Author Archives: Lin

Schools re-open – with caution

After 18 months of disruption, schools in Gorkha have reopened with caution. Though many schools and children have tried to provide some online education, the poorest children have had no access to any computers or phones to access any online teaching and have received little face to face teaching. Attendance may be morning or afternoon only  in larger schools to reduce risk of Covid but we are aware that already there has had to be some local closures when teachers/ children are unwell with fevers. Let us hope that the schools can mainly remain open and somehow children are now able to make progress.

Stories of the families helped through GDS funds

To understand the situation in Gorkha we asked our team to let us know more about the families we helped with food supplies and below are some background stories of some families identified by the community for humanitarian help. We must stress that normaly the Nepali people look after those around them but now due to the pandemic everyone is struggling.

  1. Samjhana Oli,a married woman, eloped with another boy carrying her two children, but now her second husband died and she became helpless with 3 children. She has no income to look after her children
  2. Nanda Kumari Basnet 73 yrs age, sick of respiratory problems, lives alone in a cottage, has nobody to look after her. Her  sons and daughters left her making homeless. 
  3. Mithe Sarki, a blind so called dalit old man, has only a brother but he also left him, and he lives alone in a cottage. He has nobody to look after him. 
  4. Dil Maya Kumal, whose husband  left the village at 15 and went to India before marriage, returned home after 45 yrs with wife and a daughter, but he died after a few days of his arrival at Gorkha. His parental lands were already legally owned by others. Now the victims are living in a public building by the help of neighbours.
  5. Dipu Sunar, a critically sick person under medical treatment in hospital, has no money. GODHEDS realized his pains and gave him Rs 6000/- (remaining Rs 3000/- adding by individuals Rs 3000/- more) for the support of his treatment. 
  6. China Pariyar, a young dalit mother of a child, whose husband died unexpectedly, biased by her parents in law, and now living alone with her kid, has nothing to eat and nobody to help. 

Thank you to those in Gorkha and in UK for helping so many people through this difficult time.

125 desperate families given food for one month due to GDS support

Again our amazing team in Gorkha have worked wonders. They requested funds to supply food to 62 families in acute poverty due to covid, we provided funds for 82 families but they have in fact managed to distribute food to 125 families and we thank them all for their efforts and humanity. Below is letter received from Gorkha.

Thank you Linda 

Dear all GDS-UK team.

Here we have distributed food parcel for 125 families containing the food items of cost NRs 2600/- for each families on Monday. Being other more starved families recommended by Municipal authorities we increased the numbers of striken families with the consultation of mayor. The mayor of Gorkha Municipality and  a journalist were with us to cooperate our works the whole day.  The mayor thanked GODHEDS and GDS-UK expressing his gratitude to Linda , Gita, Amir and concerned others for the humanitarian services during pandemic period.

Application for basic family food to help desperate families

Following an online meeting in Gorkha, the committee contacted GDS for support requesting food relief for families.  “Till date, we identified 62 families around only Gorkha municipal areas whom we need to support basic food  items  urgently, and we planned to provide each families at the cost of NRS 4000/-  (£27)

Basic items of food for each family: Rice – 1 sack(30 kg) 1760/-, Mustard oil- 2 liter 640/-, Dal – 4 kg 600/-, Chana – 4 kg 600/-, wheat flour – 4 kg 360/-, salt – 1 packet 40/- .TOTAL COST– NRs 4OOO/-

Per family—-NRs 4000/-  Then for 62 families NRs 4000 × 62 = NRs 248000/- (£1,500)

Transportation cost not included. It will be managed by GDHEDS. Take care well, be safe. With Regards!  From Ram Chandra “.

DONATIONS WELCOME – £27 will support a family for one month. If you would like to donate please make payment to Gorkha Development Scheme – Sort Code 201995   Account Number 10318302  or pay through PayPal 

Covid, lockdown and start of monsoon bring more distress for families.

The long lasting and severe lockdown in Nepal is having a devastating impact on labourers and their families. Wages are paid on a daily basis when they work and currently no work so no money! 

Our committee in Gorkha was made aware of the unfolding tragedy of starving families through  local social workers, journalists, local authorities and some health activists.  Chair Ram Chandra said “they told us about starvation problem to some families of the labourers and working class people who lost their daily wages and are seriously starved due to continuous lockdown by government and local authorities. Then, we GDHEDS members studied ourselves about their lives and condition, and felt that they need some basic food items for their livelihood” 

GDHEDS  could not meet due to restrictions so for the first time they managed to arrange a  virtual meeting on Viber to discuss possible help.

Vibre meeting shows Laxman, Ram Chandra, Yong Kumar, Kalpana, Sarita and Sital from GDHEDS Gorkha.

DONATIONS WELCOME – £27 will support a family for one month. If you would like to donate please make payment to Gorkha Development Scheme – Sort Code 201995   Account Number 10318302  or pay through PayPal