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!
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