New Bunk Beds!

The correct answer was bunk beds!

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With the help from Judy Schumann and her brother Matt Bolland, we were able to build sturdy bunk beds for each of the 8 children of the Nestling Home. Their previous beds were atrocious complete with iron pieces sticking out perfect for giving a kid a good stab.
Huge improvement and boy were the kids quite happy to have their own bed now.
Big thanks to everyone who made this possible through their support of Nana’s House.

Also!

Wow! Can I keep gushing about how awesome this trip has been so far? Yesterday and today we gave out all the new clothes and shoes donated to Nana’s House by our supporters back in the States. Nepali kids are already freaks of nature when it comes to scaling mountains in broken sandals. Can you imagine how well they’d do with actual hiking shoes? Thanks to all the support, they got just that, along with t shirts,underwear,socks and pants.

We also gave out vitamins and feminine hygiene products given to us by Mary.L!

Thanks to a donation this evening by Chantal B. , we have several weeks of fruit and meat covered for the 8 wonderful children of the Nestling Home

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.

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The Date Is Set!

It is official! My ticket back to Nepal has been purchased for March 1rst and am beyond excited to continue our work with Hope Nepal and carry out proposed project ideas such as another Health Camp in the Leknath area that don’t have direct access to a major hospital and because of widespread poverty, wouldn’t even be able to afford it even if they had accessibility.

During our research, we have come to find several children who are in need of sponsoring so they may able to attend school. One heart breaking case in particular, three children who have lost both parents and now live with their aging grandmother on the outskirts of Pokhara proper, are all at risk of not being able to attend the school year because of lack of funds. For a total of $300, all three children would be able to attend school this year. Last but not least, we will continue to support the eight wonderful children of The Nestling Home in Pokhara. We hope to bring a several month supply of multivitamins to them, along with feminine hygiene products for the girls, educational materials, and a weekly supply of fruit and meat.

All of this is very exciting and we certainly couldn’t do any of it without your continued support! If you would like to make a donation towards our March trip, please CLICK HERE

UPDATE: We have raised $3,100 of our $6,000 goal!

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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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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from all of us at Nana’s House!


Our first year up and running as an organization was incredible. We started a website which averaged almost 500 visits a month, our Facebook page reached over 800 members, and our donations exceeded over $10,000 this year. None of this could be done without the incredible support for you. We were able to carry out some truly wonderful projects during our last two visits to Nepal including a dental camp for 70 children of a rural village on the outskirts of Pokhara, Nepal, a health camp for over 500 residents who otherwise wouldn’t have the means to be able to receive healthcare, where three physicians, a gynecologist, and a pediatrician were able to meet the many needs of the community. Lastly, and very dear to my heart, we were able to continue our support of the eight children of the Nestling Home with nutrition, healthcare,school supplies, and educational activities.

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I want to also thank my partners Judy Schumann and Marsaili Vanderhoeden for their various means of support and getting Nana’s House to where it is today. I hope to one day realize my dream of providing social services for unprivileged people of Nepal, a full time job.

So much to look forward to in 2105 including my fast approaching March trip where we will continue our work with Hope Nepal and various community benefiting projects.

Thank you again everyone!

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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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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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