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As may of you know by now, Nana’s House Non Profit will be making our 5th trip back to Pokhara,Nepal to continue with our social service projects and work with our Nepali partner organization, Hope Nepal. Some truly wonderful projects were completed during our October 2014 trip such as a health and dental camp for more than 500 residents of Leknath Village, along with backpacks and school supplies for the 8 children of the Pokhara Nestling Home.
We have some very lofty goals for this trip and hope that our fundraising efforts during these next two months will allow us to take on such projects. Through our partner organization, we have located upwards of 15 children who are not able to attend school due to financial reasons whether due to poverty within the family or tragic circumstances regarding the parents. The tuition prices are very cheap in Nepal and for $150, one child would be able to attend school for the year.
Our goal is to raise $6,000 by March 10th so that we are able to sponsor 15 underprivileged children for the ability to attend school, and to be able to continue our support of the 8 children of the Nestling Home.
As of now, we have raised 1/3rd of our current goal.
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This is Mandip, Rekha, and Renuka. They are orphaned siblings. Their father died in an accident and mother got married to another man and left them to fend for themselves. They are currently living with their grand mother who is 71 years old. She does not have any property nor any income sources for living and to provide food and education for the grand children. Mandip, who is 10 years old, would be attending the 4th grade this year if able to attend school. Renuka, Mandip’s sister, is 12 years, and is at risk of not attending the 6th grade. Rekha, the oldest,is 14 years old, and because at an early age was forced to stay home and tend to the chores of the house, is at the same education level of her sister Renuka.
My 4th trip to Nepal has come to an end and I couldn’t be happier with the success and results that Nana’s House was able to deliver during these 2 months. I came into the trip very unsure of who we would be partnering with and what our projects would look like. Meeting Badrit Pandit and the crew of Hope Nepal put all those worries to rest. Not only were they professional, trustworthy, hard working, but also extremely passionate about providing social services to underprivileged people. I very, very much look forward to working with them in the future and completing bigger and better projects. I also have to say how extremely impressed I am with the support that came in mid way through my trip here. When we held the dental camp at Chandra Jyoti Secondary School for 100+ people including 70 children, we didn’t expect that we would have 15 children who would need further dental work that couldn’t be completed then and there. This also wasn’t in our budget, so we started a Go Fund Me page. The results were awesome. We raised over $500 and we’re able to provide services for each and every child. Our supporters really came through for us and our projects and couldn’t give a bigger thank you for everyone’s support.
What Nana’s House completed during this trip:
1. Donated $250 of multi-vitamins to the 8 children of the Nestling Home
2. Held a Dental Camp in Leknath for 117 attendees
3. Supported 15 children for follow up dental work the next week
4. Held a Health Camp in lower Leknath Village for 530 attendees
5. Provided vegetables/meat/fruit on a weekly basis for the 8 children of the Nestling Home
6. Provided Anju with medical services and any future medical needs she may have
For the next couple of months, Nana’s House and Hope Nepal will research future projects that we can collaborate on, along with fundraising efforts.
I look forward to my next opportunity to come back to this wonderful country and finish where we left off.
This is Anju and her mother, both attended our 10/18 health camp in Leknath.
During the camp, the doctor noticed that Anju was very pale and that maybe she was not sharing something when asked by the gynecologist if anything hurt or was in needing of checking. After some convincing, she explained that she was having severe menstrual problems that resulted in severe and abnormal blood loss and feeling very weak. For months this was going on but Anju did not share this with anyone. Coming from a family of five siblings, 2 years ago losing her father to an unknown disease, and living in a house the size of a one car garage, Anju, selflessly, didn’t want to burden her mother with any mother with more problems, and knowing full well they didn’t have the money to take care of any potential problems. If this wasn’t difficult enough, Anju and her family also belong to a caste that is disgustingly called “untouchables”, essentially people unworthy of living amongst “regular” society and deemed too filthy.
Thanks to Anja’s bravery and making aware her pain, Badri Pandit of Hope Nepal and myself took Anja to a private hospital here in Pokhara where she received further testing including a blood test that showed particular levels indicating she will need at least a liter of blood.
This Monday she will receive that blood thanks to the donations made to Nana’s House. Further testing and any necessary follow up procedures will be taken care of by Nana’s House.
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What an amazing and successful day!
Today, with the help of our partner organization Hope Nepal and Badri Pandit, we were able to transport 16 children and 3 teachers from Leknath village in Nepal to Pioneer Dental Centre in Pokhara to have further dental work completed. These were children who had previously attended our 9/18 Dental Camp and we were informed they would need further work completed.
For the 5 hours that it took for all 16 children to be attended to:
57 fillings were done
10 teeth were extracted
The apprehension in the room was certainly thick as none of these children ranging in age from 5 to 13, had ever visited the dentist. One small child was shaking in his chair as he waited. When asked, he told us that his friends had told him that they make an injection in your neck prior to having dental work done. Imagine his physical change after he was assured that in fact this would not be happening.
Children who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to have to this dental work done due to the rural and very poor conditions that they and their families find themselves in.
Nana’s House would like to thank everyone who donated to our Go Fund Me project and made this possible. This would not have been possible if not for your support.
One week till our Health Camp.
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Happy Dashain from Nepal!
Josh here with an update from Nepal. Today I got to spend the day celebrating Dashain with my friend Badri and his family. For those who don’t know, Dashain is the longest and most popular festival in the Hindu religion. Families spend 15 days in celebration of the triumph of good over evil. On the last day, the day I got to be a part of, is spent dining on feasts of meat and rice, and going from house to house of loved ones and friends exchanging “tikas” and gifts of money. What a fantastic day this was and am so lucky to have shared it with Badri and his family.
Hope Nepal and Nana’s House have set a tentative date of Oct 18th for our Health Camp in Leknath Municipality, located just outside of Pokhara proper. It is a perfect community to do this in as it is very rural and many people are in need of medical services they are not able to attain due to poverty. We expect to have a pediatrician, a cardiologist and a gynecologist on site and providing services as needed.
Until then, we are still in attempts to raise our $1,000 goal for providing follow up dental care to 21 children from Leknath Municipality who are in need of dental work.
Learn more by visiting our Go Fund Me page
What terrific support we have received for our Go Fund Me project of supporting 21 Nepali children and getting them the dental care they desperately need.
From Our Go Fund Me Page:
Hello, My name is Joshua Bingham, formerly a IVHQ Nepal alumni of 5 months back in 2012 where I was placed in Pokhara,Nepal at The Nestling Home. In those 5 months I grew very attached to the children, the country, the culture, and people. Since volunteering, I have been 3 more times and even have started my own non profit to support underprivileged children here in Nepal, and partnering with a local organization here to help with the carrying out of projects. Recently my organization, Nana’s House, held a dental clinic in Leknath,Nepal. Leknath is a very rural village an hour’s drive from Pokhara up in the hills. 114 children and families of Shree Chandra Jyoti Secondary School showed up to receive free dental care and education on proper dental hygiene. 70% of the participants needed at least a filling or a tooth pulled. Most said that the reason they never got a check up despite severe pain was due to lack of money and inability to pay the $20(USD) round trip cost to the city and back, as Leknath doesn’t have any dental facilities. Of the 70 children that attended, 21 children will need a root canal or teeth removal requiring anesthesia as the tooth has grown behind another on. This was a service we could not provide due to money restraints. During this trip, I have one more month left before I go back to the States and am unsure when I will be able to return. I would love to help these 21 children before my departure date of October 25th 2014.
We have found a bus that will transport these 21 children (mothers included for emotional support for the young children) for $250 round trip. The dentist’s that we originally went with for the dental camp are giving us a discount of 30% of the price of what it would cost for these children needing extra work done. They estimate it will be $30 a child.
We are looking to raise $1,000 to carry this out
So far we have raised $350 out of the $1,000 needed to carry this out.
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