Happy Kids Center
Our mission is to build community through caring for children, supporting education, and empowering families.
5 years from now we wish to have a system in place that supports these kids from their first day at 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