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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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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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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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:

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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