Love Nepal is a new re-branded organisation formerly known as DCWC Nepal (UK). We are based in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, though some of our trustees are based in Cumbria. The name, the goals, the personnel have changed and developed but our drive and commitment to making better the lives of Nepali people is still as strong as ever. We continue to work with DCWC in Nepal (Development & Women Centre) with the majority of our projects being in the Kavre, Ramechaap area. Our emphasis is on Health and education along with the mammoth task of rebuilding the region after the earthquakes of 2015. As DCWC Nepal we were instrumental in the building and the funding of the first faze of the Hospital. This continues to be an ever-expanding project, which is growing year on year. The Tara Womens Project is doing great work in making and providing washable sanitary kits, which are distributed wherever we can in the region
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Our Love Nepal Trustees all carry a wealth of experience with Nepal and are regular visitors to the country. Since 2002 we have been working in Nepal and the vast experienced gained working as DCWC Nepal has set us in great stead for going forward and making a difference in Nepal. Below you can find out a little more about each of our trustees.
Gary has been involved in charity work in Nepal since 2002, when he first met Akka Lama of DCWC. After raising funds for a couple of years he went on to form DCWC Nepal in the UK. The charity went on to build 15 schools predominantly in the eastern regions of Kavre, Ramechaap and Sindhupalchowk. After undertaking health camps in the region the DCWC in UK then built the Hospital in Rajabas. Gary makes his living from selling Buddhist dharma goods at his St Annes based shop Pink Lotus. Everything sold by Pink Lotus is from Nepal and is bought from the same people who are also good friends and family. He also helped to establish trekking and travel company Sacred Himalaya that has taken many groups to Bhutan, Tibet and the mountains of Nepal. Gary has an adpoted Nepali daughter Manju. She is from the Hospital village of Rajabas. She returns to help him whenever she gets the chance. Gary also like to try to help the KAT organisation (Kathmandu Animal Tratment centre) whenever possible.
Rob brings a great medical background to the Charity. Born in Zimbabwe. Degree in Music and French from Rhodes University. Teaching job at Diocesan College (Bishops) in Cape Town. Left after 3 years to get away from apartheid South Africa and do post-graduate piano at Royal College of Music in London. Some performing work with chamber music artists. Worked and lived at Quaker International Centre for several years before joining British Telecom as linguist using French and Italian. Did 3 more A-levels to get into Osteopathy but ended up training as diagnostic radiographer at Guys Hospital and working there for some years. Then to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. Radiation protection role. Then Queen Square Imaging Centre, specialist MRI scanning unit, later as Superintendent there, serving both NHS and private patients, mostly from Harley Street clinics. Left to move to Ulverston in 2010 to pay full attention to Buddhist practice and study, (started in 2000) at Conishead Priory
James brings a wealth of technical and presentation experience to Love Nepal. He makes his living through media and web design and that was how he first made contact with Gary and Sharon back in 2005. On hearing about our Everest base camp treks, without a second thought he declared himself in for the 2006 trek. After being present at the opening of Kalika Malika he became a trustee in 2006. James designed the original website for DCWC Nepal and is more than capable of ensuring the technical aspects of our events run smoothly. James runs youth groups for the Methodist Church and through 2007 – 2008 he co-ordinated various fund raising projects, which culminated in them raising sufficient to build a school. James took a group out to Nepal to open the school. With his wealth of experience at dealing with youngsters James is a hit with the children at schools both here and in Nepal. We are so fortunate to have trustees like James who have a wealth of history of working with, and helping Nepal.
Patricks connection with the charity stretches back to Akkas (DCWC president in Nepal) first visit to UK in 2004. On visiting Patricks shop we got on to talking about Nepal and Everest. Patrick had been reading an Everest book and signed up to do the trek for 2005 with his wife Carole. Whilst out in Nepal, after doing the trek, Patrick was part of a group to visit a school in Nagarkot to do a clothes distribution. In the ensuing year the charity started to rapidly expand and he was brought in as a trustee in 2006. Patrick seems to know anyone who’s worth knowing on the variety circuit in Blackpool and his son Jamie is the manager of Joe Longthorne. This has always been a big bonus to the charity when it comes to events, as we are never short of contacts and people willing to help. Over the years those showbiz contacts enabled us to raise significant funds and on the back of it Joe Longthorne was awarded the OBE for his services to charity. All these years on Patrick remains passionate about his commitment to helping Nepal.