Relief Effort Pt.3

Another very successful relief trip! This time our target was a small village in Lamjung, Nepal. An area that has been devastated by landslides and most recently massive slide due to the March 25th earthquake, making 1 of 2 jeep roads unaccessible at this time. With the help of 8 porters, myself and our guide Madhav Gautam made the 2 hour bus rise and 10 hour walk over valleys and peaks to this small village, while each person carrying over 50 pounds. Thanks to our prior contact with people from there, we learned that there has been a massive supply drop of tarps had been made but they were still yet to receive rations, so we were able to pack accordingly. Over 300 pounds of rice and flour was delivered, including salt,dahl,cooking oil and ibuprofen.
During our initial arrival and presentation of our goods to the community I noticed 4 or 5 women would keep getting up and walking into this tent (pictured), over the course of 10 minutes these women must have gotten up 5 times and looked quite frustrated every time they did so. I kept wondering what this was all about, and honestly frustrated me as I took it personally. After 10 minutes of, I was almost about to ask them what the problem was when all of a sudden the women walk out with plates in hand full of fried bread and potato salad enough for myself and the porters. Come to find out, they had heard we were coming and had started to prepare a welcome meal for us (from their own shortened supply) and we’re quite frustrated that it wasn’t ready on time for our initial arrival.
Huge reality check for me.
Thank you very much to the donors who made this possible.

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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New Updates+Sponsorships

2 Great Updates!

Today, 4 more children were successfully sponsored for this upcoming school year.
Along with getting all of the supplies needed for the year, their measurements were also taken for their school uniform which will be ready by next Wednesday.

Mandip and Rekha (brother and sister)


Suresh


Bipana

All children are from the Dalit caste, considered in Nepal to be the lowest caste and are unrightfully ostracized because of this.

So many thanks go to the donors who made this all possible!

Second Update!

Woke up this morning to find that the students and staff from The Harbor School were able to raise $750 from their fundraiser towards the Nana’s House earthquake relief efforts here in Nepal.
These funds will go towards our current project of supporting specific families affected with bags of rice,propane gas,stoves and other needed supplies.
Huge thanks to the students and staff from my middle school Alma Mater!
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Relief Efforts Pt.2

Today was another successful supply run to the area of Gorkha. This time, it was a 5 hour hike up to the village Mather(the phonetic spelling), consisting of 150 people and 45 households from the Tamang and Gurung caste(both castes have their own separate mother tongue and facial characteristics). With the the help of 5 porters and 1 guide( Madhav Nirdosh) and myself, we were able to distribute over 300 pounds of supplies including rice,dahl,soap,rope,medicine and chapati flour.

Thank you again to everyone who made this possible

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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
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

Current Relief Project + Many Thanks!

Dianne K. Keli.H
Reeney O. Caralee B.
Jennifer and Christine M.
Raymond. R
Rebecca B.
Diana.J

These are just some of the amazing people who have contributed to the Nana’s House relief efforts here in Nepal
(I will continue to tag people more with each post recognizing how terrific they are!l

With all of the goose bump inducing support that has been coming in as of late, I am overwhelmed by the generosity.

I would like to share with you our plan for how we will using your donations. 
We have chosen the Gorkha region to provide support to. Reports claim that 80% of this massive village has been fully destroyed. Homes gone, and people forced to live under tents with dwindling food and water. We have been in contact with a government official from the area who has filled us in with the needs of the community. With the help of this man, and also our guide Madhav Nirdosh, we, including Christian Blixrud, will be filling up hiking size bags full of supplies and making the trek up to this village. It is a 4 hour bus ride to the starting point of the hike, and then a 10 hour hike to the top. This area was the Centerpoint of the earthquake, which means that most of the roads have been rendered useless by landslides and helicopters have been unable to land at the top. With the help of as many people as we can find, Thursday morning we will make this trek. We have no idea what kind of support we will find, if any. Best case scenario is that we meet up with the Red Cross or the local army and we are able to hand over our supplies to them and they can take it the final leg of the journey. Again, we don’t know what we will find there.
From our talks with the local government official informant, they are in need of:

Tarps
Water purification tablets
Dried fruit and nuts
Lighters 
Diarrhea medicine 
Noodles
Rope
Reusable Cups and Dishes (Easy clean)

We hope to bring as much as we can on Thursday

Tomorrow morning we will start to purchase all of our gear and supplies, and the next day hopefully be on our way

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