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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
– 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. Application closing date 1st March 2021.
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!
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
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.
We are almost ready to launch our newly redesigned website.
It has been a nostalgic journey as we looked through old photographs and revisited stories about the early days of Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital and the subsequent establishment of Nepal Leprosy Trust.
You can read about our founder Eileen Lodge (1925 – 2019) who passed away in late last year. Eileen’s contribution to leprosy work in Nepal is immense. She established leprosy treatment and rehabilitation centres in Pokhara, Kathmandu, Lalgadh, and Dharan. She gave up her British citizenship and became a Nepali citizen, living in Nepal for 66 years. Read more about her life here.
Bir Bahadur (above) as he worked in Lalgadh hospital, circa 1993. One of his tasks at that time was cutting and making different size bandages from large rolls of gauze. He has now retired. Quite a few of the staff from those early years are still working in the hospital today.
Hem, who now manages Ashako Pariwar, was chatting to Bir Bahadur as he returned home one evening last week (end of August 2020) from his rice field. His field is situated just beside the hospital and Ashoka Pariwar. They chatted about those early days when Bir Bahadur worked in the Inpatient Department and out about the field work that both himself and Hem undertook in the community. As you can see from the photo below Bir Bahadur is looking really well and healthy.
As of today 15th July 2020 we are full members of Dóchas. Thank you to all who supported our journey and application for full membership. We are looking forward to connecting with all members and staff.