The Nepal Leprosy Trust in Naas is the Irish arm of a UK-based NGO. They are active the poor, sick and marginalised in Nepal – focusing on leprosy, which is now a controllable, treatable and curable condition, given access to the correct medications and reasonable nutrition. NLT provides medical, psychological and economic development services to vulnerable and marginalised people with leprosy, who are mostly lowest-caste (Dalit) rural people.
Since 2007, ElectricAid has supported NLT 6 times with a total of €49,000. In recent years, we have concentrated our support on their SLEP programme (Sustainable Living Enhancement Project) which aims to empower these people through advocacy, stigma reduction, education, and, most crucially, micro-credit loans to enable self-sustainment and self-development through enterprise and hard work.
Typical loans advanced would be in the range of €100-150 for goat, buffalo or ox husbandry, or for sewing machines or rickshaws for micro-businesses. The results have been excellent, and we are now considering supporting this programme for the 3rd successive year. With that, your generosity will have put about 200 leprosy-affected households on the road out of grinding poverty and deprivation, and into a sustainable future.
Please do read the attached narrative-report from NLT, which focuses on real people’s successful struggle for dignity and independence.