Very excited to welcome Nana’s House President Judy Schumann to Seattle! For the next few days we will be working to finish our request for our 501 c3 status. This is extremely exciting and definitely pushes us in the right direction.
We continue to raise funds for our March trip where we are planning to sponsor several children to attend school and hope to hold another Health Camp with Hope Nepal Association for Social Welfare – HNASW. We have raised over 50% of our $6,000 goal for our March trip. Thanks to all that have supported us thus far.
What terrific support we have received for our Go Fund Me project of supporting 21 Nepali children and getting them the dental care they desperately need.
From Our Go Fund Me Page:
Hello, My name is Joshua Bingham, formerly a IVHQ Nepal alumni of 5 months back in 2012 where I was placed in Pokhara,Nepal at The Nestling Home. In those 5 months I grew very attached to the children, the country, the culture, and people. Since volunteering, I have been 3 more times and even have started my own non profit to support underprivileged children here in Nepal, and partnering with a local organization here to help with the carrying out of projects. Recently my organization, Nana’s House, held a dental clinic in Leknath,Nepal. Leknath is a very rural village an hour’s drive from Pokhara up in the hills. 114 children and families of Shree Chandra Jyoti Secondary School showed up to receive free dental care and education on proper dental hygiene. 70% of the participants needed at least a filling or a tooth pulled. Most said that the reason they never got a check up despite severe pain was due to lack of money and inability to pay the $20(USD) round trip cost to the city and back, as Leknath doesn’t have any dental facilities. Of the 70 children that attended, 21 children will need a root canal or teeth removal requiring anesthesia as the tooth has grown behind another on. This was a service we could not provide due to money restraints. During this trip, I have one more month left before I go back to the States and am unsure when I will be able to return. I would love to help these 21 children before my departure date of October 25th 2014.
We have found a bus that will transport these 21 children (mothers included for emotional support for the young children) for $250 round trip. The dentist’s that we originally went with for the dental camp are giving us a discount of 30% of the price of what it would cost for these children needing extra work done. They estimate it will be $30 a child.
We are looking to raise $1,000 to carry this out
So far we have raised $350 out of the $1,000 needed to carry this out.
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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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Many thanks goes to the Vesterheim Norwegian Museum in Decorah,IA for selling the hats made by our own President Judy Schumann during the town’s Nordic Festival. They sold over 40 hats and raised $180.00 for Nana’s House!
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Judy and I just got off an almost 2 hour Skype conversation where we went over our 501-C3 applications and crunched some numbers. We are very close to sending that out and after approval, will allow us to take tax deductible donations. We found out that in the 6 months we have been up and running, Nana’s House has raised over $6,500 in gross income. That’s over $1,000 a month in donations which is AMAZING!
I am also getting very excited as my 4th trip back to Nepal is quickly approaching. I will find myself back in Pokhara,Nepal on August 30th where I will meet with our partner organization,Hope Nepal and discuss our future endeavors of starting a Children’s Home and services for under privileged and at-risk children, I will research building costs, and meet with the board members of Hope Nepal and furthering that relationship. Last but not least, visiting the 8 wonderful children of the Nestling Home and dropping off several donations including vitamins and clothing.
We continue to push forward!
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Thanks to a a very generous donation from The Harbor School to Nana’s House Non Profit, we were able to purchase 6 months worth of children’s multivitamins for the 10 children and 1 house mother of the Pokhara Nestling Home in Pokhara,Nepal. They will be delivered during my next visit to Nepal in August.
Thanks again Harbor School!
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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!
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