Christmas Wishes 2019

We wish to take this opportunity to thank all our wonderful supporters and friends who assisted us throughout the year. We are hugely grateful. On behalf of all our colleagues in Nepal we thank you!

Our winter newsletter is available here if you wish to catch up on our successes of 2019.

Christmas Wishes 2019

Christmas Craft Sales

Christmas is coming, what a wonderful exciting time of the year.

Do visit us are some of out craft fairs over the next few weeks. Watch out for our lovely batik cards, suitable for every occasion, and for our little felt Santa gnomes. See more on out events page.

Baby gnomes 4cm tall. Also available in a variety of sizes up to 43cm.

Welcome to the prosthetics ward of Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital

Welcome to the prosthetics ward of Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital and Services Centre!

Leprosy does not cause limb loss directly, but due to a lack of sensation in the hands and feet, a leprosy affected person is at much greater risk of injury. Burns, cuts and ulcers may go unnoticed, which can lead to infection and permanent damage. Here at Lalgadh, patients can get prosthetics free of charge. #WelcometoLalgadh

Prosthetics ward, Lalgadh Hospital


Prosthetics ward at Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital

Celebrations in Sunderbasti

The village of Sunderbasti now has a large water storage tank. Before this August, villagers piped water from four kilometres away, but the pipes leaked leading to contamination, especially during the monsoon. With safe water now in every villagers home, NLT is celebrating with Sunderbasti.


Sunderbasti water store tank, September 2019



Dhamaura village, year 2 of Village Alive Programme

Dhamaura village is finishing its second year of the Village Alive Programme.

Dhamaura Village meeting, September 2019

The government has agreed to build 53 ‘pukka’ (good quality cement and brick) houses with stoves fitted with pipes to remove damaging fumes. This is the result of the villagers’ growing confidence; empowered by the Village Alive Programme, they have lobbied government to improve their living conditions.

Mhendra, Dhamaura Village

One such villager is Mhendra Majhi. Two years ago Mhendra lacked the confidence even to speak in front of people because of the stigma surrounding his leprosy. Now, with the encouragement of the Village Alive project workers, he acts as the leader of a self-help group in the village and runs a thriving business rearing goats and selling their milk!

Mhendra, leader of the Self Help Group in Dhamaura,

Photos: R. Thomas

Irish field trip to Lalgadh – Day 3 in Manara

Irish field trip September 2019  to Lalgadh and its surrounding villages – Day 3 Manara.
The new community hall in Manara due to the Village Alive Programme is a sight to behold!

New community hall in Manara, thanks to the community and the Village Alive Programme.

The local government has already promised to come to the hall three times a month for immunisations, general health check -ups and maternal and child health visits.
Hari Choudury has run the Manara Self Help Group for seven years with great enthusiasm despite facing the effects of leprosy. For this reason he was chosen to be the coordinator of the Village Alive Programme in Manara. With great results already from the first year of the programme we can’t wait to see what lies ahead for Hari and his community!
The Village Alive Programme is a three programme and is part funded by Irish Aid with matched donor funding.
Photo credit: R. Thomas

Odraha – part of the Village Alive Programme

Another very exciting day on our field trip to Lalgadh in South Eastern Nepal, September 2019.  Our group travel to visit and meet with the villagers of Odraha, one of the 5 villages in the current Village Alive Programme (VAP)

Sewing training as part of Village Alive Programme in Odraha village, Sept 2019


Odraha village

Here in Odraha village the men are happy to mind their children, the women have work to do! Thanks to  VAP a sewing training course is underway along with a new community hall. Among many other improvements is a rise in the number of children going to school.

Odraha Community Hall under construction, September 2019

Photos: R. Thomas

Irish trip to Lalgadh 2019 and its surrounding villages

Irish field trip 2019  to Lalgadh and its surrounding villages – Day 2. The Village Alive Programme is alive and well in Itarharwa where government officials describe a 50% improvement in the state of the village. Hygiene standards drastically rose as a personal cleaning programme was implemented. Women and men are also starting small businesses in mushroom farming, pig keeping and goat rearing. One very happy headmistress describes school attendance increasing by fifty pupils !

Itarharwa village school headmistress


Itarharwa village

 The mayor of Itaharwa is a huge supporter of the Village Alive Programme. He shares NLT’s aim to improve the lives of lower caste people.
Photos: R. Thomas

Visiting the Village Alive Programme

NLT supports the Village Alive Programme which empowers some of the poorest, most disadvantaged people suffering from leprosy and other debilitating conditions, to transform their own lives and also spearhead improvements to the whole village. In this way, the most rejected people become community leaders.

Day 1 of NLT Irelands visit to Nepal, September 2019.

Sarita, with her mushrooms, in Gourishanker Village

This is Sarita from Gourishanker Village, Nepal. Because of the Women’s Savings Group set up by the Village Alive Programme in Gourishanker, Sarita received training to farm mushrooms. She is growing the seeds in a dark room of her hut and in a few months can start selling them . This will provide her with income to support her family.

Water now much more accessible in Gourishanker

The Village Alive Programme members in Gourishanker have also installed 2 new water pumps in the village, thus making water much more accessible.  Our Village Alive Programme is part funded by Irish Aid

New water pump in Gourishanker Village. September 2019