Former Gurkhas’ gift to Nepal
We’re delighted to report the official opening of our retrofitted Welfare Centres in Gorkha and Lamjung, at the heart of lands devastated by the 2015 earthquakes.
Both centres were damaged by the disaster and have now been refurbished thanks to a gift of £48,000 from the 6th Gurkha Rifles (6GR) Regimental Trust to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Regiment in 2017.
Support in the hills
While work has never slowed down at the centres, which have been among our very busiest in the wake of the earthquakes, this was a chance for members of 6GR Regimental Association Nepal (RAN) to attend and see what their gift has achieved.
Captain (Retd) Bhuwansing Gurung, pictured top right with our Lamjung-based Welfare Officer, Captain (Retd) Balkrishna Gurung, opened the centres as Chairman of 6GR RAN.
“It’s a pleasure to see the finished centres – we hope they will continue to support our Gurkha communities for years to come.”
Our staff – many of whom are also ex-Gurkhas – live in these hard, remote environments for years at a time, far from family and friends. The retrofitting offers a safer and more comfortable place for them to live and work.
This enables us to continue supporting ex-Gurkhas and their communities in the hills of Nepal. Gorkha is the area from which Gurkha soldiers first originated, so many elderly veterans and widows live in the areas covered by the two Welfare Centres.
Since the quakes, in Gorkha and Lamjung alone we’ve built or repaired hundreds of homes, schools and water projects, with many more underway. All of these projects are led by our local Welfare Centres.
We’re grateful all those in 6GR who have helped to make this work possible and have been among our staunchest supporters for many years. In particular, our thanks go to Brigadier John Anderson OBE ex 6GR, a former GWT Trustee, for his part in making the retrofitting project a reality.