The British Government made a significant announcement by former Prime Minister Tony Blair, on 30 September 2004. “The Gurkhas win Citizenship rights to live in Britain”. The fearless Nepalese fighters known as Gurkha – who first served in the British East India Company in 1814 – have fought for 200 years alongside Britain’s sovereign forces during heavy military campaigns since then, and throughout both World Wars, continuously to the present day.
Since 2006 Ex-Gurkhas and their dependants have been coming to live in Cumbria from Nepal. Ex-Gurkha’s dependants come from as far afield as Hong Kong, Brunei, United State, Europe and other Asia Countries. Most Ex-Gurkhas, including their dependants were deployed around the world.
The Carlisle and District Ex-Gurkha Nepalese Association has been fully constituted, and has been a registered Charity in England and Wales since November 2011.
To promote social inclusion of members of the Ex-Gurkha and Nepalese community living in Cumbria, to benefit both our and the wider community. Relieve the needs of such people who require assistance and aid members of the community to integrate into society, specifically:
- Advancing education in particular by assisting in the provision of English language tuition.
- Assisting our community with social welfare, recreation and leisure. Working with all age groups, helping with infirmity, disability, financial hardship or adverse social circumstances to improve their quality of living.
- Relieving financial hardship.