The 2009 World of Children Award Honorees

Douglas Maclagan

Douglas Maclagan

Child Welfare Scheme »
2009 Health Award
Asia, Nepal


Douglas Maclagan was trekking in Nepal when a distraught mother, desperate for help, handed him her dying baby girl. Overcome, Douglas decided to dedicate himself to serving the needs of the children of Nepal. Together with villagers he recruited to help, Douglas set up his first two Day Care Health Centers in 1995 and saw an immediate drop in the infant mortality rate in the region.

The two health centers eventually grew into Child Welfare Scheme Nepal (CWSN), which provides education, healthcare and social opportunities for vulnerable and disadvantaged children. In spite of political instability and constant threat of insurgency, Douglas has actively sheltered children from beatings, insurgent raids and recruitment into Nepalese brothels. He now lives very simply with his family and oversees CWSN, which serves more than 30,000 children in need each year.


Douglas used our funding to set up a fundraising department and expand CWSN’s impact. Read more >>

Thanks to Douglas, the future promises more vital services to thousands of disadvantaged children through CWSN’s local partners, including the Nepalese government.

Visiting the CWSN

Our co-founders, Harry and Kay, along with celebrity ambassador Stephanie March visited Douglas in 2013 to see Douglas’ impact firsthand. Read about their trip >>

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