24th January 2018

Purna Limbu: the Gurkha veteran giving back through song

When Captain Purna Limbu puts on his ceremonial uniform, he has a full chest of medals that reflect his 28 years of distinguished service in the 7th Gurkha Rifles.

Like many other Gurkha soldiers, Purna risked life and limb for the British Army. As well as completing operational tours of Bosnia and Afghanistan, Purna saw action in the Falklands and Sierra Leone.

Towards the end of his career, he worked at Sandhurst, passing on his skills and experience to a new generation of soldiers including, at various points, His Royal Highness Prince Harry and Prince William.

Joining The Gurkha Welfare Trust

Welfare Officer Captain Purna stands proudly outside one of our Welfare Centres in Kathmandu

After leaving the Army, Purna immediately joined The Gurkha Welfare Trust in Nepal, where he knew that he could make a difference to those in need. Since then, he has been just as diligent as in his Army days, working as a Welfare Officer in Bhojpur and Khandbari, East Nepal, then a Senior Welfare Officer in Dharan and now Kathmandu – one of our busiest locations.

Despite his typically action-packed career as a Gurkha, Purna has always been passionate about social work and community service. In his current work with us, he knows that he has found his calling.

“When I applied, I wasn’t looking at the T&Cs! I’ve always wanted to help people and that’s exactly what we do here a The Gurkha Welfare Trust.”

His music career

Purna is also studying music production in Kathmandu and gets up at 4.30am every day to go to college before starting work at the charity. His songs are focused on humanitarian themes and he has already successfully released two singles in Nepal:

“I give the proceeds to charity, of course. For me, music wins the heart and mind of people who hear it.”

Although he naturally feels a strong affinity with the Gurkha veterans we support, Purna equally enjoys helping wider communities.

“The best part of the job is being with our beneficiaries. My heart goes with them. I don’t distinguish between ex-Gurkhas and other – I only see who needs our help the most.”

Find out more about our work in Nepal here.

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