The Kailash Home is operated by the Himalayan Children’s Foundation (HCF) a charitable organization registered with the Nepali Government. Each unique child is nurtured in this caring environment. It not only houses them but also fosters stability through quality education and a focus on their health care. Additionally, through the generosity of all our supporters and the hard work of our staff in Kathmandu, hundreds of children pass through Kailash and are privileged to call it home.
The children at Kailash Home come from the most remote and poorest mountain villages in Nepal, where the nearest school is often three to four hour walk from their home. They come to Kailash when they are five to seven years old and are cared for until they graduate from high school.
Continuing this vital thread and stressing the importance of the whole child, our staff cares for each child as if they were their own. Subsequently, children attend one of several age-appropriate schools. Important academic skills are encouraged by the Kailash Staff and each student progress is closely monitored. While the majority perform well independently, relishing an opportunity to acquire knowledge, if necessary tutoring is provided for skill mastery.
Appropriate medical care is essential for a child’s optimal well-being. To ensure this, a physician visits the Kailash Home and provides regular check-ups. Additionally, all children are vaccinated upon arrival at Kailash and they are brought to a nutritionally sound state. It is only when their health is ensured that they are permitted to begin their studies.
A variety of extra curricular options are provided which present a glimpse of potential pathways for future careers possibilities
Happy children can be found tending their vegetable gardens and busily baking bread in the kitchen. Teaching life skills such as these plant seeds which ensure independent sustainability. Not only can they live off the land, but they come to understand the importance of balanced meals.
Our music program presents a creative outlet for all children. Through instruction in instrumental training, choral singing and modern and traditional dance the Nepalese way of life is joyfully brought forth. It has been a resounding success as confident budding musicians have performed at the Hyatt Hotel and Tsering Elder Hostel in Kathmandu.
Various outdoor activities including swimming, water rafting, and rock climbing teach essential life skills. These skills are further developed through ongoing lectures and presentations.
Many young Kailash athletes are inspired to train and participate in local marathons, demonstrating an innate talent as future mountain guides. Often they segue this ability into summer jobs or careers upon graduation.
Home visits: Recognizing the importance of maintaining family/village life connections, HYF has initiated a bi-yearly home visit program. Children are safely escorted back to their villages and spend holidays with their extended families. In instances where it is not feasible for a child to travel home, arrangements are made for a sponsor or family members to visit them in Kathmandu. The visits are important and enable families to understand what children are learning in order to help support their future goals. Children likewise have the opportunity to share their newly acquired knowledge and are eager to do so!