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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

62 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Out of all the charities, this is one I found actually puts all of the money to the kids. We are lucky enough to be part of this great organization. HCC has the unique model of connecting the donor directly with the child where we can watch them grow into young, educated adults that will improve their communities well into the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are paying for one child's school fees until she graduates, which is not much to do. We are grateful for the honor, and the opportunity this organization has given us to help bring education to those who are so hungry for it. HCC is the best!

Donor

Rating: 5

Our family has had the pleasure of sponsoring Suman for the last four years. It has been a true joy to get the pictures and reports of his progress in school. With HCC's work, we are fairly certain that Suman's quality of life and future opportunities are unlimited. The financial support is such a small sacrifice for our family compared to the impact it will have on Suman's life and hopefully many future generations to come. Bruce and Susan Keenan have a remarkable organization and I would highly recommend them if you want to have a direct, incredible impact on a child's life- year after year.

Hunt Family
Chattanooga, TN

Donor

Rating: 5

I love hearing the stories of the founder's visits to Nepal -- the children are all SO HAPPY. I am happy to contribute to helping a young orphan live a better life with room, board and dignity. HCC provides so much more than the basics, but helps to provide love and rich nourishment for these growing, beautiful children. I'm glad to be a part of the organization because the founders are very supportive of ME and my efforts, too!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My family and I feel very fortunate to have 'adopted' Driendra. It gives us a great sense of satisfaction that we can make such a huge difference in the life of a person who would otherwise live in a lonely orphanage with no hopes of a future. For such a small expense his life is forever changed. He is getting an education and a health loving family environment, and will grow up to be an integral part of his community. All this is may possible by HCC and the wonderful work they do for these children.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been sponsoring Manoj for over ten years and have seen grow from being a young boy to a young man. It began as a favor for Susan and Bruce but quickly became a commitment to him- to give him the opportunity to make some thing of himself- break the cycle, which he has fully taken advantage of- it has been tremendously rewarding for me! Many thanks to Susan & Bruce for their vision, hard work, dedication and the difference you have made in their lives... Thanks so much for all you do- please keep up the great work! I look forward to joining you on a trip soon. Thanks again- David Black

Donor

Rating: 5

We love sponsoring our little, well not so little, Sadhana after all these years. One of these years I would love to go to Nepal and meet her in person. The HCC Board is so good about educating US about the children, the school and Nepal that I feel I know everyone at the orphanage. That is what makes HCC such a great charity. They want to expose the parents to the flavor and rhythm of their hosted Nepalese children through pictures, letters, textiles etc... I look forward to continuing to be even a small part of Sadhana's life.

Donor

Rating: 5

What a wonderful experience to sponsor a child. I have watched him grow for over 6 years and he has now graduated high school and is going on to college. We write and email each other to keep in touch. HCC does an unbelievable job. They visit the children at least twice a year and make sure that every detail is perfect. I just started my second child, a darling little girl. The feeling you get when you change someone’s life is great.

Kristen13

Donor

Rating: 5

Since 2011, I have had the privilege of sponsoring a lovely young lady who has been able to get an excellent education, room and board through Himalayan Children's Charities. I know she has received SO much more than just text books and meals -- by being able to grow and develop in a safe, rich, nurturing environment with other children in the midst of her own community. It is an honor to participate in the development of a child -- even one so far away. The HCC staff members make it all so straightforward and simple to enrich the life of the child, and I know all of my contributions go to her well-being. Thanks, HCC!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the great fortune to be a donor, sponsor, fund raiser, and friend of HCC for the past five years. My relationship with HCC, and the children it serves has grown throughout the years. In the spring of 2011 I finally made my first trip to Nepal to experience firsthand the positive impact HCC makes in the lives of many children. It was an unforgettable and transformational experience in my life. I witnessed how amazing possibilities can be created for children through the belief, sponsorship and love of those willing to actively participate in the well being, care and personal development of the sponsored children. Throughout my life I have had the great fortune to be involved in many charitable organizations, all of whom do great work, but none of which give me such such satisfaction and joy as HCC.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a sponsor with Himalayan Childrens Charities since the spring of 2010, and had the divine privilege of travelling to Nepal with HCC in October of 2010 to meet and spend time with the two girls whom I sponsor. I participate as a donor/sponsor in several different non-profit organizations, but HCC is the only one in which I have been to actually see, experience firsthand, and fully trust 100% the profoundly positive impact this organization has on its sponsored children and the local community. My two Nepali girls have blossomed in such beautiful ways since joining the HCC list of sponsored children, and I don't even want to imagine how different their lives would be without this organization's support. Every person with whom I have had the honor of knowing and interacting through HCC is made of a rare mold of the highest integrity, kindest loving heart, and genuine care and compassion for fellow human beings. I am truly humbled and honored to be a part of this organization and to do my best to assist those less fortunate than myself in one of the most directly impactful ways that I have seen yet. Thank you, Bruce and Family, for giving me this opportunity!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Himalayan Children's Charities (HCC) is an outstanding charitable organization, where sponsors can actually see the extraordinary difference they are making in the lives of orphaned and abandoned children. Being a board member at HCC has given me a sense of accomplishment and joy that no other volunteer job has given me. There is no safety net in Nepal, so HCC truely creates a future for 50 kids. The first class schooling, group home and family atmosphere creates secure, self-confident and grateful children. The founders encourages a personal relationship between the sponsor and the child that is life changing. The founders instill in the children the importance of giving back to Nepal, so they all want to become doctors, teachers, social workers, engineers etc, and HCC supports their goals through college. Also, the kids are also taught to live in a family setting and learn cooking, laundry and taking care of the younger children---things that orphans never can learn in an institutional setting. Finally, 100% of all donations go to the care and education of the children, and that is something that is extremely rare in the charitable world. HCC is truly a class act, changing the world one child at a time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first spent time in Kathmandu, Nepal and with Himalayan Children's Charities in Spring 2010. I was eager to meet the students and see what life was like in Nepal. The orphaned students were so loving and grateful that I was ecstatic at the chance to volunteer a month later. I spent a couple months teaching the orphaned students diction, grammar and art, while they taught me about their food, culture and themselves. The older students named their home, Khushighar, or Happy Home. They were so appreciative of all the care and education that HCC provides. It was incredible to see the students have so much charisma, optimism and love for one another and for those who support them. Had they not had the support presented by HCC, they would not the same opportunities for an education. I fully support this organization and the people who run it. It has made a great impact on my life and I can't wait to return to see them in their Happy Home again.

Suzanna2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am about to undertake my volunteer experience with HCC, but I have been lucky to hear about Himalayan Children Charities from it's humble beginnings. This is an organization run out of a lot of love, and by two people with proven commitment as well as business savvy. Their devotion to the mission of HCC is clear, but what is also clear is the opportunities their work creates for the youth that are touched by HCC. By providing the students with an education and including them in the loving HCC family, these kids grow up with the encouragement they need to succeed. I will get to meet them in person soon when I undertake a role as a volunteer in Kathmandu, but for now, just hearing their stories inspires me to work harder towards my goals. It's clear the kids that come through HCC value their education and the opportunities they have, and apply themselves completely to being a part of a brighter future for their country and it's development. What I hope to do is help the organization become more connected in Nepal, so that it can grow and exchange ideas with other similar organizations in country. I can't wait to have more to share as I begin to work more and more closely with Himalayan Childrens Charities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a new board member with Himalayan Childrens Charities, helping with marketing efforts and spreading the word about the amazing work done by this organization. The founders have a strong passion for their mission of providing a safe educational environment for orphaned and abandoned children in Nepal. While it is known that Nepal is a very poor country with an unstable government, the facts regarding children are startling: 74 out of every 1000 children die by the age of five, 39% do not receive education beyond the fifth grade; 31% are engaged in some form of child labor; and approximately 970,000 children are street children and orphans. These children deserve better, and this organization is changing lives, one at a time.