Your exclusive update from Nepal.

Since the major earthquake in 2015, we’ve built more than 1,500 earthquake-resilient homes for Gurkha veterans and widows.

Nepal is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, but also one of the most dangerous. Environmental catastrophes, mountainous terrain, and even a lack of internet connection create daily obstacles for those living there. As our pensioners grow older, the barriers becomes insurmountable. That’s why it’s so important that we are out there protecting them in any way that we can.

By building new homes for our most vulnerable Gurkha veterans and widows, we are able to protect them from monsoon flooding and landslides, and the threat of earthquakes. Donations from our supporters also allow us to give them everything they need to make a house a home, allowing us to give these brave people the dignity they deserve.

Despite COVID-19 lockdown measures caused, we have still been able to move brave veterans and their families into their homes safely. Pictured on the right is Rifleman Konkhabahadur Rai, who served with the 7th Gurkha Rifles in Malaya, Borneo and Hong Kong and was involved in the Borneo Conflict.

Along with his wife Dutimani, Konkhabahadur was living in a very old house made of wood, mud, and stone, damaged by 2015’s earthquake.

Since the village the couple lives in is remote, it was particularly difficult to reach them to build their new home last year – we even had to construct it with locally available materials, including wooden banding.

Meet the team: Gambahadur Thapa

Gambahadur Thapa served with the Brigade of Gurkhas for 10 years in the Falkland Islands, Hong Kong, Brunai, Kenya and the UK.

He has been working with us for 19 years as an Area Welfare Officer, in charge of our work in Gulmi, Nepal. Gambahaudar oversees our home-building projects there, as well as ensuring every Gurkha veteran and widow in the area receives the highest level of medical care and financial aid.

“I wanted to work for The Gurkha Welfare Trust so that I could help people.”

“It is challenging but I always try my best to reach needy people living in remote hilly areas.”

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Don’t look down! The area that Gambahadur and his team cover is very hilly indeed.

“Heavy rain, landslides, and roadblocks always make it difficult for us to complete home projects.”

“So many times we had to return back to our Welfare Centre when we were only half way to a pensioner’s house.”

The photograph below of Gambahadur and his colleague was taken during the aftermath of last year’s monsoon.

Landslides often block the road, making it difficult for Gambahadur and his team to reach our vulnerable pensioners

“It feels so fantastic to present someone with their new home. It is the best feeling when they thank the entire team and GWT.”

“Other than helping needy people, riding my motorbike is the best part of my job!”

 

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