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Aiding deprived children in Humla, Nepal

At one of our Medical Camps earlier this year in Humla, many villagers from the surrounding area were fitted for prosthetic limbs. Recently, these villagers returned to our camp in Humla to try on their new prosthetics.

Helping Soniya walk

When she was younger, Soniya had a tragic accident that badly burned her feet, and doctors needed to amputate her toes. We fitted Soniya with new prosthetic legs that will make it easier for her to walk.

Dhirendra takes his first steps

Dhirendra has had a condition since birth that makes it difficult to walk. With the walking aids we’ve provided, Dhirendra can enjoy his childhood.

Meet the team: Sergeant (Retired) Managalsing Tamang, Area Welfare Officer

Managalsing joined in the Brigade Of Gurkhas in 1981 and worked as a driver lineman in the regiment. He served in Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei, the UK, Germany, Cyprus, Turkey, Belgium, Yugoslavia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Nepal. After completing 21 years loyal service, he retired in 2002.

Managalsing has been working for The Gurkha Welfare Trust for over 17 years as an Area Welfare Officer.

“I joined the GWT because I am ex-military and I heard [the GWT] is the best organisation for ex-servicemen and their dependents, and provides better service for our beneficiaries by both individual and community aid.”

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Can you tell us about your job?

We do field visits to our beneficiaries’ homes to deliver a pension, medical checkup, and medicine delivery. If their living conditions are poor, we provide them with their essential needs, and if further help is required, we arrange for financial assistance to lift up their livelihood and their dignity.

How do you travel to pensioners, and what are the road conditions like?

We mostly travel by motorbike, but sometimes we travel by vehicle if needed. We travel to remote areas with poor road conditions. Some roads are uphill, downhill, and muddy, which can be dangerous and in some places we need to extra care while ridding the bike. It is easier to get around during the dry season, but during the monsoon season the rain makes it very difficult to ride our bikes and some places we have to travel by foot. The longest journey I’ve taken is about 6 or 7 hours by motorbike if road conditions are good; if not, travel by foot takes two days.

What happens after you arrive at the pensioners’ home?

When we arrive at a pensioner’s home we say good morning or Namaste to our beneficiaries. The beneficiaries are happy to see us. We carry out a medical checkup and counselling with a doctor and dispense the pensioner’s medicine, and then see if  there are any other needs, issues, or problems that a pensioner may be experiencing.

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Bringing clean water to Kalabang

After our team installed a source of clean water in the village of Kalabang, we met with the community to discuss how safe water can boost health, sanitation, tourism, sustainability, and the production of crops. Villagers said they have benefitted greatly since clean water was brought to Kalabang, from yielding more grains and vegetables that they can sell in Pokhara markets, to hosting Homestays for tourists.