I was fortunate to visit this School in Kathmandu about 10 years ago and since then have been a committed sponsor. The children are joyful, playful and kind to each other., the feeling of family permeates the environment. They live in a compound in the the midst of the Tibetan part of the city. They don't get out very often, as it is expensive to take a them on a field trip, nor do they see home often, for many it it is a long bus ride and then what looks to me like a hazardous five to nine day walk in the Himalayas to the home village. The curriculum is wonderful, the children are comfortable with at least three languages, Tibetan, Nepali and English, their educational success is great and when they graduate there are opportunities for further education and learning. They are coming from villages in the Himalayas where there is only subsistence living, many are malnourished when they arrive, and have been out taking care of the animals and small crops since they were little. One of the goals of the school is to educate the children so they can help their people. One of the great successes I think is the training of teachers, who go back to the villages and teach, and the training of health assistants, who are basically barefoot doctors who take on a great deal of responsibility at a young age. I am so happy that I can be part of this from far away by supporting a student and helping with general needs by donating when I can.
EDUCATION FOR THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN OF THE HIMALAYAS: SMD BOARDING SCHOOL
For 30 years, Himalayan Children's Fund has met the needs of Himalayan children, the indigenous people of northern Nepal. HCF helps us educate, and provide full care for hundreds of children on a 12 month basis.
It is a matter of life and death - an alarming number of Himalayan children die before they reach their 5th birthday. Marginalized by the rugged geography as well as their ethnicity, language, and Buddhist thinking, they are relegated to low caste status in this conservative Hindu country - no government in Kathmandu has ever seen fit to meet their needs. Mountain villages are undeveloped and without education and health care.
A Tibetan lama, Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche opened SMD to help Himalayan children preserve their Buddhist heritage, and to give children the tools to help themselves. SMD means everything to our happy children, as you can see in the video. Himalayan Childrens Funds helps make this possible.
Prior to the earthquake I was impressed by the projects, education, health and services supported and created by the Himalayan Childrens Fund. I have been involved with many NGOs in the past, and I am greatly impressed that it is almost entirely locally managed, guided and operated. The efficiency with which the donated funds go directly to valuable and meaningful beneficial activities for communities and people is stellar. This is a model all NGO's could use and it assures me that every dollar/Rupee is used to its maximum benefit. That makes me feel great about supporting HCF.
I have been donating to Himalayan Children’s Fund for many years and highly recommend this organization to anyone who is considering offering financial support. I have traveled to Nepal and seen personally how HCF puts charitable donations to good use at Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School, Tara Abbey, and elsewhere, improving the lives of so many people. It is particularly moving to see the education, housing, and hope for a better future that this organization provides to children from the area’s remote mountain regions. I wholeheartedly recommend supporting HCF.
I've contributed to HCF for years. They do great work and are very transparent. They publish a wonderful newsletter on a regular basis and are very responsive to donor inquiries. I can't think of a more deserving and engaging nonprofit.
It is my pleasure to give Himalayan Childrens Fund a five-star rating as a way to acknowledge the tremendous work they are doing on behalf of so many. I have sponsored a nun at Tara Abbey for over twenty years and on my many visits to Nepal over the years I have seen first hand the many projects there. Our OCVV meditation and dharma study group here in Orange County contributes to HCF on a regular basis and celebrate the fact that the funds are managed so skillfully for the benefit of others. I couldn't be more enthusiastic in recommending the HCF.
I have profound respect for the work being accomplished by the Himalayan Childrens Fund which I have been associated with as a donor for over twenty-years. I have visited Shree Mangal Dvip school in Nepal many times and have seen first hand the high quality of education that is being offered there. It is through the generosity of so many skilled and generous volunteers that the work of this organization is able to do so much where the need is great and resources limited. I intend to continue my support of this organization and urge others to consider contributing as well.
Review from Guidestar
This is a fantastic charity. There are virtually no expenses; it's run by volunteers who are well connected in the Himalayan region. Your donation truly goes a LONG way in this part of the world which is so poor and has so many needs -- especially after the 2015 earthquakes.
I sponsor 3 students at Shree Mangal Dveep , the HCF boarding school
I have seen one student through his entire primary, middle and high school years and now through a 3 year Paramedic course. Another is currently finishing his high school years and another is also studying to be a paramedic
These children come from astonishingly poor families and would have no chance for education without intervention from outside. The thing about this nonprofit that makes it different, is the very personal relationships I have developed with each child through the years. The help is tangible and direct. The young students have become part of my extended family.
I have watched each child turn into a young adult and we are in close contact through the internet. I have come to know their unique personalities and seen them grow and change through the magic power of a first class education. The academic standards set by the school are high and the students grow up in a safe and spiritual environment. Of all the charitable institutions I have been involved with, HCF is the most personal and the most gratifying. I highly recommend this nonprofit for any one with any amount of money to spare. For the price of a large coffee at Starbucks each day, I managed to see someone through 15 years of education. This was such a small investment for the most powerful return possible: the transformational change of a human being.
I have been a sponsor for many years. I most like the connection I have with the girl I sponsor. We stay connected through letters, then more recently emails and now we occasionally visit on Skype! She brings so much richness to my life. My father passed away recently and she had traditional butter lamps lit to honor him. I had the good fortune to visit the school a couple of times and the friendliness and smiles were immense. I could see how warm and caring the staff were and how privileged the children felt to be there. I bow to all those that help the existence of this school.
Sincerely, Donna McLaughlin
I have been involved with HCF for most of the last decade. I was introduced by friends in a meditation group. Over that time, I've worked hard to contribute every month to help support the efforts of the group. The work done with the students is amazing and I know that Thrangu Rinpoche's influence is part of every step taken.
I have received regular communication from students I've sponsored as well as the regular newsletter. The efforts of HCF need to continue as the benefits to the students are so crucial in their lives. The integrity of HCF is beyond question and I will always make sure that I contribute regularly.
HCF is a group that deserves your support in any and every way possible.
I have been a donor for the last 3 years, and have loved every minute of it. The Himalayan Children's fund has been providing for the basic needs of the Himalayan Children. I am greatly honored to be associated with an organization like the HCF. Words can not describe their accomplishments.
May their work continue to flourish.
I've been a HCF donor for over 15 years and every year I am more blown away at the amazing work that this charity provides. I could not give it a higher ranking or recommendation!!
The Himalayan Children's Fund supports education and basic healthcare for the children of Himalayas. This noteworthy organization not only supports but also brings opportunity to these children. It is a joy to the volunteers and donors to see contributions are well allocated and put to good use.
Review from Guidestar
HCF is a most worthy charity, providing education, food, clothing, and medical care for deserving children in the Himalayan region. HCF also supports young Buddhist monks and nuns to continue their studies and practice, and in so doing preserves a rich ancient tradition based on compassion for others. HCF is the vision of The Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, one of the great meditation masters of our time. The organization’s longtime director, Debra Ann Robinson-Menzies, does an impeccable job. Because this organization is administered by unpaid volunteers, overhead costs are minimal and donations go where they are truly needed.
I feel much gratification in donating to this fine organization. Debra Ann keeps us informed about projects through pictures and articles in the monthly newsletter. Our donations really do make a difference.
My family has been involved with the Himalyan Childrens Fund for most of ten years. What initially started as a glance through a photo album of young children needing sponsors has grown to an understanding and deep appreciation for the work of the school and the huge commitment made by the volunteers, the children attending the school and the families of those children. The school provides for the physical, emotional and spiritual well being of each child that comes there - children that come from conditions in one of the poorest and most destitute areas of the world. Not only does the school succeed in remedying the assorted health ailments associated with chronic malnutrition, but it provides them with an education that easily surpasses what the Nepali government offers and compares to internationally acclaimed programs. And they do this with volunteers, lay people and ordained buddhists who accomplish the seemingly impossible through their unwavering commitment.
My family now sponsors three wonderful children and one ordained monk, and when I read their letters of what they hold valuable and sacred in their lives, I make the aspiration that my own children, who in comparison have every benefit and opportunity, can likewise embrace the world in such a heart felt, intelligent and compassionate way. When I started on the journey of first becoming involved with HCF, I had no children of my own. Now that I have two sons, I understand and appreciate much more deeply what this organization does, and how happy it makes me to be given a chance to afford some/any children to attend the school and grow into literate, healthy adults who care to serve and make a difference in those very destitute conditions from which they were born into. It is absolutely inspiring.
Himalayan Childeren’s Fund accomplishes so much with our contribution. They house, clothe, feed and provide an excellent education to the children that we sponsor. They teach morals and manners to them as well.
Several times per year we receive letters from the children and we are amazed how well they have learned to write to us in English. The letters reflect how these children fel about their experience and it is very positive to hear from them that HCF is doing an incredible job and that HCF provides a much needed service.
The children are growing up to be caring responsible adults who will have the education to be capable of supporting themselves and contributing to society.
My name is Palsangmo Sherpa B908 from a poor family.I graduated in 2011 and gave one year service to the school as a Hostel teacher and librarian. Right now I'm studying in Grade 11. I'm really grateful to Himalayan Children Fund for their kind support.
I'm Kabita Rokaya B363 from the mountains in the northwest of Nepal. I'm working on a bachelor's degree in social work. I'd like to convey my heartfelt thanks to Himalayan Children Fund for providing support for my education up to now. My life is so much better now because I see myself working in the fields in ragged
clothes if I hadn't got an opportunity to study at SMD School.
I'm Tsewang Chodon B330. I graduated from Grade 10 at SMD School in 2011, then I went back to the give service for one year, as a teacher in my village.
Now I'm waiting for admission into a 3 year paramedic course which starts soon. I'm very thankful to Himalayan Childrens Fund for helping me up to this stage.
HCF has been very supportive to me. This non-profit organization helped me from the time I was small and now, I am studying in university. I am very much thankful and grateful to HCF family. I really appreciate the support. Your love and care to poor Himalayan kids is admirable and praiseworthy. I'd like to express my gratitude to Debra Ann for taking her personal time to help poor Himalayan kids. A Standing ovation for HCF!!!
Tsering Dhundup Lama B340a