Our history and what we stand for.
- Gurkhas injured in military service were being patched up and returned to Nepal with inadequate healthcare or pensions. Four current trustees of the Gurkha Peace Foundation approached Peter Carroll over a decade ago to help lead and coordinate a national campaign for Gurkha Justice, and with help from the actress Joanna Lumley the campaign won the support of the British people.
- The Gurkha Peace Foundation was born out of the aftermath of the Gurkha Justice Campaign and its founding principle is to create a charity which works towards the integration of the British and Nepalese communities, and supports worthwhile causes in the U.K. and Nepal.
- We celebrate the 200 year friendship between Britain and the Gurkhas.
- Gurkhas serving in the British military fighting in trouble spots around the world and protecting Britain’s global network of Embassies have saved countless British lives.
- 6,000 Gurkhas currently serve in United Nations Peace Keeping Forces and their calm diplomacy and physical courage is internationally recognised as a factor making them one of the World’s leading police and peacemaking forces.
- Our ten trustees are drawn from the British and Nepalese communities and by doing so our trustees bring together a wealth of knowledge and professional experience. Working together the trustees search for and support good causes in the U.K. and in Nepal.
- Trustees of the Gurkha Peace Foundation met three leaders of the new coalition government in Nepal in a recent trip to Nepal; as a peace foundation we are delighted that the government of Nepal is building a parliamentary democracy with a regional structure and are creating local government authorities.
How we raise money?
- The Gurkha Peace Foundation is a grassroots charity. And our growing list of standing order donors and our fundraising events are responsible for generating the majority of our revenue.
- Children of Gurkhas have entertained British audiences in Ashford, Canterbury, Whitstable, Faversham, Folkestone, Herne Bay, Challock, Littlebourne and Nonington with traditional Nepalese songs and dance.
- The Gurkha Peace Foundation has been able to introduce British diners to Nepalese cuisine served in a traditional manner by Nepalese women.
- In the spirit of cooperation Gurkha children and British singers and dancers have both participated in fund raising events.
How money is spent?
- Trustees of the Gurkha Peace Foundation have identified ten projects in Nepal that they wish to support. These include support for the only school for the blind in Nepal, paying for the education of a boy and girl both with no arms, and a project that employs deaf teenagers.
- The Gurkha Peace Foundation operates two weekly day centres in Ashford and Folkestone.
- Funds have been used to create a Social Enterprise that provides public transport such as shared large taxis and minibuses for those living in small rural villages.
- The Gurkha Peace Foundation has contributed to the care of British children with disabilities.
- The weekly Ashford and Folkestone day centres provide a translation service for hospital visits, and a legal and financial advice service.
- Skype is used in the day centres to keep the Gurkha Community in the U.K. in touch with what is happening in Nepal.
What are our aspirations?
- Our aspirations include a Skype link with all ten of our projects in Nepal. This will allow donors to see how their money is being used.
- We seek the twinning of education and community centres here in the U.K.
- The Gurkha Peace Foundation is working with Kent Police in the recruitment of Gurkhas to serve as Kent Police Officers.
- We have presented a recommendation for duel-citizenship to the Nepalese Government which would assist those Nepalese with special skills and education, helping the two countries that they love.
- We aim to continue to work with the brilliant team of lawyers who have won so many cases in the High Court for us.
- The Gurkha Peace Foundation was represented at the United Nations Peace Day Cathedral Service in Canterbury where fourteen year old Syndhai Rai said prayers; this year we hope to recite the prayer of a twelve year old blind boy living in Dharan.
- The Gurkha Peace Foundation has contributed to the Gurkha Welfare All Party Parliamentary Inquiry and we hope that our recommendations will be enshrined in law.
- We hope that our support for humanitarian causes can be mutually beneficial to both the U.K and Nepal and our cooperation with other groups will continue to be transparent and open as befits a peace foundation.