Happy New Year

We would like to wish you all a safe and wonderful New Years!
In just one month, Nana’s House was able to build a Facebook page, a website, and establish ourselves as a registered Non Profit. It is so amazing to look back at all these accomplishments and to think that it has only been a month since we went live to the public and started gaining awareness. In December, we were able to look at some potential land for our project, and connect with several Nepali locals who are willing to help us see this through.
Next year will be a very busy year for us, full of fundraising, grant writing, and broadening our reaches on social media. We hope to be ready by August 2014 to travel back to Nepal and begin our project of creating a safe and sustainable Children’s Home. Not only getting at risk children off of the street, attempting re-connection with any available family members, but to restore the faith in these children that there are people out there that care about their well being.
Falling in love with the culture and people of Nepal was the best thing that has ever happened to me, and has set me on this course to give back to a community and country that has already given me so much. I am so thankful that all of you are along on this ride with Nana’s House, and thank you for immensely for your future support.

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Volunteering In Nepal

Was lucky enough to be highlighted in IVHQ’s video detailing volunteers in Nepal and their experiences. Here, I detail my time spent volunteering in Pokhara,Nepal at the Pokhara Nestling Home, and the wonderful 8 children I had the opportunity to forge a strong bond with, that to this this day, still has me missing them.

The many pictures adorned on this website are of these special kids, and are my inspiration for helping the thousands more who are struggling and need support.

 

Welcome To Nana’s House

The wonderful 8 children of the Pokhara Nestling Home

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Welcome to Nana’s House!

My name is Joshua Bingham. In the Winter of 2012 I decided I would volunteer abroad, Nepal was my first choice as the culture intrigued me, and the mystique of Everest was alluring. I was placed in the Pokhara Nestling Home with 8 of the most wonderful children, who despite many of their unfortunate circumstances such as physical abuse from a parent and abandonment, were filled with the most joy and love I had ever seen.
On the days when the kids didn’t have any homework or school, we would take hikes around the area, go to the local “mall” for ice cream, and most popularly, would go down to the park down in Lakeside. Here, the kids would play in the water, go fishing with paperclips and string, and play soccer. On our many times there, I noticed that there always would be the same three kids, their skins black from being charred by the sun, the hair matted and gnarled. This day I decided to speak to them, through Auntie, the Nestling Home’s care taker, I learned of their story. Their parents were both physically disabled, unable to take of their children. Instead the children would spend most of their day begging in the street, and then retire in the local park to sleep. When asked how many children also slept in the park at night, the children’s response translated to, “Many”. Thus, the idea for Nana’s House was born.
The organization’s name is named after the woman who inspired me to volunteer in the first place, my grandmother, also known as Nana. Her house is only a few minutes drive for me, and growing up, it was a place where I could go to get a meal (one of my favorites being several grilled cheese sandwiches), a place to get warm, to talk about life and my day free from judgment; a happy home away from home.
That is exactly what I want to give to the children of Nepal. If I can provide half as much love and support that my grandmother gave me, I will be a happy and successful man.

Nana’s House was created to combat the ever increasing child homelessness in Nepal due to abandonment, poverty etc. We seek to provide housing, food, education and most importantly, some much needed love and support for children that could really use it. We are hoping to locate this land somewhere in the Pokhara area of Nepal where we would have easy access to water, electricity and other NGO networks in the area. We have several areas in the region that we have looked at, and will be going back to Nepal in the coming months to make a final decision. Until then, fundraising will be on our agenda, hoping to get the word out to as many people and organizations as possible whether it is through grant writing or bake sales.

A Children’s Home should never be the first option for children, should they have remaining family as they can give love and support in ways that a Children’s Home cannot. Nana’s House initial first step is to get these children off the street, get them fed, give them security, get them checked out medically. For the interim, make sure they are taken care of. If there is any way for a healthy re-integration back to a loving family, Nana’s House will make any and all efforts to make this possible. It is never a “win” in anyone’s book when a child is placed in a Children’s Home, but if we are able to take a child off the street, get them fed, clothed and taken care of medically, that’s a win in our book.

A Children’s Home should never be the first option for children, should they have remaining family as they can give love and support in ways that a Children’s Home cannot. Nana’s House initial first step is to get these children off the street, get them fed, give them security, get them checked out medically. For the interim, make sure they are taken care of. If there is any way for a healthy re-integration back to a loving family, Nana’s House will make any and all efforts to make this possible. It is never a “win” in anyone’s book when a child is placed in a Children’s Home, but if we are able to take a child off the street, get them fed, clothed and taken care of medically, that’s a win in our book.

For questions or more information, please write to Josh Bingham @ NanasHouseInquiry@yahoo.com