Successful Fundraiser!

Congratulations to Nana’s House President Judy Schumann on her successful fundraiser supporting Nana’s House at her local craft fair in Wisconsin. Managing to raise over $500, she sold purses and pashmina scarves/shawls from Nepal, spiced walnuts and pecans, small edible cornucopias, gingerbread houses to order,homemade jams and jellies and holiday cards made from the artwork done by the children of The Nestling Home in Pokhara,Nepal.

Way to go Judy!


Completed Water Project!

The Nana’s House WASH project at Shree Chandra Jyoti Primary School has officially finished!


The brand new 6,000 liter water reserve tank will serve as a holding tank for the drinking water and for flushing for the 85 children and staff of the local school in Leknath,Nepal. After several weeks of the project being on hold due to the current fuel crisis, we can officially say that from this day forward, the children of Shree Chandra Jyoti will have clean running water at their school.

Due to the April 25th earthquake, their original and poorly constructed water reserve tank was rendered useless because of several cracks. This has meant that for the past 6 months the children have had to use the surrounding forest as their bathroom and carrying their own water from home.

School is back in session at Shree Chandra Jyoti Primary School in Leknath,Nepal and clean drinking water has started flowing due to the Nana's House WASH project.
School is back in session at Shree Chandra Jyoti Primary School in Leknath,Nepal and clean drinking water has started flowing due to the Nana’s House WASH project.

We at Nana’s House are incredibly proud beyond belief to be able to create and complete such a project with long lasting effects and benefits and to our wonderful donors, without you, this never would have happened.

Students and staff of Shree Chandra Jyoti Primary School in front of their new water reserve tank. Funded by Nana's House, the new construction brought clean drinking water and the ability to flush toilets to over 90 children who attend the school in Leknath, Nepa
Students and staff of Shree Chandra Jyoti Primary School in front of their new water reserve tank. Funded by Nana’s House, the new construction brought clean drinking water and the ability to flush toilets to over 90 children who attend the school in Leknath, Nepa

Thank you so much to all who made this possible, and a huge thank you to our local partner organization Hope Nepal Association for Social Welfare – HNASW and Badri Pandit for playing such an integral role.


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Bringing Water to Nepali School

Our WASH project at Shree Chandra Jyoti has officially commenced!
A little bit from our Board of Directors regarding our latest endeavor:



HNASW has identified another school that is in desperate need of help. Chandra Jyoti Primary School in Leknath, where we held our dental clinic last year, has lost its’ water supply. The old supply tank cracked during the earthquake and has not held water for almost six months. Children are bringing water from home to drink. Village women are hiking fifteen minutes up the hillside to haul water back to the school but it is inadequate to supply the toilet facilities or for hand washing. Again the surrounding forest is being used. Needless to say this has resulted in diminished hygiene and thus more illness among everyone at the school.

This project would significantly impact the quality of both education and health at the school. The proposal provides for new pipes to be run from the main supply line to a new reinforced holding tank designed to survive natural disasters. This tank would supply the toilet facilities and a potable water spigot to meet all the needs of the school. Nana’s House has the $3,000 in it’s general funds on hand to start the project immediately and it is projected to take two weeks for construction and two weeks drying time for the cement. We will post photos to the website as work progresses and upon completion.


Thank you again for your support in allowing us to serve the homeless and impoverished individuals of Nepal.

Respectfully submitted,
Nana’s House Board of Directors
October 5, 2015

Nepal School Project

Some of the faces of the 85 children who attend Shree Chandra Jyoti Primary School in Leknath,Nepal. Due to the April 25th earthquake, their water reserve tank at the school was damages meaning that for 6 months they have not had proper running water at the school. When the principal and teachers were asked where the children relieve themselves, they pointed to the nearby forest.
Nana’s House is currently working on a project that would build a brand new water reserve tank that would be able to withstand any future natural disasters.

If you would like to donate to Nana’s House and support our efforts:

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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

Current Fundraising Efforts

Excited to announce that Nana’s House has officially started our fundraising efforts for the rebuilding of Mahendra Primary School located in the Kaski District of Nepal.

Please read more below to learn more, or to donate:

At one point, this land was the site of Mahendra Primary School in the Kaski District of Nepal. Because of the horrendous April 25th earthquake, the school was so badly fractured that it was deemed unusable and subsequently was demolished. What lies there now is a temporary shelter so that the children may still be able to attend school during the monsoon rains. The temporary shelter is a terrific short term solution but is in no way the size needed to educate the 120 children who currently attend Mahendra Primary School.


The proposal of the re-build is to have 7 classrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1 library and 1 teacher room. The previous building had 0 bathrooms, which meant children and teachers were previously and currently having to venture into the woods to relieve themselves.


Many people from the village, including those with construction-oriented jobs, have volunteered to participate in the construction of the building which will keep labor costs at an absolute minimum.

If this is the project decided upon the Nana’s House Staff, we are currently half way to the projected cost of $12,000



Last night was absolutely amazing! What a fantastic fund-raiser for Nana’s House this was, and all made possible by Debra Heesch and Loren Sinner. Thanks to MELE’UHANE – Keikilani Lindsey & Leokani Lindsey for donating their wonderful talent\time and wow us with their ability to make such beautiful Hawaiian music. Huge thanks to Snapdragon for providing the venue, and without you guys this never would have been possible. Tonight we raised $820 and all of you are to thank for making that possible. All proceeds will go towards our September trip back to Nepal to continue with our earthquake relief efforts.



6th trip booked backed to Nepal on September 14th and will be there for 2 months! With so much amazing support being shown to Nana’s House as of late, this trip was made possible and with our current funding, we are able to carry out many of our proposals.

So very excited and thanks to all that made this possible!

Temporary Shelter/Sponsorship Update

Pictures from our construction of a temporary classroom for Bharabi Primary School in Deurali VDC,Nepal.
Bharabi Primary was hit quite hard during the April 25th earthquake, rendering one its classrooms unusable due to instability. The remaining classrooms were not enough to hold the 46 students ranging from kindergarten to grade 5 who attend Bharabi.
With the help from over 20 local volunteers, we were able to construct a temporary classroom to withstand the upcoming monsoon, and allow school to continue.

In conjunction with Hope Nepal Association for Social Welfare – HNASW, Nana’s House was able to construct an outdoor classroom in a matter of 4 hours.
— with Badri Pandit and Sunil Pandit.

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5 more children sponsored by Nana’s House School Sponsorship program.
These children will receive all the necessary school materials plus a brand new uniform for this upcoming school year.

Total Nepali children sponsored by Nana’s House this year: 42


Huge thank you to everyone who has supported our Sponsorship program in Nepal!

Relief Effort Pt.3

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.