When disaster strikes and destroys our welfare pensioners' meagre possessions, the Trust is on standby to help. Last year 437 Gurkhas facing extreme hardship relied on the Trust for help in rebuilding their homes and livelihoods.
We provide a hand up, not a handout.
After completing their homework by kerosene lamplight, the grandchildren of the late Rifleman Agamdhan Rai shuffled off to bed. However, they failed to properly extinguish the lamp. Around midnight the lamp's flame escaped its glass confines and family's simple mud hut caught fire.
Rifleman Agamdhan Rai's widow, Chandramaya woke up to find the hut filled with smoke. As the blaze intensified, she grabbed the grandchildren from their beds and fled. Neighbors battled in vain to bring the fire under control. Despite their best efforts, Chandramaya could only watch as her entire worldly possessions turned to ash.
With little more than the clothes on her back, the 7GR widow approached her local AWC for help. Thanks to a grant from the Trust of £700, Chandramaya was able to rebuild the family home.