Happy Kids Center

$4,648 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 25 months
The Happy Kids Center 

Our Misson

Our mission is to build community through caring for children, supporting education, and empowering families.


Our Vision

5 years from now we wish to have a system in place that supports these kids from their first day st HKC all the way through to career planning. With strong facilitators, support from the parents and a safe space (hygienic, protected from environmental conditions) this can be achieved.


Brief Summary of the HKC

Happy Kids Center was started October 2015 in Bhelukhel, Bhaktapur, a place where the vast majority of Bhaktapur's inhabitants have not stepped foot. Based off of Nepal's ancient caste system, the people who live in this areas are considered "lowest of the low," the untouchables. Built out of wood, bamboo and love, this center has provided 80 children with a safe space to explore their creativity and most importantly experience the most basic right of having a childhood for two full hours per day. In a life that consists of collecting cardboard and plastics to sell for a mere 50 rupee per day, these two hours of pure happiness and exploration instils a sense of self-exploration, a sense of community and a sense of self-worth. Thanks to our two wonderful Nepali teachers, community members and volunteers these kids have a support system that is unprecedented in this community. This support not only reaches the kids but extends to the whole family through a variety of programs such as parent meetings, block parties and classes.

Stats and figures

Kids | 80 kids, 34 of them are from the slums and the rest are Dyola caste
Founded | October 2015 by three friends to give a safe and enjoyable space for children
Funding | Fundraising sites such as GoFundMe.com or asking family and friends through email
International Partners | 0
Founder | Johanna Contat
Manager | Nicole Heker  
Facilitators | Chadani Dyola, Preerana Prajapati
Property | We are on the same land as the Dyola school but are a separate organization
Structure | Wood, bamboo, tin, carpet


Needs

Facilitators Salary

Cost: $1,200/year

Facilitator training

It is important for our facilitators to be trained for both their empowerment and to better assist the kids. While we are not a school, we want our center to be growth oriented, focusing on problem-solving skills and critical thinking. VHS Bhaktapur, a German-run NGO in Bhelukhel area offers montessori style teacher training. This is a program we are eager to engage with.

Cost:

Infrastructure

Raising the floors, insulation, preparing for rain damage, fixing a broken drainage pipe that consistently floods the center.

Cost:   $1,000


Volunteer aid

Our volunteers are our bloodline. To take care of them we wish to offer Cultural Information Seminars and Nepali langugage courses to they can better connect to the
kids and to the community. This is done through VHS Bhaktapur.

Cost Breakdown |

CIS - $18.69 for the two-day seminar

Nepali Language - $7.47/hour

Hygeine

Our kids and our facilitators need to be protected from water borne diseases-- a very common occurence in our community. A water filter called "Life Straw" has been
donated by a local NGO for drinking, however we are still in need of a handwashing station where the kids can learn to wash hands-- Simple prevention for deathly disease.

Cost: $40.38


Excursions

Many of these kids have never left Bhaktapur. We would like to take them to Ganesh temple and other historic places around the area.

Cost: $50 for lunch on the way

Photo Exhibit

The kids have taken to photography and are quite good!! We want the kids to have control in how they are being represented to the international community so we are
hosting a few photo exhibits in the coming months of their photography. The money needed will go to renting the space and printing the photos

Cost: $50 per exhibit for printing the photos
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HAPPY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY TO THE HAPPY KIDS CENTER IN BHAKTAPUR, NEPAL !!!!! Thank you to EVERYONE that participated and contributed to keeping our peter pan land going and growing we are so thankful for this special place. Here are some photos of us celebrating here at HKC courtesy of Chadani Dyola :) It was a day of kite flying, ceremony and cake <3
To help us sustain this magical place, please consider giving a gift to the HKC through out GoFundMe page!
https://www.gofundme.com/vhkwsub8?ssid=768734299&pos=1
With love,
The HKC team
Kite Flying Competition
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WE HAVE EXCEEDED OUR INITAL GOAL!! Because of your support, the Happy Kid's Center will be sustained for 1 full year. After every donation, and every major landmark we've come to, I tell myself that it can't possibly get any better, and every time I have been proved wrong. Thank you all for proving me wrong and for exceeding my expectations over and over again. I have so much more faith in humanity because of you. I didn't think that was possible ;) We are now on our way to achieving our two year goal. Please help us to keep this center sustained and protected for as long as possible.
With all the love in my heart,
Nicole
Our Happy Kid's looking SO happy to be entering the center.
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Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who has donated, shared, liked and followed so far! WE ARE SO CLOSE to reaching our initial goal and we are so thankful for all of you who have made this possible so far. You are all truly special.

To follow our story: Like us on Facebook @Happy Kid's Center
Follow us on Instagram @Happykidscenter
and check out our website! (still on the way) @Happykidscenter.org

With much love and gratitude,
Nicole
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$2,260 in only 5 days. For once, I have no words. I am humbled with gratitude. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Please keep sharing- we are almost there!!!
gofund.me/vhkwsub8 - - - https://www.facebook.com/Happy-Kids-Center-840506966047613/?fref=ts


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Raised by 61 people in 25 months
Created January 26, 2016
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16 months ago
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carla muller
16 months ago

On behalf of my daughter, Audra Barber, who is giving her heart away to Napal and getting her heart filled in return.

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Saurabh Jain
16 months ago

Cheers. Best wishes. Hope you reach the target soon.

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Faith Yap
20 months ago

Continue sharing your light and love around the world!

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