We are hugely grateful to all who have contributed so far to our Monsoon Relief Aid appeal.
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
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:
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.
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:
Thank you to all who supported us this week by buying crafts. These beautiful crafts are made in Nepal by skilled crafts people and are vital for their livelihood and that of their families. See image below of the craft workers as they complete the felt decorations, sewing on the beading and fine detail. We thank you for purchasing these and other crafts, your support and encouragement is hugely appreciated.
Especially any unwanted 1c and 2c coins as they can help greatly to support our work. In Nepal the average daily wage is around €1. A small container as pictured can contain about €7 or €8, with a mix of coins. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss further.
€4 can provide a pair of custom made shoes for a patient in our leprosy hospital in Lalgadh, read more here
Ray Moore is holding an exhibition of his quilts from 3rd – 5th March 2016 in Naas Community Library. See opening times below.
Ray specialises in the technique of free quilting by machine and also in hand stitching in the Japanese form known as Sashiko. The items on exhibition are not for sale with the exception of two of the quilts ( pictured below) which will be auctioned to raise funds for Nepal Leprosy Trust (NLT).
The two quilts, pictured above, are to be auctioned. The raw materials to make Starburst 1 cost €165 and Bloom in the Park cost €60. Each quilt took about 6 weeks to complete.
Visitors to the exhibition can submit bids for the quilts and the auction will take place on Saturday March 5th after the slide show at 3 p.m.
‘I’ve never been to Kathmandu, but thanks to NLT’s fundraising exhibition “Borders: from Kathmandu to Kerry and Beyond”, two of my photographs have. I didn’t see the whole exhibition until it came to the Arthouse in Co Laois, by which time it had hung in Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital in Nepal and in Cill Rialaig Arts Centre on the coast of Kerry. Almost, you could see the journey the works had made.
All the works exhibited were roughly of the same size and hung in two rows, one above the other. Walking along the white walls of the Arthouse gallery and corridor felt nearly like looking through a series of windows, at landscapes and people and colours from the private worlds of each of the contributing artists. On one side of the gallery, through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Arthouse itself, green grass and Irish weather told us where we physically were; but opposite them, through the window of each small art-piece, we could take imaginative journeys to Himalayan mountains, Irish country sides, children on glinting seashores, dancing women against sunsets, watery flowers, vibrant colour-splashes and black & white silhouettes. It was a joyous and joyful celebration of difference and unity: playful artists from differing backgrounds hanging side-by-side in order to raise money for one serious disease: leprosy.
I’m told that as little as four euro is all it costs to make a pair of bespoke shoes for people whose feet no longer feel the earth due to the nerve damage leprosy can cause, that six euro can sponsor an overnight bed for someone who has travelled many miles to receive hospital treatment; that a well and a pump can be built for 250 euro and a two-roomed village school can be built from just 1,000 euro. Thanks to the generosity of people who bought our work at the various exhibitions, it’s possible that close to 450 pairs of shoes might have been made and distributed, or that 600 people slept in hospital beds before journeying home after treatment, or that perhaps 15 wells were built, or at least three village schools. It’s deeply satisfying. I make a piece of work; someone likes it and welcomes it into their home somewhere in Ireland; and someone in Nepal who is living with leprosy has a night’s rest, puts on their shoes and goes home to their village where water flows and their children go to school. It’s that simple. It’s that direct.
The theme of the exhibition was “Borders”. Sometimes it feels as if there are no such things’.