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Fundraising Update!

Congratulations to our President Judy Schumann on raising over $800 in donations for Nana’s House over the last couple of month’s!  Her hard work and perseverance are just a couple of the reasons why Judy is so important to this team.

This tour de force fund raising on Judy’s part comes just at the perfect time as I am 3 months away from next visit to Nepal to continue work with our partner organization, Hope Nepal, and continue doing social services projects for underprivileged people of Nepal and the Kaski district.

Way to go Judy!

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Update on Anju

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Great news from Nepal!

A couple weeks ago we shared Anju’s story. The 15 year old girl who attended our Health Camp in Leknath and was told that she would need a follow up hospital visit as she felt faint and very weak on a daily basis. During the follow up, the doctor found that Anju’s hemoglobin count was extremely low. The doctor perscribed some medicine and provided health supplements, stating that if her hemoglobin count hadn’t risen after 2 weeks, then she would need a blood transfusion. 

We are to here to report that after 2 weeks, Anju’s health has steadily improved and her hemoglobin count is much higher!
Anju will continue to be monitored and have weekly hospital visits until doctors have decided she has normalized.

With your donations, Nana’s House was able to fund:

Anju’s hospital visits
Blood tests
An ultrasound
Perscribed medicine
Health Supplements
Transportation to and from the hospital.

Thank you all so much for your support!

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Final Day in Nepal (For Now!)

My 4th trip to Nepal has come to an end and I couldn’t be happier with the success and results that Nana’s House was able to deliver during these 2 months. I came into the trip very unsure of who we would be partnering with and what our projects would look like. Meeting Badrit Pandit and the crew of Hope Nepal put all those worries to rest. Not only were they professional, trustworthy, hard working, but also extremely passionate about providing social services to underprivileged people. I very, very much look forward to working with them in the future and completing bigger and better projects. I also have to say how extremely impressed I am with the support that came in mid way through my trip here. When we held the dental camp at Chandra Jyoti Secondary School for 100+ people including 70 children, we didn’t expect that we would have 15 children who would need further dental work that couldn’t be completed then and there. This also wasn’t in our budget, so we started a Go Fund Me page. The results were awesome. We raised over $500 and we’re able to provide services for each and every child. Our supporters really came through for us and our projects and couldn’t give a bigger thank you for everyone’s support.

What Nana’s House completed during this trip:

1. Donated $250 of multi-vitamins to the 8 children of the Nestling Home
2. Held a Dental Camp in Leknath for 117 attendees
3. Supported 15 children for follow up dental work the next week
4. Held a Health Camp in lower Leknath Village for 530 attendees
5. Provided vegetables/meat/fruit on a weekly basis for the 8 children of the Nestling Home
6. Provided Anju with medical services and any future medical needs she may have

For the next couple of months, Nana’s House and Hope Nepal will research future projects that we can collaborate on, along with fundraising efforts.
I look forward to my next opportunity to come back to this wonderful country and finish where we left off.

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Health Camp

Anju’s Story

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This is Anju and her mother, both attended our 10/18 health camp in Leknath.
During the camp, the doctor noticed that Anju was very pale and that maybe she was not sharing something when asked by the gynecologist if anything hurt or was in needing of checking. After some convincing, she explained that she was having severe menstrual problems that resulted in severe and abnormal blood loss and feeling very weak. For months this was going on but Anju did not share this with anyone. Coming from a family of five siblings, 2 years ago losing her father to an unknown disease, and living in a house the size of a one car garage, Anju, selflessly, didn’t want to burden her mother with any mother with more problems, and knowing full well they didn’t have the money to take care of any potential problems. If this wasn’t difficult enough, Anju and her family also belong to a caste that is disgustingly called “untouchables”, essentially people unworthy of living amongst “regular” society and deemed too filthy.

Thanks to Anja’s bravery and making aware her pain, Badri Pandit of Hope Nepal and myself took Anja to a private hospital here in Pokhara where she received further testing including a blood test that showed particular levels indicating she will need at least a liter of blood.

This Monday she will receive that blood thanks to the donations made to Nana’s House. Further testing and any necessary follow up procedures will be taken care of by Nana’s House.

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Health Camp Was A Success!

Wow. That’s the word that comes to mind when I think about how incredibly successful the 10/18 health camp in Leknath went.

We had 530 attendees! Holy cow!
That included over 120 children!
Each and every single one of the 530 people were given a free health check up, any referrals should they need follow up work, and completely free medicine, should they be prescribed it. All in all, we had a total of 5 doctors and 10 assistants. 3 physicians, 1 pediatrician and 1 gynecologist.
A lot of the problems that were seen at the camp were gastrointestinal issues and arthritis in the hands, medicine was prescribed as necessary.
A lot of happy faces were noticed as these were men, women and children who simply did not have the financial means to be able to see a doctor, instead we brought the doctors and medicine to them.
I can’t be more proud of the work that was done today, and the incredible fundraising that took place back in the States by the board of Nana’s House.
100% of this health camp was funded by the incredible donations given to our organization.
What a fantastic trip this time around has been.
Joshua Bingham

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Health Camp

State of Healthcare in Nepal


As many of you may know, Nana’s House in conjunction with our partner organization are holding a health camp in Leknath,Nepal on October 18th. Every single person who attends our camp will receive a free check up and any medicine as needed. Also provided with be a gynecologist and a pediatrician for women and children. Leknath is a very rural village, almost 1 hour away from any hospital or medical center and is a very hard place to reach as the last twenty drive is a dirt road only accessible by 4 wheel drive vehicles.

I would like to share with you a piece written by Nana’s House president, Judy Schumann, on the current state of healthcare in Nepal and why Health Camps are vital in maintaining a healthy population in these rural villages.

THE STATUS OF HEALTHCARE IN NEPAL

Judy Schumann, President Nana’s House Board of Directors

As I sit here awaiting the outcome of my sister’s surgery, I expect only good news. After all, she is being operated on by three of the best surgeons available in their respective fields of expertise and in a state-of-the art medical center. Reflecting back on my observations of healthcare while visiting in Nepal I am acutely aware of how this differs from my experiences there. Lack of basic health knowledge and available healthcare as well as many superstitions surrounding health contribute to the crisis which exists in that country. Nana’s House and our partner organization, Hope Nepal, are holding a health clinic on October 18th in Lehknath, a rural mountain village, to improve health conditions there.

The United Nations ranks Nepal 139th in the world for human development, well behind India and Bangladesh. Over half the population lives in abject poverty and this is mostly concentrated in the remote mountain villages. In these villages, government health post are unstaffed and under supplied for years at a time. Nutrition is poor and vaccination rates are low or non-existent. The U.N. states that the 1999 ‘Local Self Governance Act” put into place to improve health, drinking water and rural infrastructure has resulted in no notable improvement. The Nepal government spends an average of $2.30 (U.S.) per capita on healthcare. A new budget increases this amount but has not yet taken effect. A report from the U.S. Library of Congress Research Division attributes 30% of the total amount spent on healthcare for Nepali citizens in the country comes from foreign donors.

According to the World Health Organization only one-third of births are attended by a skilled professional (physician, nurse or trained midwife). A United Nations report from November 14, 2012 puts the maternal death rate at 1 in 80 births nationwide and far higher in the poverty stricken villages. Skilled professionals (all inclusive-not just physicians) are less than one per 10,000 people.

UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) statistics for children under five years of age in Nepal state that up to seventy-five percent (75%) are malnourished due to lack of dairy, fresh fruits and vegetables and protein in their diets. Fifty-two percent (52%) are categorized as stunted and one in ten (10%) are considered wasted (near starvation and death). Less than seven percent (7%) of children with suspected pneumonia ever receive treatment.

Even where excellent healthcare is available, shortcuts are taken due to lack of funding. Krishna Timilsina, the director of our partner organization, Hope Nepal, shared information from Fred Aakerlund after he visited the Western Regional Hospital of Nepal. This is a large, modern teaching hospital which also has an affiliated medical school. While in the NCU (Neonatal Care Unit) Fred observed plastic gloves being washed and reused due to the lack availability. This is not acceptable under any circumstances, but even more dangerous in the NCU where these fragile babies are more susceptible to infections which can lead to death.

I personally experienced hesitation by those caring for children in allowing them to play outside because of the belief that getting hot and sweaty while playing soccer or cricket would cause them to become ill. Superstitions meant the children were no longer allowed to play in a field across from the orphanage where they lived because a child had died there and the evil spirits that remained could make them sick or worse. It was preferable to keep the windows and curtains closed to keep ghosts and evil out instead of allowing clean fresh air to flow through the house. There seemed to be no connection between the children’s toothbrushes all being stored in the same cup or a common pitcher of water being passed around and shared by many at a school function and the resulting illnesses.

I saw my empty water bottle refilled from a faucet and placed on the table in a restaurant to be used for communal drinking. While suffering from a bad respiratory infection I visited a pharmacy (basically located in a roadside shack). The employee there asked me what I wanted. Literally, what I wanted. Fortunately I knew which antibiotic to request and the correct dosage to take. One of the younger volunteers had been given Valium for her infection the day before. We quickly corrected that for her!

I have received word from my sister’s husband that the surgery went better than expected and she will soon be well and healthy again. How grateful I am that she has this kind of care and how determined I am to do what I can through Nana’s House to bring better healthcare and an improved quality of life to those who don’t. Please do whatever you can to help Nana’s House ease this crisis situation for those we can.

Thank you.

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