The 25th April 2016 marked the one-year anniversary of the devastating Earthquake that hit Nepal where thousands were killed and millions of people across Nepal were left homeless, including more than 1,100 Gurkha veterans and widows.
Giveacar teamed up with The Gurkha Welfare Trust in 2015 in order to rasie vital funds to be able to assist them to help the earthquake victims in remote areas across Nepal. Their aid includes providing medical care, distributing emergency supplies and constructing temporary shelters.
Over the past year, Giveacar have been asking the public to donate their old or unwanted vehicles to the Earthquake Response Fund and we are pleased to report that cars were donated through to us in abundance!
Through scrapping or auction cars from across the UK, over the past year, Giveacar managed to raise over £9,000.00 for The Gurkha Welfare Trust, which is fantastic. The money raised through the initiative is enough to purchase well over 100 smokeless stoves for those who lost their homes in last year’s earthquakes.
Sourced through a local Nepalese supplier, the smokeless stoves make a huge difference in day-to-day life and, most importantly, health of our Gurkha veterans and their families. Doma, the wife of Gurkha veteran Dharamsing Tamang, is pictured using hers in the newly built quake-proof house her and her husband now reside in.
As well as this, some of the money we raised through the Earthquake Appeal, has contributed to help rebuild Gurkha’s lives in other ways.
The first home that The Gurkha Welfare Trust rebuilt belonged to Rifleman Dharamsing Tamang, ex-1st/7th Gurkha Rifles. Dharamsing was at home in his rented room when the earthquake hit on 25th April. In the week following, Dharamsing and his wife Doma slept in a local monastery but then, as the second earthquake struck, Dharamsing fell and injured himself on the forehead while escaping to safety. It was then that one of The Gurkha Welfare Trust’s Area Welfare Officers found the couple, they were sleeping under plastic next to a pigsty, they then helped them to set up a temporary shelter.
It is here that Dharamsing Tamang ex-1/7 GR and his wife, Doma, greet the camera with a Namaste on the day of their move-in to their new home in Jiri of Dolakha District, East Nepal (one of the more seriously affected areas by the earthquakes of April and May 2015). Dharamsing and his wife are the first welfare pensioners to move in to an earthquake-resistant house designed by the technical team of the Earthquake Response Team (EQRT) of GWS. The house was built to its specifications, solely through the funding and assistance of GWS.
A huge thank you to all those who donated their old or unwanted cars to The Gurkha Welfare Trust Earthquake Appeal. The money raised has gone to excellent sources and has helped many get back on the road to recovery.
Cars can still be donated to The Gurkha Welfare Trust Earthquake Fund as help is still desperately needed. You can donate here or call Giveacar on 0207 736 4242.
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.So if you’ve recently got a new car or have a car which you no longer require, please consider donating it through Giveacar, who will pick it up and donate the money on your behalf and at no cost to you.