The team in Gorkha held a meeting with School Head Teachers to discuss the sponsorship programme, gain feedback and answer their questions. GDS has sponsored children for over 30 years and currently supports over 120 children each year. £30 will provide full uniform and school equipment for the year. If you would like to support […]
Chair of GDS Linda Blunt was invited back to the Guild of Brentwood Gardeners and presented a talk on development and management of a private garden. Overcoming extremes of dry, wet and heat together with rabbits, badgers and deer to provide all year colour and structure plus fruit and vegetable production was warmly received with […]
GDS online meeting 26th March. We are now used to having our meetings online on Sunday mornings with a full Agenda to get through. Great feedback from Gorkha helped with our discussions. A request to raise the cost of individual sponsorship for children in school, due to global price rises of clothing etc. was agreed […]
Fundraising, Marmalade making. January/February is the marmalade making season as always. Bags of Seville oranges are bought, chopped and boiled by Linda, who made about 50 jars of Marmalade for GDS funds. Approximately 30 were sold at our recent Quiz Night, together with a range of Linda’s jams and chutneys which are sold to family […]
In our February 2023 edition we pay tribute to Founder and Patron of GDS Joy Leighton who recently passed away at the age of nearly 97, with some of her earlier projects highlighted. Our most recent volunteer Megan demonstrates Joy’s earlier aims, to support teachers in school to develop skills of integrated learning, actively help […]
After 2 pub performances of traditional Irish music by local band 5 go roving (though yes there are now 6!) Darren kindly donated £120 to GDS. Band members Paul, Richard, George, Sharon, Sofia and Darren performed vocals, violin, guitar, ukelali and penny whistle. Cheers and thank you.
We would like to remember our friends in Gorkha and celebrate their rich culture. GDS aims to help women and girls in programmes such as education and health Each year, March 8th is observed as International Women’s Day to celebrate the social, political, economic, and cultural achievements of women all over the world.The concept of International […]
Quiz night fundraising event was back after 3 years and a great success. £1195.11 was raised plus gift aid to be added which means a total of £1449.61 will be available to fund projects in Gorkha. How brilliant is that! A big thank you to all who helped make it happen and those who came […]
Thanks to GDHEDS members for co-coordinating the purchase and distribution of winter coats to the children in need.
We are thrilled to share that 54 winter jackets purchased with GDS funds have now been distributed to the Bal Mandir orphans and children at Gurukul school. The warm jackets are much needed before the coldest of the winter weather of just a few degrees with no option for heating!.
Chair of GDHEDS and Teacher Trainer Laxman confirmed that 56 teachers completed a three day training programme at Saheed Lakhan Rural Municipality The three trainers from the team delivered classes to support the use of participative learning just as recent volunteer Meg had witnessed. The teachers found this inspiring and encourages rural teachers to develop […]
GDS logo mountain range in glorious view as Hilary completed the tough Manasalu trek. Well done! Here we are at the highest point, Larkye Pass 5130m, of our two-week trek, having set out at 4.45am that morning Perfect conditions, firm, crunchy snow/ice underfoot, millions of stars on a calm, dark ~moonless night, then blue skies […]
A generous donation was recently received to support children’s education in Gorkha. Walking in Austria as a practice for trekking in Nepal, Hilary met one of our long-time supporters of GDS and became interested in hearing what we do and looked up our website for more information. Hilary’s planned trek in the Himalayas will be […]
Recent volunteer Meg sought to raise money for projects she became involved in during her 3 month stay in Gorkha, and through the fantastic generosity of family and friends she was able to reach her target through Wonderful.org. An additional £200 was collected in gift aid and on top of this, Meg contributed funds through […]
Our fundraising quiz night near Chelmsford returns. Get yourself a team and let us know. Details all in flyer below.
Happy Christmas to all GDS friends and supporters and our wonderful community in Gorkha The sale of seasonal wreaths once again raise money for future projects
All of the 40 participants were very happy with the training and gained individual certificates for attendance. Many of the female teachers were clearly happy to have Megan involved as further inspiration and enjoyed discussion with her.The funding of the programme totaled just £360 from GDS which was used to provide lunch and snacks, banners […]
Megan Sadler worked with teachers in the local schools to understand the teaching methods and share skills. At the end of her three month volunteering placement, Meg was more aware of the skills that teachers wanted to develop and participated as a trainer in the programme. Megan reported ‘Each speaker provided ideas for practical learning […]
Nearly 3 years after GDS funded a programme supporting the Training of Teacher Trainers, a two day event was held in Gorkha for local teachers. Laxman and a number of trainers offered support to local teachers where there was lots of discussion and participation aimed at building the confidence of teachers to develop their skills. […]
Megan visited the Higher Education campus with Campus Chief Ram Chandra, and was able to meet with the 4 students who were sponsored through GDS by the late Mr Hook. They are all very grateful and spoke about the positive effect it has had on their lives and without it they would be unable to […]