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The potential of a coffee

The potential of an Irish coffee morning, or similar event, to support a small village with micro finance in Lalgadh, south-eastern Nepal.

A total amount of €2,173 was donated to Sunderbasti Village Women’s Group for micro finance. This was the result of 3 Irish fundraising events, a coffee morning, a supper night and an afternoon tea party. The events were held in the hosts home and included friends and neighbours which, as well as creating a lovely atmosphere, has the added advantage of spreading the news about our work and about the lives of others.

Sunderbasti Women's Group Finance committee
Sunderbasti Women’s Group Finance committee

We are extremely grateful to the hosts and to all who attended,  your interest and encouragement in our work with the Nepalese people is greatly appreciated. We take this opportunity to thank you, on behalf of the women’s group, for your wonderful support.

Brief Project Details:

NLT Ireland fundraises, supports and enables NLT Nepal to eliminate leprosy and its associated stigma and provide human rights for individuals, empowering the most rejected to become respected community leaders. Our Sunderbasti Women’s Micro Finance project is to provide finance and support for 28 women and their families, enabling them to work towards empowerment, stigma elimination, social inclusion, human rights and dignity.

Sunderbasti Village is located 3 km south east of Lalgadh hospital. It is a rural area in the Terai (lowlands) in south-eastern Nepal. The 350 (breakdown below #) inhabitants are landless migrants from the time of the Maoist insurgency and are living in this area since 2009. Sunderbasti is a very poor community, lacking basic human needs. The women’s group have requested funds for micro finance to provide food for their family and to sell produce.

# Sunderbasti Village Number of inhabitants Male Female Notes
350 157 193 85 of the total population are under 15 years of age

Access to funds for the women will help provide food for their family as well as generate an income eg., a goat can provide enough milk for a family and the excess produce sold for income. The role of business owner can elevate the social status of an entire family.

Empowerment and participation in one’s own development process can bring lasting change to females and to their families. Our micro finance scheme includes money-handling skills, decision making skills and veterinary skills if relevant. Confidence in these areas has been proven to aid the presentation of potential sufferers for early diagnosis of leprosy to our compassionate hospital and community care staff.

This request from Sunderbasti’s Women’s Group is the result of a successful project we support in the nearby village of Khoksikhola. Khoksikhola have built a new community centre, have benefited from a new fresh water supply and large reservoir tank, new toilets and 15 women have received micro finance. This village has been transformed and the people’s self-development in clearly evident.  Such improvements have happened in dozens of villages where NLT works with the villagers undertaking the laboring tasks. The main benefit of this success to the wider community is a revolution of empowerment, one small community’s success influencing another. We support this empowerment and stigma elimination one person at a time, one self-help group at a time and one village at a time.

Our support with Sunderbasti community has developed over the last few years and will continue with support gradually reducing when appropriate. Re-paid micro finance funding will continue to be reallocated to new beneficiaries, so the project will have long term impact and duration.

From our experience, access to and on-going support in 3 core areas can aid empowerment and bring lasting change to females, their families and the wider community:

Self-help group

Clean drinking water

Micro finance

Sunderbasti Village’s current development:

  1. Self-help group – a Self-help group has been established and the members are meeting all their monthly requirements including making consistent savings
  2. Clean drinking water- the provision of clean drinking water and the installation of toilets is currently under construction with development aid funding acquired by NLT Ireland
  3. Micro finance – with the generous help of above fundraising endeavours this part of Sunderbasti’s community development is now currently being implemented.

If you wish to hear more about this project or to hold a coffee morning do get in touch with vera at info@nlt.ie

A Touch of Providence

The story of Nepal Leprosy Trust, from its early beginnings in 1972 right up to today, has been published. Many of our supports are already enjoying it, gaining new insights into the story of NLT and of its founder Eileen Lodge. You can get a glimpse of Eileen’s remarkable story in this book, she still lives in Kathmandu today.

To purchase a copy contact info@nlt.ie

Cost €10 + post and packaging.

Nlt Book 2018 LoRes

 

Faces of Nepal

I have just spent an inspirational  week working in NLT’s Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital and Services Centre (LLHSC) in south-eastern Nepal.  Reviewing and discussing our projects and working with the community outreach teams as they go about their daily work. I was also assisting Dr Sarah Jay as she collected survey responses for research assessing the group approach to empowerment.

LLHSC’s outreach work in village communities is the focus of this research. CSI-R University of Limerick Irish Research Council         

The only downside to the trip was the icy cold fog that lingered most of the week preventing the sun from breaking through. The cold weather adds to the discomfort of village life especially were many families are still living under tarpaulin or straw.  A short video giving a brief view of one of my days there, Vera.

Thank you all

Thank you for supporting Nepal Leprosy Trust (NLT) Ireland in 2017. Your contributions – financial, practical and prayerful – are hugely appreciated.
      In the last few years Nepal has endured earthquakes, aftershocks and, most recently, massive monsoon floods. Our colleagues and field workers in Lalgadh have managed to continue their work throughout, and NLT Ireland has raised funds, practical help and profile in each of those years. We are especially grateful for your support and encouragement in our mission to work with the beautiful people of Nepal.
     We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very blessed year in 2018.
Children in Dhamaura village, supported by Nepal Leprosy Trust
Children in Dhamaura village, supported by Nepal Leprosy Trust

 

Monsoon Appeal

Update on our Monsoon Relief Aid at 30th November 2017.

It is with thanks to the many wonderful donors and especially  to our NLT UK  office and supporters that our relief aid request has been fully realised. 10 families can happily start to rebuild their lives again after their homes were completely washed away.

We are hugely grateful to all who have contributed  to our Monsoon Relief Aid appeal, Vera. 30th November 2017.

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This is to provide houses for 10 families whose earthquake-damaged homes have been totally destroyed in the current monsoon. €15,000 will provide housing for the worst affected families in the remote village of Inarwaha, Dhanusha district.

We have been working with the inhabitants of Inarwaha to improve their water and sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs and their weak housing structures since the earthquakes of 2015. These basic supports help in reducing the spread of preventable waterborne diseases and support the inhabitants to live healthier lives. All this was before the extremely heavy monsoon rains arrived, their needs are now even greater.

There are 190 inhabitants in Inarwaha including  82 children under the age of 14 years.

Children in Inarwaha village. 2017
Children in Inarwaha village. 2017

Please continue to support this project:  to provide much needed homes for 10 of the worst effected families in this village who are now in urgent need of shelter.

NLT’s Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital & Services Centre is well placed to offer immediate support through its network of 101 community Self Help Groups operating in monsoon-hit districts. Click to donate

Urgent appeal for monsoon help

Please help with our urgent appeal for monsoon relied aid to provide houses for 10 families whose earthquake-damaged homes have been totally destroyed in the current monsoon. €15,000 will provide housing for the worst affected families in the remote village of Inarwaha, Dhanusha district. NLT’s Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital & Services Centre is well placed to offer immediate support through its network of 101 community Self Help Groups operating in monsoon-hit districts. Click to donate:

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Photo credit Jay Prakash, LLHSC, Nepal
Photo credit Jay Prakash, LLHSC, Nepal

Please keep the frontline work of Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital in your thoughts and prayers.  The hospital is built on a hill and so the building is relatively safe.

The United Nations describes this as the worst monsoon flooding for 15 years in Nepal.

The following is an extract from a recent update by Dr Graeme, the medical director, at Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital & Services Centre, Nepal.

‘Since July, the rains have caused:

  • More than 150 deaths
  • The destruction of 90,000 homes in floods and landslides.
  • The displacement of 461,000 people in 35 districts of the southern Terai region.
  • The deaths of around 70,000 livestock and the devastation of crops worth tens of millions of dollars.

Every year, the waters from both monsoon rain and swollen Himalayan rivers inundate Nepal and its neighbours. Latest United Nations figures put the death toll in Nepal, India and Bangladesh above 1,200. At least 41 million people have been directly affected by flooding and landslides.

There is an urgent need for flood-relief items such as clean water, food rations, tarpaulins, blankets, clothes, water purifiers and mosquito nets. With the spread of water-borne diseases such as cholera, donations will also help treat sick children, pregnant mothers and other severely ill people, as well as providing transport to hospitals and medicine for local clinics.’

Take a look below at what people are facing in Inarwaha.  Is is about 60 km south-east of our Leprosy hospital. Normally it takes 3 hours to reach the village over rough terrain. We have supported a Self Help Group there since 2010.

Ramsakhi is a member of the Self Help Group. Her house will need to be demolished and rebuilt.

 Ramsakhi from Inrawah village whose home is ready to collapse.
Ramsakhi from Inarwaha village whose home is ready to collapse. Image LLHSC Nepal. 
Mauli Devi_ Inawaha
Mauli standing in her home in Inarwaha, totally destroyed. Image LLHSC Nepal . 

Please help with our urgent appeal for monsoon relief aid to support these resilient people. Thank you for reading about our work. You can donate here:

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Overcoming stigma in Lalgadh, rural Nepal

The link between social standing and stigma elimination has long been recognised by Nepal Leprosy Trust.  A year-long collaboration between Professor Orla Muldoon (UL), Dr Sarah Jay (UL), Psychology department and Mike Winterburn (Limerick Institute of Technology) will gauge the success of this synergy.  Read more on this research project in our Summer newsletter here

Villager filling up survey form for the University of Limerick research study.
Villager filling up survey form for the University of Limerick research study.
Data collection forms in transit to Limerick, Ireland
Data collection forms in transit to Limerick, Ireland

Our founder Eileen Lodge aged 94.

Our founder Eileen, aged 94 years,  having tea and cake in her home in Kathmandu yesterday (18th June 2017), with Mike Winterburn, chairman of the board of directors of NLT Ireland.
Eileen Lodge, had worked in Nepal with those affected by Leprosy since the early 1950s. Nepal Leprosy Trust (NLT) was established in 1972 in Kathmandu. Many, many people have benefited and continue to benefit greatly as result of this wonderful lady! If you wish to support our mission contact us on info@nlt.ie or click here

Eileen Lodge and Mike Winterburn in Kathmandu June 2017
Eileen Lodge and Mike Winterburn in Kathmandu June 2017

From social curse to social cure

From Social Curse to Social Cure: Evaluation of Destigmatising of Leprosy programme in rural Nepal.

This is a one year collaborative research project between Professor Orla Muldoon (UL), Dr Sarah Jay (UL), Psychology department and Mike Winterburn (LIT). The aim of the research is to gauge the success of community based projects developed and implemented by Nepal Leprosy Trust to eliminate the stigma of Leprosy in four rural areas of Nepal….

See full article on page 5 of the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) research newsletter, Spring Summer 2017 here

 

Limerick Institute of Technology, It Department research newsletter. Page 5, Spring Summer 2017.
Limerick Institute of Technology, It Department research newsletter. Page 5, Spring Summer 2017.