“Supporting Nepal’s Children and Young People from Early Childhood Education to Successful Livelihoods”

CWS envisions a safe and accessible pathway that successfully leads Nepal’s disadvantaged children and young people from early childhood education to a sustainable livelihood. CWS aims to reinforce this pathway so that no child gets lost or diverted away from it as she grows into adulthood.

How We Work

CWS believes that the most successful way to fulfill its mission is to do so in partnership with those who best understand the environment and culture in which the children and young people live.

We work with Local NGOs who have track records, expertise, and a cultural understanding of the beneficiaries being served.

We work with Local Government in order to assure government cooperation in supporting the programmes. This partnership allows programmes designed and tested by CWS to be replicated by the government on a larger scale once the programmes are proven successful and allows CWS to enhance government programmes already built to increase their impact.

We work with Employers who contribute to the vocational training and guidance of students with the goal of employing the students at the completion of their training.

We work with Country Experts based in Nepal who monitor the impact of the programmes and support local partners with strategic guidance and capacity building expertise.

Raised for Education, Health care, Vocational Training and Anti Trafficking Projects
Campaigns and Events to date
Combined Volunteer hours
Douglas Maclagan

Douglas Maclagan


Douglas was the founding chairman of Child Welfare Scheme in 1997. Since then, he has raised well over 1 million pounds to create one of the most effective children’s charities in Nepal. He has established a network of CWS organizations (Nepal, United Kingdom, Hong Kong), which continues to grow and gain respect worldwide for its novel development achievements. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to Child Welfare and Development, Douglas was awarded the Gusi Peace Prize in 2004 and the Unsung Heroes Award in 2008. He also won the World of Children Health Award in 2009, in the philanthropy industry this award holds the same prestige as that of the Nobel Prize. He was educated in England and The Netherlands and holds a degree in English and has two certificates in youth counseling and child psychology. He speaks 4 languages fluently of which one is Nepali. Today, he lives in Nepal where he continues to fight for the rights of disadvantaged children.

Gordon Oldham

Gordon Oldham


Gordon is difficult to sum up but we’re going to give it a try.  He is first and foremost an explorer; he is enthusiastic about new ventures and is never one to turn down an expedition.  Gordon thrives off adrenalin and cannot sit still.  He collects experiences and memories everywhere he goes and dedicates his time to his wife, son and grandchildren as well as his hotels and legal career.  Despite all this, Gordon devotes much of himself to CWS.  Over the years, he has run marathons across various terrains such as the Gobi Desert, the Sahara Desert and the Atacama Desert to raise funds for children in Nepal.

Kathie Barna Allderige

Kathie Barna Allderige

Executive Director

Originally a fund manager specializing in emerging markets, Kathie now focuses her professional skills on supporting CWS. She joined CWS ten years ago because of a deep concern for the issues facing women and children in Asia – particularly trafficking and education – and continues to be grateful each day for the heroic work that Douglas and his team do in Nepal.


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