Our projects have always focused on health, education and supporting the community, and are run in collaboration with our sister charity in Gorkha GDHEDS. We encourage the local community to priorities where funds are best spent to support the poorest within the community, and we enable volunteers and electives to get involved where possible.
Current programmes focus on school hygiene, women’s health, hospital equipment, teacher training and school sponsorship. However, as an established charity with local links, we were also able to respond to emergency requests following the devastating 2015 earthquake which caused such destruction in the region. £10,000 funded materials for makeshift classrooms in 10 schools, provided hospital blankets, solar lighting for homes, health kits, and jumpers for small children. More recently, at the outbreak of the global Covid pandemic, we were able to fund full protective clothing and additional oxygen to the local Gorkha hospital.
Some projects have been self-sustaining such as sewing machines and others were deemed unsuccessful such as vegetable production and card making. Where possible we withdraw from a project for example mother and baby clinics in rural villages were transferred to the hospital and toilets in schools were later funded by the government.
Our aim is to share funding with the local government where possible on projects such as teacher training and outside funding has also been applied for.
ALL projects to date have been funded through GDS fundraising.