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HOPE: It’s not just a buzzword

Article and photos by Sarah Winterburn.


Late one evening in July, I found myself descending rapidly in an airplane over the Kathmandu valley. The city looked totally unlike any I had seen before. Walking out onto the heated street, the life of the place struck me. People everywhere. No surface seemed untouched. As I travelled south, rural farmland replaced crowded cityscape – rice paddies and dirt tracks.

How did I end up here? After a lifetime of hearing stories about Nepal from my parents, who spent the first years of their married lives there, I had been given the opportunity to visit. I would be staying at Lalgadh Hospital – the busiest leprosy hospital in the world – set up by Nepal Leprosy Trust (NLT), a Christian organisation inspired by Jesus’ compassion to serve the poor and sick. Their aim is to empower those affected by leprosy and other disadvantaged people.

Leprosy destroys the life of a patient both physically and socially, so NLT focuses on two primary aspects of the rehabilitation. First, they must deal with the physical illness… Read the full article here

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.


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.


Happy New Year 2016

A huge thank you for all your wonderful support during 2015.             It has been a challenging year for everyone in Nepal. Our colleagues in Lalgadh have sent us on this lovely photo and greeting.

Community outreach teams and medical staff, Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital Dec 2015
Community outreach teams and medical staff, Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital Dec 2015


‘Striving to shine the Christmas Light of love, compassion, help and healing all year round to the desperately needy in the Himalayan heights and foothills of Nepal – that’s the “strive” of Nepal Leprosy Trust – Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital and Services Centre (NLT/LLSC) during 2015.

It’s been a struggle with earthquakes, floods (of leprosy and needy patients), landslides, delivering emergency relief – food, warmth and shelter – to thousands of hungry destitute remote mountain-area families, hindered and blocked by strikes, political violence, busy busy hospital work, helping sick children, and collapsed schools, and always more and more leprosy and sick poor needy patients, young and old ….

Striving to reach out all year with that Christmas Light and flame of compassion and love, bringing healing, wholeness, help, survival, restoration, to many thousands – leprosy affected, and other poor, needy and marginalised folks.

All enabled by heart-warming encouragement, support, prayers and partnership of caring generous churches and dear friends and noble organisations … All of us working together bringing this Light to the desperately needy and sick in this poor dark difficult (but beautiful) Himalayan part of the world.

Christmas love and greetings to you all’  from Dr Graeme Clugston, Medical Director at Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital and Services Centre.

Relief aid continues

We got great news this morning 12th December 2015: our hospital in Nepal have received some diesel fuel and are already on the road delivering much needed earthquake relief aid again. See more below.

Basheswar school, Class 1, Dec. 2015.
Basheswar school, Class 1, Dec. 2015.
Basheswa temporary school for Class 5, with the teacher.
Basheswa temporary school for Class 5, with the teacher.

BasheswaClass 5 students - in their tent classroom

‘The strike, political violence and blockages have tragically prevented most relief work in Nepal for the last 3 months. Now the Himalayan winter is here – it’s cold and getting colder. Yesterday (Thursday 10 Dec), by some extraordinary means, we got some diesel-fuel – enabling us to resume urgent earthquake relief work. 

The fuel enabled us to go yesterday up over the Sindhuli mountains to (a) visit some earthquake affected schools we’ve been waiting/wanting to assist, and (b) deliver 800 blankets to 2 very poor earthquake-devastated communities.

Facts: – remember? – the massive earthquakes earlier this year … wrecked most of Nepal’s schools – 48,000 classrooms destroyed or damaged, 20,000 classrooms requiring demolition and reconstruction, 999,000 students out of school, another 440,000 students affected adversely …that was the immediate impact of the earthquakes in April, May and the subsequent 408 aftershocks up till today (24 November)’.

Thank you to Dr Graeme for the update and for the lovely photos. Well done and safe travelling.

Tax back

Thank you to our wonderful donors who have enabled us to receive €2,505 in tax back for 2014 from their generous donations to Nepal Leprosy Trust (NLT) Ireland. As a registered charity NLT is able to claim the tax back from the government on all individual donations which exceed €250 in a year. As a donor you simply need to return a form giving us permission to claim the tax back for your donations.

€2,505 received in tax back for 2014, on your donations. Thank you.
€2,505 received in tax back for 2014, on your donations. Thank you.

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.

Syaule_Sindhupalchowk22nd August

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