Education Programs

Providing quality education, innovative mentorship and nurturing care to orphan children in Nepal since 2000.

Himalayan Children's Charities Classroom Boy Smiling

Himalayan Children’s Charities (HCC) has three primary education programs — the Signature Program, the PEAK Program and the RISE Program. HCC works to transform lives and promote change by breaking cycles of poverty, creating opportunities for successful futures, and encouraging a culture of giving back.

Achievements: In 2021, we supported 128 students in our three main programs — 33 students in the Signature Program, 85 in the RISE Program, and 10 in the PEAK Program.

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The Kathmandu Signature Program

Our founding program provides education, care and mentorship for children and youth in Kathmandu, Nepal. Students attend quality, English-medium boarding school through grade 10, and spend holidays at Khushi Ghar, the HCC youth home, where students in grades 11 and 12 live full time. Khushi Ghar creates a stable, nurturing and family-like environment and provides our students with the guidance they need to succeed and thrive. After high school students are given the option to attend university or technical school (through the PEAK Program) and are provided guidance to help choose an academic and career path. The Signature Program works to inspire self-confidence, independence, and enable each of our students to elevate their lives and the world around them.

Signature Program students at HCC's first graduation ceremony in 2016 in Nepal

Education

  • Enrollment in quality, English-medium boarding schools for K-10

  • Enrollment in college (grades 11&12)

  • Scholarships for university or technical school (via the Higher Education Scholarship Program)

Care

  • Khushi Ghar youth home creates a stable family environment

  • House parents who provide care, guidance and support

  • Annex apartments for university students

  • All necessities including accommodation, food, clothes, and medical care

  • Access to psychological counselling and self-esteem coaching

Mentorship

  • Academic and career counselling

  • Life-skills training, including budgeting, home management, and cooking

  • Leadership and team building courses

  • Peer to peer support and mentorship

  • Community service

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The PEAK Program

The PEAK Program promotes education and knowledge for disadvantaged students in higher education. The program provides students with educational scholarships for college, technical school or university, which cover tuition, housing, living expenses, access to HCC’s mentorship programs and inclusion in HCC’s family culture. The PEAK Program is open to all and students are admitted based on merit, motivation, and academic dedication.

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Education

  • Full tuition for university (four years) or technical school (three years)

  • All school related fees

Care

  • Room and board

  • In Kathmandu – Accommodation at Annex apartments near Khushi Ghar

  • Outside Kathmandu – Accommodation stipend provided

Mentorship

  • Internship programs

  • Leadership and team building courses

  • Exit guidance

  • Peer to peer support

  • Community service

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RISE Program

Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world and children in rural areas are particularly vulnerable to forced child labor, early marriage and human trafficking. Keeping children in school greatly reduces these risks and provides opportunities for a stable and prosperous adulthood. The RISE Program provides rural investments in student education, providing marginazlied children with the opportunity to stay in school – strengthening local communities and keeping children safe. The program aims to keep students living with family members, and also offers boarding school scholarships for children with no surviving family.

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Education

  • Enrollment in government day or private boarding schools for K-10

  • Enrollment in college (grades 11&12)

  • Opportunity for scholarships for university or technical school (via the Higher Education Scholarship Program) based on merit

Care

  • Stipend for food, clothing and personal care items

  • Annual distribution of warm winter clothing and school supplies

  • Medical care

  • Access to outreach projects, including health seminars, hygiene workshops, library book distribution, and anti-trafficking awareness programs.

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Culture

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