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Causes: Education, Human Services, International, International Relief

Mission: The Himalayan Children''s Fund is a way for people around the world, and the west in particular, to connect with the lives of people in the Himalayan Region of Nepal, India and Tibet. Established in 1987 by students of Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche, the HCF provides support Rinpoche''s many compassionate activities such as schools, monasteries and free clinics. By providing support for education, food, clothing, medicine and other needs we hope to equip the children and adults with the tools necessary for life enhancement while helping to preserve the culture of the people which is primarily of Tibetan and Buddhist heritage.  

Programs: Founded in 1987, Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School was the first of its kind to offer an approved Nepali government curriculum to girls and boys, both lay and monastic while helping to preserve the culture of the Himalayan people by providing instruction in Tibetan language and culture as well as Buddhist meditation and philosophy.

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to visit this School in Kathmandu about 10 years ago and since then have been a committed sponsor. The children are joyful, playful and kind to each other., the feeling of family permeates the environment. They live in a compound in the the midst of the Tibetan part of the city. They don't get out very often, as it is expensive to take a them on a field trip, nor do they see home often, for many it it is a long bus ride and then what looks to me like a hazardous five to nine day walk in the Himalayas to the home village. The curriculum is wonderful, the children are comfortable with at least three languages, Tibetan, Nepali and English, their educational success is great and when they graduate there are opportunities for further education and learning. They are coming from villages in the Himalayas where there is only subsistence living, many are malnourished when they arrive, and have been out taking care of the animals and small crops since they were little. One of the goals of the school is to educate the children so they can help their people. One of the great successes I think is the training of teachers, who go back to the villages and teach, and the training of health assistants, who are basically barefoot doctors who take on a great deal of responsibility at a young age. I am so happy that I can be part of this from far away by supporting a student and helping with general needs by donating when I can.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to Himalayan Children’s Fund for many years and highly recommend this organization to anyone who is considering offering financial support. I have traveled to Nepal and seen personally how HCF puts charitable donations to good use at Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School, Tara Abbey, and elsewhere, improving the lives of so many people. It is particularly moving to see the education, housing, and hope for a better future that this organization provides to children from the area’s remote mountain regions. I wholeheartedly recommend supporting HCF.

Aaron54

Donor

Rating: 5

I've contributed to HCF for years. They do great work and are very transparent. They publish a wonderful newsletter on a regular basis and are very responsive to donor inquiries. I can't think of a more deserving and engaging nonprofit.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is my pleasure to give Himalayan Childrens Fund a five-star rating as a way to acknowledge the tremendous work they are doing on behalf of so many. I have sponsored a nun at Tara Abbey for over twenty years and on my many visits to Nepal over the years I have seen first hand the many projects there. Our OCVV meditation and dharma study group here in Orange County contributes to HCF on a regular basis and celebrate the fact that the funds are managed so skillfully for the benefit of others. I couldn't be more enthusiastic in recommending the HCF.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have profound respect for the work being accomplished by the Himalayan Childrens Fund which I have been associated with as a donor for over twenty-years. I have visited Shree Mangal Dvip school in Nepal many times and have seen first hand the high quality of education that is being offered there. It is through the generosity of so many skilled and generous volunteers that the work of this organization is able to do so much where the need is great and resources limited. I intend to continue my support of this organization and urge others to consider contributing as well.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic charity. There are virtually no expenses; it's run by volunteers who are well connected in the Himalayan region. Your donation truly goes a LONG way in this part of the world which is so poor and has so many needs -- especially after the 2015 earthquakes.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I sponsor 3 students at Shree Mangal Dveep , the HCF boarding school
I have seen one student through his entire primary, middle and high school years and now through a 3 year Paramedic course. Another is currently finishing his high school years and another is also studying to be a paramedic
These children come from astonishingly poor families and would have no chance for education without intervention from outside. The thing about this nonprofit that makes it different, is the very personal relationships I have developed with each child through the years. The help is tangible and direct. The young students have become part of my extended family.
I have watched each child turn into a young adult and we are in close contact through the internet. I have come to know their unique personalities and seen them grow and change through the magic power of a first class education. The academic standards set by the school are high and the students grow up in a safe and spiritual environment. Of all the charitable institutions I have been involved with, HCF is the most personal and the most gratifying. I highly recommend this nonprofit for any one with any amount of money to spare. For the price of a large coffee at Starbucks each day, I managed to see someone through 15 years of education. This was such a small investment for the most powerful return possible: the transformational change of a human being.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a sponsor for many years. I most like the connection I have with the girl I sponsor. We stay connected through letters, then more recently emails and now we occasionally visit on Skype! She brings so much richness to my life. My father passed away recently and she had traditional butter lamps lit to honor him. I had the good fortune to visit the school a couple of times and the friendliness and smiles were immense. I could see how warm and caring the staff were and how privileged the children felt to be there. I bow to all those that help the existence of this school.
Sincerely, Donna McLaughlin

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with HCF for most of the last decade. I was introduced by friends in a meditation group. Over that time, I've worked hard to contribute every month to help support the efforts of the group. The work done with the students is amazing and I know that Thrangu Rinpoche's influence is part of every step taken.

I have received regular communication from students I've sponsored as well as the regular newsletter. The efforts of HCF need to continue as the benefits to the students are so crucial in their lives. The integrity of HCF is beyond question and I will always make sure that I contribute regularly.

HCF is a group that deserves your support in any and every way possible.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor for the last 3 years, and have loved every minute of it. The Himalayan Children's fund has been providing for the basic needs of the Himalayan Children. I am greatly honored to be associated with an organization like the HCF. Words can not describe their accomplishments.
May their work continue to flourish.

Emmanuel

1 Tensung R.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a HCF donor for over 15 years and every year I am more blown away at the amazing work that this charity provides. I could not give it a higher ranking or recommendation!!

Donor

Rating: 5

HCF is a most worthy charity, providing education, food, clothing, and medical care for deserving children in the Himalayan region. HCF also supports young Buddhist monks and nuns to continue their studies and practice, and in so doing preserves a rich ancient tradition based on compassion for others. HCF is the vision of The Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, one of the great meditation masters of our time. The organization’s longtime director, Debra Ann Robinson-Menzies, does an impeccable job. Because this organization is administered by unpaid volunteers, overhead costs are minimal and donations go where they are truly needed.

I feel much gratification in donating to this fine organization. Debra Ann keeps us informed about projects through pictures and articles in the monthly newsletter. Our donations really do make a difference.

Donor

Rating: 5

My family has been involved with the Himalyan Childrens Fund for most of ten years. What initially started as a glance through a photo album of young children needing sponsors has grown to an understanding and deep appreciation for the work of the school and the huge commitment made by the volunteers, the children attending the school and the families of those children. The school provides for the physical, emotional and spiritual well being of each child that comes there - children that come from conditions in one of the poorest and most destitute areas of the world. Not only does the school succeed in remedying the assorted health ailments associated with chronic malnutrition, but it provides them with an education that easily surpasses what the Nepali government offers and compares to internationally acclaimed programs. And they do this with volunteers, lay people and ordained buddhists who accomplish the seemingly impossible through their unwavering commitment.

My family now sponsors three wonderful children and one ordained monk, and when I read their letters of what they hold valuable and sacred in their lives, I make the aspiration that my own children, who in comparison have every benefit and opportunity, can likewise embrace the world in such a heart felt, intelligent and compassionate way. When I started on the journey of first becoming involved with HCF, I had no children of my own. Now that I have two sons, I understand and appreciate much more deeply what this organization does, and how happy it makes me to be given a chance to afford some/any children to attend the school and grow into literate, healthy adults who care to serve and make a difference in those very destitute conditions from which they were born into. It is absolutely inspiring.

Donor

Rating: 5

Himalayan Childeren’s Fund accomplishes so much with our contribution. They house, clothe, feed and provide an excellent education to the children that we sponsor. They teach morals and manners to them as well.
Several times per year we receive letters from the children and we are amazed how well they have learned to write to us in English. The letters reflect how these children fel about their experience and it is very positive to hear from them that HCF is doing an incredible job and that HCF provides a much needed service.
The children are growing up to be caring responsible adults who will have the education to be capable of supporting themselves and contributing to society.

Shakti C.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been donating to Himalayan Children's Fund for over 10 years. We started with a nun, then it turned into 3 students at the school. As well as a Shedra studying to be a translator. We have so much joy in receiving letters from the children. Our oldest son, who is 8, gets to send drawings and share his life with the children. It's really profound. The girl we sponsor sees herself as one of my daughters and includes a picture of herself in the drawings with the picture of our family she draws. I think I cried when I got that card. These children are so special. I have a friend who recently visited and brought gifts for them. I sent 13 of the largest vitamin bottles I could find to send with her. Anything that we can do to help the health of these children, to support them and have them become literate and give back to their country is really beautiful. It is my wish that more people see just how magical this school is and how wonderful the Himalayan Children's Fund is. The giving is so little to get so much in return.

Donor

Rating: 5

For the past five years I have had the pleasure of sponsoring a boarding school student in order to enable her to attend the Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School. This school is one of the many wonderful projects funded by the Himalayan Children's Fund. It has been delightful receiving annual hand-written correspondence from this student and watching her grow and develop physically, spiritually, and academically. I have also been impressed by the hard work, devotion, and compassion of the Fund's director, Debra Ann Robinson-Menzies, who I know personally and admire and respect.

Donor

Rating: 5

I originally got to know the Himalayan Children's Fund through its director, Debra Ann Robinson. I was amazed by the wide range of activities it funds. I have sponsored two residential students at SMD, both of whom established and maintain contact with me personally, which I treasure. HCF has great integrity, a confidence inspired by Thrangu Rinpoche and by all my many dealings with the organization and its projects and members. I have personally visited quite a few of the projects in Nepal and India and plan to continue to do so when I can. I urge others support these projects and to feel assured that the funds are spent wisely.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to HCF for three years, and have sponsored a Buddhist nun in Nepal. I was in Nepal for a different non-profit, and extended my time in Nepal by a week so I could visit the abbey. The communication system in Nepal is not really efficient, so it took some persistence to actually connect with the nuns of Tara Abbey. But once I met them, they received me with a warm welcome. I visited the abbey and stayed in the guest room for two nights. One of the nuns who spoke fluent English was assigned to be my guide, and she was delightful. We visited some beautiful Buddhist stupas, and she gave me some lessons on the meaning of the traditions.

The nuns seemed to be genuinely delighted that I was there, and I was certainly delighted to be there.

I met the nun who we've been sponsoring for the past three years. And although she did not speak English, she let me know she was very grateful for my sponsorship. Once I heard about her devotion and practice, I feel honored to be her sponsor.

Tara Abbey is a lovely place, very peaceful and loving. I am pleased with the work that HCF is doing with Tara Abbey and the nuns who live there.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the most beautiful efforts to help poor children acquire an education I have ever had the honor to observe. The motivations of the people running things are as pure and noble as I could hope for. I am honored just knowing such an organization exists in this world.

Donor

Rating: 5

We so very much appreciate the Himalayan Childrens Fund--for that it makes possible to help not only the Tibetan refugee children but also other Himalayan children. We were first drawn to donate to Tara Abbey but in time we realized that those in charge of the fund knew best where money most needed to go and let them decide what that would be. There are so many ways that one can help... which is one of the positive attributes of this non-profit. We enjoy the personal attention that Debra Ann Robinson-Menzies gives to these efforts and to us as donors. We are touched by the compassion that Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche demonstrates through these many projects in Nepal. Here there are so many people giving of their time, energy, and money in various ways. And then those who are being helped will be helping others as well, now and in the future. All the money donated goes directly to these projects.

Donor

Rating: 5

The HCF established by VV Thrangu Rinpoche provides food, clothing, education and lots of love for many children in the Himalayan Region. I have visited both the monasteries and schools that are part of HCF and found the children, monks and nuns to all be thriving-healthy, happy and getting an excellent education. Perhaps the most important gift these children are receiving by HCF is to be under the nurturing and compassionate love and care of Thrangu Rinpoche, a meditation master in the Tibetan Buddhist Karma Kagyu lineage. Just to catch a glimpse of Rinpoche is a great blessing and all of his senior teachers, Abbots and Abbess provide guidance in all aspects of life, scholarship and Buddhist and secular training.