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.
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!
Nana’s House Director
Our Facebook Page
Dianne K. Keli.H
Reeney O. Caralee B.
Jennifer and Christine M.
These are just some of the amazing people who have contributed to the Nana’s House relief efforts here in Nepal
(I will continue to tag people more with each post recognizing how terrific they are!l
With all of the goose bump inducing support that has been coming in as of late, I am overwhelmed by the generosity.
I would like to share with you our plan for how we will using your donations.
We have chosen the Gorkha region to provide support to. Reports claim that 80% of this massive village has been fully destroyed. Homes gone, and people forced to live under tents with dwindling food and water. We have been in contact with a government official from the area who has filled us in with the needs of the community. With the help of this man, and also our guide Madhav Nirdosh, we, including Christian Blixrud, will be filling up hiking size bags full of supplies and making the trek up to this village. It is a 4 hour bus ride to the starting point of the hike, and then a 10 hour hike to the top. This area was the Centerpoint of the earthquake, which means that most of the roads have been rendered useless by landslides and helicopters have been unable to land at the top. With the help of as many people as we can find, Thursday morning we will make this trek. We have no idea what kind of support we will find, if any. Best case scenario is that we meet up with the Red Cross or the local army and we are able to hand over our supplies to them and they can take it the final leg of the journey. Again, we don’t know what we will find there.
From our talks with the local government official informant, they are in need of:
Water purification tablets
Dried fruit and nuts
Reusable Cups and Dishes (Easy clean)
We hope to bring as much as we can on Thursday
Tomorrow morning we will start to purchase all of our gear and supplies, and the next day hopefully be on our way
Learn more about the villages affected in Nepal
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.
If you would like to donate, please visit our mainpage on the right hand side for the link.
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!
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
New uniforms for the children of Jumla
Uniforms for the 27 children of Jumla were finally finished today and they look terrific!
Thanks to all who helped to make this possible