Weekly Live Broadcast (WLB) Ep. 1

The inaugural Weekly Live Broadcast took place on 21st August 2021, chaired by Deepesh Man Shakya.  The first episode is on Nepal Leprosy Trust (NLT) and includes conversation with  NLT Ireland chairperson Mike Winterburn and director Dr Anne. The WLB is hosted (via Zoom) by Nepal Ireland Society and Ireland Nepal Chamber of Commerce.
This first broadcast is a really interesting and informative discussion and worth watching or even listening to on your next walk, link here
First Weekly Live Broadcast, 21st August 2021

Fundraising and Administrative Co-ordinator post available

An exciting and rewarding opportunity has arisen as the part-time Fundraising and Administrative Co-ordinator of NLT Ireland.

Nepal Leprosy Trust (NLT) works to empower those affected by leprosy, and other disadvantaged people in Nepal, by offering holistic support without discrimination.

Our Vision – beating leprosy, breaking stigma and building lives.

The person should share the ethos and values of NLT and agree with its mission, vision and statement of faith.  See role description and information here

If there are any further queries please contact info@nlt.ie

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Urgent call for Covid relief funds.

Target €15,000

Handwashing stations at the gates of Lalgadh Hospital. All visitors must wash their
hands before entry to prevent the spread of Covid. Photo: Dr G. Clugston ©NLT. October 2020

We are in urgent need of funding to deal with the current Covid emergency in Nepal. Our colleagues at Lalgadh Hospital desperately need Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for themselves and oxygen equipment to support those tested COVID positive. The total amount required is €15,000

This includes:

– Oxygen cylinders (currently cost €200 each)

– Oxygen concentrators, providing oxygen long-term (currently cost €1,100 each)

– PPE (currently costs €25 per set)

These costs are escalating daily due to shortage of supply.

HOW YOU CAN HELP – Please donate via PayPal on our website here

Lalgadh Hospital stands less than 50km from the Indian border in the south-eastern Terai region. Its proximity to the open land border means that many Nepalis travel to and from India for work, providing a fast, deadly route for the spread of Covid. Last week (early May 2021) the government reported between 9 and 10 thousand new Covid cases per day, with the real figures thought to be higher. Contrast this with a month ago when the figure was around 100 per day.

Thank you.

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Nepal Conference-Ireland 2021

Tackling Covid-19 in Nepal, on 16th May 2021 at 2pm

There is presently a rise in Covid-19 cases in Nepal, 10th May 2021.

This is sadly affecting our staff, patients and the rural communities we support at Lalgadh. The Nepal government has requested help from the International Community as the situation is causing a strain in Nepal’s health system.

Our beautiful hospital is called Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital & Service Centre and is located in a remote part of Nepal at the edge of the jungle near the Indian border. It is  at the foothills of the Himalayas, a hundred miles south west from Everest.
The Nepal Ireland Society and Ireland-Nepal Chamber of Commerce are jointly organising ‘Nepal Conference – Ireland 2021’ on 16th May 2021, Sunday at 2 pm Ireland Time, in collaboration with the Embassy of Nepal, London.
Register for this event here
Nepal Conference – Ireland 2021. Tackling Covid-19 in Nepal

World Leprosy Day 2021

Today is World Leprosy Day 2021 . This day is observed to increase awareness of the disease which, according to the World Health Organisation, nearly 600 people are diagnosed with everyday. Part of Lalgadh Hospital’s work is to create prosthetic limbs and to make specialist footwear for those affected. To donate to NLT click here.

Lalgadh Hospital Footwear development. Photo: E. Thomas ©NLT Ireland 
Lalgadh Hospital Footwear Department. Photo: E. Thomas ©NLT Ireland    

Nepal Leprosy Trust seeks external evaluator

NLT Ireland seeks an external consultant to evaluate the Village Alive Project (VAP) in south-eastern Nepal.  This is a three-year participatory community development project focused on five Dalit villages. VAP is an outreach programme of NLT Nepal’s Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital and Services Centre and is part funded by Irish Aid.

The purpose of the end-line evaluation is to assess project performance in relation to activities, outputs, outcome and impact indicators. The evaluation will be conducted in July or early August 2021 and involves travel to eastern Nepal.

The expected output is an evaluation report with recommendations for future projects, to be submitted by September 2021. For further details, email Vera at info@nlt.ie. Application closing date 1st March 2021.

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Batik and silkscreen cards

We are a little disappointed that we won’t get to meet all of our friends and supporters this year at our usual craft fairs. However if you wish to continue your support and order batik or silkscreen cards, we are happy to post them to you. Our cards are in limited quantities so don’t delay. The cards are €2.50 each plus €1 postage within Ireland. We are selling 5 cards for €11 plus €1 postage. You can pay here through Paypal, make sure to leave your postal address for delivery.

These are individually made by hand by artisans in Nepal. We bring stock back when we visit, which has not been possible this year, so our stock is low. as a result. It is an important income to the people we support. They get great pleasure knowing that their craft is sold and admired by many as well as bringing them income. It is a great boost for the makers who work in conditions very different from artists here in Ireland.

 

We also have plenty of 100% wool gnomes or happy Santa as some people call them,  in 3 sizes and 3 colours in stock.  They are available in red, green and grey. Stock in low in red, please select a second option if ordering the red.

Large are  43cm  in height,  €12 each

Medium are  34cm in height, €10 each

Small are 27cm in height,  €8 each

Postage will vary depending on your size of order, they are very light in weight. You may wish to contact us to arrange sizes, colours and delivery just drop us a brief email to: info@nlt.ie

Gnomes or Happy Santa

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Remembering my 2018 trip to Nepal

I very much miss visiting my colleagues in Lalgadh and Kathmandu in Nepal. This is due to current worldwide travel restrictions in 2020, in response to the COVID-19 virus.

This time 2 years ago I was there for the 25th Anniversary celebrations of Lalgadh Church. It was a very special visit and I got to meet many of the people who were instrumental in setting up and establishing Lalgadh Hospital in those very early days.  It was great to hear the stories first hand of clearing the land, developing the building and of the engineering involved. All with little or no infrastructure, certainly no phone line!

The travel route out, if you were lucky with flight times, can be done in less than 24 hours. Travelling through the night from Dublin, touch down in Dubai for example and arrive in Kathmandu the following day. Stay overnight in Kathmandu and take an early morning flight from there to Janakpur , flight time about 25 minutes. The journey from Kathmandu to Janakpur can be done by road, a little nerve wrecking on mountainous roads with hairpin bends and adventurous drivers. My return on this trip was by road !!
Flying from Kathmandu is equally as exciting an adventure as travelling by road. The flight was on a BAe Jetstream that can take about 30 passengers (no room for hand luggage)  and a tiny air hostess, as the internal space, seat and pathway is very tight! As you can see from the image below, it’s a twin engined aircraft, usually with Yeti Airlines.
I met up with Mike Houghton and Sue and Mike Wells, who had arrived from the UK, on my arrival into Kathmandu. We flew together to Janakpur the following day and were picked up by a hospital vehicle and staff for the last hour of our journey to Lalgadh Hospital, our destination.  Mike Wells was the project manager for the design and construction of the hospital which started in 1990. He lived in Kathmandu at that time with his wife Sue and family, working with NLT until 1995.
Arrival in Janakpur. Vera from NLT Ireland, Mike Houghton, General Manager  NLT Uk (centre) and Mike Wells (right). Photo: Sue Wells Oct 2018.

 

Preparations for cutting the cake for Silver Jubilee, Lalgadh Church 2018.

I also got to see the almost complete structure of the Girls’ Hostel, which was under development 2 years ago. The hostel is now fully operational and has accommodation for 10 girls to live in during school term. They are supported and encouraged with their homework tasks and are also learning life skills like gardening and animal care during their free time. You can read more about hostel life and its students here. 

During this trip I visited some of the Village Alive project villages. The one I remember most specifically on that trip was Dhumaura and the huge transitions and development I had seen with a 9 month period.  The Village Alive Project is run over 3 years in specific villages, see more about the project here.    Posted by Vera Nov 2020

Happy Dashain holiday weekend

Wishing all our colleagues in Nepal a very happy Dashain holiday this weekend 26th October 2020.  We hope you can have a few days free from work to rest. We pray you all continue be safe and well. Warmest greetings from Ireland.

Philadelphus Belle Etoile (mock orange) shrub, which has flowered quite late this autumn.

National Day of Nepal 2020

Today we celebrate National Day of Nepal.

National Day of Nepal and Nepal Development Conference took place this morning in online format, Sunday 20th September, 10.30am – 12.30pm (Irish time).  His Excellency Dr. Durgar Bahadur Subedi, Nepal’s Ambassador to the UK and Ireland gave the opening address.

A wonderful morning of very interesting speakers, ideas and opportunities. A really exciting and lively discussion took place on trade, investment, business as well as educational opportunities inter-country.

A Nepal Ireland Chamber of Commerce has been established and was launched on 8th August 2020. We wish to congratulate all those involved in the chamber development and offer a big thank you to all for the work that has taken place in the background.

A very special mention and best wishes to Alison Irwin in her role as General Secretary of the Ireland Nepal Chamber of Commerce.

Screen image of Alison Irwin as host of the celebratory event on 20th September 2020. Taken taken during the live conference, photo thanks to Alison.

Thank you to Deepesh Shakya, Alison and all involved in Nepal Ireland Society for this wonderful morning event and for all their consistent work in relationship building.