A little girl – crippled at 4 years

Rhadika is a delightful little girl of 4 years old who comes from a poor, low caste family in the Janakpur area. The family has a tiny piece of land which they share. Rhadika’s dad went abroad to work to improve the family situation but had to come home unexpectedly when his son was diagnosed with cancer. The treatment quickly used his earnings up, but the son did get better. Dad now works as a labourer for surrounding farms. About 18 months ago Rhadika suffered from a prolonged fever and...
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Ancient crafts in Nepal

There are many crafts in Nepal but basketry is a particularly useful one.  The techniques can be used to create everyday utensils, baskets, hats, mats bowls etc. Bamboo is the most widely used raw material: ‘Malingo’ and ‘Nisalo’ is used for fine basketry whilst ‘Bans’ is used for the heavier daily used items.The Bamboo is split into strips of varying lengths and then woven into various patterns.  Sometimes the Bamboo is dyed using natural products such as nettles which produces a lovely eart...
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Can you help with nurse Ruku’s on-going need?

One of our nursing staff is a young woman called Ruku, who has worked at Lalgadh almost since she finished her nurse training in the late 1990s. Ruku worked with in-patients for some time and then joined the Community team to support the primary health aspect of the community work. This involved going out to remote and very poor villages, to assist with mother and child health care and other health issues that cropped up. Around 2008, Ruku developed breast cancer and was very ill for some ti...
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Support Child Rescue Nepal – Radio 4 Sunday 9th April

Child Rescue Nepal works in Nepal, rescuing children from child slavery and raising awareness about human trafficking in Nepal. On Sunday 9th April at 7:45 am and 9:26 pm on Radio 4, the famous actress Joanna Lumley is making an appeal on Child Rescue Nepal's behalf. Do tune in and support this charity doing such vital work in Nepal. To see the flier for this press the 'MORE' button on the right.
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The perils of travel in Nepal

Travelling in Nepal has always had its challenges! When I first went in 1993, the journey from Kathmandu to Lalgadh took 13 hours, and 3 hours after you began the journey, you were further away from Lalgadh than when you started. The last four to five hours of the journey was about 55 miles along a straight road, but it had so many pot holes that you could not travel in a straight line for more than a few yards at a time, and much of the section was spent winding through trees beside the roa...
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An Artist’s View of Surgery in Nepal

George Butler, a "reportage artist" accompanied Dr Donald Sammut on his last trip to Lalgadh and sketched and painted many of the scenes that he encountered whilst there. He captured the intensity of some moments in the surgical scenes he witnessed, particularly the emotions of patients or their guardians. He has published an article in the Guardian with pictures and an account of some of his visit in The Guardian. To see one of the pictures and visit the article click "MORE" (at right) Visit...
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