Relief Aid Still Needed

Don’t forget Nepal – many thousands still need food and shelter.

As the world’s attention has sadly moved away from Nepal and its massive earthquake disaster 3 months ago, there are still hundred’s of thousands still in need of basic food, blankets, tarpaulins and shelter-building materials.

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Relief has still not reached many remote communities. They need this help to survive through the current monsoon with its rainfall and landslides, and then the cold Himalayan winter in the coming months.

The Nepal Leprosy Trust (NLT) has a particular advantage in carrying out this urgent earthquake relief work. Being a Nepali NGO with a trusted reputation, NLT has been able to get access to remote difficult areas where government relief has not reached, and other agencies – even the big ones – are unable or unwilling to go.

Thank you for the worldwide support we have received to date. Here is a summary of emergency relief delivered by NLT so far: 

– 6,925 families provided with relief 

– 38,452 people provided with relief 

-276.8 tons of relief delivered

Relief materials: rice, lentils (dal), oil, salt, sugar, warm blankets, and quilts, Tarpaulins, Building materials (zinc sheets) for shelters.

Photos below  show the delivery of ‘zinc sheets’ (galvanised corrugated iron) to communities in Syaule VDC in Sindhupalchowk District in northern Nepal, not far from the Tibetan border.

Each family receives 14 zinc sheets – enough for a total shelter – (very heavy – each sheet weighs 9.25 Kg). Try carrying that on your head.  

Extract and images  from an update by Dr Graeme Clugston, Medical Director, NLT’s Lalgadh Leprosy Services Centre, 22nd August.

Syaule_Sindhupalchowk Syaule VDC in Sindhupalchowk Syaule,Sindhupalchowk

Corsets and all

        My friends and I love the chance to dress us, so Nepal Leprosy Trust’s (NLT’s) Vintage Afternoon Tea Party at the Celbridge Manor Hotel was the perfect opportunity. We thought we were doing well with our 1960s flowery outfits and hairbands but the Irish Historical Costumers stole the show in their hand-made Victorian costumes. They wore bonnets, bodices, corsets and all. The tables were as colourful as the clothes. Éclairs, iced cakes, scones and biscuits stood on tiered stands and hotel staff, also in vintage dress, served endless cups of tea.

            We enjoyed ourselves so much, chatting to people about their costumes and walking in the beautiful hotel grounds. The Nepali Handicraft stand and raffle were a great way to raise interest in Nepal. Vera’s speech reminded us of the cause and encouraged people to support NLT, especially in the aftermath of the earthquakes. We all had a brilliant time and would gladly come to another fundraiser. By Emily Thomas, age 16.

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Photos: by Emily Thomas. June 2015
Photos: by Emily Thomas. June 2015

Busy Summer

We have had a very busy Summer here in Ireland. We completed the touring art exhibition Borders: from Kathmandu to Kerry and Beyond and held our exciting Vintage Afternoon Tea Party. 

Both these events raised greater awareness of our charity and increased our funds by €5,700 between them.

Above images by, A. Foster, M. Gillard, K. Hendy, G. Leonard, P. Quinn, L.  Watkins, and D. Walsh.
Above images by, A. Foster, M. Gillard, K. Hendy, G. Leonard, P. Quinn, L. Watkins, and D. Walsh.
Vintage Afternoon Tea Party June 2015
Vintage Afternoon Tea Party June 2015

The very best part of these events is the wonderful people we met. Reconnecting with supporters and establishing new relationships and friends along the way.

The art open call was launched in February and just as the final exhibition was winding down the Vintage Afternoon Tea Party was starting to generate excitement.

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More information on our summer newsletter here