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The Gurkha Welfare Trust Jersey

GWTJ Patron: His Excllency, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton GCB LLD(Hon) DSc(Hon) BSc FRAeS CCMI

 

The Gurkha Welfare Trust Jersey (GWTJ) was established in late 2014 to raise funds specifically to build infrastructure projects for Gurkha villages in Nepal, for example schools and medical centres. GWTJ has raised over £100,000 since its inception and a further £48,000 in matched funding from the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission. We have no administrative overheads and no paid employees or paid Trustees, so all funds raised go directly to the Gurkhas. GWTJ operates under a licence from the well-established charity, the Gurkha Welfare Trust in UK (GWT UK). GWT UK Projects are run and constructed by the GWT UK infrastructure in Nepal, using mainly ex Gurkha servicemen supplemented by local village labour. The necessary construction supplies are purchased and provided by the GWT UK infrastructure. There are no third parties directly involved.

 

The earthquake in Apr 2015 demanded that a proportion of these funds be redirected towards the emergency relief effort. This includes shelter packs, medical kits and food supplies, which are delivered directly to the Gurkha villages. Accordingly in July 2015 GWTJ sent £50,000 for this purpose through GWT UK and their Nepalese infrastructure.

 

GWTJ has now focused on its original objectives to raise funding for Nepalese community construction projects working alongside the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission (JOAC), who match what we raise pound for pound thereby doubling project funding. The initial objective was to build a school, and hopefully more than one, in the Gurkha villages in the hills of Nepal and fly the Jersey flag above it. We work with GWT UK to identify specific projects GWTJ and the JOAC would like to support and raise the funds to carry them out. This has created a triumvirate of JOAC, GWTJ as fundraisers and GWT UK as the infrastructure and project manager.

 

Our first project was rebuilding the Gyan Jyoti School, in Gorkha District, W Nepal, destroyed in the April 2015 earthquake. This is a new, combined, primary and secondary, school for some 500 students age 6-17. Between 2015-2016 GWTJ raised £48,000, doubled by JOAC to £96,000, enabling work starting in December 2015 being successfully completed in August 2016. Our second schools project was the Adarsha Primary School in Eastern Nepal, destroyed in an earlier earthquake. Again with matched funding provided by Jersey Overseas Aid, we provided some £32,000 for rebuilding this school. Construction started in December 2016 with a completion date of mid-2017.

 

Our next project for 2018 is to raise another £44,000 to rebuild a Medical / Community Centre in West Nepal's Earthquake Zone, following damage done in the 2015 earthquake. This will cost about £40,000, but again we have been offered generous matched funding by Jersey Overseas Aid so our GWTJ target for 2017 is to raise a further £20,000. If we raise more, we will look for further projects to help the Gurkha communities in Nepal.

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