Category Archives: Volunteer News

Elective Sarah completes her successful experience in Gorkha

Sarah Dowsell has spent nearly 6 weeks in Gorkha living with a local family, working in 2 local hospitals, attending a rural teachers training programme and also a school hygiene programme, as well as attending GDHEDS meetings and meeting with Trustees Geeta and Amir from UK.

It has been a busy programme though uncertain to start as the Gorkha hospital was demolished earlier this year following damage from the 2015 earthquake! Even so makeshift clinics continued each morning and then Sarah attended the private Apollo Hospital where she was welcomed for afternoon and evenings.

Such positive feedback from Sarah and thanks to all in Gorkha who made her trip so special Why not support Sarahs fundraising through Wonderful.org – ALL money raised goes to Gorkha

Teacher Training programme funded in the remote area of Barpak

Our team and volunteers traveled the long journey on unmade roads to Barpak which has now been rebuilt since it was devasteted as the epicentre of the 2015 earthquake.  They all took part in a teacher training programme for teachers gathered from local remote government schools.
Teacher trainer and GDHEDS Vice Chair Laxman was joined by volunteers Linda and Trisha and GDS trustee Naomi. The wonderful programme included interactive games and songs for the teachers to take back to their own classrooms and encourage stimulated and active learning practices.
As always Laxman was an incredible trainer getting everybody engaged.

Women’s Health programme

One of GDS funded programmes is to present education to rural women. The Gorkha Womens Association organised this programme and 7 women and a driver squashed into a 5 seater jeep to head to the rural area of Asrang, Gorkha! 
Here the women held a programme on women’s health for the Muslim community in the village, discussing many female health problems and family planning. Much needed in this community with some women having up to 17 children!
A really positive day, with the women openly questioning and gaining persoanla advice thanks to Dr Suchika and her assistant Sabita for providing the experitse.

Lots happening in Gorkha at the moment

A wonderful general assembly for the Gorkha Women’s Association (GWA) in Raniban, Gorkha. A lovely programme with cooking in the forest, dancing and a meeting to discuss this years programmes.

Lots of good ideas from the women for what they would like to do in the future to include womens health programmes and childrens hygiene, both projects funded by GDS.

Many beautiful colours and people!

Rebecca arrival in Gorkha

Rebecca Bowen was welcomed by our committee in Gorkha and also her lovely homestay family as she arrived for Medical Elective placement this week.  Rebecca from Bristol University is seeing the warmth and hospitality of the Nepali people and is spending time with Naomi and Dr Anju at the hospital and looking forward to a womens hygiene programme being organised for rural women on Saturday.