We Welcome Judy!

Very excited to welcome Nana’s House President Judy Schumann to Seattle! For the next few days we will be working to finish our request for our 501 c3 status. This is extremely exciting and definitely pushes us in the right direction.

We continue to raise funds for our March trip where we are planning to sponsor several children to attend school and hope to hold another Health Camp with Hope Nepal Association for Social Welfare – HNASW. We have raised over 50% of our $6,000 goal for our March trip. Thanks to all that have supported us thus far.

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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!

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

GO FUND ME PAGE!

Josh here with a quick update from Nepal!

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We received an overwhelming amount of appreciation from those that attended the 10/18 dental camp in Leknath. So much so that we are hoping to make it an annual event!
As mentioned previously we came away from the camp with over 20 children needing advanced dental work that couldn’t be provided at the camp. We are now working hard towards raising the $1,000 price tag that will be required to help them.

We are coming up on one of the biggest festivals in Nepal, Dashain, a celebration of good trumping evil. It is a 15 day long festival which means we will have to take a quick break here as our local board will head back to their villages and celebrate and all government offices will be closed. After the break, we hope to have raised the money needed to get the Leknath children to the dentist, and hope to put on a health clinic before my departure on October 26th.

Great stuff coming up!

Joshua Bingham
Nana’s House Director

Visit our Go Fund Me page HERE

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.

TO DONATE TO NANA’S HOUSE, CLICK HERE

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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!

CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO NANA’S HOUSE

Successful Fundraiser!

Congratulations to our President Judy Schumann on her very successful fundraiser for Nana’s House in which she sold her delicious homemade jam at her local farmers market in Stoughton, WI.

Judy raised over $160, allowing for bigger possibilities when it comes to Nana’s House projects and supporting underprivileged children in Nepal.

By sure to be on the lookout for all our pictures and information after the conclusion of our free dental camp which we will be hosting in Leknath, Nepal on September 18th. All made possible by your donations.

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Proud Moment

Very excited to share with you the official flyer for our dental clinic which we will be holding on September 18th in Leknath, Nepal.  A completely free clinic which will be serving low income families and their children. We expect over 100 kids and their parents to attend, in which they will receive a check up, any fillings they may need, education on how best to keep up their dental hygiene, and toothbrushes and toothpaste.

All your donations and support have allowed to put on something like this and we at Nana’s House would like to give all of you a big thank you.

 

 

 

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Projects in Nepal

I would like to share with you all a fantastic article written by our President and Vice President of Nana’s House outlining the currents problems facing children in regards to dental hygiene and our dental camp being held on September 18th in Leknath, Nepal in conjunction with our partner organization, Hope Nepal.

A MESSAGE FROM NANA’S HOUSE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT
Judy Schumann and Marsaili Vanderhoeden

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As president and vice-president of Nana’s House Board of Directors, we would like to thank all of our followers and supporters and update you on our first big project to impact the quality of life for children in Nepal. We are so excited that Nana’s House, through your generosity, is able to provide financial support to our partner, Hope Nepal Association for Social Welfare, for a dental clinic in Leknath, Nepal.

On September 18, our director, Josh Bingham, along with two dentists, dental assistants, three oral health educator/counselors, three members of the Hope Nepal team and volunteers will make the forty-five minute drive from Pokhara up steep mountain roads and then trek another fifteen minutes up the hillside with supplies and equipment. They will be providing check–ups and cleanings, toothbrushes and toothpaste, education and educational materials and counseling. Anyone needing fillings or extractions will also have those services provided to them. We will schedule and subsidize transportation and follow up procedures for individuals needing more extensive work in Pokhara. Future plans include providing eight month checkups in the village to ensure ongoing dental health.

Why hold a dental clinic? Rural villages in central Nepal, at the base of the Annapurna range of the Himalayas, are populated by subsistence farmers. Most live in mud houses. They often trek an hour or more to tend their fields of wheat and rice. Few are fortunate enough to have a buffalo to provide the milk which would bring needed calcium into their diets for bone and tooth health. Electrical service is sporadic and plumbing is non-existent. Intermittently staffed government health outposts can treat very basic illnesses but do not provide any oral health care. Laura Spero, a U.S. dentist who has run a non-profit to address these issues in Nepal for ten years, found only a pair of rusty pliers as dental equipment in one of these villages.

Leknath is one such village. While visiting there Josh was able to talk with the orphaned, abandoned and needy village children through an interpreter. Many told him their teeth hurt. Imagine as a child suffering from severe tooth pain and your only option is to wait until it falls out or can be pulled out (if you are ‘lucky’ enough to have that service provided). How difficult for parents to watch this and then worry about the risk of infection and even death due to sepsis because you know proper health care would not be available to treat it.

An article from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting by Jennifer Miller, dated September 5, 2013 stated the following:

“Nepal is currently facing an oral health care crisis. Fifty-eight percent of children and sixty-nine percent of adults in the country suffer from bacterial tooth decay. This can lead to infections, gum disease and chronic pain as well as heart disease and diabetes……..Thousands of Nepalis in rural villages have no access to basic care such as (check-ups) fillings or even (toothbrushes and) toothpaste. Meanwhile intense superstition surrounds dental care, including the belief that tooth extraction can cause blindness (and deafness). In Kathmandu, people nail coins to a tooth god shrine to heal their mouth pain. “

Additionally, new mothers are routinely told not to brush their teeth for two months after giving birth. There is stigma associated with the use of fluoride as well as an economical issue. A tube of non-fluoride toothpaste costs $0.26-0.52 (US) and fluoride toothpaste costs $0.92 (US). This is a significant monetary diffrence in the average Nepali household. Research shows that Nepali men are more skeptical and resistant to the use of fluoride than women.

Education and counseling are an integral part of changing these cultural attitudes and superstitions.
By making a real effort to educate Nepali women; the children, and especially young boys, receive the encouragement they need to continue to practice good oral hygiene as adults. In 2006 fifteen women in a rural village were educated and trained in proper dental care. A follow up study two years later showed that this information had been passed on to 2,200 women and over 4,000 children in the region. As an investment in the future, our dental clinic on September 18 will service, educate and counsel not only 100+ children but parents as well.

Your past support is greatly appreciated. Funding is still needed to carry out this project and future plans for more rural dental clinics as well as health clinics and follow up care. Please share our contacts with friends and family!

 CLICK HERE to make a donation.Donate

*****WATCH FOR INFORMATION AND PHOTOS SOON FROM THE LEKNATH DENTAL CLINIC******

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Hello from Nepal! (Update #1)

       A big hello from Nepal! Josh here with a few updates about the progress of Nana’s House. I arrived in Pokhara a few days ago and have been enjoying my time thus far. Due to reasons out of my control, I have moved from my go to home stay when I am here and moved in with a mother and a daughter and their 4 rooms upstairs meant for tourists. The view is absolutely incredible from my balcony and am only a 5 minute walk from the children at the Nestling Home, what could be better? I was able to drop off the wonderful 4 month supply of vitamins for the children (they think the gummies are one of the most delicious things they have ever tasted!), provide a daily supply of fruit consisting of pomegranate and apples, and purchased some much needed cleaning supplies for the kitchen and bathroom.

      Yesterday I was able to meet with the 3 main members of Hope Nepal, our local partner organization that will help us carry out these projects. Let me start off by saying how impressed by these 3. Not only do they exhibit the passion and enthusiasm for the social services line of work, but have a background and experience to back it up. Most have spent much of their lives fundraising for local children’s homes, and raising awareness of the issue of street children in Nepal. Very glad to have them on our team. Not only did we talk about our goal of eventually building a social services center complete with a Children’s Home but also some short term projects that could be completed during my 2 months here in Pokhara. I find the need to start small and work our way up will not only advertise for our organization and gain awareness of issues, but also see how we might work together as separate international organizations. A lot of short term projects were discussed, among them being holding a dental and health camp in a surrounding rural village, where children and families would be able to receive a check up and light dental work and medications would be given out at a reduced or free cost. Most of the dental problems that arise in rural villages is lack of brushing, lack of fluoride and poor dental health. Most are not aware that poor dental health leads to poor heart health.  This seems like not only a great idea but also something manageable and has the ability to do some good. Should Nana’s House go through with this, it would be held 3 weeks from today in a village 20km north of Pokhara called Deurali, population of almost 900.

Great things are happening here and the wheels are turning. We wouldn’t have made it this far without your donations and support!

To Donate, please follow the link. A bottle of water + toothbrush and toothpaste= $1.50USD

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