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.

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
Nuts
Oats
Water
Water purification tablets
Tarps for tents
Rope
Anti Diarrheal Medicine
Anti Inflammatory
Bandages
Betadine
Masks and gloves
Protein Bars

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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

April Update!

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Today we say goodbye to President of Nana’s House Judy Schumann and wish her very safe travels on her way back to Wisconsin. She was instrumental in helping us assemble brand new bunk beds for the kids and helping to complete a total re – painting of the Nestling Home.
This month we have already said goodbye to Matt, Judy’s brother, who helped us to complete several construction projects in the house. We have also said goodbye to 2 Nana’s House Board Members, Sue and Christopher Bingham, my parents, who were terrific in helping us disseminate brand new clothing to the children. They were only able to spend 5 days here in Pokhara but were able to meet the wonderful 8 children of the Nestling Home and see some projects through to the end.

I plan to remain here in Pokhara and help to see the last of our projects to the finish line, and say my final goodbyes here.
You all will be missed!

UPDATE:
We are currently $342 away fro our goal of $600 in an effort to send 6 children from the Leknath and Pokhara area to school for a year. These are children whose families are financially unable to afford for them to attend school. Please visit our donate page if you would like to support our efforts!

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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:

DONATE TO NANA’S HOUSE SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

Success in Jumla!

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.

Day 2

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.

Donate to Nana’s House School Scholarship Program

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A Wonderful Package!

Just begun packing all of the items┬áJudy, 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.

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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