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The kindness of strangers

Earlier this year we were contacted through our website by Brian and Barbara from Rochford. They had traveled to Nepal in November 2008 and were interested in sponsoring 2 children through GDS.  They kindly donated £60 to sponsor 2 children for this year and since then have held a car boot sale, supported by family and friends they have raised £180 and sent a cheque to GDS – we are so surprised and thrilled. 
This will go to great causes and will help support Teacher Training for rural schools in the near future.
Our thanks to Brian and Barbara for their kindness and generosity.

Funding will be used for future Teacher Training in Rural Schools – such a successful programme and costs only a couple of hundred pounds for 3 days programme to 30 teachers.

Hello after the Summer

Sorry there has been no updates over summer. As you know we are a small team of Trustees and though things have been happening we just needed a bit of catch up time. So we will be updating you over the next few weeks and would love you to visit our  Facebook page and like, comment or share anything with friends please, that would be really appreciated. Let them know what we are up to and maybe they would like to be involved in some way.
Cheers for now and thank you for your support
GDS team

OT Volunteer Katie Vaneker at Gorkha prison and helps in other projects

As a specialist in occupational therapy to aid prisoner rehabilitation, Katie spent time working with our gorkha team to develop ways in which to contribute to supporting prisoners and families. Bamboo stools (as seen) are currently made and sold with money going to families as there is no other family support system. There is now a possibility of doll making for the women and the loan of sewing machines for classes. Katie has found it a difficult challenge to work through the political layers and there may be obstacles to further involvement but she has certainly made every effort possible. As well as this Katie got involved in the school hygiene project, teacher training in rural area, English classes and now also time with disabled children and teacher. More detail will follow when she returns but thank you Katie for all efforts.

Katie Vanaker arrived in Gorkha as volunteer

Katie from Wrexham in Wales was recently awarded the Pearson Prize, choosing to travel to Nepal and use her wide ranging experience and occupational therapy skills. Katie has been welcomed by Ram Chandra and our committee in Gorkha, met the homestay and already left for the rural village of Barpak to join a 3 day Teacher Training Programme which GDS supports. Headmaster and committee member Laxman is leading the training and we know that Katie has  already found this a rewarding experience and enabled her to gain an understanding of the culture. She also took an impromptu english/games class to about 40 children!

We will keep you updated on her 3 week stay.

Medical Elective placement in Gorkha completed.

Eamonn Foley 4th year Medical student from Birmingham University has spent the last month in Gorkha working at the local hospital and also being involved in several of the GDS funded projects.

Eamonn was pleased to spend time with Nepali medical students from Kathmandu also working at the small government hospital so able to exchange a lot of experience.  The also worked closely with Eamonn and Sarita and joined several of the school hygiene projects which GDS funds. The basic hygiene lessons included helping the children understand how disease spreads.

We wait to hear more upon his return and will keep you posted.