Thank you to all who supported us this week by buying crafts. These beautiful crafts are made in Nepal by skilled crafts people and are vital for their livelihood and that of their families. See image below of the craft workers as they complete the felt decorations, sewing on the beading and fine detail. We thank you for purchasing these and other crafts, your support and encouragement is hugely appreciated.
These happy chaps arrived from Kathmandu in the late summer ready to settle in new homes. Craft fairs are taking place in Celbridge on 23rd November and again on 26th and 27th November 2017
Craft sales also taking place in Limerick between now and Christmas, will post dates closer to the events.
These are part of our income generating programmes in Nepal and can support the many families who make them. Sizes 43cm, 34cm, 27cm, in 3 colours, selling at €10, €8 and €6.
Also batik cards for sale.
Loose change, please donate to us.
Especially any unwanted 1c and 2c coins as they can help greatly to support our work. In Nepal the average daily wage is around €1. A small container as pictured can contain about €7 or €8, with a mix of coins. Contact us at email@example.com to discuss further.
€5 can provide a pair of custom made shoes for a patient in our leprosy hospital in Lalgadh, read more here
We count it a joy and privilege to serve and envision some of the poorest people on the Earth.
The Musha children seen above are part of a dalit community of ‘untouchables’ in the Terai of Nepal, that are marginalised by the wider community because of being born into a low caste.
They have no land, and earn their living working for others, earning perhaps a euro a day, when there is work.
Help us help them, with income generation, education, health, sanitation and water projects. Lets give them hope and a dream for their lives.
See details of our Village Alive project.
‘I’ve never been to Kathmandu, but thanks to NLT’s fundraising exhibition “Borders: from Kathmandu to Kerry and Beyond”, two of my photographs have. I didn’t see the whole exhibition until it came to the Arthouse in Co Laois, by which time it had hung in Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital in Nepal and in Cill Rialaig Arts Centre on the coast of Kerry. Almost, you could see the journey the works had made.
All the works exhibited were roughly of the same size and hung in two rows, one above the other. Walking along the white walls of the Arthouse gallery and corridor felt nearly like looking through a series of windows, at landscapes and people and colours from the private worlds of each of the contributing artists. On one side of the gallery, through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Arthouse itself, green grass and Irish weather told us where we physically were; but opposite them, through the window of each small art-piece, we could take imaginative journeys to Himalayan mountains, Irish country sides, children on glinting seashores, dancing women against sunsets, watery flowers, vibrant colour-splashes and black & white silhouettes. It was a joyous and joyful celebration of difference and unity: playful artists from differing backgrounds hanging side-by-side in order to raise money for one serious disease: leprosy.
I’m told that as little as four euro is all it costs to make a pair of bespoke shoes for people whose feet no longer feel the earth due to the nerve damage leprosy can cause, that six euro can sponsor an overnight bed for someone who has travelled many miles to receive hospital treatment; that a well and a pump can be built for 250 euro and a two-roomed village school can be built from just 1,000 euro. Thanks to the generosity of people who bought our work at the various exhibitions, it’s possible that close to 450 pairs of shoes might have been made and distributed, or that 600 people slept in hospital beds before journeying home after treatment, or that perhaps 15 wells were built, or at least three village schools. It’s deeply satisfying. I make a piece of work; someone likes it and welcomes it into their home somewhere in Ireland; and someone in Nepal who is living with leprosy has a night’s rest, puts on their shoes and goes home to their village where water flows and their children go to school. It’s that simple. It’s that direct.
The theme of the exhibition was “Borders”. Sometimes it feels as if there are no such things’.
Blog by artist Sharon Hogan Oct 2015.
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.
Above photos: by Emily Thomas. June 2015 © NLT Ireland
We have had a very busy Summer here in Ireland. We completed the touring art exhibition Borders: from Kathmandu to Kerry and Beyond and held our exciting Vintage Afternoon Tea Party.
Both these events raised greater awareness of our charity and increased our funds by €5,700 between them.
The very best part of these events is the wonderful people we met. Reconnecting with supporters and establishing new relationships and friends along the way.
The art open call was launched in February and just as the final exhibition was winding down the Vintage Afternoon Tea Party was starting to generate excitement.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.