Working with the community of Gorkha in Nepal

Gorkha Development Scheme (GDS) is a small UK based charity established over 30 years ago by founder Joy Leighton.  The aim of the charity has always been to work with the Gorkha community to help the poorest people and this was seen all to well following the devastating earthquakes which hit the region in 2015. 

NEW – Donations can now be made via this link at and ALL of your donation foes direct to GDS with NO charges – isn’t that wonderful!

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Newsletter 10 June 2019 Celebrates over 20 years of volunteers and 5 already in early 2019. The contributions of volunteers are seen in so many ways with Medical Electives, Occupational Therapists and Teachers as well as post University students have all been involved in programmes   Most of GDS Trustees have volunteered in the past and become so connected with Gorkha they continue to be involved. 

Contact us if you are interested

Remember, ALL money raised goes directly to fund our projects with no expenses taken out.

How to Help – We would be thrilled to receive any donations  via BACS payment or cheque. Please see our  payment details – and dont forget to complete GIFT AID which can add an additional 25% to you donation.

Donations can also be made via Paypal ( note small charges are incurred – more if overseas so do contact us if any concerns)

Raise money as you do your online shopping, simply link to Easyfundraising 

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School Sponsorship

If you would like to sponsor a child through education then just complete this form and send to us. How to Sponsor a child

These are some of the 50 children sponsored in 2017-2018.  10 children at this school all lost their homes in the 2015 earthquake as well as their school being completely destroyed.


Have you ever considered volunteering overseas?  We can provide guidance and contacts to enable a very special volunteering experience living with a local family and being involved in local projects.  Medical electives and Occupational Therapy, and other health placements are possible as well as assisting with teaching in local schools. All sorts of other skills can be shared so just contact us to find out more.

Helping children understand principles of basic hygiene through our hygiene projects in local school.  Volunteers have much to offer.

Volunteer involved in training teachers in rural schools to enhance skills and ‘fun’ teaching for the children Learning the hokey kokey!