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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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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.

Where no doctor has trod before…

An outreach adventure where no doctor has trod before….

WAY UP in the mountains of Sindhuli District our medical team visited Kalika School and its Tamang community, where we’d promised to do an awfully-needed health check-up on the children.

Simply lovely children-Dr Krishna Lama begins his clinical examinations.
Dr Krishna Lama begins his clinical examinations.

 

Say Ahhhhhh...
Say Ahhhhhh…

Our team included 2 doctors, a nurse, our Support Services Manager and courageous driver. As well as the children, we wanted to check on progress with the water supply pipe and the building work we are supporting for a new school to replace the present earthquake-damaged building.

The arduous 4-5 hour trip from Lalgadh Hospital climbs hair-raising roads and tracks. Then there’s a 1½ hour steep up-and-down walk. No wonder no doctor nor “whitey” has ever been there before. But we have built a wonderfully warm relationship with this Tamang community, not least because some of the team members – Dr Krishna Lama, Meena and Suman – are Tamang too.

Over an hour on precipitous hair-raising tracks.
Over an hour’s drive on hair-raising tracks.

 

The arduous climb to Kalika School.
Then the arduous climb to Kalika School.

We found and treated lots of skin infections, especially impetigo and scabies; malnutrition, and throat, ear and eye infections.  Almost none of the children has been vaccinated; that must wait for another visit.

Mothers wanted to be examined also.
Mothers also wanted to be examined.

 

Hooray!.... Toothpaste and toothbrushes.
Hooray!…. Toothpaste and toothbrushes.

We also caught up with 9 year-old Sarita with burns and damaged limbs whom we met last year. With the support of Gudri – our Footwear Dept Manager and  his team Sarita can now run and walk, and climb…. and even dance – Tamang dances.

Sarita walking.
Sarita walking.

When our steering failed on the return trip, a wonderful Mangar family invited us to their home for rice & dhal.  They begged us to help their community’s schoolchildren as well as the Tamang children higher up. We also found 3 unregistered leprosy patients.

Back home to Lalgadh hospital at 1am. What an adventure!

With thanks to Dr Graeme Clugston for this extract and the photos.

If you would like to read more on any stories covered please contact us at info@nlt.ie. We would be delighted to share more with you.

Support our crafters

These happy chaps arrived from Kathmandu in the late summer ready to settle in new homes. Craft fairs are taking place in Celbridge on 23rd November and again on 26th and 27th November.

Craft sales also taking place in Limerick between now and Christmas, will post dates closer to the events.

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These are part of our income generating programmes in Nepal and can support the many families who make them. Sizes 43cm, 34cm, 27cm, in 3 colours, selling at €10, €8 and €6.

Also batik cards for sale.batik-cards-small

HOPE: It’s not just a buzzword

Article and photos by Sarah Winterburn.

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Late one evening in July, I found myself descending rapidly in an airplane over the Kathmandu valley. The city looked totally unlike any I had seen before. Walking out onto the heated street, the life of the place struck me. People everywhere. No surface seemed untouched. As I travelled south, rural farmland replaced crowded cityscape – rice paddies and dirt tracks.

WELCOME TO NEPAL
How did I end up here? After a lifetime of hearing stories about Nepal from my parents, who spent the first years of their married lives there, I had been given the opportunity to visit. I would be staying at Lalgadh Hospital – the busiest leprosy hospital in the world – set up by Nepal Leprosy Trust (NLT), a Christian organisation inspired by Jesus’ compassion to serve the poor and sick. Their aim is to empower those affected by leprosy and other disadvantaged people.

Leprosy destroys the life of a patient both physically and socially, so NLT focuses on two primary aspects of the rehabilitation. First, they must deal with the physical illness… Read the full article here