Has been quite a while since our last post, due to some personal obligations, I haven’t been able to get to a computer but I would love to update everyone on the progress of Nana’s House and what we have been up to!
1. We have almost reached our goal of $800 for our 501-c3 application, and we plan to file the official paperwork before the end of 2015. Thanks to everyone for their support!
2. We have set a tentative date of early September to make our 6th trip back to Nepal and continue with our earthquake relief efforts. Our partner organization, Hope Nepal, has sent us several proposals for possible projects (click here to take a look at some possible projects) We have a goal set of $5,000 and we are currently over 50% towards our goal!
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4. UPDATE ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF INDRA AND HER FAMILY’s NEW TOILET
If you haven’t been following along. Nana’s House was able to allocate some funds to help Indra and her family with the construction of a brand new toilet for her and her 5 children. Below is their story and pictures:
Presenting Indra and her family’s brand new bathroom.
Several years ago, Indra’s husband passed away. Financially unable to remain in their house, Indra and her children were forced to vacate. Thanks to the wonderful generosity of people in Leknath VDC, they were given some land and a house to live in. The only drawback was that there was no bathroom, so for the last couple of years they were having to use the forest as a bathroom.
That all changed today when the construction… of their new toilet finished today. Thank you to all the donors that made this possible for Indra and her family.
We are so fortunate here at Nana’s House to have the support that we do, and none of this would be possible if not for the wonderfully generous people who keep up going. Thank you so much!
A pretty awesome project has officially started in Leknath with help from Badri Pandit.
A bathroom is being installed for Indra and her 5 children.
5 years ago Indra tragically lost her husband and was left without a house, means to support herself and 5 children to support. Luckily, the community rallied to help settle her on a piece of land just big enough to support them. Only problem was, there was no bathroom and the last couple of years they have had to use the surrounding forrest as means.
With Nana’s House’s saved up funds, Indra and her family will have a sanitary,working, covered toilet in 9 days.
Also! Check out the brand new uniforms for Mandip,Rekha,Suresh and Bipana. All of this was made possible by your donations to the Nana’s House School Sponsorship program!
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Will be departing Nepal on May 27th to fly back home to Seattle. I feel very fortunate to have been here during this time of need and contributed in a small way and this will be a very mixed emotions exit leaving this country this time. Our relief efforts such as ferrying up supplies to small villages(no vehicle access), providing bags of rice and support to those on the outskirts of Pokhara and specific families will continue until May 25th.
Our fundraising for relief efforts will be closed on May 20th. The Red Cross is your best option for a major organization here in Nepal doing fantastic work as far as your donation goes.
Nana’s House has raised over $4,000 for our efforts and we owe it all to you wonderful people!
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2 Great Updates!
Today, 4 more children were successfully sponsored for this upcoming school year.
Along with getting all of the supplies needed for the year, their measurements were also taken for their school uniform which will be ready by next Wednesday.
Mandip and Rekha (brother and sister)
All children are from the Dalit caste, considered in Nepal to be the lowest caste and are unrightfully ostracized because of this.
So many thanks go to the donors who made this all possible!
Woke up this morning to find that the students and staff from The Harbor School were able to raise $750 from their fundraiser towards the Nana’s House earthquake relief efforts here in Nepal.
These funds will go towards our current project of supporting specific families affected with bags of rice,propane gas,stoves and other needed supplies.
Huge thanks to the students and staff from my middle school Alma Mater!
Today was another successful supply run to the area of Gorkha. This time, it was a 5 hour hike up to the village Mather(the phonetic spelling), consisting of 150 people and 45 households from the Tamang and Gurung caste(both castes have their own separate mother tongue and facial characteristics). With the the help of 5 porters and 1 guide( Madhav Nirdosh) and myself, we were able to distribute over 300 pounds of supplies including rice,dahl,soap,rope,medicine and chapati flour.
Thank you again to everyone who made this possible
Would like to share with you our relief efforts here in Nepal that was made possible by your donations. Thank you all so much!
Successfully arrived back in Pokhara from our supply drop at Ghyachowk VDC 4, a fairly small village located deep in the hills. Our day started with a 4 hour bus ride from Pokhara where we were dropped off at Gorkha. After an hour, we were very pleased and surprised to see several grass roots organizations who had set up a a medical tent and a distribution center for all of the supplies coming in. These organizations were servicing all of the severely injured coming down from the mountain and providing tarps and rice to those in need. We were briefed in the morning that there was a small village about a 7 hour walk from the camp that had not seen much help and supplies were drastically needed. Along with Christian Blixrud, myself and 3 porters we made the arduous 7 hour walk up with our all of our purchased supplies in tow. Along the way, we snapped pictures of the absolute destruction we witnessed and the hundreds of families now without homes or supplies. Arriving at Ghyachowk, we were greeted by the Nepali army who advised us that it was best to drop the supplies off with them and let them distribute. What we were able to bring was just a drop of a drop in a bucket but very proud of my team for making the hike and giving what we can for such a small organization.
Some of the immense devastation we witnessed along the way:
Our 5 packs contained:
Water purification tablets
Tarps for tents
Anti Diarrheal Medicine
Masks and gloves
And of course, thank you so much to everyone who made this possible through your contributions
Our plan for the near future is this: Set up a second run to Ghyachowk and nearby small villages with even more people in tow and bring specific supplies from the information that we have gathered now
Continue to support those affected here in Pokhara where we are based
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Reeney O. Caralee B.
Jennifer and Christine M.
These are just some of the amazing people who have contributed to the Nana’s House relief efforts here in Nepal
(I will continue to tag people more with each post recognizing how terrific they are!l
With all of the goose bump inducing support that has been coming in as of late, I am overwhelmed by the generosity.
I would like to share with you our plan for how we will using your donations.
We have chosen the Gorkha region to provide support to. Reports claim that 80% of this massive village has been fully destroyed. Homes gone, and people forced to live under tents with dwindling food and water. We have been in contact with a government official from the area who has filled us in with the needs of the community. With the help of this man, and also our guide Madhav Nirdosh, we, including Christian Blixrud, will be filling up hiking size bags full of supplies and making the trek up to this village. It is a 4 hour bus ride to the starting point of the hike, and then a 10 hour hike to the top. This area was the Centerpoint of the earthquake, which means that most of the roads have been rendered useless by landslides and helicopters have been unable to land at the top. With the help of as many people as we can find, Thursday morning we will make this trek. We have no idea what kind of support we will find, if any. Best case scenario is that we meet up with the Red Cross or the local army and we are able to hand over our supplies to them and they can take it the final leg of the journey. Again, we don’t know what we will find there.
From our talks with the local government official informant, they are in need of:
Water purification tablets
Dried fruit and nuts
Reusable Cups and Dishes (Easy clean)
We hope to bring as much as we can on Thursday
Tomorrow morning we will start to purchase all of our gear and supplies, and the next day hopefully be on our way
Learn more about the villages affected in Nepal