The Gurkhas Oldest ally in AsiaGurkhas are recruited from the hill people of Nepal who trace their roots right back to an 8th century Hindu warrior, Guru Gorakhnath. Gurkhas come from the hills of Nepal and have been recruited to serve in the British Army for almost 200 years. The incredible bravery and loyalty of these remarkable people has won them great respect and affection. In this section you can learn about the Gurkhas, their homeland and their regiment.Know More!
About GWSGurkha Welfare SchemeThe Gurkha Welfare Scheme (GWS) is The Gurkha Welfare Trust's field arm. It distributes welfare aid to Gurkha ex-servicemen and their communities under the terms set out by The Gurkha Welfare Trust. Alleviation of Hardship and distress amongst the Gurkha Ex-Servicemen of the British Crown and their dependents.
Area Welfare CentreEach Area Welfare Centre is manned by an Area Welfare Officer who is always a retired Gurkha soldier who has a small handful of assistants. Sometimes operating in a difficult political climate, especially at the height of the Maoist insurgency, the GWS and its team work hard to avoid any real or perceived political allegiances. This neutrality has underscored the GWS's reputation for integrity, courage, diplomacy and resilience.
Welfare PensionerWPIn 1969 it was realised that a great many Gurkha soldiers, and their dependents or widows in Nepal faced destitution in old age. GWS delivers monthly pension in Nepal to Gurkha Soldiers and their widow; A welfare pension is provided to 8,500 who do not qualify for an Army pension and have no other form of income.More info
Sponsored WPHardshipEach month The Gurkha Welfare Trust provides a lifeline for 9,000 Gurkha veterans or their Widows. Hardship Welfare Grant Supporting those facing extreme hardship or requiring emergency assistance.Get involved!
Medical SchemePrimary and Secondary GWS Medical Scheme provide primary medical care from AWC and Secondary medical care from 4 key AWC for Gurkhas and their dependents. Focuses on the prevention of any disease or adverse condition which may affect any such person in Nepal.
Project CellMajor and Minorschool building & Renovation programme undertakes Minor and Major projects to build new schools in the hills and has an extensive renovation programme for dilapidated classrooms.
Water ProjectRWSPRural Water and sanitation programme (RWSP) provide safe drinking water and sanitation facilities to Gurkha communities. The scheme reduces disease and eliminates the gruelling, daily chore of walking many miles to fetch fresh water.
KAAA BGNCommunity AidWorks with GWS to provide Community Aid projects, also provides vocational training to children of the Brigade and Ex-Servicemen in Nepal
RH ProjectResidential HomeResidential Care Home provides residential facilities in Nepal for those Welfare Pensioners who have become unable to fend of themselves and who have no immediate family or wider community to provide a reasonable level of daily support and companionship.
The Gurkha Welfare Scheme (GWS)
The GWS is the field arm of the Gurkha Welfare Trust (GWT), a UK based charity. The GWS is based at Pokhara and is run on a day-to-day basis by the Field Director GWS and his staff. The Field Director is a serving Brigade of Gurkhas Lt Col. He is supported by a Captain and several retired officers. Commander BGN is the Director of the GWS and answers to the GWT trustees in UK. The GWS is represented in the hills by 20 Area Welfare Centres (AWCs) spread across all the traditional recruiting areas.
GWS established in 1969. The day to day operations of the GWS and the Area Welfare Centres (AWCs) are run by a Field Director who is stationed in Pokhara. Each AWC is managed by an Area Welfare Officer with a small dedicated team that ensures the old soldiers have access to welfare and medical support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year …
The GWS operates through a network of 19 Area Welfare Centres across the Brigade’s traditional recruiting areas in Nepal as well as one centre in Darjeeling, India. This extensive network is supported by 13 patrol bases reaching far into the hills. There are 4 Key AWC’s, Bagmati, Butwal, Kaski and Dharan from were GWS provide secondary Medical Scheme ….
Gurkha Welfare Scheme works to relieve poverty and distress amongst Gurkha Ex-Serviceman and their dependents. We are heavily reliant on retired Gorkha Officer, Warrant Officer and senior NCOs to be at the forefront of our work. if you are interested in a challenging, rewarding and well-paid career beyond the Army, and are dedicated to ensuring veterans to live out their lives in dignity. Application Form
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To find out more, including our competitive terms and conditions of service write to Deputy Field
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