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. 


DONATIONS – We would be thrilled to receive any one off or regular donations which can be made via this link to PayPal . Remember, ALL of your donation goes directly to GDS.  If you would prefer to pay via BACS or by cheque then just send us a message for details. 

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

GDS Newsletter 11 February 2020. GDS are proud to recognise that 70 projects have been funded in Gorkha since 2015 with £32,000 of the £45,000 spent to date and a number of projects planned for the near future. Thanks of course to committees in both UK and Gorkha, volunteers who have contributed to funds and projects, and friends relatives and strangers for supporting fundraising efforts to allow all this to happen. 

Contact us if you are interested in helping in any way

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

Last year we were able to support 60 children including many studying up to 18 and for the first time 4 studying BSc courses at a nearby campus.




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.

Fiona working with children and teachers as a volunteer


Sarah with homestay family – very special relationship built