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

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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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.

Relief Efforts + Departure Date

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!
Joshua Bingham
Nana’s House Director

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Our Relief Efforts in Nepal

Would like to share with you our relief efforts here in Nepal that was made possible by your donations. Thank you all so much!

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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:
Dried fruit
Water purification tablets
Tarps for tents
Anti Diarrheal Medicine
Anti Inflammatory
Masks and gloves
Protein Bars


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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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:


A Wonderful Package!

Just begun packing all of the items Judy, with the help of friends, gathered up and has donated to Nana’s House!
So much fantastic gently used jackets and shoes, hundreds of toothbrushes, and over 30 pairs of shoes make up the amazing donations.

Way to go Judy and friends! All items will be taken with me when I depart back to Pokhara,Nepal on March 14th and donations will be distributed to families and children in need.


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!