Though fundraising for every charity will face challenges, we have recently been very lucky to raise money through sales of items large and small. Shelia has been busy making gorgeous cotton facemasks which we must now all wear, and Lin has been selling for GDS. Viv, Claire and Sarah of garden open fame asked us to dispose of their garden furniture sets needing attention and £200 has been raised. More plants have also been sold recently and jam making season means plenty for sale at next event – whenver that might be!
As Members of BRANNGO we were able to join a webinar on Saturday 18th which gave presentations and discussion re the current situation and future concerns of Education in schools during and following Covid in Nepal. A short overview is available if you Education – The effect of Covid 19
Last Spring we confirmed the ‘good news’ that Gorkha hospital was being demolished! This was due to the damage caused by 2015 earthquake which had led to wards being moved into tents. Progress on the new overseas funded hospital is great to see but as Nepal remains in lockdown due to Coronavirus then building has stopped and treatment is limited to nearby rooms converted into hospital wards. It is so far unclear how GDS can help in Gorkha in the near future but with certain increased poverty we wait for our local committee to assess needs.
With many thousands of Nepali returning across the border from India and elsewhere there remains concern re the containment of the virus which had to date remained low. Thoughts remain with our friends in Gorkha and elsewhere in Nepal.