Your exclusive update from Nepal.

The 2019 monsoon rains were heavier than ever. Your support means we can reach out to those who need us.

Deadly monsoon rain in Nepal has been heavier than usual this year. It has destroyed many areas across the mountainous country, killing dozens of people. The worst affected area was the Gulmi District, located in the centre of Nepal.

Landslides in Gulmi forced hundreds out of their homes, including Khagi Thapa, the widow of a Gurkha. Her house was buried in rubble, leaving her in temporary accommodation while we rebuild her home.

Our first attempt to revisit Gulmi following the disastrous weather was unsuccessful due to road closures, however we were able to keep in touch with

our Gurkha pensioners via mobile phones.

We managed to reach them on our second attempt to deliver relief packages. We’ve visited them four times since.

Things are starting to settle, however the monsoon isn’t quite over yet as torrential rain continued to fall throughout September. Local authorities are working hard to clear rubble from affected areas.

It usually takes two to three weeks to recover from monsoon weather, however for the people living in Thulo Lumpek, Gulmi’s worst affected village, it could be years before their lives go back to normal.

Meet the team

Gam Bahadur Thapa is our Area Welfare Officer in Gulmi. He’s been working for us since 2010.

Gam served with the Brigade of Gurkhas for 19 years in the UK, Hong Kong, Brunei, Kenya and the Falkland Islands.

“It was my dream to join the Brigade of Gurkhas as my father was in the Queens Gurkha Engineer. I wanted to follow in my father’s footprints.”

 

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“Once I retired from the Army, it became my dream to work for The Gurkha Welfare Trust to serve ex-servicemen and their dependents in Nepal.”

“The best part of my job is visiting Gurkha veterans and widows’ houses. Delivering medicine, walking sticks and bed pans is life changing for bedridden pensioners.”

“The most challenging part of my job is travelling during the monsoon season. Although we endeavour to visit pensioners on our motorbikes, sometimes bad road conditions make it very difficult.”

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Updates from Nepal

Celebrating 50 years

For fifty years, thanks to your support, we have been in Nepal supporting Gurkha veterans and widows.

This year, as part of our anniversary celebrations we have been asking our supporters to share their story with us.

In Nepal, each of our 20 Area Welfare Centres across the country (and one in India too) celebrated in their own style – with a party bringing together Gurkha pensioners and staff.

Children celebrate water at the turn of a tap

Earlier this year, we finished building taps for 160 households in Jorpokhari, located in the Panchthar District of Nepal. These taps are connected to a clean water source, meaning that the 853 people who live in the village now have access to clean water on their doorstep.

These children will no longer have to spend hours queuing for water with their mothers and fathers or have to worry about contracting a waterborne disease every time they need a drink. Instead, they’ll have more time to focus on their education.

The school that does it all

In Nepal it is estimated that almost 1 million children do not go to school.

Since 1989, we’ve been working to change that. Over the years we have provided access to an education to over 800,000 children.

And now we’ve built the school that does it all.