The correct answer was bunk beds!
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.
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
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!
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.
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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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
Transportation to and from the hospital.
Thank you all so much for your support!
This is Anju and her mother, both attended our 10/18 health camp in Leknath.
During the camp, the doctor noticed that Anju was very pale and that maybe she was not sharing something when asked by the gynecologist if anything hurt or was in needing of checking. After some convincing, she explained that she was having severe menstrual problems that resulted in severe and abnormal blood loss and feeling very weak. For months this was going on but Anju did not share this with anyone. Coming from a family of five siblings, 2 years ago losing her father to an unknown disease, and living in a house the size of a one car garage, Anju, selflessly, didn’t want to burden her mother with any mother with more problems, and knowing full well they didn’t have the money to take care of any potential problems. If this wasn’t difficult enough, Anju and her family also belong to a caste that is disgustingly called “untouchables”, essentially people unworthy of living amongst “regular” society and deemed too filthy.
Thanks to Anja’s bravery and making aware her pain, Badri Pandit of Hope Nepal and myself took Anja to a private hospital here in Pokhara where she received further testing including a blood test that showed particular levels indicating she will need at least a liter of blood.
This Monday she will receive that blood thanks to the donations made to Nana’s House. Further testing and any necessary follow up procedures will be taken care of by Nana’s House.
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What terrific support we have received for our Go Fund Me project of supporting 21 Nepali children and getting them the dental care they desperately need.
From Our Go Fund Me Page:
Hello, My name is Joshua Bingham, formerly a IVHQ Nepal alumni of 5 months back in 2012 where I was placed in Pokhara,Nepal at The Nestling Home. In those 5 months I grew very attached to the children, the country, the culture, and people. Since volunteering, I have been 3 more times and even have started my own non profit to support underprivileged children here in Nepal, and partnering with a local organization here to help with the carrying out of projects. Recently my organization, Nana’s House, held a dental clinic in Leknath,Nepal. Leknath is a very rural village an hour’s drive from Pokhara up in the hills. 114 children and families of Shree Chandra Jyoti Secondary School showed up to receive free dental care and education on proper dental hygiene. 70% of the participants needed at least a filling or a tooth pulled. Most said that the reason they never got a check up despite severe pain was due to lack of money and inability to pay the $20(USD) round trip cost to the city and back, as Leknath doesn’t have any dental facilities. Of the 70 children that attended, 21 children will need a root canal or teeth removal requiring anesthesia as the tooth has grown behind another on. This was a service we could not provide due to money restraints. During this trip, I have one more month left before I go back to the States and am unsure when I will be able to return. I would love to help these 21 children before my departure date of October 25th 2014.
We have found a bus that will transport these 21 children (mothers included for emotional support for the young children) for $250 round trip. The dentist’s that we originally went with for the dental camp are giving us a discount of 30% of the price of what it would cost for these children needing extra work done. They estimate it will be $30 a child.
We are looking to raise $1,000 to carry this out
So far we have raised $350 out of the $1,000 needed to carry this out.
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Josh here with a quick update from Nepal!
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!
Nana’s House Director
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