Education Programs at Himalayan Children's Charities

With the mission of providing quality education, innovative mentorship and nurturing care to orphan children in Nepal, Himalayan Children's Charities (HCC) has been helping vulnerable children in Nepal since 2000. HCC has three primary education programs - The Signature Program, the Higher Education Scholarship Program, and the Rural Education Scholarship 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.

The Kathmandu Signature Program

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

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 Higher Education Scholarship 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.


  • 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)


  • 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


  • 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

Higher Education Scholarship Program  

The Higher Education Scholarship Program at HCC supports disadvantaged students for college, technical school or university. The program provides students with educational scholarships, which cover tuition and living expenses and are given access to HCC’s mentorship programs. Students in this program mostly come from other HCC programs (the Signature Program and the Rural Education Scholarship Program), but it is open to students from outside HCC programs and are awarded based on merit, motivation, and academic dedication.

Two university students in the Higher Education Scholarship Program


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


  • Room and board
    • In Kathmandu - Accommodation at Annex apartments near Khushi Ghar
    • Outside Kathmandu - Accommodation stipend provided


  • Internship programs
  • Leadership and team building courses
  • Exit guidance
  • Peer to peer support
  • Community service

Rural Education Scholarship 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. In 2015, a series of devastating earthquakes struck these already impoverished rural communities and orphaned many children. The Rural Education Scholarship Program was established soon after and provides educational scholarships and support for children in the worst affected areas. The program aims to keep students living with family members, and also offers boarding school scholarships for children with no surviving family.


RESP students, HCC staff and local collaborators in rural Dhading, 2019

  • 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


  • 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.


Achievements: In 2019, we supported 130 students in our three main programs - 41 students in the Kathmandu Signature Program, 84 in the Rural Education Scholarship Program, and five in the Higher Education Scholarship Program.

We at HCC are fully committed to transparency, please click here for our financial reports and IRS tax statements from the previous eight years.



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