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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.
Happy New Year from all of us at Nana’s House!
Our first year up and running as an organization was incredible. We started a website which averaged almost 500 visits a month, our Facebook page reached over 800 members, and our donations exceeded over $10,000 this year. None of this could be done without the incredible support for you. We were able to carry out some truly wonderful projects during our last two visits to Nepal including a dental camp for 70 children of a rural village on the outskirts of Pokhara, Nepal, a health camp for over 500 residents who otherwise wouldn’t have the means to be able to receive healthcare, where three physicians, a gynecologist, and a pediatrician were able to meet the many needs of the community. Lastly, and very dear to my heart, we were able to continue our support of the eight children of the Nestling Home with nutrition, healthcare,school supplies, and educational activities.
I want to also thank my partners Judy Schumann and Marsaili Vanderhoeden for their various means of support and getting Nana’s House to where it is today. I hope to one day realize my dream of providing social services for unprivileged people of Nepal, a full time job.
So much to look forward to in 2105 including my fast approaching March trip where we will continue our work with Hope Nepal and various community benefiting projects.
Thank you again everyone!
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Great news from Nepal!
A couple weeks ago we shared Anju’s story. The 15 year old girl who attended our Health Camp in Leknath and was told that she would need a follow up hospital visit as she felt faint and very weak on a daily basis. During the follow up, the doctor found that Anju’s hemoglobin count was extremely low. The doctor perscribed some medicine and provided health supplements, stating that if her hemoglobin count hadn’t risen after 2 weeks, then she would need a blood transfusion.
We are to here to report that after 2 weeks, Anju’s health has steadily improved and her hemoglobin count is much higher!
Anju will continue to be monitored and have weekly hospital visits until doctors have decided she has normalized.
With your donations, Nana’s House was able to fund:
Anju’s hospital visits
Transportation to and from the hospital.
Thank you all so much for your support!
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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As many of you may know, Nana’s House in conjunction with our partner organization are holding a health camp in Leknath,Nepal on October 18th. Every single person who attends our camp will receive a free check up and any medicine as needed. Also provided with be a gynecologist and a pediatrician for women and children. Leknath is a very rural village, almost 1 hour away from any hospital or medical center and is a very hard place to reach as the last twenty drive is a dirt road only accessible by 4 wheel drive vehicles.
I would like to share with you a piece written by Nana’s House president, Judy Schumann, on the current state of healthcare in Nepal and why Health Camps are vital in maintaining a healthy population in these rural villages.
THE STATUS OF HEALTHCARE IN NEPAL
Judy Schumann, President Nana’s House Board of Directors
As I sit here awaiting the outcome of my sister’s surgery, I expect only good news. After all, she is being operated on by three of the best surgeons available in their respective fields of expertise and in a state-of-the art medical center. Reflecting back on my observations of healthcare while visiting in Nepal I am acutely aware of how this differs from my experiences there. Lack of basic health knowledge and available healthcare as well as many superstitions surrounding health contribute to the crisis which exists in that country. Nana’s House and our partner organization, Hope Nepal, are holding a health clinic on October 18th in Lehknath, a rural mountain village, to improve health conditions there.
The United Nations ranks Nepal 139th in the world for human development, well behind India and Bangladesh. Over half the population lives in abject poverty and this is mostly concentrated in the remote mountain villages. In these villages, government health post are unstaffed and under supplied for years at a time. Nutrition is poor and vaccination rates are low or non-existent. The U.N. states that the 1999 ‘Local Self Governance Act” put into place to improve health, drinking water and rural infrastructure has resulted in no notable improvement. The Nepal government spends an average of $2.30 (U.S.) per capita on healthcare. A new budget increases this amount but has not yet taken effect. A report from the U.S. Library of Congress Research Division attributes 30% of the total amount spent on healthcare for Nepali citizens in the country comes from foreign donors.
According to the World Health Organization only one-third of births are attended by a skilled professional (physician, nurse or trained midwife). A United Nations report from November 14, 2012 puts the maternal death rate at 1 in 80 births nationwide and far higher in the poverty stricken villages. Skilled professionals (all inclusive-not just physicians) are less than one per 10,000 people.
UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) statistics for children under five years of age in Nepal state that up to seventy-five percent (75%) are malnourished due to lack of dairy, fresh fruits and vegetables and protein in their diets. Fifty-two percent (52%) are categorized as stunted and one in ten (10%) are considered wasted (near starvation and death). Less than seven percent (7%) of children with suspected pneumonia ever receive treatment.
Even where excellent healthcare is available, shortcuts are taken due to lack of funding. Krishna Timilsina, the director of our partner organization, Hope Nepal, shared information from Fred Aakerlund after he visited the Western Regional Hospital of Nepal. This is a large, modern teaching hospital which also has an affiliated medical school. While in the NCU (Neonatal Care Unit) Fred observed plastic gloves being washed and reused due to the lack availability. This is not acceptable under any circumstances, but even more dangerous in the NCU where these fragile babies are more susceptible to infections which can lead to death.
I personally experienced hesitation by those caring for children in allowing them to play outside because of the belief that getting hot and sweaty while playing soccer or cricket would cause them to become ill. Superstitions meant the children were no longer allowed to play in a field across from the orphanage where they lived because a child had died there and the evil spirits that remained could make them sick or worse. It was preferable to keep the windows and curtains closed to keep ghosts and evil out instead of allowing clean fresh air to flow through the house. There seemed to be no connection between the children’s toothbrushes all being stored in the same cup or a common pitcher of water being passed around and shared by many at a school function and the resulting illnesses.
I saw my empty water bottle refilled from a faucet and placed on the table in a restaurant to be used for communal drinking. While suffering from a bad respiratory infection I visited a pharmacy (basically located in a roadside shack). The employee there asked me what I wanted. Literally, what I wanted. Fortunately I knew which antibiotic to request and the correct dosage to take. One of the younger volunteers had been given Valium for her infection the day before. We quickly corrected that for her!
I have received word from my sister’s husband that the surgery went better than expected and she will soon be well and healthy again. How grateful I am that she has this kind of care and how determined I am to do what I can through Nana’s House to bring better healthcare and an improved quality of life to those who don’t. Please do whatever you can to help Nana’s House ease this crisis situation for those we can.
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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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