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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: Himalayan Children's Charities was established in 2000 to help address the Nepali orphan crisis by providing quality education, nurturing care and innovative mentorship to orphaned and abandoned children and youth. Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty for these children and help transform their lives from a position of marginalized victim to a life of empowerment, self-sufficiency and community leadership. 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 - ten 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

68 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

jhaley2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have sponsored Khil since he was 10 years old through HCC, and now I am helping him through college--the College of Public Health. He wants to open clinics in rural Nepal where there is no health services. He writes beautiful, loving letters, full of news about his life, schooling, friends and challenges. He is now giving back to Nepal by volunteering, building schools, and working in the community. He is so loving and grateful---he gives me much joy, and we are very close. Being a sponsor though HCC is one of the most gratifying experiences of my life. Thank you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

HCC gives sponsors the chance to form a personal relationship with a child and watch the unfolding of a leader, who will give back to this impoverished country and help rebuild. I am proud to have sponsored, built a relationship, supported, and nurtured Khil though letters, visits, emails, skypes, and love. I was matched with Khil when he was 12, and I have watched him transform into a thoughtful, intelligent, inspired young man who is now in college with a bright future. Not only did HCC give him schooling, but it also helped him adapt to life outside of an institution and a part of a "family," and gave continual leadership and personal development training. He is now a leader and a role model to the other 51 kids. His studies in the College of Public Health will allow him to open clinics and bring healthcare to impoverished rural areas of Nepal, and he will continue to pass it forward for years and to the generations to come, making Nepal a stronger, healthier country.

Donor

Rating: 5

When our family discovered HCC, we were immediately attached to the 2 girls that we sponsored and the amazing work that they do. The founders, Bruce and Susan Keenan are delightful and hardworking. Their commitment to help these children is honorable. We look forward to traveling to Nepal this winter with our children to visit Kushi Gar.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited Himalayan Children's Charities in Nepal for one month this summer. I had a fantastic time in Nepal and the experience really helped open my eyes to the tangible good that this charity has been able to and continues to accomplish. I really enjoyed interacting with the children and was quite moved by many of the stories that were shared. The charity staff create a great environment for the kids to learn and develop and a strong camaraderie exists among the kids. All in all, it was a pleasure to volunteer with this charity and I could not have more respect for the efforts of everyone involved in creating and keeping this organization running.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed learning and supporting the work of HCC. I appreciate and impressed by the effort made to provide a platform to support children who at one point did not have hope for a better future. What I have observed with HCC is an opportunity for children to thrive, have dreams, and evolve in their country in a way that was once thought impossible. I look forward to supporting HCC more and seeing what differences are further made with the kids. How this platform changes lives and the environment in the country.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been sposoring Jiwan for several years. We have seen Jiwan grow and develop into a great young man. We have also been able to see the growth of HCC into a great charity. Allowing people to see the impact they can have by sponsoring children is what makes it so great for us. It is so different from throwing money to places where you can not see if your donation made a difference. Knowing we could help Jiwan get the education he needed to become self sufficient and able to help others is truly gratifying.

Donor

Rating: 5

Having known the founders of HCC for several years, I can vouch for their integrity and commitment to the organization. HCC continues to grow and serve more children in Nepal, while at the same time expanding its outreach and funding base in the U.S. This is a true success story.

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.