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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

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Supporting and working with the Himalayan Children's Charities has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. While there are so many large charities that take your money and do who-knows-what with it, HCC is known for their ability to make a difference in real kids lives - and you know exactly what your money and time is going to. Started by a humble couple who live in Atlanta, Bruce and Susan Keenan have raised the bar for charities around the world. Through HCC, they have given proper education, a home, a purpose to life and a family to over 50 kids in Nepal who would otherwise be homeless. And they have been able to help over 100 kids, in four different districts, stay in school after the 2015 earthquake.

I first got involved with HCC in 2014 and have been volunteering and raising money for the charity since then. My family sponsors two girls in Nepal, Shristi and Saraswoti. The charity does a great job of keeping the sponsors in the U.S. up to date with their kids in Nepal, and I personally felt like I had gained two new sisters. I was fortunate enough to meet these two girls, along with many of the other HCC students, during my trip to Nepal in March of 2017. Not only were the two girls sweet and so well-rounded, everyone I met at HCC made me proud of what the charity stands for and was a direct reflection of the morals and values the Himalayan Children's Charities upholds. If there is any charity worth putting your time and money into, the Himalayan Children’s Charities isn’t just a great decision, it is a decision that will change your life for the better.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

On a trip to Nepal earlier in the year I was able to visit a HCC home and speak with some amazing young people who were then venturing into higher education. It was incredible what these young people were achieving and how they really put there all in to this. The adults in which worked within the house we visited were extremely welcoming and was great just to have a real insight into the HCC charity. As well as learning about them we as a group of people spoke about our professions and how these change in different countries, how we went about achieving them and then also about our lives back in our homes (in the case the U.K.) I hope these young people achieve great things; it was a pleasure to meet them and great to see they are being given the chance to do this!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been in the HCC orbit for the past 10 years, and have learned so much about how to run and grow a vehicle for social good. Bruce and Susan bring their natural love of human beings into their work, and give their HCC kids both the material and moral support they need to develop into mature, curious, and successful adults. I have little doubt that HCC will continue to grow and deepen its programming, and become an increasing important part of the Nepalese landscape. I find this prospect to be particularly encouraging, because I get the sense that the children that HCC takes into its arms will exit the program inspired to make their own positive mark on the world - they will aim to pay their good fortune forward, as we all should.

2 Manna R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

You only have this one life and you should recognize that each day is gift. I am Mun Maya Rawal recently graduated student of HCC. I feel that it was yesterday I joined HCC, Can’t believe it’s already been 11 years. I am so blessed and lucky to be surrounded by so many people who are ready to give me a helping hand.

I can proudly say that I am a big sister, mentor and leader for my younger brothers and sisters in so many ways. I love spending my leisure time at Happy Home (Khushi Ghar) because my heart lives there.

Now I am well educated and working young woman. This wouldn’t be possible without the support of HCC sponsors.Thank you HCC sponsors for being with me in my hard and good times.

Thank You.

1 Montalvo L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the unique opportunity to travel with the activity coordinator of HCC to outlying villages in Nepal and participate in a meeting to support and inform parents and students of the services being brought to the region as well as distribute scholarships to their families. The work was so impactful and life changing both for myself and for the students who were being served by this charity. I am pleased to continue my involvement and now we have a network in NYC of donors who are supporting students in Nepal to complete their education. The founders are kind and available, and their staff so well informed and have excellent communication skills. The homes they have built for students in the Kathmandu valley are warm and full of life, and their policy is so transparent and accessible that there is no doubt that all the donations and funds raised go directly to supporting these wonderful youth.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

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!

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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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.