CWS’s founder Douglas Maclagan has spent the last 25 years working in Nepal to support the country’s most vulnerable children and young people. Not only has this allowed Douglas to understand at the deepest level the humanitarian problems and challenges facing Nepal’s young population, but also to learn from first-hand experience the most effective ways to address these social challenges. This has allowed CWS to grow organically over the years and to respond quickly to new challenges created by political and economic shifts in Nepal’s environment.
CWS has earned the respect of the local governments and communities who collaborate with CWS on many of its projects and often replicate them due to their success. All of CWS projects are designed to be models of high quality social services that can be replicated by the government and supported by the communities that they serve. This approach has led to great success as the Nepalese government has now taken over and is replicating two of CWS’s original projects: the day care health centres serving young children in remote villages and the primary care health clinic serving impoverished mothers and children living in urban areas. Today, the government operates ?? day care health centres and 13 health clinics based on CWS’s original model.
CWS projects rely upon social innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit for their success. From its original project of one small community-built building designed to solve three critical problems afflicting village children - safety while parents were away at work, pre-school education to assure readiness for traditional school, and primary healthcare to prevent simple health issues from becoming life-threatening - CWS has relied on innovation to solve the social problems that it aims to address. Today, CWS’s vocational school, the FAB School that trains young people from dire circumstances, is operates with the support of for-profit businesses that also provide entry level jobs for the school’s graduates.
Despite its natural beauty, Nepal’s environment is one of the world’s most difficult to survive in as a healthy child. Civil wars, natural disasters, and a landlocked economy all contribute to Nepal’s ranking as the 39th most fragile state in the world’s 178 states ranked in the Fragile State Index.
CWS focuses its work in Nepal because of three significant characteristics:
More than 25% of Nepalese live below the poverty line.
This makes Nepal one of the world’s poorest countries
40% of population is below 18 years of age (unicef)
Nepal’s ranks in the top third of the world’s countries for prevalence of human trafficking according to the World Slavery Index)
Each year approximately 30,000 women and girls are trafficked in Nepal (3 angels)
Every 26 minutes another girl is trafficked. (3 angels)
How we work
CWS’s founding principle is “local people solving local problems.”
This is based on the belief that the most successful way to address the challenges facing Nepal’s young population is to work with those who best understands the environment and culture in which the young Nepalese live.
CWS Works with …
who become more invested in the success of a project if they are actively engaged in its design and management
who have track records and a cultural understanding of the beneficiaries being served
who can offer the benefits of collaboration and the ability to scale CWS projects once they are proven successful.
who can help young people bridge the very challenging gap between school and a first job.