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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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%
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.
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.
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.
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.