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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: Our mission is to create a viable future for today’s vulnerable, marginalized children by empowering them through education, nurturing care and mentorship to become contributing/productive members of their societies. To create a paradigm of sustainability in order to break the cycle of poverty and its after-affects.

Target demographics: educate orphaned and abandoned children

Direct beneficiaries per year: 53 children from the ages of 8 to 22

Geographic areas served: Nepal

Programs: education up through the university level, leadership training and life skills training.

Community Stories

68 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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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%

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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.

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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.

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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!

3 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.

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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!

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!!

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!

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!

1 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.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am incredibly touched by the long-term dedication of this organization. They make a real difference in the lives and futures of the children they educate, which then translates into a broader positive effect as well. Over many years, with a relatively small amount of resources, used strategically, HCC is truly elevating those individuals and those whose lives are and will be touched by them. I'm so glad to be part of this work through our contributions.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our family is privileged to sponsor a child from Nepal through Himalayan Children's Charities. We donate with confidence that our resources are used wisely for our precious Jasmati. She is receiving a quality education, but she also receives guidance for all aspects of her life. I believe she will blossom into a responsible adult who will give back to the world. HCC does a great job keeping in touch with donors and educating us about the work being done on our behalf.

Donor

Rating: 5

I cannot praise HCC highly enough for the incredible work they do for the children of Nepal; and with so few resources. All of the staff/volunteers give endlessly of themselves and utterly transform the lives of the children blessed enough to be welcomed into the great hearts of these people. I don't remember the exact statistics about what percentage of the monies donated goes directly into the work, but I do recall that it is much, much more than any other charity I have ever heard of. That is a major issue with me, and I always check before I donate money to anyone. Bravo to HCC!