Help Cover the Cost for Day to Day Expenses for 2018!
We often say “Happy Kids Center is more than just a place, it is where journeys begin.” However, at its core, Happy Kids Center is a place for children to come and express themselves in a safe, creative environment. In order for journeys to begin, maintaining the day to day functions and overall magical feel of the Happy Kids Center is essential.
So how do we maintain the “magic?” Where does your money go? We are committed to being entirely transparent when it comes to donations and costs at HKC and we aim to spend every single dollar donated in the most efficient and valuable ways.
The source of much of the Happy Kids Center “magic” is our amazing staff. We are committed to paying all of our staff members fair salaries to compensate them for their tireless work! Our staff includes one head teacher, one assistant teacher who also facilitates our nutrition program, one mentor for our anti-child marriage bracelet-making program, an animal caretaker, and a team of Amas (Nepali word for “mother figures”) who cook for our weekly community meal days!
With approximately 80 kids ages 3-16 coming and going from the center each day, use A LOT of materials. Each day our Happy Kids choose how they want to spend their time at HKC, but we tend to try to focus deeply on artistic expression. The way the children choose to be creative is entirely up to them, be it through stress-relief mandala coloring books, finger painting, or origami, the crafts are ever-flowing. We run through colored pencils and construction paper faster than you could imagine. It is important that we keep our supplies well stocked to ensure that the children always have creative outlets for expressing themselves! The price of these materials in Nepal are extremely cheap by western standards, so even the smallest donation helps!
New Books, Toys and Games
When we are not running programming, day to day activities rely heavily on the children’s imaginations! It is important that we are supplying them often with new games, books, and toys to keep things exciting! Also, we have to admit, again, the reality is, with 80 kids, toys break, books rip and markers dry out no matter how much the children value our supplies.