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A snapshot of a Gurkha widow’s life in the hills

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Dhanadevi Bista is the widow of a Gurkha veteran.

Dhanadevi lives in an incredibly remote village in the foothills of the Himalayas. Her home is hundreds of miles away from any other pensioner that we look after.

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In fact, it takes us a day and a half to drive to her house from the nearest Welfare Centre. The journey crosses five of Nepal’s Districts.

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Dhanadevi has one son and three daughters. Her son alone has nine children and 11 grandchildren!

She’s opted to receive her Welfare Pension from a bank as this is the easiest way for her to receive funds.

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On our last visit to Dhanadevi’s home, we found that the roof is unstable. We’re currently assessing how we can provide an earthquake-resilient home for her.

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