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It is more blessed to give than to receive

‘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.

Dhumaura village people in south-eastern Nepal, January 2018

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. 

Read the full article at: https://bit.ly/2BxrmGn

If you are a bit financially embarrassed this Christmas, maybe you could offer some time in support of a favoured relative, cause or carol service. Photograph: PA. Irish Times

 

Lalgadh Hospital on Television

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 info@nlt.ie

Shared from Bimba Prati’s Youtube account. Bimba Pratibimba is an informative Television program on Nepal Television since 2011, (2057BS in Nepal)

Craft Fair, The Hub, Peamount Hospital

It is the time of year again for sharing the joy and smiles from these guys. We have just just replenished our felt gnomes and batik cards from our Kathmandu workroom.

Took a few minutes for a quick photo while in our head office in Kathmandu, with Reshma on left and Maya on right.

Vera visits NLT Kathmandu November 2018

Come visit me in The Hub in Peamount Hospital, Newcastle, Co Dublin on Friday 30th November and Sunday 2nd December 2018.

Time:  Friday 10.00am -3.00pm Friday & Sunday 10.00am -5.00pm

 

Silver Anniversary of Lalgadh Church

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.

Green celebration gift for NLT Nepal on the occasion of the silver anniversary of Lalgadh Church in 2018
Celebration gift, all the way from NLT Ireland on the occasion of the silver anniversary of Lalgadh Church.
Preparations for cutting the cake, Norman Meeten and Damber Aley
Silver Jubilee Lalgadh Church November2018

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.

Nepal Ireland Day 2018, Farmleigh House

Nepal Ireland Day in Farmleigh, Phoenix Park, Dublin was held on 9th September 2018. Another great family day out combining cultures, crafts and foods, in the sunshine.

We sold lots of our felt craft cones and batik cards,  which have been made in Nepal. These support the small cottage industries and talented artisans.

Crafts and travel exhibition, Farmleigh.

 

Photo credit: Hannah Dennison

President Higgins at Nepal Ireland Ceremony

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.

His excellency Ambassador of Nepal to Ireland Dr Durba Babadur Subedi and Mrs Sabina Higgins
President M.D Higgins speaking at the Nepal Ireland Friendship celebrations, Dublin. 18th August 2018
President Higgins and his wife (centre) and Dr Durga Bahadur Subedi and his wife

Photo credit: Alison Irwin, Nepal Ireland Society

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

 

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

 

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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