Part of the work of the Maya Gold Foundation is the support of young people in Nepal.  Why?  Maya had a plan to travel to Nepal and volunteer in an orphanage after graduating high school early. As a freshman in high school she read a book that moved her deeply, Sold, and prior to that she was very interested in Malala Yousafzi and her work.  In addition, a family visit to India in 2014 was transformative for Maya; it gave her a first-hand experience that changed her view of the world.  The Maya Gold Foundation is now working to provide assistance to youth in Nepal in a meaningful, lasting way. Rather than attempt to deliver services directly as a non-governmental organization, (NGO) in Nepal, we are now working with the Himalayan Children’s Charities (HCC) to support existing programs in Nepal. HCC has a proven track record of delivering high quality services in Nepal. Our board conducted extensive research and vetting to choose an NGO that we have full confidence in.  HCC is that NGO.

Funds have been donated to HCC to support young people in Nepal right now. Through the generous support of our donors, and in partnership with HCC, we have been able to provide food, clothing, shelter, education and healthcare to several orphaned and abandoned youth in Nepal.

In April of 2017, five Maya Gold Foundation board members traveled to Nepal to meet HCC staff and youngsters, and to plan a teen trip for 2018.

Foundation co-founder Elise Gold teaching dance to students at HCC in April of 2017.

Board members Noelle Adamo and Paul Alexander share videos from New Paltz teens with Nepali teens at HCC as part of a cultural exchange process.

Plans are underway for a teen trip in the fall of 2018.  Stay tuned!

View the videos below to get a sense of the work being done by HCC in Nepal.