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

Nepal Earthquake: Update

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.

RECENT UPDATE:

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.

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If you would like to donate, please visit our mainpage on the right hand side for the link.

April Update!

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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!

UPDATE:
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!

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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 Bunk Beds!

The correct answer was bunk beds!

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With the help from Judy Schumann and her brother Matt Bolland, we were able to build sturdy bunk beds for each of the 8 children of the Nestling Home. Their previous beds were atrocious complete with iron pieces sticking out perfect for giving a kid a good stab.
Huge improvement and boy were the kids quite happy to have their own bed now.
Big thanks to everyone who made this possible through their support of Nana’s House.

Also!

Wow! Can I keep gushing about how awesome this trip has been so far? Yesterday and today we gave out all the new clothes and shoes donated to Nana’s House by our supporters back in the States. Nepali kids are already freaks of nature when it comes to scaling mountains in broken sandals. Can you imagine how well they’d do with actual hiking shoes? Thanks to all the support, they got just that, along with t shirts,underwear,socks and pants.

We also gave out vitamins and feminine hygiene products given to us by Mary.L!

Thanks to a donation this evening by Chantal B. , we have several weeks of fruit and meat covered for the 8 wonderful children of the Nestling Home

The Jumla Children

We would like to share with you some more information about our Jumla project and our efforts to get as many 50 children in the area, who are currently not enrolled because of poverty.

-$100 USD for books, tuition and uniform for one child in Jumla to attend school for the year. (New school year starts March 20th)

-Based on a recent survey done of the area:
847 houses surveyed, 53 children(41 boys and 12 girls) were not enrolled in school (most had never attended school or had been out for years)

-10 schools in the area

-70% of the households were of the “Dalit” castes meaning they are seen as “Untouchables”

1st Picture:
Birkha and Manisha, both 6yrs, are unable to attend school from the salary their father makes on selling vegetables

2nd Picture:
Manbir, 14 yrs old, left school when he was in 4th grade due to lack of funds. Has been helping his father in the fields ever since and dreams of going back to school

3rd Picture:
Krishna, 12 yrs old, left school in grade 3, his father passed away 2 years ago and there wasn’t enough money to send him to school

Realistically, we wont be able to raise enough funds for all 53 children, but it is my hope to fund raise for the most severe cases and be able to return on an annual basis until all are able to attend school.

Getting kids back into school is a very difficult process as usually the family and the father has grown accustom to the child being home and working for the family. It is my hope that with the child’s tuition fee paid for, the family would be willing to let the child attend school.

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