7th July 2016

Rains return for Gurkha earthquake victims

Over a year on from the earthquake that left swathes of Nepal in ruins, our field team is working flat out to rehouse elderly Gurkha veterans and widows facing a second monsoon in temporary shelters.

At present, over 200 Gurkha homes have already been completed while hundreds more are currently under construction. Even so, around 1,000 veterans and widows are still living in makeshift shelters as torrential rains return for the summer months.

Despite the challenges of working in Nepal, we’re hopeful that most affected veterans and widows should be in their new homes by the end of the year.

Interview with Director GWT

Around 1,200 Gurkha veterans or their widows lost their homes last year. A further 500 have requested our support repairing damage to their property. This damage leaves them vulnerable to tremors that continue even to this day.

Our Director, Al Howard, discusses the challenges facing veterans and our field team:

The Trust began its long-term earthquake response in earnest last November. Our current priority is helping veterans and widows by providing new, earthquake resistant homes while expanding our community support.

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