We had a wonderful day on Sunday 7th September as we celebrated Nepal Ireland Day 2019 in Farmleigh House, Dublin.
We danced and sang in the Nepalese and Irish traditional style. Both nationalities are warm, open and celebrate in similar ways. Food also plays a celebratory role in these occasions although there are differences in the type of food. However Irish cuisine is generally rapidly changing and becoming much more international, with the inclusion of lots of variety in spices and rices.
During the afternoon at Farmleigh House we were able to talk to the public about our mission. We also had the opportunity to sell our beautiful handicrafts, which are made by the artisans we know and work with in Nepal.
Call for Emergency Flood Relief Aid, please support.
The heavy rain and flooding in Nepal over the last few weeks, due to the Monsoon, has not really reached our ears as we bask in summer temperatures of around 23 degrees here in Ireland.
We have received news from our Nepal colleagues that 78 houses in the Terai district have been totally damaged due to constant rain and flooding. 74 houses have been partially damaged. The following images are of families we support in Manara Village, whose homes have been destroyed.
Our work is focused in the Terai district of Nepal and so this is unsettling for us. Some of our village Self Help Group (SHG) members’ homes have been destroyed and damaged. Our SHG members support, encourage and assist other villagers who are struggling. They are a lifeline in the community.
If you would like to contribute towards rebuilding these homes, please make a donation here and state Flood Relief Aid.
All Nepal Leprosy Trust staff, their families and all patients are fine.
If you would like more detail, please contact Vera at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing all our friends and supporters a very blessed Easter 2019.
Lalgadh hospital photos this week from Dr Graeme.
‘As Easter Thursday (“Maundy Thursday”) approaches the daily foot-washing & foot-soaking that we do with our leprosy patients, becomes even more significant. We recall Jesus washing his disciples feet on that Easter Thursday (John 13). It helps remind all of us staff at Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital to serve these leprosy-affected folks – children, adults, elderly, especially those marginalised and shunned by their families and communities – with love, care and compassion.’
Thank you to all the wonderful staff and patients in Lalgadh, wishing you all a wonderful Easter
Join us on Saturday afternoon for Afternoon Tea Party , 2nd March 2019, from 4pm – 7pm. Indoors, in a beautiful home close to Straffan village, Co Kildare. A big thank you in advance to our host. Photo shows our last Afternoon Tea in 2014 as the rain started, can you believe it was almost 5 years ago. Contact Vera at email@example.com for exact address details. All welcome.
Come along to hear our stories of these beautiful village people and about the Irish support which is so very valuable.
‘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).
If you wish to find out more information on our work email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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