British Ambassador opens the Darjeeling Area Welfare Centre and Clinic
Nicola Pollitt, the British Ambassador to Nepal, officially opened our new Area Welfare Centre and Medical Clinic in Darjeeling, India today (2 December 2021).
Of our 20 Area Welfare Centres (AWCs), 19 are in Nepal and one, Darjeeling, is across the border in India.
West Bengal’s Darjeeling district has a large Nepali-speaking population, including over 1,000 Gurkha veterans and widows. The Darjeeling AWC has been supporting the local Gurkha pensioner community since the late 1950s, but was in need of refurbishment and expansion.
Our new and improved AWC has been extended to include administrative offices, staff accommodation, and a state-of-the-art Medical Clinic to provide first-rate healthcare and medicines to our Gurkha pensioners.
We were honoured to have Ambassador Pollitt officiate the AWC’s opening ceremony and tour our new facilities. As the first woman British Ambassador to Nepal in more than two hundred years, it was an historic occasion to have her unveil the Darjeeling centre and clinic.
This building project is the largest that the Trust has taken to-date, and the Centre is already providing improved services to the 1,000+ Gurkha pensioners who rely on our Darjeeling AWC for medical and financial support.