Prior to the earthquake I was impressed by the projects, education, health and services supported and created by the Himalayan Childrens Fund. I have been involved with many NGOs in the past, and I am greatly impressed that it is almost entirely locally managed, guided and operated. The efficiency with which the donated funds go directly to valuable and meaningful beneficial activities for communities and people is stellar. This is a model all NGO's could use and it assures me that every dollar/Rupee is used to its maximum benefit. That makes me feel great about supporting HCF.
The Himalayan Children's Fund supports education and basic healthcare for the children of Himalayas. This noteworthy organization not only supports but also brings opportunity to these children. It is a joy to the volunteers and donors to see contributions are well allocated and put to good use.
Review from Guidestar
I first became involved with HCF as a volunteer while living in Kathmandu. My college age son, who was in Kathmandu for an internship, and I worked at the school opening the library after school hours for free reading and art activities. We loved volunteering there, such a friendly happy place with the children so interested in talking to us. When my son graduated from College the next year he wanted his monetary gifts to go to the school. His aunts and uncle agreed to continue sponsoring the little boy yearly. Two years later my family gave me a gift of sponsorship for a little girl for Christmas. We also have been lucky enough to return to Nepal several times, have visited the school and spent very special time with these two children and several others. This is a very special school, providing both academic education, values of compassionate Buddhism and valuable life skills.
I have sponsored a girl since she was eleven years old...she is now in her thirties and has become a teacher for young girls like herself. She is incredibly sweet and signs her letters to me: "your darling daughter." HCF has an all volunteer staff and so donations go directly to the students and monks and nuns. It is through the inspiration of Tibetan teachers that so many westerners have joined together to provide education and basic needs for the children of the Himalayas.