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!
Our WASH project at Shree Chandra Jyoti has officially commenced!
A little bit from our Board of Directors regarding our latest endeavor:
A NEW PROJECT FOR NANA’S HOUSE
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.
Nana’s House Board of Directors
October 5, 2015
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:
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.
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
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!
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!