The Trust works in partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID) to provide safe drinking water and sanitation facilities to Gurkha communities. The scheme reduces disease and eliminates the gruelling, daily chore of walking many miles to fetch fresh water.
Last year, the Trust's field arm, the Gurkha Welfare Scheme completed 80 projects. It built 1,687 tap stands, benefiting over 2,000 households. Drip irrigation facilities numbering 17 schemes allowed 327 households to increase their crop yields, improving nutrition and income generation. Over 250 households have benefited from the Horizontal Drilling and Vertical Drilling programmes.
The Trust has built 123 new schools in the hills and has an extensive renovation programme for dilapidated classrooms. Earthquake resistant designs are incorporated as standard, as well as incinerators and latrines. The programme is currently concentrating on providing enhancements in existing schools, such as gymnasiums, libraries and laboratories.
The school building programme makes a valuable investment in the future of Nepal and tomorrow's generation of Gurkha soldiers.
The Trust provides educational grants to the children of the Brigade. Last year, 1,000 students benefited from these grants. Tertiary grants are also provided based on academic performance.
The Trust works in partnership with Kadoorie Agricultural Aid Association British Gurkhas Nepal to provide vocational training courses, including electronics, bricklaying and sewing.