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Covid in Gorkha

After 3 months of lock-down covid has now spread throughout Nepal with 15,000 cases (3rd July) but thankfully low deaths of 32 to date. In Gorkha all unwell must go directly to hospital but none have been critically ill, Some nearby villages have been closed if cases found to reduce the spread but worrying times for everyone.
With businesses closed many have no work and no govt financial support as in the UK. There will undoubtedly be increased poverty and hardship and GDS will help when we can when requested, but our school sponsorship programme for example will be even more essential to help those most in need.

Covid support hand over to Gorkha hospital

In rapid response to the recent hosptial request for support, oxygen cylinders of medical standard as well as PPE has been delivered by GDHEDS President Ram Chandra and founder member Perusotum.
The Hospital authority expressed their gratitude and convey their message to GDS and happily assured us that the equipments will support them to fight against COVID-19 in Gorkha.  Each set of PPE includes body cover, boots, cap, eye glasses, face save, mask, gloves and boot-cover having plastic and rubber coated, air  and water proof with two layers, products of National Invention Centre, Nepal, by Dr Mahabir pun. They are reuseable after being washed or sanitized.’ Our established links have allowed this emergency response to the crisis though of course we unusually hope in this case the equipment will not be in high demand.

Covid Reaches Gorkha – GDS asked to fund oxygen supply

After 12 weeks of lock-down, Coronavirus is now spreading in Nepal largely due to workers in India returning across the border to their homes throughout Nepal. sadly 10 cases have now been confirmed in Gorkha and with limited resources GDS has been approached to help.  As a recent post shows, the hospital is still only half built so wards are in a range of nearby buildings.  In 2017 we were pleased to supply the hospital with 2 oxygen concentrates which is sufficient in normal times, but now our Gorkha committee are working with the hospital to supply additional tanks of oxygen and £1,000 has been made available from GDS to be used as seen fit to help COVID victims in the hospital.

Keep safe our Gorkha friends.

Volunteers Week – Thank You

Volunteering in Gorkha . This week is volunteer week and an opportunity to say THANK YOU to the many people who have helped GDS in some way over the past 32 years especially those who have traveled to Gorkha to give their time and share their skills with those in need and the local community. See reports from recent volunteers on our website

As GDS Trustees we all continue to volunteer our time and efforts – four of us having been former volunteers in Gorkha.  We must also say a massive THANK YOU to our Gorkha committee GDHEDS who also volunteer all their time and efforts to select and run all the projects and look after all those from overseas who offer to help those most in need.