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LLSC’s Community Program

MONSOON, hot, wet, muddy and an awesome Community Program.

Stretching out a compassionate hand to thousands of leprosy-affected, marginalised, untouchables (Dalits) and others in poverty and dire need.

Flooding in the Terai - not so far from Lalgadh - hundreds have lost their lives during the past week. August 2016.
Flooding in the Terai – not so far from Lalgadh – hundreds have lost their lives during the past week. August 2016.

The monsoon is here – it’s hot, wet and sticky with frequent heavy rain, thunderstorms and lightning. Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital & Services Centre (LLSC) is on a hill and so is safe (occasional lightning strikes knock out our Internet). The river next to the hospital is flooded.

The monsoon is a joy for farmers in the right areas, as the monsoon is essential for rice planting and transplanting, especially because Nepal faces severe food shortages in many areas.

rice fields Graeme aug 2016

But in other areas the monsoon brings flooding and landslide disasters, as rivers flooded with heavy monsoonal rain, plus melting Himalayan snow and glaciers rush down the Himalayan slopes into valleys, into the flat Terai (where Lalgadh Hospital is situated) and then into India. Landslides are frequent and rip away earthquake-weakened slopes burying villages and destroying roads, and once in the flatlands the waters spread out and causing wide areas of inundation. Hundreds have already died and thousands been made homeless in just the last couple of weeks

At Lalgadh Hospital this is the busy season with increasing illness, water-borne diseases, and swelling patient numbers (500-600 per day). Despite the heat, rains, mud and flooding, and busyness, the 3 major arms of LLSC –
(a) HOSPITAL SERVICES,
(b) COMMUNITY OUTREACH Program,
(c) TRAINING/CAPACITY BUILDING,
carry with that what I’d call mighty perseverance!

LLSC’s COMMUNITY PROGRAM is totally awesome! It provides a spectacular outreach program for many thousands – from leprosy affected, marginalised, untouchable, stigmatised communities in the 4 Districts adjacent to LLSC (2.5 million people). Despite the monsoon rains, mud and flooding it continues its daily operation reaching out to difficult-to-reach poor and needy vlllages where leprosy and other diseases of poverty are still rampant.               Extract from Dr Graeme. Lalgadh Hospital, August 19th 2016.

Loose change.

Loose change, please donate to us.

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 info@nlt.ie to discuss further.

€4 can provide a pair of custom made shoes for a patient in our leprosy hospital in Lalgadh, read more here

Unwanted, loose change.
Unwanted, loose change.

Touchable untouchables?

We count it a joy and privilege to serve and envision some of the poorest people on the Earth.

Dalit children

The Musha children seen above are part of a dalit community of  ‘untouchables’ in the Terai of Nepal, that are marginalised by the wider community because of being born into a low caste.

They have no land, and earn their living working for others, earning perhaps a euro a day, when there is work.

Help us help them, with income generation, education, health, sanitation and water projects. Lets give them hope and a dream for their lives.

See details of our Village Alive project.

Contact: info@nlt.ie

WASH and RECLAIM Project review

WASH project visit, by the outreach team at Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital, to Sinoorjhoda village on 10th April 2016.

WASH, April2016. Photo Hem Pradhan
WASH, April2016. Photo Hem Pradhan

RECLAIM Project Evaluation Team at Bhaktipur Self Help Group, Sarlahi district. 6th April 2016.

RECLAIM Project April 2016. Photo Hem Pradhan
RECLAIM Project April 2016. Photo Hem Pradhan

Our community outreach team from Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital Services Centre make regular visits to the rural villages to review  and evaluate the ongoing projects.

These meetings usually take place in the shade of a large tree which is often positioned in the centre of the village.

 

Quilting with a difference, Ray Moore

Ray Moore is holding an exhibition of his quilts from 3rd – 5th March 2016 in Naas Community Library. See opening times below.

Quilt by Ray Moore, not for sale.
Quilt by Ray Moore, not for sale.

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).

Starburst 1 by Ray Moore for auction. Dim. 2.5m x 2.5m.
Starburst 1 by Ray Moore for auction. Dim. 2.5m x 2.5m.

 

Bloom in the Park by Ray Moore for auction. Dim. 1.5m x 1.2m.
Bloom in the Park by Ray Moore for auction. Dim. 1.5m x 1.2m.

 

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.

Naas Community Library, Harbour View, Naas, Co Kildare. Click here for map and directions.

Thurs. March 3rd 1p.m. – 8p.m. Slide show/talk 6.45p.m.

Friday March 4th 9.30 -1 , 2-5p.m. Slide show/talk 11.30a.m.

Sat. March 5th 9.30 -1, 2-4p.m. Slide show/talk at 2.15pm followed by the Auction.

We would like to sincerely thank Ray and his wife Breda for their on going support for the work of NLT.

For more information contact:  Vera 086 2584367.

 

 

 

Dr Graeme honoured in Australia Day honours

Congratulations to our very own Dr Graeme Clugston, Medical Director at Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital, Nepal.

Dr Graeme has been awarded AO ‘for distinguished service to medicine, and to the international community of Nepal, particularly to people with leprosy, and to global health and nutrition’…

In the Australia Day Honours 2016 under the Order of Australia, Officer (AO) in  the General Division.

Dr Graeme, smiling, as always.
Dr Graeme, smiling, as always.
Dr Graeme and his wife Nurse Meena
Dr Graeme and his wife Meena

Extract from ABC news service:

‘The Australia Day 2016 honours list recognises more than 800 Australians across a wide range of professions and industries, from all states and territories.

Often, the best thing about the awards is the way they shine a spotlight on those who quietly do remarkable things to assist others.

Dr Graeme Clugston is a great example.

Clugston is the Medical Director at the very busy Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital in southern Nepal.

The hospital where he works is one of the world’s busiest leprosy hospitals’. RN Breakfast.

Listen to a podcast of Dr Graeme’s interview with Fran Kelly on RN Breakfast.