Pennies for Potties

is an ongoing fundraiser
for the children of Bandipur, Nepal

For a brochure on how your small amounts of change can make a huge difference, click on the jar of pennies.  —>
Feel free to print out and pass on, or forward
to help us make it go viral!


In 2004, I was invited by my friend, Chuck Conner, to assist him in establishing relationships and assessing the needs of two small villages in Nepal on behalf of Rotary International.  The experiences we had and the people we met, particularly in the town of Bandipur, were so life-changing for both of us that we’ve each continued doing what we can independent of Rotary.

Chuck, Sahadev and Jeannie in Bandipur, Nepal – 2004



Our friend, translator and tour guide, Sahadev Bhattarai, has been instrumental in helping us accomplish our goals. Chuck has returned annually to meet with Sahadev in order to maintain ties with the community and personally distribute funds and supplies we have collected here at home.

Happy recipients of new potties at school.



Initially, “Pennies for Potties” raised money to build bathrooms for schools in the remote villages surrounding Bandipur.  However, now it has grown to include much more than that.  We’ve raised over $4,000 that have been sent directly to Sahadev to continue providing bathrooms for schools that don’t have facilities, to build schools where there haven’t been any, and to provide them with educational materials.  In addition, during one 2 month period, a special fundraiser went viral on email and yielded $6,000.  “A Buck for the Bhattarais”requested $1 from every person in a family in order to pay for the materials for Sahadev to build a new home in town for him to care for his aging parents who had been living in a small village on the valley floor below.

Sahadev takes a break on the 2 hour hike from Bandipur to look down over his parents’ village below.


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