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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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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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

Indra’s New Bathroom

A pretty awesome project has officially started in Leknath with help from Badri Pandit.
A bathroom is being installed for Indra and her 5 children.

5 years ago Indra tragically lost her husband and was left without a house, means to support herself and 5 children to support. Luckily, the community rallied to help settle her on a piece of land just big enough to support them. Only problem was, there was no bathroom and the last couple of years they have had to use the surrounding forrest as means.

With Nana’s House’s saved up funds, Indra and her family will have a sanitary,working, covered toilet in 9 days.

Also! Check out the brand new uniforms for Mandip,Rekha,Suresh and Bipana. All of this was made possible by your donations to the Nana’s House School Sponsorship program!


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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