Gorkha District Health and Educational Development Scheme

Registered Charity Number 1069611

Total raised
£1681.30 + £191.25 Gift Aid = £1872.55
Fundraising
£1671.30
+ £188.75 Gift Aid
Donations
£10.00
+ £2.50 Gift Aid

About Gorkha District Health and Educational Development Scheme

Gorkha District Health and Educational Development Scheme (GDS) is a small UK based charity established over 30 years ago. The aim of the charity has always been to work with the Gorkha community to help the poorest people and this was seen all to well following the devastating earthquakes which hit the region in 2015. 

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Gorkha Hygiene and Teacher Training Programme

This summer I am carrying out my medical elective in Gorkha, Nepal. Gorkha is the old capital of Nepal and was the location of the epicentre of the earthquake of 2015. The Gorkha Development Scheme is the charity that helped me to organise my elective and my homestay. In my spare time I have been given the opportunity to represent the charity as a volunteer by helping out with some of the programmes they have developed to support the community.
The first programme I was invited to attend was a teacher training programme in Dullav Secondary school in one of the rural regions in Gorkha district, where I offered my support as an English Trainer. All subjects apart from Nepali are taught in the English medium as of last year. Therefore the aim of this course was to help aid teachers to improve their knowledge and also to share techniques in how the subject could be taught to the students. The programme was a huge success with a dramatic improvement seen in confidence within the teachers. There are future plans to carry out similar programmes in neighbouring schools.
The second scheme I have been involved in is a school hygiene programme carried out by the Gorkha Woman’s Association who are supported by GDS. The programme has already been carried out successfully within the main town of Gorkha and now is being expanded to the more rural agricultural areas with the main focus on hand washing and basic hygiene. I was able to assist with a class this weekend and I hope to visit the school again next weekend to see the improvement. The programme normally takes about 12 classes each on a different topic.
If you wish to help the charity to continue to fund and carry out future programmes a donation of any size would be highly appreciated! Each programme costs between £2-300 so if my target is reached we would have funded nearly a whole programme! I have seen first hand the amazing work this charity is carrying out and have experienced the benefits within the community. Your donations would go a long way to help continue this great work.

Sarah Dowsell

  • Education

Supporting Teacher Training / Womens Health

UPDATE 28 AUGUST
Thanks to all of you who have donated so far to our fundraising for the Gorkha Development Scheme.
To add support to the fundraising, my fabulous sister Heather pledged to walk 100 miles this August, a HUGE personal challenge for her, and with just a few days to go she is on target to complete her goal! Lots of people have donated to Heather to add to our fantastic total, so again, thanks to everyone for their support.----------------------------------------------
This Spring I spent 3 weeks in Gorka working in local government schools with the youngest children and their teachers (nursery, class 1 & 2) as well as supporting the teacher in the class for children with special needs. Working in bare classrooms trying to support a more interactive style of teaching with very limited dirty resources, NO books or toys was quite a challenge! I’m now passionate about raising funds to continue the work I started during this visit. Please help me raise funds to; provide some basic toys and stimulating resources for the children in the special needs class, picture books for the younger children and sponsorship for children from extremely poor families to attend school. Each sponsored child gets the opportunity to go to school with a new school uniform, shoes, school bag, exercise books and stationary items and has access to sanitary education.
Everybody involved with GDS both in the U.K. and Gorkha does so voluntarily, so every pound you donate will go directly to Gorkha You can be sure your money will make a lasting difference.
Many thanks
Fiona xx

Fiona Shaw

  • Education
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