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.

Donate to Nana’s House School Scholarship Program

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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.

If you would like to donate, please click HERE

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.

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!

Happy Dashain!

Happy Dashain from Nepal!

Josh here with an update from Nepal. Today I got to spend the day celebrating Dashain with my friend Badri and his family. For those who don’t know, Dashain is the longest and most popular festival in the Hindu religion. Families spend 15 days in celebration of the triumph of good over evil. On the last day, the day I got to be a part of, is spent dining on feasts of meat and rice, and going from house to house of loved ones and friends exchanging “tikas” and gifts of money. What a fantastic day this was and am so lucky to have shared it with Badri and his family.

WHAT’S NEXT:
Hope Nepal and Nana’s House have set a tentative date of Oct 18th for our Health Camp in Leknath Municipality, located just outside of Pokhara proper. It is a perfect community to do this in as it is very rural and many people are in need of medical services they are not able to attain due to poverty. We expect to have a pediatrician, a cardiologist and a gynecologist on site and providing services as needed.
Until then, we are still in attempts to raise our $1,000 goal for providing follow up dental care to 21 children from Leknath Municipality who are in need of dental work.

Learn more by visiting our Go Fund Me page
http://www.gofundme.com/542ofw

Nana's House 10/18 Free Dental Health Clinic

Namaste from Nepal!

Reminiscing about yesterday, still cannot believe how amazing and truly special the dental clinic turned out to be. My biggest worry was the parents not showing up. I was worried that they may pass off dental care as hogwash, not giving it the due attention it deserves. Boy was I wrong. 72 children and 44 parents showed up to receive education on how to best take care of their teeth, they all received a check up and any fillings or teeth pulled as needed, they all were given a toothbrush and paste. That not being enough, they were all given a 30% off coupon from the dental clinic, should they need any future dental work done.

Many of the people that were seen at the camp and that had more severe problems were asked why they hadn’t got checked out sooner. Many of them responded that the $20 round trip taxi ride into the city to receive treatment was simply too much for them. Most were worried that because of their low caste, that they would be denied treatment as they “probably didn’t have the money in the first place to be receiving this treatment,” as one woman said.

As reported yesterday, 21 of the 72 children had cases so severe that they need special attention. Most were found to be needing root canals, or teeth so jagged or collapsed behind another that a special precaution would be needed when pulling the tooth. When I asked the dentist what it would cost to fix these problems per child, he gave me a figure of $30 or (2,800 rupees). $30 for the fix, $20 for the transportation.

Many of you might not know but this will my last trip to Nepal for a year, there are family things back home that need my attention. Before my flight on October 25th, I would like to do as much as possible in regards to these projects before I leave.

For $50 we can get these children to a dentist, fix the problem, and back home. Nana’s House in conjunction with our fantastic local Nepali organization, Hope Nepal Association for Social Welfare – HNASW is looking to raise the $1,050 cost to help these children. If we are lucky enough, any funds raised over that will go to funding a Free Health Camp in a rural village outside of Pokhara,Nepal.

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Successful Project!

The dental clinic was a massive success. The joint effort, free dental clinic put on by Hope Nepal in conjunction with Nana’s House was more than I ever could have imagined. Even in 100+ degree heat, the parents and children of Shree Chandra Jyoti turned out to receive dental care and education, all 116 of them.

The children learned how to properly brush their teeth, some admitting that they had never done so, not knowing the seriousness of poor dental care. The parents learned not only how to take care of their own teeth, but to also set an example for their children. Leknath is a very rural area, located an hour from a metropolitan city. The condition of most of the teeth that were seen by the 4 on site dentists was alarming. 70% of those seen needed at least one filling, 80% needed a tooth pulled or will need one done in the near future. When asked, lack of money, lack of knowledge, and no transportation into the city were the main reasons why those problems were not taken care of earlier. 21 children will need further dental care and Nana’s House is working towards a way to get them the help them need (most need root canals).

At the end of the check up, not only did every child go home with a toothbrush and toothpaste but also every parent and child received a coupon giving them 30% off any future dental work should they need it.

All in all, a very successful day.

Update: We are now fundraising for the 21 children who’s dental needs were greater than what we could provide at the Dental Camp. Most are in need of root canals or teeth pulled. Most of these problems stem from hereditary issues, lack of brushing, and dirty water. The clinic that we originally chose for our camp, has agreed to give a generous 30% discount to these children. Including the dental costs and transportation to and from the city, we are looking at $800 to complete this. We have now begun fundraising for this, any and every dollar donated will go to helping these 21 children of Leknath Municipality. Find the link below to donate, and be sure to share this with friends and family!

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