January dinner meeting – with a Nepalese theme

We welcomed Heather Alford as our speaker for our January dinner meeting.   Heather introduced club members to life in Nepal, a county with exceptionally rough terrain where there are few made up roads making it difficult to get about. The Nepalese farm on terraced fields making the most of every inch of fertile land to grow crops. Most of the hard farming work is done by women by hand as the terrine is to difficult for farm machinery. 

Heather explained how she used her physiotherapy skills on her two five month visits to Nepal as a volunteer with the Leprosy Mission. Leprosy can be treated but sufferers are often unable or willing to come to hospitals for treatment. The Leprosy Mission now goes out to find those with the condition to give treatment.

A young woman Heather treated hands had lost the nerves in her fingers and was severely disabled by her condition. Over several months Heather work with her on her hands bringing the fingers away from her palms to give her the ability to grasp a tumbler and write. The young woman wrote Heather her life story an achievement that would never have been possible without treatment. The young woman is now married with a young child and is living the life she deserves without Leprosy.
Heather brought along Nepalese crafts for members to buy to raise funds for the Leprosy Mission.