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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.

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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

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.