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!

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Monthly Board Meeting

         Nana’s House just concluded a terrific board meeting tonight, this was officially our 2nd time meeting since we have formed. Tonight we designated each others positions within the board, talked about my trip back to Nepal on August 27th for 2 months including the itinerary and goals,and discussed the current status of our 501-C3 application.

Very lucky to be surrounded by a great group of people that believe in Nana’s House and what we are trying to do. I am quite fortunate to have them in my corner. There are many exciting things coming up including a couple of public speaking engagements and a fundraiser.

This will be a several year process but the wheels keep turning and great things are happening!Judy and I

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Ava Anderson Personal Care Products

Hello Friends of Nana’s House

Now through April 30th, you can buy awesome organic, non-toxic, non-gmo skin care and home care made by Ava Anderson Non-toxic, ONLINE and Diane Griffin, a Vashon Island Ava Rep, will donate 100% of her net profits to Nana’s House.

Check her website out and BE SURE to enter party # 25769 during checkout.

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Ava Anderson

About Ava Anderson products: Ava Anderson Non-Toxic was started because a young woman was truly disturbed by the enormous amount of known toxins present in cosmetic and home care products. Ava was 14 years old when she began researching ingredients and blogging about where to find safe products. Realizing the lack of awareness, education, and regulation in our country, and seeing that many brands labeled “safe” and “organic” were not safe or organic, she was moved to start a product line of her own. Ava Anderson Non Toxic was born in 2009.

Ava Anderson Non-Toxic products are the Safest and the Best on the Market. All product come with a 30 day guarantee.

Indulge in lovely products for yourself or purchase as a gift (Mother’s Day is around the corner,) and Diane donates her profits to Nana’s House. Win/win/win.

Thanks everyone!
Don’t forget to enter code# 25769 during checkout!

We Found Land!

After seeing many different plots of land during our time in Nepal, we are excited to show you pictures of the land we have decided to pursue, in hopes of starting a Children’s Home.

-Land is located in Bhalam, 20 minute drive from Pokhara proper
– Over 15,000 sq ft of land
-Is located only 10 minutes from the largest hospital in Pokhara
-Running water and electricity ON SITE
-2 schools withing walking distance
-Extremely flat land, easy to build
-Amazing view of the Annapurna mountain range

After several talks with the owner, we were able to come to the price of 25 lakh ($27,000) Well worth the price, and the amenities it brings.

Nana’s House is in full force with fundraising and have a set a goal of September 15th to come up with half of the price of the land ($13,500) to serve as a down payment and to secure the land.

We certainly hope you can help us reach this goal by donating, sharing this page and helping to get the word out.

Thank you all so much for following along, it’s going to be a long uphill climb but well worth the good that will come from it.

 

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My last day at The Nestling Home

A nice group photo of me and all the amazing, wonderful children I have been able to get to know over the last 2 years. They are all in a much better place than they were 2 years ago, whether its emotionally or health-wise. Our project has come to a close in supporting the Nestling Home but we are happy to know they are in good hands, and will be supported and looked after for years to come.

Nana’s House efforts now turn to helping the many children in Nepal who worry about where they will sleep that night or where their next meal is coming from. Our efforts now shift to looking for viable land, and resources so that we may build a Children’s Home to serve these children.

 

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Last day with the kids

Final Day in Nepal! (For Now)

It is my final day here in Nepal, while Judy will stay for another 5 days and get to shore up and finish a couple of projects at the Nestling Home. It is has been an incredible month here and Judy and I have certainly learned a lot about what it will take to further our project of a Children’s Home in Pokhara. We have looked at over 10 plots of land, and have a good idea of what kind of prices we are looking at for the future.
We are very happy to announce that we have acquired an organization in Nepal called Hope Nepal which will give us our legal certificates/ a group of 12 local board members, and most importantly, the ability to carry out this project. In July it will be official as that is when the new fiscal year starts here. We continue to press on looking for viable land, and have several people involved with Hope Nepal actively looking for potential land for us.

I arrive back in Seattle April 12th, and hit the ground running with several fundraisers and promoting Nana’s House

Thank you everyone for your continued support!

Exciting things to come!

Joshua Bingham
Director of Nana’s House

Our First Fundraiser!

Would like to give a big thank you to Julie Shannon and her Bet Sefer students for putting on a bake sale fundraiser for Nana’s House. If you happen to live on Vashon,WA then here are the details!

BAKE SALE FUNDRAISER: Sunday, April 6th from 11-1 at Thriftway

Support children on Vashon AND children in Nepal!
The students of Bet Sefer Jewish School of the Vashon Island Havurah are hosting a bake sale to benefit Nana’s House, a new project of Vashon Islander Joshua Bingham that will create a warm and stable living situation for children in need in Nepal.

This Sunday, from 11 am to 1 pm, your generous donations will help Bet Sefer Students perform Tikkun Olam (repair of the world) as they embrace the need of children all over the world.

Thanks for stopping by and showing your support!

Updates #2

Really would like to speak on the updates regarding Nana’s House, but will not be able to for about more weeks when things are concluded. What I can say is that neither Judy Smith or I thought this was going to be easy especially with two totally different cultures at play here.
I can say that that no matter what happens regarding land acquisition/building permits and joining of organizations is that I wont stop until we have a viable, economically feasible, sustainable and most importantly safe place regarding our Children’s Home and services for them. Whether that comes together in months or years, I’m here.

Some things we have thought about:
Having a guest house for tourists(long term only, that have been properly screened) Which would also fulfill my Business Visa which would allow me to stay long term

Having a garden and a covered play area for the children is a MUST

We must legally partner with a local NGO

Making sure that an “orphanage” is the last possible option for the child is a MUST