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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

30 tons of Emergency Relief Provision Delivered

Nepal Leprosy Trust (NLT) Lalgadh Leprosy Centre delivered 30 tons of emergency relief provisions : food, tarpaulins and blankets to Simpalkavre VDC in northwestern Sindhupalchowk District (on 24th May 2015)

This is one  of four districts (counties) where NLT is responsible for managing the government leprosy control programme. It is a remote area in the foothills of the Himalaya, 100km south of Mount Everest, lacking tarmac roads and infrastructure. Many people have still not received emergency relief materials due to remoteness.

Dr Graeme Clugston, Medical Director of NLT’s Lalgadh Leprosy Centre reported that the area is in ‘total devastation – like it was hit by an atom bomb’.

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Sindhupalchowk Earthquake Relief Project .
Sindhupalchowk Earthquake Relief Project .

Earthquake strikes again

As you might have heard by now, another massive earthquake, of magnitude 6.8 magnitude (by a Nepal source) and 7.3 (US Geographical Survey), hit Nepal, with the epicenter in Namche Bazaar near Everest. About 100 people have died, and about 1,200 have been injured.

All NLT staff and families are fine.

Things had eventually gotten back to normal, but this has brought back the terror once again. Most of the houses which were cracked from the previous earthquakes, have collapsed, including some staff village houses.

In KTM they were working in the office when the quake struck. They immediately rushed outside to the road and to the open fields in front of the office.

Some of the NLT staff, including Maya, Juju, Yakub and Din, through their church, had gone to Malta, a village 45 kilometers south from NLT office, to distribute relief materials to the affected people there. The earthquake struck right in the middle of that. They shared that some houses collapsed right in front of them. Later the office was closed as everyone wanted to know about their families and houses. So far we haven’t heard about anyone injured.

 

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You can see Jakub on the lorry.

Thank you very much for your prayers, and please do continue to pray for Nepal as all the people are very fearful.

Pray for the peace of God to fill their hearts.

Thanks

Mike Winterburn

Relief on the way

Thank YOU so much for all the donations, it is so welcome and allows us to reach the most vulnerable people – one person at a time, one family at a time and one village at time. See images below.

Relief materials handed over to Sindhuli District Relief Committee

‘We have handed over the relief materials 4 tons beaten rice, 970 kg dalmoth and 21 nos tarpaulin sheets. According to the record 5000 tarpaulin sheet have been collected from the various organisations. Tarpauline is the greatest need is for Sindhuli as well as nation wide.  Direct involvement of the donors is remained as controversy in district and national level too. This government directive has slowed down the distribution process. Tarpaulin sheets are in shortage in the local markets.

There is medicines shortage in Sindhupalchok district according to the national news. So as many people have not received the emergency relief materials due to remoteness. Our Central Regional Health Director is heading towards Chaurara tomorrow for supervision of the medical needs. He will let us know medical needs and others too.’ From Dambar Aley,  Program Director, NLT Lalgadh Leprosy Services Centre, in south east Nepal.

Relief Materials donated by LLSC being given to army personnels, Relief Collection Centre for Sindhuli. 1st May 2015
Relief Materials donated by LLSC being given to army personnels, Relief Collection Centre for Sindhuli. 1st May 2015
Vital clean water on its way to Sindhuli, 1st May 2015
Vital clean water on its way to Sindhuli, 1st May 2015

If you would like to contribute towards the relief operation that will provide food, tents and medicine please make a donation on our website at: http://nlt.ie/?page_id=423 and state Earthquake relief for Sindhuli district in the comment option.

If you would like more details please contact info@nlt.ie

Thank you.

Bruised but not broken

The need is so great that you could give up before we start.

The €1 million emergency generously given by the Irish government has all been allocated. Irish Aid is also arranging airlifts of emergency relief items such as tents, blankets, and tarpaulins to assist an estimated 12,000 vulnerable people and meet their immediate acute needs.  Over 63 tonnes of Irish stocks are being distributed by aid partners in the Kathmandu-Makwanpur area, focusing on those most severely affected, and those living in temporary settlements or in the open air since their homes were destroyed.

In Nepal people are ranging from being joyful and thankful for being spared, to angry and desperate because no aid has come. At least the tremors have passed, and normal life is beginning to be restored for the fortunate. However many are still facing living in the open with little food or shelter.

Should we despair at the huge need? No, why not? Well just as you are important to your family and friends so too are those suffering in Nepal important. They are worth helping.

Help us to help Nepal, one person at a time, one family at a time and one village at time.

It will cost approximately €50 to help a family with blankets, clothes and food.

If you would like to contribute towards the relief operation that will provide food, tents and medicine please make a donation on our website at: http://nlt.ie/?page_id=423 and state Earthquake relief for Sindhuli district in the comment option.

We have raised over €1,000 in Ireland in the last couple of days, help us to increase that.

The cost of the relief for the Sindhuli region is budgeted at $131,660.

Thanks

Mike Winterburn

NLT Ireland chairman

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Earthquake relief for Sindhuli district, Nepal

We have just received news from Nepal that one of the hilly districts that we serve in, Sindhuli, has announced an emergency relief call:

The team has informed us that currently the reported casualties and deaths from Sindhuli district are comparatively few with number of 12 deaths, 100 injured and 6 casualties. However there are 10,420 houses destroyed and 1,638 partially damaged houses in Sindhuli. Diarrhoea disease outbreaks are already occurring.

If you would like to contribute towards the relief operation that will provide food, tents and medicine please make a donation on our website at: http://nlt.ie/?page_id=423 and state Earthquake relief for Sindhuli district in the comment option.

The cost of the relief is budgeted at $131,660.

If you would like more details please contact info@nlt.ie

Many thanks

Mike Winterburn, Chairman NLT Ireland.

A time for everything

The terrible earthquake seems to have passed, so life is beginning to return back to normal for the survivors.  It is reported that Kathmandu is now 3 metres south of where it was before the recent events.

Nights have been sleepless, filling many with fear, but communities have come together. Sheltering in open spaces and caring for the elderly and infirm together.

The human spirit is strong, life and hope re-emerge.

Health education continues at the Self Care Centre of Lal Gadh hospital, with the class being held outside on the grass for fear of after shocks…

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Increase in patient numbers

The Nepal Leprosy Trust hospital in Lalgadh, south eastern Nepal reached its highest recorded number of patients with 601 outpatients on Sunday 12th October – 58 leprosy and 543 general.  This is very good news as there still remains a reluctance to present with leprosy related symptoms due to the associated stigma.

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These continuously increasing numbers suggest a wonderful increasing visibility and drawing power of LLSC’s hospital services under the Good Lord’s hand and with its reputation for low cost (or free) high quality caring clinical diagnostics and patient treatment  – things that characterise compassionate Christian care.  Perhaps you could  spare a thought or a prayer for the stretched Out Patient Dept (and In Patient Dept) staff, especially the doctors, nurses and paramedics who battle through the pressures of these huge numbers each day, willingly and caringly despite the present uncomfortable heat.

Queuing for treatment in Out Patient Dept, Lalgadh Leprosy Services Centre, Nepal
Queuing for treatment in Out Patient Dept, Lalgadh Leprosy Services Centre, Nepal