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Meet the GDS Team

This is GDS – Amir, Geeta, Jan, Linda, Olivia, Zoe, Naomi

We had such a productive meeting of Trustees on Saturday with so much to report and we will enjoy passing on the project news in near future.

We were also thrilled to welcome Richard Van Este who has volunteered in Gorkha for four months through GDS.  He was presented with a Letter of Thanks by Joy Leighton, Founder and Patron of the charity.

Trustee Naomi – a few days in Gorkha

Former volunteer and Trustee Naomi Cairns has been able to return to Gorkha following a short trekking break in Nepal. However, the few days spent in Gorkha were packed. As well as visitng friends Naomi attended a meeting of GDHEDS, a GWA womens group meeting and walked in the rain to a rural village to join in first of a new programme  funded by GDS.  The aim is to help rural ladies understand how certain women’s health conditions may be treated in the hospital and to encourage sharing their concerns. 

As well as this, Naomi was able to meet the Doctor in the hospital to discuss future volunteer possibilities, and also see the new equipment recently funded by GDS in the UK.

Four Months of Volunteering

After nearly four months of in Gorkha, Richard Van Este is about to complete his volunteering through GDS.  Richard quickly adjusted to life in Gorkha working tirelessly for GDS with our Gorkha committee members and became involved in the community and all the current projects offering guidance and support to continue improvements.  He worked with students and teachers in several schools, with the women’s group in two hygiene education programmes held in rural schools and participated in two teacher training programmes held in more remote areas.  The summer monsoon, lack of power, and limited wifi have sometimes slowed but never dinted his enthusiasm and spirit to help the people he has lived amongst and his communication with us. We look forward to Richards stories and reports when he returns, sharing ideas to help support our future work and programmes and thank him for all his efforts and invaluable experie

Newsletter 7

Its been a busy time since the February update so to catch up with the updates from Gorkha and the fundraising efforts in the UK then see the latest Newsletter.Newsletter 7

As volunteer Richard van Estee has been in Gorkha all Summer and lots of exciting programmes taking place, there will be an additional Newsletter to update you in the Autumn too.


Naomi’s great triathlon efforts raises funds

Naomi TriathlonCongratulations to Naomi for her great efforts in raising money for GDS by taking part in the AJ Bell Triathlon in London Docklands.

After lots of hard work training for the event over the last few months it was amazing to see the thousands of competitors take part in this great event. Starting with a 750 metre swim in Victoria Docks (in sunshine) followed by 20 km cycle in pouring rain and then 5 km run for the finish -and Naomi arrived still smiling. A fantastic effort raising over £500 for GDS. Read More:- Naomi Triathlon