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Just click on Easy Fundraising for all your shopping online from thousands of other stores including your supermarket food shopping, everyday bits and pieces and even an overnight booking or your holiday (here’s hoping!) . This can raise so much money for GDS – often around 4% of total spend – at NO cost to you Also, click into Amazon Smile for your shopping and Amazon will donate 0.5% on eligible purchases at no cost to you

Fundraising is doubly tough this year for everyone so your help would be MUCH appreciated by those struggling in Gorkha

Thank you

Mr Hook – 100 today – congratulations from GDS

GDS and friends in Nepal would like to send our very best wishes to Mr Ron Hook on this very special day celebrating his 100th Birthday. Mr Hook has been a long term friend of GDS and currently sponsors education for 19 children in Gorkha from ages 12 to 20 in both school and the local Campus. His support, enthusiasm and interest in all we do is amazing with regular letters which help inspire us and the children he sponsors.

Mr Hook was born in London and remembers clearly the devastation of the war years. He trained as an engineer and together with his lovely wife Isobel live near Colchester in Essex. He heard the founder of GDS Joy talking on the radio in 1990 and offered his skills as an engineer to help local planning of services in Gorkha. Though he has never visited Nepal his warmth for the people and the culture is clear and has even started to learn Nepali!

Mr Hook we thank you and wish you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY and sorry due to lockdown we cant be with you.


GDS meetings by Zoom

The new way of working! With everything going on recently we are happy to say that GDS have been able to continue to meet and work together, albeit virtually!
Although we have not been able to travel to Nepal or have volunteers, there have still been things going on in the background, and decisions to make.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Olivia who has decided to leave her role as a trustee due to other commitments. We want to thank her for all her involvement over the last few years and of course her excellent quiz hosting skills! We wish her all the best.

Dashain festival restrained due to covid

Nepalis are currently celebrating Dashain, the longest Hindu festival in Nepal. Dashain lasts 2 weeks and honors the goddess Durga and the victory of good over evil. Normally a time for family’s to come together, exchange gifts, and extravagant Pujas. Temporary swings are made of bamboo, and kites are seen flying in the sky. Dashain will be a little different this year, with some families unable to travel to each other, but we hope they can still have some form of celebration.
Our thoughts are with our friends and the communities we support in Gorkha.

Struggling to get education to the children

Can Nepal teach children in their homes if they have no radio, TV or internet?  Massive challenges to help reach the poorest as covid still too high a risk for schools to return.

Children have now returned to school in the UK though they of course face changes and no doubt challenges, but in Nepal there is still no prospect of schools being able to resume.  With Covid now in the wider community, risks remain high and the government therefore has to consider how to provide some education to all children and must first establish the limitations through a current survey.  Teachers will contact each child to understand their access to learning materials. Do they have – no access to any media, access to radio, access to TV, access to offline internet material, access to online internet material.  Though Nepal has gone through a rapid technological evolution in recent years, already it is clear that in the poorer government schools that GDS work with, the majority of families will have NO access to any radio, TV and internet, and with increasing loss of jobs this is likely to decline further.

We are linking with our committee members in Gorkha who include several working within education and will be here to help when called upon and will hope to support with funds when needed.