2015: A Look Back

As this will be my last trip to Nepal for the year and for quite a while as we wait for 501 C3(hopefully goes out next month) and start to apply for grants, I thought it would only be fitting to reminisce and share with the achievements that Nana’s House in conjunction with Hope Nepal Association for Social Welfare – HNASW have been able to accomplish through YOUR support.

In 2015 we:

Built all new bunk beds for the 8 children of the Nestling Home

Constructed a toilet for Indra and her 5 daughters (They were previously having to use the forest to relieve themselves)

Made 3 relief trips up to villages in Gorkha after the horrendous April 25th earthquake, delivering medicine,food and household items for at risk families.

Sponsored 27 children from the Jumla area and 23 children from the Leknath area for the upcoming school year, providing them with school uniforms and all necessary materials.

Provided families in Leknath with over 100 pounds of clothing,shoes toothbrushes, huge bags of rice,lentils,soap and oil

Quite amazing to look back on all that we have accomplished during this year. Wouldn’t have happened if not for your support.
If you would like to support Nana’s House and allow more projects like this happen during my next 2 months in Nepal, please CLICK HERE

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Families Supported in Leknath,Nepal

Today, Nana’s House revisited Leknath municipality and followed up with several families that we have supported in the past.
Mandip and Rekha, whose grandmother just passed, and are currently living alone with a neighboring aunt to support them.
Indra and her daughter Bipana. Indra, because of a medical condition, is unable to work and with the passing of her husband several years ago, finds it very difficult to take care of her 4 daughters.
Suresh and his mother Shrijana, who are still picking up the pieces years later after separating from an abusive husband and father
Shiva, a woman with no family to speak of,lives in a cow shack by herself on the outskirts of town.
Today,thanks to all of your wonderful support, Nana’s House was able to provide a month’s worth of basic necessities including 55 pounds of rice,soap,masala,cooking oil and lentils

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Upcoming Trip to Nepal


Less than 48 hours till my 6th trip back to what has become my second home, Nepal. My last visit ended with a very sobering taxi ride from my hotel to the airport in Kathmandu and witnessed first hand the destruction caused by the earthquake and the many families who now called a tent set up at the local army barracks,home. I hope that in the 3 months the since I have been gone that progress has been made and that the people who were most at risk have been helped.

With the support of many wonderful people who have donated, set up fundraisers, allowed us to come speak at their homes or place of business, we have raised over $5,000 in just the 3 months I have been back , all of which will go towards this upcoming trip.

As previously celebrated, Debra Heesch was able to raise the funds necessary officially file for 501 c3 status for Nana’s House, which will allow us to apply for grants and provide tax deductible donations to our wonderful donors. In the meantime, what this means is that this will be my last trip to Nepal for several months as we regroup and become much bigger and able to carry out even more wonderful projects. This trip will be our last chance to provide services and carry out projects that pertain to the damage caused by the earthquake in these crucial months before coming back to the states on November 13th and re – tooling Nana’s House, so we are looking to do as much possible this trip!

The other day I was going through all of the pictures and projects that Nana’s House has been a part of, and was just in awe of the things we were able to accomplish because of our fantastic support.
62 children are attending school this year because of Nana’s House scholarships
A school damaged by the earthquake in Leknath was able to stay open during the monsoon because of a temporary shelter built
The 75 children of Shree Jyoti Primary School received a free dental check up including any hygiene products they needed because of a dental clinic put on by Nana’s House and Hope Nepal Association for Social Welfare – HNASW.
The list goes on….

Nana’s House was started because of the frustration that I saw when it came to money and funding not going to where it needed to go, or passing through so many hands that when it finally got there, it had been reduced to scraps. I am always incredibly proud to say that when we receive donations, I can tell you that I will be the one on the ground in Nepal using said funds. When we raise funds to build a temporary shelter for the school, I am at that lumber yard with your donations paying for said materials, when we are sponsoring children to go to school and they need new uniforms, I am there with them at the tailor making sure that it is done. This is what I believe makes Nana’s House unique, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

As far as current fundraising goes, we are raising funds to help a school destroyed by the earthquake, return to working order. Our Go Fund Me link can be found below.

Absolutely can’t thank those who have supported us throughout the years enough in helping us to accomplish so much.

Joshua Bingham
Nana’s House Director

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As many of you know, that when our 4th trip to Nepal ends here in June, we will be taking some time off(about 1 year) to officially file for our 501-c3 status and to start our grant writing for several projects we have in the beginning stages. We have decided that before our time is up, we would like to sponsor the educational materials and necessities for 6 children in the Pokhara region. With the help of our partner organization Hope Nepal, we have identified 6 children who are have been identified and verified that they will be unable to attend school if they are not sponsored through other means.

For our first 3, I would like to introduce you to Mandip, Rekha, and Renuka, ages 11,13,15. Through the death of their mother, and re-marry of their father, they have come to live with their grandmother. When a father re-marries, it is very rare in Nepal for the children to transition also into the new household. Through government funding, their grandmother is provided what equals to $13usd a month to pay for food and necessary items.

In Nepal, it is required that students have a uniform and any necessary school supplies. These are treated as the “tuition fee” for the year. It has been calculated that to sponsor a child with these items it costs $100usd to send them to public school for 1 year. Already a couple months into the school year, Mandip,Rekha and Renuka have been told to either acquire said items or leave school.

With the help of our terrific local organization,Hope Nepal, these three children will be monitored to make sure they will continue their schooling once they have been sponsored.

We are hoping to raise $300 for the sponsorship of 3 siblings for 1 year of public school.

Please visit the link below to donate:


The Jumla Children

We would like to share with you some more information about our Jumla project and our efforts to get as many 50 children in the area, who are currently not enrolled because of poverty.

-$100 USD for books, tuition and uniform for one child in Jumla to attend school for the year. (New school year starts March 20th)

-Based on a recent survey done of the area:
847 houses surveyed, 53 children(41 boys and 12 girls) were not enrolled in school (most had never attended school or had been out for years)

-10 schools in the area

-70% of the households were of the “Dalit” castes meaning they are seen as “Untouchables”

1st Picture:
Birkha and Manisha, both 6yrs, are unable to attend school from the salary their father makes on selling vegetables

2nd Picture:
Manbir, 14 yrs old, left school when he was in 4th grade due to lack of funds. Has been helping his father in the fields ever since and dreams of going back to school

3rd Picture:
Krishna, 12 yrs old, left school in grade 3, his father passed away 2 years ago and there wasn’t enough money to send him to school

Realistically, we wont be able to raise enough funds for all 53 children, but it is my hope to fund raise for the most severe cases and be able to return on an annual basis until all are able to attend school.

Getting kids back into school is a very difficult process as usually the family and the father has grown accustom to the child being home and working for the family. It is my hope that with the child’s tuition fee paid for, the family would be willing to let the child attend school.

To donate, CLICK HERE

100% of donations made go directly to fund Nana’s House and our efforts

The Date Is Set!

It is official! My ticket back to Nepal has been purchased for March 1rst and am beyond excited to continue our work with Hope Nepal and carry out proposed project ideas such as another Health Camp in the Leknath area that don’t have direct access to a major hospital and because of widespread poverty, wouldn’t even be able to afford it even if they had accessibility.

During our research, we have come to find several children who are in need of sponsoring so they may able to attend school. One heart breaking case in particular, three children who have lost both parents and now live with their aging grandmother on the outskirts of Pokhara proper, are all at risk of not being able to attend the school year because of lack of funds. For a total of $300, all three children would be able to attend school this year. Last but not least, we will continue to support the eight wonderful children of The Nestling Home in Pokhara. We hope to bring a several month supply of multivitamins to them, along with feminine hygiene products for the girls, educational materials, and a weekly supply of fruit and meat.

All of this is very exciting and we certainly couldn’t do any of it without your continued support! If you would like to make a donation towards our March trip, please CLICK HERE

UPDATE: We have raised $3,100 of our $6,000 goal!


We Welcome Judy!

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.



On a Roll!

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.

To learn more or to donate, click below:



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!

Joshua Bingham
Nana’s House Director

Visit our Go Fund Me page HERE