What's the damage?

The Nepal earthquakes caused huge levels of destruction, with the World Bank estimating a total cost of over $5 billion. Up to 25,000 classrooms were affected and damage to infrastructure was widespread.

It’s clear that our veterans’ communities need support to recover from the devastation. We've therefore put in place a comprehensive plan to increase our community aid over the coming years.

How are we helping?

Our earthquake response focuses on building and repairing key infrastructure:

Building schools

Our field team benefits from over 26 years of experience building schools in the Himalayan foothills – find out more about our schools programme.

All of our schools benefit from:

  • Earthquake resistant design
  • 6 to 10 furnished classrooms
  • Gender-separate toilets
  • Drinking water access
  • Waste disposal facilities

Depending on available funding, they can also include perimeter fencing, a sports area and solar lighting.

We’re building 12 schools in earthquake affected areas each year, at an average cost of around £85,000 per school.

Building community centres

We’ve also identified a desire and a need to establish community hubs in rural villages. We’ll therefore be building 4 community centres each year at a cost of around £38,000 per centre.

These centres serve a variety of purposes, including:

  • Medical outreach facilities
  • Shelter and communication centre during times of emergency
  • A setting for social events and celebrations such as Tihar

With many rural communities suffering the draining effects of urban migration, villages can benefit enormously from a central focus for communal activities.

Other community support

We also offer other forms of vital support in remote rural areas, including:

Providing clean water

Thanks to additional UK aid funding from the British government, we’re growing our water programme to provide 120 water systems each year.

In the communities we support, sickness rates and labour hours are drastically reduced – especially among women and children – while crop yields and income generation are greatly improved.

Find out more about our water programme.

Providing medical aid

We employ 12 mobile doctors and 12 district nurses who operate deep in the Himalayan foothills.

As well as providing care for housebound elderly veterans and widows, this team is able to offer emergency medical aid during times of crisis.

The Trust also runs 8 medical camps each year, offering free health care and medication to Nepali citizens in remote areas. Around 14,500 people benefit from these camps annually.

Find out more about our medical programme.

Case study: Gauda Secondary School

Gauda School, situated in the village of Okhari in Lamjung, was born as a primary school in 1962. Over the years it grew to become a secondary school with 11 classrooms, providing an education to over 200 students.

During the earthquakes Gauda was completely destroyed, leaving the children working out of basic temporary shelters. At a height of over 1500m, as the weather grew colder it became increasingly difficult for many pupils to attend.

With funding from Comic Relief, GWT has rebuilt Gauda in full, at a cost of around £85,000. The shool's pupils were also boosted by a special guest in March 2016, when Prince Harry visited our projects during his trip to Nepal.

To help us provide such vital community aid, please support us by donating online or see other ways to donate.

Help us rebuild lives

Please help us provide vital development aid to devastated communities in the Himalayan foothills.

Earthquake statistics

Overall impact:

  • Over 8,900 killed
  • Over 22,000 injured
  • Over 600,000 homes destroyed
  • Over 3 million people displaced

Impact on Gurkha veterans and GWT projects:

  • 13 veterans or widows killed
  • 2,129 homes damaged or destroyed
  • 161 school projects damaged
  • 78 water projects damaged
  • 1 Welfare Centre destroyed
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.