GDHEDS Nepal Committee

In 1989 as GDS was formed then simultaneously, the sister charity Gorkha District Health and Education Development Scheme (GDHEDS) was formed and registered in Nepal. The local GDHEDS committee consisted of founding members  Perusotum Aryal as Headmaster, and Badri Maskey as Medical liaison (now both retired but still involved), together with the late Mohan Shrestha as Campus Chief, as well as the Senior Doctor at Gorkha Hospital and a nominated Government official from Gorkha.

The GDHEDS committee continues to be our contact with the community as they present applications for funding and manage all projects in Gorkha with cultural sensitivity. We continue to work together though now with much improved communication via email and social media. 

GDHEDS is a registered NGO in Nepal and so must follow the strict government regulations in relation committee constitution and audited accounts. They meet on a regular basis and are key to communication with the UK.  Members of the committee prepare,discuss and compile project proposals,  handle transfer of finances as appropriate and arrange and host volunteer visits. 

Chairman: Ram Chandra Duwadi – Campus Chief of Drabya Shar Campus and Chair of NELTA English Teachers association in Gorkha

Member immediate past president: Purushottam Aryal –  Founder member of GDHEDS and first contact with Joy Leighton. Former Headmaster,  current Chairman of the Hospital Committee. 


Vice Chairman: Laxman Babu Acharya – former Headmaster of  Shree Mahendra School, currently School Resource Person for Gorkha District working to support teachers and enable Teacher Training 

Secretary: Sarita Aryal Founder member of GWA and past president. Teacher Balandir school. Sarita provides the main communications with GDS UK

Treasurer: Ram Kumar Shrestha. Owner local finance business.

MembersBadri Bahadur Maskey  – Founder member, former Chairman of Hospital committee and for many year very active member of many other local committees.  

Yung Kumar Shrestha – President of Gorkha Lions

Others involved in GDHEDS projects may also be invited to meetings to include hospital doctors and headmasters where children are sponsored or programmes are run.