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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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!

Anju’s Story

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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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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

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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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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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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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Travel Day!

The day has finally arrived!

With a full schedule and donations in tow, iam off on my 4th trip back to Nepal. During my time in Kathmandu I plan to visit The Umbrella Foundation and The Kinder House, both fantastic, self sustainable Children’s Home’s that are truly making a difference. In Pokhara, a 6 hour drive west of Kathmandu, I plan to meet with the Director of our newly established organization Hope Nepal and meet the local board members. While our end goal is to establish a social services organization that would support, street children, those who have displaced from their families, or trafficked children, during the meantime we wish to to help orphanages or children’s homes in need of refurbishment or are in need of funding for specific projects.

Thank you to all that have shown support to Nana’s House whether it’s been a donation, visiting our website (www.nanashouse.org), or sharing our page with friends. Without you, none of this would have been possible and the growth of this organization is something I could have never imagined.

Joshua Bingham
Nana’s House Director
Nanashouse.org
nanashouseinquiry@yahoo.com

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Wonderful Interview with Dana Bell!

It is my pleasure to share with you the interview conducted by Dana Bell of http://www.timetravelplans.net about the ongoing projects of Nana’s House in Nepal. The result is a fantastically presented interview that contains some of the most thought provoking questions I have been asked since starting this Non Profit.

Thanks again for the interview Dana!

Be sure to check out the interview below!
(Click the picture for the interview!)
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