Another very successful relief trip! This time our target was a small village in Lamjung, Nepal. An area that has been devastated by landslides and most recently massive slide due to the March 25th earthquake, making 1 of 2 jeep roads unaccessible at this time. With the help of 8 porters, myself and our guide Madhav Gautam made the 2 hour bus rise and 10 hour walk over valleys and peaks to this small village, while each person carrying over 50 pounds. Thanks to our prior contact with people from there, we learned that there has been a massive supply drop of tarps had been made but they were still yet to receive rations, so we were able to pack accordingly. Over 300 pounds of rice and flour was delivered, including salt,dahl,cooking oil and ibuprofen.
During our initial arrival and presentation of our goods to the community I noticed 4 or 5 women would keep getting up and walking into this tent (pictured), over the course of 10 minutes these women must have gotten up 5 times and looked quite frustrated every time they did so. I kept wondering what this was all about, and honestly frustrated me as I took it personally. After 10 minutes of, I was almost about to ask them what the problem was when all of a sudden the women walk out with plates in hand full of fried bread and potato salad enough for myself and the porters. Come to find out, they had heard we were coming and had started to prepare a welcome meal for us (from their own shortened supply) and we’re quite frustrated that it wasn’t ready on time for our initial arrival.
Huge reality check for me.
Thank you very much to the donors who made this possible.
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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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
Thank you everyone for the well wishes. All is well here in Pokhara,Nepal. The children of the Nestling Home are quite shaken up and fearful for the next earthquake but physically they are doing just fine. Food and water here have not become scarce like it has become in Kathmandu. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this earthquake especially those hit hardest in Kathmandu.
www.RedCross.org is the place to donate to dizaster relief efforts as they are doing amazing things at this time.
Again, all is well here in Pokhara and we thank all of you for your well wishes.
You guys are absolue rockstars. Because of this support, we are able to broaden our efforts and along with a team of locals, we are going to the area of Gorkha,Nepal, and area hit extremely hard by the earthquake. The people of Gorkha are 8 hours walk from water or food and because of landslides, they are cut off from any truck routes. Tomorrow afternoon we plan to hike to this area with food and water in tow and disperse the much needed items to the community.
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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.
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Sorry for the very long wait since our last post!
Badri Pandit of Hope Nepal and I had the opportunity to travel to the very remote village of Jumla,Nepal 8,400ft in elevation and help to sponsor a years worth of school supplies to 27 children, whose families are unable to financially unable to afford to send them to school, from the surrounding village. This included things like pens,notebooks,protractor and rulers,socks and a completely new and tailored uniform.Things went very well during our first day in Jumla. The airplane ride in was certainly a white knuckle adventure but the view was absolutely out of this world (as seen in the pictures). In the afternoon, we met up with the local organization we would be working with and made a plan to distribute the educational materials to the identified 27 children spread out through 6 schools.
Another successful day here in Jumla where it took us almost 7 hours on foot round trip to visit 2 more schools and were able to provide a years worth of school materials plus uniforms for 10 more children in the Jumla area. After a total of 4 schools visited and 27 children sponsored, our school tours here have come to an end with tomorrow(Saturday) being spent sizing the children for their uniforms and showing them how to properly take care of them. Barring weather, we hope to take off for Kathmandu on Sunday.
Thanks again to all the support that made all of this possible and got 27 children who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to attend class this year, the chance to go to school.
If you would like to donate towards our School Scholarship program in Pokhara Nepal for 2015, please follow the link below.
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