Has been quite a while since our last post, due to some personal obligations, I haven’t been able to get to a computer but I would love to update everyone on the progress of Nana’s House and what we have been up to!
1. We have almost reached our goal of $800 for our 501-c3 application, and we plan to file the official paperwork before the end of 2015. Thanks to everyone for their support!
2. We have set a tentative date of early September to make our 6th trip back to Nepal and continue with our earthquake relief efforts. Our partner organization, Hope Nepal, has sent us several proposals for possible projects (click here to take a look at some possible projects) We have a goal set of $5,000 and we are currently over 50% towards our goal!
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4. UPDATE ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF INDRA AND HER FAMILY’s NEW TOILET
If you haven’t been following along. Nana’s House was able to allocate some funds to help Indra and her family with the construction of a brand new toilet for her and her 5 children. Below is their story and pictures:
Presenting Indra and her family’s brand new bathroom.
Several years ago, Indra’s husband passed away. Financially unable to remain in their house, Indra and her children were forced to vacate. Thanks to the wonderful generosity of people in Leknath VDC, they were given some land and a house to live in. The only drawback was that there was no bathroom, so for the last couple of years they were having to use the forest as a bathroom.
That all changed today when the construction… of their new toilet finished today. Thank you to all the donors that made this possible for Indra and her family.
We are so fortunate here at Nana’s House to have the support that we do, and none of this would be possible if not for the wonderfully generous people who keep up going. Thank you so much!
Pictures from our construction of a temporary classroom for Bharabi Primary School in Deurali VDC,Nepal.
Bharabi Primary was hit quite hard during the April 25th earthquake, rendering one its classrooms unusable due to instability. The remaining classrooms were not enough to hold the 46 students ranging from kindergarten to grade 5 who attend Bharabi.
With the help from over 20 local volunteers, we were able to construct a temporary classroom to withstand the upcoming monsoon, and allow school to continue.
In conjunction with Hope Nepal Association for Social Welfare – HNASW, Nana’s House was able to construct an outdoor classroom in a matter of 4 hours.
— with Badri Pandit and Sunil Pandit.
UPDATE ON OUR SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM:
5 more children sponsored by Nana’s House School Sponsorship program.
These children will receive all the necessary school materials plus a brand new uniform for this upcoming school year.
Total Nepali children sponsored by Nana’s House this year: 42
Huge thank you to everyone who has supported our Sponsorship program in Nepal!
Another very successful relief trip! This time our target was a small village in Lamjung, Nepal. An area that has been devastated by landslides and most recently massive slide due to the March 25th earthquake, making 1 of 2 jeep roads unaccessible at this time. With the help of 8 porters, myself and our guide Madhav Gautam made the 2 hour bus rise and 10 hour walk over valleys and peaks to this small village, while each person carrying over 50 pounds. Thanks to our prior contact with people from there, we learned that there has been a massive supply drop of tarps had been made but they were still yet to receive rations, so we were able to pack accordingly. Over 300 pounds of rice and flour was delivered, including salt,dahl,cooking oil and ibuprofen.
During our initial arrival and presentation of our goods to the community I noticed 4 or 5 women would keep getting up and walking into this tent (pictured), over the course of 10 minutes these women must have gotten up 5 times and looked quite frustrated every time they did so. I kept wondering what this was all about, and honestly frustrated me as I took it personally. After 10 minutes of, I was almost about to ask them what the problem was when all of a sudden the women walk out with plates in hand full of fried bread and potato salad enough for myself and the porters. Come to find out, they had heard we were coming and had started to prepare a welcome meal for us (from their own shortened supply) and we’re quite frustrated that it wasn’t ready on time for our initial arrival.
Huge reality check for me.
Thank you very much to the donors who made this possible.
A pretty awesome project has officially started in Leknath with help from Badri Pandit.
A bathroom is being installed for Indra and her 5 children.
5 years ago Indra tragically lost her husband and was left without a house, means to support herself and 5 children to support. Luckily, the community rallied to help settle her on a piece of land just big enough to support them. Only problem was, there was no bathroom and the last couple of years they have had to use the surrounding forrest as means.
With Nana’s House’s saved up funds, Indra and her family will have a sanitary,working, covered toilet in 9 days.
Also! Check out the brand new uniforms for Mandip,Rekha,Suresh and Bipana. All of this was made possible by your donations to the Nana’s House School Sponsorship program!
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Will be departing Nepal on May 27th to fly back home to Seattle. I feel very fortunate to have been here during this time of need and contributed in a small way and this will be a very mixed emotions exit leaving this country this time. Our relief efforts such as ferrying up supplies to small villages(no vehicle access), providing bags of rice and support to those on the outskirts of Pokhara and specific families will continue until May 25th.
Our fundraising for relief efforts will be closed on May 20th. The Red Cross is your best option for a major organization here in Nepal doing fantastic work as far as your donation goes.
Nana’s House has raised over $4,000 for our efforts and we owe it all to you wonderful people!
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2 Great Updates!
Today, 4 more children were successfully sponsored for this upcoming school year.
Along with getting all of the supplies needed for the year, their measurements were also taken for their school uniform which will be ready by next Wednesday.
Mandip and Rekha (brother and sister)
All children are from the Dalit caste, considered in Nepal to be the lowest caste and are unrightfully ostracized because of this.
So many thanks go to the donors who made this all possible!
Woke up this morning to find that the students and staff from The Harbor School were able to raise $750 from their fundraiser towards the Nana’s House earthquake relief efforts here in Nepal.
These funds will go towards our current project of supporting specific families affected with bags of rice,propane gas,stoves and other needed supplies.
Huge thanks to the students and staff from my middle school Alma Mater!
Today was another successful supply run to the area of Gorkha. This time, it was a 5 hour hike up to the village Mather(the phonetic spelling), consisting of 150 people and 45 households from the Tamang and Gurung caste(both castes have their own separate mother tongue and facial characteristics). With the the help of 5 porters and 1 guide( Madhav Nirdosh) and myself, we were able to distribute over 300 pounds of supplies including rice,dahl,soap,rope,medicine and chapati flour.
Thank you again to everyone who made this possible