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: Laxman Babu Acharya
former Headmaster of Shree Mahendra School, currently School Resource Person for Gorkha District working to support teachers and enable Teacher Training.
Member immediate past president: Ram Chandra Duwadi
Campus Chief of Drabya Shar Campus and Chair of NELTA English Teachers association in Gorkha.
Vice Chairman: 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.
Secretary: Sarita Aryal
Founder member of GWA and past president. Teacher Balandir school. Sarita provides the main communications with GDS UK.
Joint Secretary: Kamala Shrestha
Treasurer: Kalpana Dawadi
Member: Purushottam Aryal
Founder member of GDHEDS and first contact with Joy Leighton. Former Headmaster, current Chairman of the Hospital Committee.
Member: Ram Kumar Shrestha.
Owner local finance business
Member: Sitalkaji Maskey
Member: Manju Aryal
Member: Eksha Kumar Shrestha