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Charity Name: GWT Earthquake Response Fund
£8,725 raised so far!
At around 1200 NST, Sunday 25th April 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal, with its epicentre in the Gorkha district. It has left swathes of destruction throughout the Kathmandu Valley and surrounding areas, destroying several ancient sites and causing thousands of casualties.
Gurkha veteran Sankhabahadur and his wife Bilmaya, among the rubble of their ruined village
Barpak village in Gorkha was almost entirely destroyed by the earthquakes
With support from the Queen’s Gurkha Engineers, the Trust reacted quickly to help earthquake victims in remote areas. Its aid included:
- Providing medical care
- Distributing emergency supplies
- Constructing temporary shelters
Using their local knowledge and network, they worked with the wider relief effort to ensure aid was sent to where it was needed.
Gurkha veteran Rifleman Dharamsing Tamang and wife Doma next to the home being rebuilt by GWT
Following the monsoon rains, Nepal found itself in the grip of a crippling trade blockade. Despite this, the Trust is pushing ahead with its earthquake response, which includes:
- Rebuilding veterans’ homes
- Providing enhanced medical care in remote areas
- Supporting devastated communities with schools and water projects
The Trust estimates that £22 million will be needed over the coming years in order to provide the support needed to rebuild the lives of Gurkha veterans, their families and communities.
Gurkha soldiers working on a GWT school project in Sindhuli