Success in Jumla!

Sorry for the very long wait since our last post!

Badri Pandit of Hope Nepal and I had the opportunity to travel to the very remote village of Jumla,Nepal 8,400ft in elevation and help to sponsor a years worth of school supplies to 27 children, whose families are unable to financially unable to afford to send them to school, from the surrounding village. This included things like pens,notebooks,protractor and rulers,socks and a completely new and tailored uniform.Things went very well during our first day in Jumla. The airplane ride in was certainly a white knuckle adventure but the view was absolutely out of this world (as seen in the pictures). In the afternoon, we met up with the local organization we would be working with and made a plan to distribute the educational materials to the identified 27 children spread out through 6 schools.

Day 2

Another successful day here in Jumla where it took us almost 7 hours on foot round trip to visit 2 more schools and were able to provide a years worth of school materials plus uniforms for 10 more children in the Jumla area. After a total of 4 schools visited and 27 children sponsored, our school tours here have come to an end with tomorrow(Saturday) being spent sizing the children for their uniforms and showing them how to properly take care of them. Barring weather, we hope to take off for Kathmandu on Sunday.

Thanks again to all the support that made all of this possible and got 27 children who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to attend class this year, the chance to go to school.

If you would like to donate towards our School Scholarship program in Pokhara Nepal for 2015, please follow the link below.

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March Trip

Plans for our March Trip!

As may of you know by now, Nana’s House Non Profit will be making our 5th trip back to Pokhara,Nepal to continue with our social service projects and work with our Nepali partner organization, Hope Nepal. Some truly wonderful projects were completed during our October 2014 trip such as a health and dental camp for more than 500 residents of Leknath Village, along with backpacks and school supplies for the 8 children of the Pokhara Nestling Home.

We have some very lofty goals for this trip and hope that our fundraising efforts during these next two months will allow us to take on such projects. Through our partner organization, we have located upwards of 15 children who are not able to attend school due to financial reasons whether due to poverty within the family or tragic circumstances regarding the parents. The tuition prices are very cheap in Nepal and for $150, one child would be able to attend school for the year.

Our goal is to raise $6,000 by March 10th so that we are able to sponsor 15 underprivileged children for the ability to attend school, and to be able to continue our support of the 8 children of the Nestling Home.

As of now, we have raised 1/3rd of our current goal.

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This is Mandip, Rekha, and Renuka. They are orphaned siblings. Their father died in an accident and mother got married to another man and left them to fend for themselves. They are currently living with their grand mother who is 71 years old. She does not have any property nor any income sources for living and to provide food and education for the grand children. Mandip, who is 10 years old, would be attending the 4th grade this year if able to attend school. Renuka, Mandip’s sister, is 12 years, and is at risk of not attending the 6th grade. Rekha, the oldest,is 14 years old, and because at an early age was forced to stay home and tend to the chores of the house, is at the same education level of her sister Renuka.

Monthly Board Meeting

         Nana’s House just concluded a terrific board meeting tonight, this was officially our 2nd time meeting since we have formed. Tonight we designated each others positions within the board, talked about my trip back to Nepal on August 27th for 2 months including the itinerary and goals,and discussed the current status of our 501-C3 application.

Very lucky to be surrounded by a great group of people that believe in Nana’s House and what we are trying to do. I am quite fortunate to have them in my corner. There are many exciting things coming up including a couple of public speaking engagements and a fundraiser.

This will be a several year process but the wheels keep turning and great things are happening!Judy and I

Marsali


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Nana’s House Rummage Sale!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the rummage sale supporting Nana’s House. We had a blast doing it and were able to raise $808.40 towards our project of building a children’s home in Nepal. It was wonderful to have my mom and dad there supporting me along with the special woman behind the name, my Nana.
Thanks again everyone!

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Ava Anderson Personal Care Products

Hello Friends of Nana’s House

Now through April 30th, you can buy awesome organic, non-toxic, non-gmo skin care and home care made by Ava Anderson Non-toxic, ONLINE and Diane Griffin, a Vashon Island Ava Rep, will donate 100% of her net profits to Nana’s House.

Check her website out and BE SURE to enter party # 25769 during checkout.

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About Ava Anderson products: Ava Anderson Non-Toxic was started because a young woman was truly disturbed by the enormous amount of known toxins present in cosmetic and home care products. Ava was 14 years old when she began researching ingredients and blogging about where to find safe products. Realizing the lack of awareness, education, and regulation in our country, and seeing that many brands labeled “safe” and “organic” were not safe or organic, she was moved to start a product line of her own. Ava Anderson Non Toxic was born in 2009.

Ava Anderson Non-Toxic products are the Safest and the Best on the Market. All product come with a 30 day guarantee.

Indulge in lovely products for yourself or purchase as a gift (Mother’s Day is around the corner,) and Diane donates her profits to Nana’s House. Win/win/win.

Thanks everyone!
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We Found Land!

After seeing many different plots of land during our time in Nepal, we are excited to show you pictures of the land we have decided to pursue, in hopes of starting a Children’s Home.

-Land is located in Bhalam, 20 minute drive from Pokhara proper
– Over 15,000 sq ft of land
-Is located only 10 minutes from the largest hospital in Pokhara
-Running water and electricity ON SITE
-2 schools withing walking distance
-Extremely flat land, easy to build
-Amazing view of the Annapurna mountain range

After several talks with the owner, we were able to come to the price of 25 lakh ($27,000) Well worth the price, and the amenities it brings.

Nana’s House is in full force with fundraising and have a set a goal of September 15th to come up with half of the price of the land ($13,500) to serve as a down payment and to secure the land.

We certainly hope you can help us reach this goal by donating, sharing this page and helping to get the word out.

Thank you all so much for following along, it’s going to be a long uphill climb but well worth the good that will come from it.

 

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My last day at The Nestling Home

A nice group photo of me and all the amazing, wonderful children I have been able to get to know over the last 2 years. They are all in a much better place than they were 2 years ago, whether its emotionally or health-wise. Our project has come to a close in supporting the Nestling Home but we are happy to know they are in good hands, and will be supported and looked after for years to come.

Nana’s House efforts now turn to helping the many children in Nepal who worry about where they will sleep that night or where their next meal is coming from. Our efforts now shift to looking for viable land, and resources so that we may build a Children’s Home to serve these children.

 

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Last day with the kids

Final Day in Nepal! (For Now)

It is my final day here in Nepal, while Judy will stay for another 5 days and get to shore up and finish a couple of projects at the Nestling Home. It is has been an incredible month here and Judy and I have certainly learned a lot about what it will take to further our project of a Children’s Home in Pokhara. We have looked at over 10 plots of land, and have a good idea of what kind of prices we are looking at for the future.
We are very happy to announce that we have acquired an organization in Nepal called Hope Nepal which will give us our legal certificates/ a group of 12 local board members, and most importantly, the ability to carry out this project. In July it will be official as that is when the new fiscal year starts here. We continue to press on looking for viable land, and have several people involved with Hope Nepal actively looking for potential land for us.

I arrive back in Seattle April 12th, and hit the ground running with several fundraisers and promoting Nana’s House

Thank you everyone for your continued support!

Exciting things to come!

Joshua Bingham
Director of Nana’s House

Our First Fundraiser!

Would like to give a big thank you to Julie Shannon and her Bet Sefer students for putting on a bake sale fundraiser for Nana’s House. If you happen to live on Vashon,WA then here are the details!

BAKE SALE FUNDRAISER: Sunday, April 6th from 11-1 at Thriftway

Support children on Vashon AND children in Nepal!
The students of Bet Sefer Jewish School of the Vashon Island Havurah are hosting a bake sale to benefit Nana’s House, a new project of Vashon Islander Joshua Bingham that will create a warm and stable living situation for children in need in Nepal.

This Sunday, from 11 am to 1 pm, your generous donations will help Bet Sefer Students perform Tikkun Olam (repair of the world) as they embrace the need of children all over the world.

Thanks for stopping by and showing your support!

Update #3

Update #3

We continue to press on here in Pokhara,Nepal with our end goal of creating a Child Services Center here. We have met and talked with several local organizations here that might be able to be our co-partner(as legally required for foreign entities) but unfortunately the talks have broken down, some organizations not being structurally able to support us and some organizations being for-profit which conflicts with our values and what we are trying to do. As we expected, we have had to adapt our ideas and plans to fit the current laws and structure of a new culture. What we have done so far, makes me very excited for the future and the potential of Nana’s House. We visited the Children’s Home Judy and I were placed at our first time in Nepal, Pokhara Nestling Home, and found that there was a lot of work to be done and improvements made. Along with Judy Smith’s hard working mentality and “go getter” attitude we were able to clean and re-paint the house, exterminate hundreds of cockroaches(many living under the children’s beds, fix several improperly draining sinks, introduce and give a years supply of a Multi Vitamin, fix a broken bed so that two growing boys didn’t have to sleep in the same bed anymore, and with Judy’s sewing skills, the mending of SO MANY CLOTHES. Its apparent that our end goal seems very out of sight at the moment and we both feel back at square one with how our talks with organizations have gone, but on the other side we may have found a usefulness for the time being, Funding existing Children’s Home that are A.Legal B. Run by a respectable owner C.Have a “put the child first” mentality. We would be able to visit such homes, itemize the needs of the facility, needs of the children and through Nana’s House make those improvements instead of an outright donation which is the cause of many frustrations and headaches of many do-gooders attempting to help in Nepal (Read: funds/donations gone missing)
Just my food for thought as i begin the day here.
On another note, I will be back in Seattle on April 12th to continue to fund raise, and hope to find myself back in September to continue our project.