100 year-old Gurkha veteran: I just want to keep warm
We visited 100 year-old World War Two veteran Rifleman Budhi Bahadur Suyal and his wife, Kali, at Saring village in Lamjung. The village is about a one-hour drive from the district’s main town of Besisahar.
Budhi signed up to become a Gurkha in November 1943 and was made redundant at the end of World War Two. He returned to a life of subsistence farming in his home village and has remained ever since.
Our Welfare Pension is central to this couple’s existence. Budhi explained:
“I can hardly see or hear anymore, let alone farm. This pension is all I have. This is how we eat. Without this, how could we survive? I just want to keep warm until I die.”
Our Medical Aid
The couple make regular use of our medical scheme, both being frail and having various age-related complaints. Budhi said:
“I am always happy to see The Gurkha Welfare Trust’s doctors. I don’t know where I would get this medicine without them.”
To find out more about the services we provide to Gurkha pensioners and their families, please click here.