Children's Charities Inc for the work it has been doing in Nepal. While I was volunteering for earthquake affected people in Nepal after April 2015, I encountered with a person who lost 10 members of his family. He had his 2 years' old daughter and 4 years' old son survived, everything else destroyed. He was so traumatized when I first met with him that he even could not utter any word. At that time, I was moved my his situation but being myself as a graduate student, I could not help him financially. I talked with different people if anybody could help these kids. Finally, Himalayan Children's Charities took a very generous step for educating these kids. Their father was very happy and thankful to the organization. I am pleased and relieved now.

3 sadiegreen

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In my experience with Himalayan Children's Charities, I have been extremely impressed. Their commitment to children in Nepal is praiseworthy and their continuing hard work deserves recognition. From their organizational best practices to the on-the-ground love and support I've observed them provide to their students, HCC is an outstanding nonprofit. I became involved with this organization after the April 2015 earthquakes in Nepal, and when I approached them about the possibility of supporting the education of children in the villages who had lost parents in the quakes, they were willing to help. Now, we are collaborating in order to provide resources and support to dozens of children in very remote areas of Nepal. With this earthquake relief initiative, I have been particularly moved - not only by the heartfelt commitment to this work by the organization's directors and supporters - but also by the excellent leadership skills exhibited by the Nepali students in their program in Kathmandu. Thank you to all who help to make this work possible!

1 Dinesh2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very much overwhelmed to write about Himalayan Childrens' Charities. I became a part of it since 2003. And infact i am very fortunate to be a part of it. From 18th september till 6th oct, i was in Nepal . I was staying in khusi ghar. I would like to thank you all for this oppurtunity to stay in khusi ghar!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Himalayan Children's Charities is such a wonderful organization. You feel the passion that Bruce and Susan have to help the children and not only do they have passion, they do it! Love seeing the great work that HCC is doing and helping prepare the children for a life that they wouldn't have without HCC. Definitely recommend HCC, just check out their website and Facebook….simply amazing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with HCC for a few months now. In the time that I have been helping, I have seen how much they have helped the children and truly made a difference in their lives. The children seem very happy and grateful for the opportunities that HCC has offered them. It has been a privilege to be involved with HCC and will continue to help as much as I can. Thank you!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A fantastic charity! My partner is a board member and has visited Nepal with her son to experience first-hand the powerful work the HCC does for the children. Bruce and Susan are true champions for their cause.

Donor

Rating: 4

HCC under the stewardship of Susan & Bruce Keenan, has done a fantastic job helping those most in need. Bruce saw the need first hand and they have dedicated their Lives to making a difference- what I love most, is that almost 100% of the money raised goes directly to the kids... Thank you both- keep up the Great work!

2 Catherine54

Donor

Rating: 5

HCC is a wonderful organization that is making a huge impact on the lives of the 55 children they serve and the future generations of Nepalis. I have had the privilege of visiting Nepal and meeting the children and was able to see first hand how HCC and all the donors have profoundly changed the future of our world.