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.

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Potential Project/September Trip

Would like to introduce one of the potential projects Nana’s House is currently looking at to complete during our 2 month trip starting on September 14th.

At one point, this land was the site of Mahendra Primary School in the Kaski District of Nepal. Because of the horrendous April 25th earthquake, the school was so badly fractured that it was deemed unusable and subsequently was demolished. What lies there now is a temporary shelter so that the children may still be able to attend school during the monsoon rains. The temporary shelter is a terrific short term solution but is in no way the size needed to educate the 120 children who currently attend Mahendra Primary School.

The proposal of the re-build is to have 7 classrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1 library and 1 teacher room. The previous building had 0 bathrooms, which meant children and teachers were previously and currently having to venture into the woods to relieve themselves.

Many people from the village, including those with construction-oriented jobs, have volunteered to participate in the construction of the building which will keep labor costs at an absolute minimum.

If this is the project decided upon the Nana’s House Staff, we are currently half way to the projected cost of $12,000

Nepal Building

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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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


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

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.

The Date Is Set!

It is official! My ticket back to Nepal has been purchased for March 1rst and am beyond excited to continue our work with Hope Nepal and carry out proposed project ideas such as another Health Camp in the Leknath area that don’t have direct access to a major hospital and because of widespread poverty, wouldn’t even be able to afford it even if they had accessibility.

During our research, we have come to find several children who are in need of sponsoring so they may able to attend school. One heart breaking case in particular, three children who have lost both parents and now live with their aging grandmother on the outskirts of Pokhara proper, are all at risk of not being able to attend the school year because of lack of funds. For a total of $300, all three children would be able to attend school this year. Last but not least, we will continue to support the eight wonderful children of The Nestling Home in Pokhara. We hope to bring a several month supply of multivitamins to them, along with feminine hygiene products for the girls, educational materials, and a weekly supply of fruit and meat.

All of this is very exciting and we certainly couldn’t do any of it without your continued support! If you would like to make a donation towards our March trip, please CLICK HERE

UPDATE: We have raised $3,100 of our $6,000 goal!


March Trip

Plans for our March Trip!

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.

Final Day in Nepal (For Now!)

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.

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Health Camp Was A Success!

Wow. That’s the word that comes to mind when I think about how incredibly successful the 10/18 health camp in Leknath went.

We had 530 attendees! Holy cow!
That included over 120 children!
Each and every single one of the 530 people were given a free health check up, any referrals should they need follow up work, and completely free medicine, should they be prescribed it. All in all, we had a total of 5 doctors and 10 assistants. 3 physicians, 1 pediatrician and 1 gynecologist.
A lot of the problems that were seen at the camp were gastrointestinal issues and arthritis in the hands, medicine was prescribed as necessary.
A lot of happy faces were noticed as these were men, women and children who simply did not have the financial means to be able to see a doctor, instead we brought the doctors and medicine to them.
I can’t be more proud of the work that was done today, and the incredible fundraising that took place back in the States by the board of Nana’s House.
100% of this health camp was funded by the incredible donations given to our organization.
What a fantastic trip this time around has been.
Joshua Bingham


State of Healthcare in Nepal

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.


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.

Thank you.

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