The Charity

Welcome We are a small charity founded in 1988 with the aim of working with the community in Gorkha, Nepal.  We work with our sister charity in Gorkha, and have been involved in many projects  over the years. Our current focus has been:

  • Develop children’s health awareness through training, and improving sanitation facilities.
  • Sponsor children in school, to ensure they complete their education.
  • Encourage women’s participation in the community.
  • Encourage volunteering experiences in Nepal.
  • Enable medical students to undertake their electives in the local hospital.
  • We also encourage the community to develop  proposals for projects which may help the community in some way.

Since April 2015, our focus has changed and we are instead helping where we can with emergency projects since the devastating damage of the earthquakes.

Local fundraising in the UK has enabled the continuation of new and old projects, with all money raised going directly to the projects in Nepal.

Gorkha Development Scheme (GDS) formerly The Gorkha District Health & Educational Development Scheme, is a UK and Nepal based non-government organisation which is registered with the UK Charity Commission (Registered Charity No 1069611).  It was set up in 1988 by Joy Leighton of Stock, Essex, UK, with the desire to make health and education more accessible to the people of Gorkha and the surrounding villages. With one of the aims being to work with local Nepali N.G.O.s (non-governmental organisations) in the region.

Over the years we have been involved in many projects centred on health, education and community development recent projects include a school sponsorship programme, a Hygiene Education Programme for schools in partnership with the Gorkha Women’s Association, and a Toilet-Building Project for Schools.

GDS has been arranging medical electives in Gorkha District Hospital for their medical students for over 10 years, and has a well established network of support for elective students. Many volunteers have visited Gorkha over the years to work on GDS projects, or on teaching experiences in local schools organised by GDS and this has proved very enriching for volunteers and the people of Gorkha.