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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Upcoming Trip to Nepal

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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.
http://www.gofundme.com/4q378vvv

Absolutely can’t thank those who have supported us throughout the years enough in helping us to accomplish so much.

www.nanashouse.org
Joshua Bingham
Nana’s House Director

Fund-raiser + VERY EXCITING NEWS

NANA’s HOUSE FUND-RAISER

Last night was absolutely amazing! What a fantastic fund-raiser for Nana’s House this was, and all made possible by Debra Heesch and Loren Sinner. Thanks to MELE’UHANE – Keikilani Lindsey & Leokani Lindsey for donating their wonderful talent\time and wow us with their ability to make such beautiful Hawaiian music. Huge thanks to Snapdragon for providing the venue, and without you guys this never would have been possible. Tonight we raised $820 and all of you are to thank for making that possible. All proceeds will go towards our September trip back to Nepal to continue with our earthquake relief efforts.

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AND NOW FOR THE EXCITING NEWS!

6th trip booked backed to Nepal on September 14th and will be there for 2 months! With so much amazing support being shown to Nana’s House as of late, this trip was made possible and with our current funding, we are able to carry out many of our proposals.

So very excited and thanks to all that made this possible!

Temporary Shelter/Sponsorship Update

Pictures from our construction of a temporary classroom for Bharabi Primary School in Deurali VDC,Nepal.
Bharabi Primary was hit quite hard during the April 25th earthquake, rendering one its classrooms unusable due to instability. The remaining classrooms were not enough to hold the 46 students ranging from kindergarten to grade 5 who attend Bharabi.
With the help from over 20 local volunteers, we were able to construct a temporary classroom to withstand the upcoming monsoon, and allow school to continue.

In conjunction with Hope Nepal Association for Social Welfare – HNASW, Nana’s House was able to construct an outdoor classroom in a matter of 4 hours.
— with Badri Pandit and Sunil Pandit.

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UPDATE ON OUR SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM:
5 more children sponsored by Nana’s House School Sponsorship program.
These children will receive all the necessary school materials plus a brand new uniform for this upcoming school year.

Total Nepali children sponsored by Nana’s House this year: 42

Gita
Dipendra
Susmita
Santoshi
Bijaya

Huge thank you to everyone who has supported our Sponsorship program in Nepal!

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

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 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.

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