Our finanical aid

Our Welfare Pension

The Welfare Pension is central to our work. It's awarded to impoverished Gurkha veterans or widows who aren't eligible for the standard Army pension. It currently stands at 10,000 Nepalese Rupees per month (around £71.50).

The rate is calculated each year using a 'shopping basket' of basic goods such as rice, vegetables and cooking oil. While modest, it provides enough to get by in Nepal. It's collected by our beneficiaries, many of whom live in remote villages, every three months.

Quite simply, I would be dead without my pension. GWT is my lifeline. I have nothing to say other than you are keeping me alive

Pakuli Gurung, widow of WWII veteran Naik Balaram Gurung

At the moment, we provide this vital income to over 5,500 Gurkha soldiers or widows in recognition of their loyal service and sacrifice. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, the rate is the highest it's ever been.

What else do we do for our pensioners?

In addition to the Welfare Pension, we provide a range of support to our Gurkha veterans:

Medical Programme

We run an extensive medical programme offering free primary healthcare and funded treatment hospital at national hospitals. Our mobile teams are also able to visit housebound pensioners in their remote homes.

Residential Homes

Combining the best of Western geriatric care with an Eastern philosophy of respect for the elderly, these provide a secure, comfortable home for some of the most lonely and vulnerable of our pensioners.

Disability Support Grants

For disabled children of Gurkha soldiers, we offer a regular grant similar to the Welfare Pension. Without the support of a first-world health system, disabilities can pose an insurmountable obstacle in Nepal.

Emergency Hardship Grants

We're needed the most during moments of tragedy. When disaster strikes in the form of fire, flood, landslide or earthquake, we're on permanent standby to help by offering financial and other support.

Case study: Setimaya Gurung

Setimaya Gurung is 109 years old, making her our oldest beneficiary!

In 2006, she was 99 and destitute when she first heard of the Trust in her remote village. It was a life-changing discovery. The widow of a WWII veteran, she approached us for help and was promptly awarded her pension.

Setimaya now lives with her son – a subsistence farmer – and his family of six. Her GWT Welfare Pension is their main source of income. Her son collects it every three months from the nearest Welfare Centre which can take up to a day and a half to reach.

Although she only discovered our aid late on in life, Setimaya's advanced years have been greatly improved for it. He family is strongly reliant on the Trust's support and grateful to our many donors.

Join the Gurkha Pensioners' Support Fund

Gurkha WWII veteran supported by Gurkha Welfare Trust

Did you know that for as little as £10 per month, you can provide a vital lifeline to our Gurkha veterans and widows?

Find out how you can get involved.

Additional assistance:
  • Winter Fuel Allowance –
    This annual payment of around £18 ensures pensioners can endure the colder months
  • Wind-up torches and radios –
    These offer some relief from the isolation and difficulties of rural life in the Himalayan foothills
  • Porterage Allowance –
    The oldest and frailest must sometimes be carried to their local Welfare Centre to receive aid; we reimburse any costs incurred
The Trust at a glance

A brief summary of what we do and our plans for the coming years.

Take a look at an infographic covering the Trust's work in 2015-16.