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Happy Easter 2019

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

Afternoon Tea Party, Straffan Village, Co Kildare

Happy Spring.

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 info@nlt.ie for exact address details. All welcome.

Afternoon Tea Party 2014

Come along to hear our stories of these beautiful village people and about the Irish support which is so very valuable.

Village meeting 2018, photo by Mrs Sheelagh Gibson

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