Your exclusive update from Nepal.

The 2018 monsoon destroyed crops and threatened livelihoods. Your support means we can reach out to help veterans in need.

The 2018 monsoon caused havoc across Nepal throughout the summer, and on the evening of 25 June the rains triggered a landslide in the village of Lurung. Our team sprang into action, trekking across the terrain to reach the 18 pensioners living in the area the very next day. With treacherous road surfaces and paths, as well as torrential rain, it took skilful navigation and motorbike handling to get out to the remote areas of Nepal as soon as possible.

Thankfully none of the veterans or widows were physically harmed, but our team found

that the monsoon had created an uncertain future for a number of Gurkhas. Some had lost their paddy fields and so were completely unable to grow their own food anymore. Two pensioners had also had their houses ruined by the floodwater. With no roof over their heads and with the appalling weather still raging, they urgently needed help.

Thanks to you, we are supporting the veterans who need our help, carrying out urgent repairs and monitoring them closely to make sure that their health hasn’t been affected by the monsoon.

Our Director Al Howard knows full well how difficult trekking the hills of Nepal can be.

Leeches are most common during the monsoon period, and our field staff have to be constantly vigilant when visiting remote areas.

Whilst leech bites don’t usually lead to illness, a leech’s saliva has an anti-coagulant which can mean that a person bleeds for hours after being bitten. This is precisely what happened to Al.

“I was something of a tourist attraction. Villagers came to take pictures of my feet.”

To guard against leeches an snake bites, our field officers all cary out first aid training, Your regular gifts mean that we can make sure the teams all have the training and resources they need to be able to reach Gurkha veterans and widows, wherever they happen to be.


 

Using our mobile technology

When we do reach our pensioners, one of the first things we always do is to carry out medical checks. For some elderly Gurkhas and their widows, this is the only medical assistance they receive.

To measure heart and lung health, we have recently started issuing Smartphone apps to field officers that can be used in medical check-ups. The new iSpirometry app communicates via Bluetooth Low Energy for health respiratory management, and the team is also using the SmartHeart app, which is a heart monitor. Your ongoing support means we can harness new and innovative mobile technology to provide the best possible care to veterans in remote locations.