My wife Soma and I have been a part of the HCC family since its inception, and over the years tried to help raise money to support the Keenans in their tireless effort to change the lives of orphans who otherwise would have little or no chance. During a trip to Nepal in late 2015, we visited the orphanage and were really impressed with the joy, caring and talent exhibited by these young people. Bruce and Susan should be proud of their accomplishments so far, as the kids they help certainly are.
I have been a donor to HCC since Nepal suffered the devastating earthquake in April 2015 that orphaned so many of her vulnerable children. It was evident to me that HCC is an organization of great integrity which would channel the donations from individuals such as myself to where they were most needed - to provide direct services to these children. This March, I had the opportunity to travel to Nepal, visit HCC's group home in Kathmandu and meet a number of the children who have benefited from the program along with HCC's founders and local staff.
HCC has been in operation for over 15 years and I was also honored to attend the a ceremony honoring the first college graduating class of HCC, a number of whom had been children rescued by the program since its founding.I was so impressed by the program's mission, which is to support and encourage these young people who have lost everything to attain the highest level of education they are capable of, to become leaders of positive change in their impoverished culture, to nurture and give back to one another in order to create a real sense of family. And it works. I and others who had travelled to Nepal together were so moved by our personal connections with these vibrant and genuinely happy and motivated young people and so humbled by the dedication and vision of the founders and staff of HCC that we organized a fundraiser in our hometown when we returned to the U.S. I will continue to support HCC and encourage others to do the same.
We have been supporters of Himalayan Children's Charity for many years now but had an opportunity to go to Nepal for the first time in March. It was incredible and enlightening to experience such a rich and vibrant culture and to see, first-hand, our sponsored child and the entire HCC family, in their element, in Kathmandu.
My husband and I went to Nepal knowing about it's dire economic situation and poverty, but we were still unprepared for the culture shock we felt. Seeing the living situations of some Nepalis and the post-earthquake wreckage, made us appreciate and respect the work of HCC even more. To have taken these extremely unfortunate children out of orphanages, and off the streets, and given them a real chance at life- an opportunity to become something- is truly extraordinary.
On two occasions, we visited HCC's "Kushi Ghar" (Happy Home), where the sponsored kids stay when they are not in boarding school. It was located in a nice, safe neighborhood. As the older kids showed us around, they explained that they learned basic life skills here; how to cook, do chores, maintain cleanliness and be a responsible person. We had many opportunities to spend quality time with the kids throughout the trip. They guided us during our sightseeing, took us through the markets and helped us negotiate, celebrated a Nepali wedding with us, and a few of them even came along on a three day trek in the amazing Annapurna mountains with us.
On our last day, we were able to see the first of the HCC children graduate at the beautiful Yak & Yeki Hotel. As I looked around at the children's faces here, and not only the graduates, it made me realize something: the HCC kids looked different than other children in Nepal. They smile with confidence; they are educated; and each of them speak with excitement about following their dreams and giving back to their country. This is what HCC is about and why we love to support them.
I visited the HCC headquarters during my recent visit to Nepal and met the staff and some of the children they serve. i am very impressed with their programs and with the young people who have been served by them. I have volunteered to help with a fund raiser in my community and support their good work.
I visited the HCC while in Kathmandu, Nepal. It was wonderful to see many of the young adults who had been served by this charity; some since early childhood. Some of these children were orphaned or abandoned. The Signature Program, which is a rural program, works with children who were abandoned or orphaned during the 2015 7.8 earthquake, which killed around 10,000 people. These children live with extended families in the outlying villages. The Charity works with the local schools. Many of these children had been living in state orphanages . Over 150 children are currently being served in this program. The villages in which they live are very remote and sometimes high up in the hills. Some people walk for miles over very rough terrain to attend their schools and to receive other kinds of help. The people who work with this charity are mainly volunteers; there are two full time staff in Nepal. Any volunteer who works with the program pay for their own travel and living expenses.
We visited the boarding home and school in Kathmandu. These children were adolescents and some of them were getting ready for graduation. When they graduate from High School, they are given a stipend and some of them move into their own apartments. They are given schooling for different professional choices. They are also schooled in life skills. Nine of the ten graduates now have jobs in Nepal. They are provided with a large network of social support as they navigate the complexities of working in Nepal. Nepal is a very poor country, and the problems are enormous.
i was very impressed with what I saw. Our friend Sadie Green is one of the Directors in this program. While we were in Nepal, we went to her wedding, marrying a Nepalese man from Kathmandu. They live in Kathmandu and Sadie travels a lot for her job; sometimes she walks for two days to get into the remote villages to work with the children.
It is a very deserving program and is deserving of the kinds of donations that will help continue and expand the organization.
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?
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.
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%
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!
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.
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.