Category Archives: Updates

Fiona and Ian’s Nepali evening with help from the ‘Hungry Buddha’, Sheffield

Former volunteer Fiona, and her husband Ian are still keen to raise awareness and share their experience with friends. They recently organised a party at home and friends brought high quality books for early learners which will be forwarded to Nepal.  Fiona aims to use these as resources to inspire teachers in a visit being planned for next year.  The evening was topped off with Nepali food supplied by Dev Gurung – such incredible kindness.
Fiona said – “All in all a great evening was had by all!” and I think we all wish we were there!  – Fiona wrote –
“Thanks to Dev Gurung from Hungry Buddha in Sheffield we were able to bring an authentic “Taste of Nepal “to the Hope Valley in Derbyshire! He generously provided us with a couple of veg curries and some traditonal Dal & carrot pickle.  Ian anda couple of friends cooked rice and Ian made some additional pickles, poppadoms and roti .
We were joined by about 50 friends all of whom brought MANY books, some resources, some bottles and also some cash donations that they wanted to put towards either posting the books or buying ones I felt were appropriate. ( £110 approx.)
Everyone loved the food , the fire pit and all the Nepalese accessories and prayer flags that were both outside and inside and I got the chance to wear one of my Nepalese outfits again! We didn’t have any Nepalese dancing but we did enjoy Ian’s new turntable so we relived the 1980s and those that didn’t have to get the local train home danced till late!!! “
 

Sarah’s Medical Elective placement in Gorkha

Sarah Dowsell undertook her 6 week Elective placement through GDS in August. Though conditions were difficult with the Gorkha hospital in a state of demolition, Sarah spent her mornings at clinics on site and the rest of the day at a private hospital Apollo who kindly hosted her. She also took part in teacher training and school hygiene programmes,  helped with a local school scout group and immersed herself into family life and culture of Gorkha.  Read more of her experience in Sarah Report_

If you are interested in applying for our Elective programme in Gorkha please contact us

School Hygiene – parents and teachers involved to ensure better results

Another of the great programmes we fund to improve children’s hygiene in the poorest schools has just completed. Sarita and Kalpana together with helpers from GWA, completed the 12 sessions and sent us this message the class was so effective 32 students , six teacher and also parents involved there . Teacher always helped us to take lessons and we got very change of students in there hygiene and school environment  we will go one time to monitoring students and some of there house.

Great news so well done ladies and everyone involved – and UK friends for funding

Fionas WONDERFUL fundraising

In May we wrote about Fiona’s experiences volunteering through GDS. Fiona was able to inspire many teachers of the youngest children in Gorkha to develop simple learning materials and help the children have ‘fun’ in their learning in what was otherwise grey, empty classrooms.

As well as this contribution, Fiona and her husband Ian have collected and donated materials for future use and found WONDERFUL.ORG as a fundraising page for GDS. Fiona said we would never have raised as much money or awareness as we have without friends and family and especially her  Sister Heather Haines. Heather was so moved by Fionas stories about her Gorkha experience that she too took to fundraising with sponsored walks throughout August (see pictures below) and gained tremendous support from her colleagues at One Dyas in both Norwich and Amsterdam as well as family and friends.   

We are thrilled and astounded to see the total raised to date is now £1607.55 to include Gift Aid – and Fiona already has more fundraising opportunities lined up!   

ALL of this money will go directly towards projects in Gorkha especially towards the children and learning as requested by Fiona.

A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE. We in UK and our team in Gorkha cannot thank you enough Fiona and family and we hope you will be able to return to the friends you made in Gorkha and see the progress of projects you funded.

 

Rural School sponsorship distribution

We worked with Sansari High school prior to the devastating earthquakes in 2015 which completely destroyed the school.  Today we continue to sponsor 10 children at this very rural school and this is the news sent with pictures from teacher Madhu

Thank you for providing scholarship which we  have distributed. They became very happy. These children are really weak in economic status but excellent in their studies. They are really good. I have sent their photographs. If possible you will send your member at distribution or once a year. It is better if you or any member is with us.They know the reality .The relationship wil grow .
Thank you
Yours Madhu Bhattarai 
Sansari Secondary School 
You can sponsor uniform, school bag, shoes and books for just £30 per year so just contact us.