I have just spent an inspirational week working in NLT’s Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital and Services Centre (LLHSC) in south-eastern Nepal. Reviewing and discussing our projects and working with the community outreach teams as they go about their daily work. I was also assisting Dr Sarah Jay as she collected survey responses for research assessing the group approach to empowerment.
The only downside to the trip was the icy cold fog that lingered most of the week preventing the sun from breaking through. The cold weather adds to the discomfort of village life especially were many families are still living under tarpaulin or straw. A short video giving a brief view of one of my days there, Vera.
Update on our Monsoon Relief Aid at 30th November 2017.
It is with thanks to the many wonderful donors and especially to our NLT UK office and supporters that our relief aid request has been fully realised. 10 families can happily start to rebuild their lives again after their homes were completely washed away.
We are hugely grateful to all who have contributed to our Monsoon Relief Aid appeal, Vera. 30th November 2017.
This is 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.
We have been working with the inhabitants of Inarwaha to improve their water and sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs and their weak housing structures since the earthquakes of 2015. These basic supports help in reducing the spread of preventable waterborne diseases and support the inhabitants to live healthier lives. All this was before the extremely heavy monsoon rains arrived, their needs are now even greater.
There are 190 inhabitants in Inarwaha including 82 children under the age of 14 years.
Please continue to support this project: to provide much needed homes for 10 of the worst effected families in this village who are now in urgent need of shelter.
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
The link between social standing and stigma elimination has long been recognised by Nepal Leprosy Trust. A year-long collaboration between Professor Orla Muldoon (UL), Dr Sarah Jay (UL), Psychology department and Mike Winterburn (Limerick Institute of Technology) will gauge the success of this synergy. Read more on this research project in our Summer newsletter here
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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In April 2014 an Irish family generously donated funds for materials to rebuild a permanent 2 room school in Lal Busti village in rural south eastern Nepal. They also paid for new uniforms and school books.
The original school building was made from mud and bamboo and required rebuilding each year after the monsoon (see photo on right). The top image was taken in April 2015 in a new brick building and with new uniforms and books. The villagers built the school themselves under the guidance of the village development committee. And what a transformation: don’t the photos say it all?
The Nepalese people are a very resilient race and are getting back to their feet after the earthquakes and the many many aftershocks. Thank you so much for all the donations that are going directly to those most in need in the rural area of Sindhuli District.
Watch this brief video of this truly stunning country:
Images below of Kapilakot Village. Delivery of emergency aid on 17th May 2015. Images: Dr. Graeme Clugston of Nepal Leprosy Trust.