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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…

self care centre health education class

Help Nepal

Thanks for all thoughts and prayers for Nepal. We’ve heard all Nepal Leprosy Trust staff, their families and all patients are fine. Please pray for the thousands who aren’t – those who’ve lost children, parents and friends, those without water or homes – and especially that those still trapped will be rescued.

If you can please donate: €6 can provide a nights hospital care in Nepal. To make a one-off donation:

Text NLT6 to 50300 to donate €6

 

Terms and conditions €6 donation: 100% of the text cost goes to Nepal Leprosy Trust Ireland (NLT) across most phone network providers. Some providers apply VAT which means a minimum of €4.89 will go to NLT. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 01 443 3890.

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Borders: from Kathmandu to Kerry and Beyond

Our inaugural touring art exhibition and fundraising event is now in full swing, with 42 participating national and international artists. Hopefully you can join in the celebrations, meet the artists and view the exciting range or artworks for sale. The three locations are:

– Cill Rialaig, Kerry. Opening on the 3rd May at 12 noon and will run until the 8th May 2015.

–  Laois Arthouse, Stradbally. Opening on 11th June at 1.30pm and will run until 26th June 2015.

– The Kathmandu exhibition took place on the 1st April  2015. Scroll down to see images of the show. For more information contact Vera at info@nlt.ie.

'Containment' by artist Hazel Greene.
‘Containment’ by artist Hazel Greene.
'Umbica and Menica washing dhotis, Karipati' by artist Annabel Potterton.
‘Umbica and Menica washing dhotis, Karipati’ by artist Annabel Potterton.

 

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Emily (on Left) our wonderful documentary photographer for the 2015 Nepal trip.
Emily (on Left) our wonderful documentary photographer for the 2015 Nepal trip.

Scoil Mochua, Readathon 2015

Last week we were  invited to Scoil Mochua, Celbridge to receive a cheque on behalf of Nepal Leprosy Trust (NLT) Ireland. This donation was sponsorship money collected by the primary school children as part of the Readathon 2015.

A great surprise on the day was the class adaptions of their favourite books eg., Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Harry Potter, Winnie the Witch to mention a few.

The Readathon Assembly on the day was compèred by two wonderful children,  Rebecca and Dennis.

Scoil Mochua, Celbridge Readathon 2015.
Scoil Mochua, Celbridge Readathon 2015.
3rd and 4th class Readathon Assembly 2015, Scoil Mochua, Celbridge.
3rd and 4th class Readathon Assembly 2015, Scoil Mochua, Celbridge.

Mother and Baby

With the birth of two wonderful little girls in my extended family this week in Ireland I am reminded of the mother and baby ward in Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital in southern Nepal.

It's a boy, 3kg photo by Yvonne Simmonds.
It’s a boy, 3kg photo by Yvonne Simmonds.

This last week in February there have been 3 births in Lalgadh, two girls and a boy. All going well the mothers will return home with their newborn baby about 5 or 6 hours after birth. The normal birth figures in the hospital are an average of two a month.

This low figure is due to three things:

1. the specialised ward is a new facility within the hospital compound

2. most mothers have their babies at home and continue with normal daily life

3. the hospital is situated in rural Nepal and travelling long distance, at short notice, usually on foot is not ideal during labour.

This trend is slowly changing as a result of the Village Alive Program which includes training of Rural Health Champions (RHC).

The RHC’s are women working on a voluntary basis and have been selected by their respective villages. These women take part in efforts to control diarrhea, vomiting, malnutrition, malaria, and tuberculosis and referral advice when required. Most of them were illiterate, but now function as health volunteers, measuring blood pressure and performing examinations, including examination of pregnant women. They are also able to recognise danger signs and advise to move pregnant women to hospital if necessary.

Photo by Yvonne Simmonds
Photo by Yvonne Simmonds
In labour, photo Yvonne Simmonds.
In labour, photo Yvonne Simmonds.

 

Mother and baby photo by Yvonne Simmonds.
Mother and baby photo by Yvonne Simmonds.

Limerick and Lalgadh Public Health Partnership

Dr Anne Dee will be returning to Lalgadh, Nepal in March after a break of twenty years. She has obtained funding under the ESTHER* alliance  which is a European organisation which encourages partnership between developed and developing world healthcare facilities.

Under this scheme, the Department of Public Health in Limerick has been funded to set up a partnership with LLSC (NLT’s leprosy centre in south-eastern Nepal) . She will travel with the Director of Public Health in Limerick, Dr Mai Mannix, and will spend time in LLSC meeting the workers there, viewing the projects and agreeing the scope of this proposed partnership.

Dr Krishna Lama and Dambar Aley from LLSC will make a return visit to Ireland in May in order to finalise the partnership agreement.

Dr Anne Dee, Specialist in Public Health Medicine, Department of Public Health in Limerick.

ESTHER - Together for a Networked Hospital Therapeutic Solidarity.
ESTHER – Together for a Networked Hospital Therapeutic Solidarity.