Our WASH project at Shree Chandra Jyoti has officially commenced!
A little bit from our Board of Directors regarding our latest endeavor:
A NEW PROJECT FOR NANA’S HOUSE
HNASW has identified another school that is in desperate need of help. Chandra Jyoti Primary School in Leknath, where we held our dental clinic last year, has lost its’ water supply. The old supply tank cracked during the earthquake and has not held water for almost six months. Children are bringing water from home to drink. Village women are hiking fifteen minutes up the hillside to haul water back to the school but it is inadequate to supply the toilet facilities or for hand washing. Again the surrounding forest is being used. Needless to say this has resulted in diminished hygiene and thus more illness among everyone at the school.
This project would significantly impact the quality of both education and health at the school. The proposal provides for new pipes to be run from the main supply line to a new reinforced holding tank designed to survive natural disasters. This tank would supply the toilet facilities and a potable water spigot to meet all the needs of the school. Nana’s House has the $3,000 in it’s general funds on hand to start the project immediately and it is projected to take two weeks for construction and two weeks drying time for the cement. We will post photos to the website as work progresses and upon completion.
Thank you again for your support in allowing us to serve the homeless and impoverished individuals of Nepal.
Nana’s House Board of Directors
October 5, 2015
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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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!
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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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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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Nana’s House 10/18 Free Dental Health Clinic