Completed Water Project!

The Nana’s House WASH project at Shree Chandra Jyoti Primary School has officially finished!


The brand new 6,000 liter water reserve tank will serve as a holding tank for the drinking water and for flushing for the 85 children and staff of the local school in Leknath,Nepal. After several weeks of the project being on hold due to the current fuel crisis, we can officially say that from this day forward, the children of Shree Chandra Jyoti will have clean running water at their school.

Due to the April 25th earthquake, their original and poorly constructed water reserve tank was rendered useless because of several cracks. This has meant that for the past 6 months the children have had to use the surrounding forest as their bathroom and carrying their own water from home.

School is back in session at Shree Chandra Jyoti Primary School in Leknath,Nepal and clean drinking water has started flowing due to the Nana's House WASH project.
School is back in session at Shree Chandra Jyoti Primary School in Leknath,Nepal and clean drinking water has started flowing due to the Nana’s House WASH project.

We at Nana’s House are incredibly proud beyond belief to be able to create and complete such a project with long lasting effects and benefits and to our wonderful donors, without you, this never would have happened.

Students and staff of Shree Chandra Jyoti Primary School in front of their new water reserve tank. Funded by Nana's House, the new construction brought clean drinking water and the ability to flush toilets to over 90 children who attend the school in Leknath, Nepa
Students and staff of Shree Chandra Jyoti Primary School in front of their new water reserve tank. Funded by Nana’s House, the new construction brought clean drinking water and the ability to flush toilets to over 90 children who attend the school in Leknath, Nepa

Thank you so much to all who made this possible, and a huge thank you to our local partner organization Hope Nepal Association for Social Welfare – HNASW and Badri Pandit for playing such an integral role.


Nana’s House

We Welcome Judy!

Very excited to welcome Nana’s House President Judy Schumann to Seattle! For the next few days we will be working to finish our request for our 501 c3 status. This is extremely exciting and definitely pushes us in the right direction.

We continue to raise funds for our March trip where we are planning to sponsor several children to attend school and hope to hold another Health Camp with Hope Nepal Association for Social Welfare – HNASW. We have raised over 50% of our $6,000 goal for our March trip. Thanks to all that have supported us thus far.


Help Needed!

It was pretty devastating seeing the dental health of several of the children who attended our Dental Clinic on September 18th in Leknath, Nepal. Out of the 70 children that attended, we were told that 21 of them would need extensive work done such as a root canal or a tooth pulled and could not be carried out at the camp.

The children and their families come from a very rural background which means very little money and no means of transportation to make the 2 hour round trip journey into Pokhara city to see a dentist. A lot of minor problems and simple fixes turn into very serious ones because of these realities. My time in Nepal is very limited, my organization and I are only here for the next 4 weeks and are hoping to help these 21 children before our time is up.

We are hoping to raise 1,000 USD which would allow us to get these children proper dental care. Our deadline to make our goal is 2 weeks from today.

To date, we have raised $350, enough to sponsor 7 of the 21 children

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Successful Project!

The dental clinic was a massive success. The joint effort, free dental clinic put on by Hope Nepal in conjunction with Nana’s House was more than I ever could have imagined. Even in 100+ degree heat, the parents and children of Shree Chandra Jyoti turned out to receive dental care and education, all 116 of them.

The children learned how to properly brush their teeth, some admitting that they had never done so, not knowing the seriousness of poor dental care. The parents learned not only how to take care of their own teeth, but to also set an example for their children. Leknath is a very rural area, located an hour from a metropolitan city. The condition of most of the teeth that were seen by the 4 on site dentists was alarming. 70% of those seen needed at least one filling, 80% needed a tooth pulled or will need one done in the near future. When asked, lack of money, lack of knowledge, and no transportation into the city were the main reasons why those problems were not taken care of earlier. 21 children will need further dental care and Nana’s House is working towards a way to get them the help them need (most need root canals).

At the end of the check up, not only did every child go home with a toothbrush and toothpaste but also every parent and child received a coupon giving them 30% off any future dental work should they need it.

All in all, a very successful day.

Update: We are now fundraising for the 21 children who’s dental needs were greater than what we could provide at the Dental Camp. Most are in need of root canals or teeth pulled. Most of these problems stem from hereditary issues, lack of brushing, and dirty water. The clinic that we originally chose for our camp, has agreed to give a generous 30% discount to these children. Including the dental costs and transportation to and from the city, we are looking at $800 to complete this. We have now begun fundraising for this, any and every dollar donated will go to helping these 21 children of Leknath Municipality. Find the link below to donate, and be sure to share this with friends and family!


Free Dental Camp!

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On September 18th, myself and our partner organization Hope Nepal, along with 2 premiere dentists from Pokhara their assistants will make the hike up to Leknath Municipality and put on this dental camp.

Thanks to everyone that has supported and donated to Nana’s House, it is because of you we are able to put this on, and because of you we will be able to do more things like this is in the future.


To Donate, please click HERE

Joshua Bingham
Nana’s House Director

Young Alumni Award

What a special night this was! I want to give a huge thank you to my middle school Alma mater, The Harbor School, for presenting me with The Young Alumni award and their very generous donation to Nana’s House. I am very lucky to have spent 3 special years here. Many of the paths I have chosen and goals for the future are founded on principles, lessons learned, and immense personal growth all acquired while attending this terrific school.

I am honored to receive this award and thank you again to The Harbor School for your donation.

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Application for 501-C3 Status

Today begins the process of registering Nana’s House as a 501-C3 organization. Not only will this give tax deductible donations to our supporters, but only give us access to much needed grants to fund our project of building a Children’s Home in the Kaski district of Pokhara,Nepal.
We hope to complete the process in 2-3 months, which will give us much needed time before our deadline of September to come up with the down payment for the land.
We continue to press on here and great things are happening!

Nana’s House Introduction


My name is Joshua Bingham, a 23 year old resident of Washington State and graduate of Evergreen State College. Up until the age of 21, I was certain that I was destined to become an actor; it was all I had dreamed of since the age of 15. This feeling was heightened when I participated in a month long acting workshop in Italy where young directors and actors had the chance to, and legal ability to run through the streets of Florence shooting movies until the sun came up. I was certain this was to be my future. That sentiment all changed when I decided to volunteer in an orphanage for 5 months in Nepal. The $4,000 price tag, including airfare, was raised through doing odd jobs at $15/hour for local residents within my community. Bright eyed and bushy tailed, and about to embark on my first ever oversees volunteer experience, I was ready to change the world. Nepal needed help, and here Joshua Bingham was coming to the rescue.

You would never imagine volunteering that the party most affected and changed is you.

Joshua Bingham


My placement was at The Nestling Home located in Pokhara, an 8 hour bus ride north of Kathmandu, the home of 8 children + 1 house mother + her two children. The children and I’s ice breaking activities were to take walks around the area, traversing steep hills , exploring the forests, climbing trees, and making Macgyver-esque tools out of sticks and leaves found along the way. We would also spend the days working on homework, washing the never ending amount of dirty clothes, trips to the local supermarket for ice cream, or nights spent in candlelight due to the power being out, telling stories and singing traditional village songs. These were some of the best days of my life and wouldn’t trade them for anything.

As the children and I developed a stronger bond, I also began to learn about their painful past and the emotional, sometimes physical scars they carry from years earlier. Some were physical abused by a father who drank too much, abandoned in a hotel room till days later when they were found, forced to work in a restaurant at the age of 5, some dealing with the pain of the murder of their father by Maoist forces and mother unable to financially support them. I learned about their fears of some of them being from a lower caste and the social stigmas that come with that, the fear that they might not get good jobs or ever make it to where they want to be in life, simply because of the caste they were born into. The girls talked about arranged marriages and the fear that they might not be able to grow up and marry who they want, but instead be forced into marriage. They looked at the house mother as an example, who had been forced to marry at age 17, and by her own admission, forced to give birth to two children. Learning about all of their individual stories certainly made me appreciate the smiles and laughs they had for me, which masked a painful past.

A particular day I will not soon forget is the day we went for our weekly visit to Fewa Lake Park where the children would attempt to catch fish in the stream, or play on the swing set. Upon arriving, I saw the two boys I had seen last time we visited, and the time before that. Their skin blackened and charred from prolonged exposure to the deadly sun and heat, feet dirty and mangled from the lack of shoes, eyes yellowed and showing signs of Jaundice. With the help of my local Nepali friend, I was able to ask them why they were always there, and about their stories.

Brothers, and with parents who were both crippled from a massive motorcycle incident, they were both forced to survive on their own. One of the brothers unwrapped a piece of paper from his pocket, the piece of paper contained two pictures of an older man and woman, presumably their mother and father, a government seal, and some writing. They explained they were given this piece of paper to aid their begging efforts, that locals would be certain that they were truly in need and to give them that extra piece of bread or rice. They also called the Fewa Lake Park their home. That day, the boys received a new pair of shoes, a haircut, a meal and the name and number of someone who could help them. It was all I could give at the moment to the two boys.

I left Nepal promising myself I would be back with greater means to help children like the Few Lake Park boys.

Nana’s House was born from this promise I made, a nonprofit organization looking to help at-risk and underprivileged children in Nepal. Named after my grandmother, and the warmth, safety and immense amount of love I feel each and every time I visit her house, and continue to this day.

Where we are at now: We have found some potential land for the creation of a Children’s Home in the Bhalam area of Pokhara. We have partnered with a local organization called Hope Nepal which gives us the legal ability to carry out this project. We hope to buy this land, along with the creation of a guest house and Children’s House, with the guest house supporting the latter of the two.

We are very grateful for your support, and would like you to know that every dollar donated goes to this project. A simple “share”, “like” or comment certainly goes a long way in showing your support. We are always looking to network with people who have the same goals or aspirations similar to ours.

Nana’s House is my love letter to the country that has made me the better human being that I am today. I hope to one day return the favor to the country that has changed my life for the better.

If you would like to donate to Nana’s House please click HERE

Joshua Bingham

Director of Nana’s House

Ava Anderson Personal Care Products

Hello Friends of Nana’s House

Now through April 30th, you can buy awesome organic, non-toxic, non-gmo skin care and home care made by Ava Anderson Non-toxic, ONLINE and Diane Griffin, a Vashon Island Ava Rep, will donate 100% of her net profits to Nana’s House.

Check her website out and BE SURE to enter party # 25769 during checkout.

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Ava Anderson

About Ava Anderson products: Ava Anderson Non-Toxic was started because a young woman was truly disturbed by the enormous amount of known toxins present in cosmetic and home care products. Ava was 14 years old when she began researching ingredients and blogging about where to find safe products. Realizing the lack of awareness, education, and regulation in our country, and seeing that many brands labeled “safe” and “organic” were not safe or organic, she was moved to start a product line of her own. Ava Anderson Non Toxic was born in 2009.

Ava Anderson Non-Toxic products are the Safest and the Best on the Market. All product come with a 30 day guarantee.

Indulge in lovely products for yourself or purchase as a gift (Mother’s Day is around the corner,) and Diane donates her profits to Nana’s House. Win/win/win.

Thanks everyone!
Don’t forget to enter code# 25769 during checkout!