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.
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.
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.
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.
With the help of volunteer Linda Murden, Nana’s House was able to purchase much needed new backpacks and clothes for the children of the Pokhara Nestling Home just in time for back to school after a month long holiday!
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
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!
Just a sample of the 100+ children of the Shree Chandra Jyoti Primary School that will be attending the free dental camp supported by Nana’s House. Not only will the receive a cleaning, and minor fixes including fillings, but will also receive education on how best to care for ones teeth and the connection between good dental hygiene and effect on the rest of the body. Most children and their families come from very poor and rural homesteads and for some, will be the first time learning about dental hygiene.
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.
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.