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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

89 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!!

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!

1 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.

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.

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!

1 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.

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.

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!

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.