Former Gurkhas’ gift to Nepal

We’re delighted to report the official opening of our retrofitted Welfare Centres in Gorkha and Lamjung, at the heart of lands devastated by the 2015 earthquakes.

Both centres were damaged by the disaster and have now been refurbished thanks to a gift of £48,000 from the 6th Gurkha Rifles (6GR) Regimental Trust to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Regiment in 2017.

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Meet Gurkha veteran Lalbahadur Pun

Almost 76 years ago, in the midst of World War Two, Lalbahadur Pun signed up to become a Gurkha. According to military records, Rifleman Lalbahadur Pun is 96 years old. In truth, he’s actually 92. As was common in the Second World War, Lal’s age was falsified so that he could sign up to become a Gurkha early. He was only 15 when he first joined the British Army in late 1941, following in his father’s footsteps.

After completing his training and being assigned to the 6th Gurkha Rifles, Lal was sent to fight in Burma.

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Gurkha struggle in post-earthquake Nepal

Tuesday 25 April – Two years on from the devastating Nepal earthquakes, a British charity is rushing to rehouse hundreds of Gurkha veterans and widows before the third monsoon since the disaster arrives.

The quakes left approximately 600,000 people across the country without a home. The majority are still living in rudimentary shelters constructed from corrugated metal sheets and the remains of former buildings.

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Working together for Nepal

The Trust works with a lot of organisations in Nepal, from DFID and the British Gurkhas to the Nepali government and other international NGOs.

One of our closest partners is the Kadoorie Agricultural Aid Association (KAAA). It started in the late 1960s, at the same time as the Trust, when Major General ‘Bunny’ Burnett raised concerns about support for Gurkha veterans returning to Nepal.

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Stoll runs free English classes for Gurkha Veteran community in Hounslow

Stoll is offering free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes to support its Gurkha residents and their families improve their English and engage more confidently with the wider community. The first pilot course is currently running at Stoll’s Countess of Wessex House for two hours a week for 12 weeks and will come to an end in April.

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