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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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Name is Jasmati. I am nineteen years old and I am studying Bachelor in Healthcare Management. I am one of the students of Himalayan Children’s Charities (HCC). HCC has financially and academically supported me since I was seven years old. At present, I stay in the apartment with other female university students of HCC where we live like a family. During the breaks, vacations and festival time I go to the group home and engage in many activities in order to help my juniors learn and grow. I often give them dance classes, do art and craft activities, cook dinner for them and also help them in their studies. This group home has truly been a perfect platform for me to learn and explore different aspects of life. I regard this academic/financial support as the golden opportunity of my life because I am a girl from a very remote place of Nepal and I would have never imagined to get such facilities in my life time.

When I was six years old I was brought from Humla to an orphanage in Nepal’s capital city by my relatives. I knew nothing about the orphanage or the reason of being brought to such a strange place at that young age. I was also one of the shy and innocent kids who did not understand the national language (Nepali) because I belonged to extremely different part of Nepal where we had our own typical language. After a short time Bruce and Susan came to see many children in the orphanage and luckily they choose to sponsor my schooling. That day marked the turning point of my life because I was so happy to get admitted in a good boarding school and the hostel where I was provided with everything that I needed. Ever since that time Bruce and Susan came to visit us twice a year and took us for outings, lunch and trekking, which meant a lot for a girl like me. I felt special about being loved and cared for. As the time passed I was learning to speak Nepali as well as English and I even topped the class when I was in grade three. This vey incident motivated me to work even harder so I never hesitated to learn new things, speak in public, and I was never again that shy little girl. Since then I was always the first girl of my class also I developed communication skills and much more. By 2014, I passed my SLC with good marks and joined +2 in Science. At present I am a student of Healthcare Management and I am also hopeful about my career that I will be following because I am an active citizen capable of doing many things in my life, including helping others. The mentorship and leadership training that HCC has provided me has helped me to cope with many aspects of life. The establishment of HCC has brought a great change in my life and I consider myself as a good human capable of bringing positive changes in the society. Therefore, I would rank HCC 5 out of 5 because HCC provides the best opportunities for education, accommodation and life skills.

Client Served

Rating: 5


I am Saraswati Banstola and I am 20 years old. Currently I am taking my Bachelors in Medical Imaging Technology and I am in my second year. I study in Universal College of Medical Sciences which is in Terai region of Nepal.

I have been in HCC for 15 years. Before coming to HCC I lived in an orphanage where I didn't have good food, proper dress and better place to sleep. But now I have the greatest and the loveliest family and wonderful sponsors.

I have been staying away from home to complete my bachelors. I have learnt a lot of things staying by myself. I feel responsible and independent making my own decisions and managing financial stuffs. HCC has given me an opportunity to experience life outside of Kathmandu Valley (capital city) and it is totally worth it. I feel so happy staying outside from the capital city and experiencing life in different part of Nepal.

Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5


My name is Chet Kumari B.k and I am 23 years old. I'm currently in my 2nd year of studying my Bachelor in Public Health with the support of HCC. I have been in HCC's program for 19 years. It has been a great experience being part of HCC.

When I was 6 months old my father died due to lack of treatment available for ulcer and when I was 2 years old my mother eloped with another man leaving me and my 3 years old elder sister with my 9 and 12 year old brothers. Due to our poor economic condition, my sister and I were brought to the orphanage in Kathmandu. Soon after being admitted to the orphanage , I was brought into HCC's program where I received good quality of education and got a second chance to live a beautiful and a meaningful life.

Before being a member of HCC, I was really sad that I did not have a family and I used to get hurt that I was abandoned. I didn't like people calling me an orphan and never had good friends with whom I could play with and this made me really sad.

But now I am proud to say that I have a huge family with whom I can share may happiness and sorrows. I don't feel sad anymore about being an orphan. In fact, I am really proud being an orphan because now I can help other children like me. I would have never got an opportunity to get this quality of education and develop my career without HCC. HCC has made me a strong women with determined future aim. In 2016, with the support of HCC, I was able to compete in and was recognized as the first MIss Bishwokarma in a national beauty pageant for women from my so-called "untouchable" caste.

Second chances for children like me are not given to make things right, but are given to prove that we can be better, even after we fall. I'm very grateful to HCC for giving me a second chance to live a wonderful and better life again.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a part of HCC since 2004 and from then I have a really strong bond with this organization. I was supported by this organization when I was in Class.4. My parents weren’t able to look after me. They were economically weak and had to put me in an orphanage when I was four years old. I don’t remember anything from my early childhood, not even my mother and the village. I was too small when I put into the orphanage to remember. In the orphanage, I had my friends but felt really sad as I always felt the emptiness of not being with my parents. When I look back to the day when I was selected in this program, it was the happiest day of my life. We were in a group and were enrolled in a good boarding school in Kathmandu. I was a shy girl at first in school but later on I gained self-confidence and was outspoken. I got sponsors, Jeff and Diane, who treated me as their daughter and gave me the love of the parents, which always made me feel cared for. Many thanks to our HCC founders Mr. Bruce Keenan and Mrs.Susan Keenan for this initiative to help children like us.

After our Class.10 School Leaving Certificate (SLC), we had no place to go, and so we were kept in a youth home named Khushi Ghar, which means Happy Home, where we were given life skills training of cooking, cleaning, staying in the family, celebrating our festivals with the family members and most importantly the mentorship training. We got our mother and father in Hira Aunt and Dinesh uncle. Everything we got was so much valuable and precious to us; from the study support to the bonding with all the brothers and sisters here. The hardest thing for me after my Class.11 was meeting my father, whom I met after 20 years. I thought after meeting he would have cared for me but that wasn’t the case. Even then, I did not feel the lack of love from him, as I have my sponsor Jeff caring me as his own daughter. Jeff’s trip to Nepal the next year to meet me meant the world to me. At Khushi Ghar we are people from different backgrounds, communities and districts but still we are living together as our own family sharing the same bond.

After completion of my university I got to be one of the staff of Himalayan Children’s Charities looking after the new program- Dhading Children’s Initiative (DCI). Now I am an independent girl working to support myself and living on my own. The self-confidence in me to do better in life, and the degree that I hold (Bachelor in Business Studies) are the biggest accomplishments that I have. The HCC graduation program was a big day of my life as I realized the drastic change in my life prior to 13 years ago. Now I look at my life and find a positive change in me; I look after many programs of HCC; Dhading Children’s Initiative (DCI) and the school support to the children in different schools of Nepal; Dhading, Nuwakot, Dolakha. I am also involved in project coordination for Creating Possibilities, Nepal. I feel so privileged to be a part of this program as I was a student of this program and now an active staff member.

The changes in me, my identity as an independent youth of Nepal, and my readiness to move forward with a vision of helping the needy children and women is all possible all because of HCC.

1 Khil T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello! I am Khil Bahadur Thapa, graduating student supported by Himalayan Children's Charity for past 15 years in my education, training, accommodation and food. I have been so lucky out of many to get this support. Today I am what I got from HCC. They have always been supportive in the things that I love to do and provided me guidance, care and love. I am Public Health graduate from one of the prestigious colleges in the country, and currently working as a program coordinator in one of the youth-leading NGOs called YUWA, where I also serve as a Secretary. Like me, there are many other children who are pursuing their educations with full support from HCC. Besides academic support HCC believes in all round development of children, regardless of their family backgrounds. This is because we are children who do not have either or both parents. Life skills training and links with experts in the field are other very important parts of HCC. Here, we live as a big family helping each other. This helps us to live together in the society later when we graduate from HCC. Out of many things that I got and learned from HCC, giving back is what most fascinates me and I have been doing this through small steps. I feel really blessed and pleased to write my review for such a great organization.


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.