‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’ Acts 20:35
Wonderful article on the benefits of giving, specifically in relation to research undertaken in the village communities supported by NLT in Lalgadh, by Prof. Orla Muldoon in the Irish Times today.
Thank you to all our supporters who contribute to this empowering work, from all in NLT.
Extract from Irish Times article:
The most useful help
In our own research with very poor communities in Nepal, we have found that the most useful help is the type of help that comes from within communities for the community. In these studies, in collaboration with Kathmandu University and Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital and Service Centre, help that builds people’s sense of their village or communities’ own ability to respond to serious challenges, which in these examples have included major earthquakes and leprosy, really deliver.
Our research shows that the very poor and the very marginalised, those living with leprosy – such as widowed women and Dalits – benefit enormously from participation in co-operatives. The small amount of money earned from working in the co-operative is of course important. Equally important is that the money is earned often after learning a new skill such as felting or crotchet. So the crafters see themselves as workers earning their payment, rather than as a charity case. And finally it would appear that the social participation in everyday life that crafters enjoy as a consequence of their new employment is central to their feeling less stigmatised and marginal in their own villages.
So as the BandAid song suggests ‘Throw your arms around the world at Christmas time’. You’ll feel the better for it.
Orla Muldoon is professor of psychology at University of Limerick.
This Nepal TV programme shows a day in the busy life of and the various departments at Lalgadh hospital, interviewing medical, social and administration staff. Additionally government staff, community members and patients are also interviewed.
The program discusses the wonderful contemporary approach to its patient care. It explains that clients come mainly from the local Terai districts in Nepal and additionally from Bihar, India for medicines and medical care. The community work supporting leprosy patients living with the long term affects of leprosy are also discussed and explained as are the self help group and how they support each other.
The ethos is also briefly explained, mentioning that leprosy patients are all ordinary people like ourselves, and that the hospital staff serve from a sense of love, and we should even treat leprosy affected people like our own (family).
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Shared from Bimba Prati’s Youtube account. Bimba Pratibimba is an informative Television program on Nepal Television since 2011, (2057BS in Nepal)
November 1993 was the start of a new born church on the outskirts of Lalgadh Hospital. The church has grown many fold since that time and this week we celebrate with much joy, its silver jubilee, 25 years.
Many people visited Lalgadh Hospital this week for the celebrations, reminiscing, music, dance and of course good Nepali food and prayer. Lots of people were thanked for their spiritual and physical support and encouragement. Norman Meeten, whose had been a wonder influence from the beginning spoke about ‘a church is not a building…it is inside each of us individually … we are the church’ and collectively as community we are the church. More photos and updates to follow.
President Higgins and his wife Sabina were guests of honour at a special ceremony commemorating the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Nepal.
The event was held on Saturday 18th August 2018 in the Hilton, Charlemont Place, Dublin. His excellency Ambassador of Nepal to Ireland Dr Durba Babadur Subedi organised this event to mark the commencement of the 19th anniversary of Nepal Ireland friendships. We would like to extend sincere thank to His Excellency Dr. Durga Bahadur Subedi, Nepal Embassy, Nepali for a very successful and enjoyable evening.
For more information or to listen to an audio recording of President Higgins speech on the President of Ireland website click here.
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.
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
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:
Clean drinking water
Sunderbasti Village’s current development:
Self-help group – a Self-help group has been established and the members are meeting all their monthly requirements including making consistent savings
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
empowering for life