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Hong Kong

Annual review 2008

Mission Statement: To improve the lives of and create opportunities for disadvantaged children through sustainable projects focusing on education, health care and social opportunities.

Our achievments

Our services were used over 50,000 times Directly benefiting over 36,000 children last year alone.

• Asha Health Care was visited over 48,000 times for individual care and

treatment – directly benefiting over 16,600 children.

• 114 teenagers received long term vocational training and 306 children

accessed our integrated services for street children.

• Nearly 100 Improved Cooking Stoves installed and 1,552 maintained, benefiting over 8,000 people.

• Provided early childhood development to 578 children in rural villages

through 13 Day Care Health Centres and commenced the construction of a 14th centre.

• Partnered with a local organisation (Seto Gurans) to improve the quality

of 20 Early Childhood Development Centres and create 15 Child Clubs, benefiting over 2,000 people.

• Started a vocational training course for deaf children in Lumbini, Southern

Nepal benefiting 38 children.

• Joined hands with a local organisation to provide primary health care with

a focus on maternal and child health - benefiting over 3,000 people living in Gorkha.

• and much much more... please read on.

Dear Friends, The past few months have been difficult for so many people around the world with the global crisis causing so much uncertainty, anxiety and impoverishment. Here at CWS we are therefore so touched and grateful for the continuous support you have all extended despite such troubled times – thank you for your continued loyalty. Not withstanding the troubles of the last quarter, 2008 was a very positive year for our projects on the ground. We continued to operate our original and now well established programs such as the Day Care Health Centres, the ASHA Clinic and the JYOTI programme. We also formed new partnerships to reconstruct dilapidated rural government schools, to upgrade 20 Early Childhood Development Centres in rural areas, opened a family unit for HIV/AIDS children, established Vocational Training Facilities for deaf children and commenced health services with a focus on maternal and child health for disadvantaged rural communities. In October I had the good fortune of visiting our projects on the ground and was humbled by how our team works tirelessly to bring primary healthcare and education to the thousands of children CWS supports.


It was overwhelming to meet some of these children. Ambika, an 11 year old girl who works for 14 hours a day as a domestic helper. Pradeep, a 13 year old boy infected with HIV and exiled from his village. Pradesh, a 9 year old boy abandoned by his family 2 years ago who ed to the streets. It is so sad to hear of their plight; yet so wonderful to know that we can help them. Ambika now goes to school part time while working for the family, Pradeep is now housed in a family unit where he lives a warm and loving family life and Pradesh now has access to shelter, safety, food, health care and on-the-job training. These children are truly amazing, despite what they have been through it is humbling to see how they remain happy, alive and full of hope. An example for us all. Please continue to support these children in need and if any of you are inclined to go to Nepal rest assured CWS would be happy to receive you with open arms.

Many thanks, Gordon Oldham Chairman

In last year’s Annual Review, I mentioned we would be working with new partners to help many more thousands of children access education, health and social opportunities. I am very proud of the teams in Hong Kong and Nepal who have worked incredibly hard to make all 5 new partnerships a resounding success bringing the total to 7 throughout different parts of the country. These new projects as well as our main partner, CWSN, have been supporting over 36,000 children directly. It’s not just about quantity; all our programmes are delivered with quality in mind to bring about real change. We are being respected by the Nepalese government and CWS has been asked to partner with them in health and education by sharing our practices. Former President Clinton personally invited us to the Clinton Global Initiative in Hong Kong to share our experiences. We are all facing hard times and Nepal continues to struggle as one of the poorest countries in the world. Please continue to support us in putting smiles back on these children’s faces, as they really do feel the global crisis more than ever before. Thank you so much for your trust and support in what we do. Peace and love to you all! Douglas Maclagan Founder and Operations Director.


“More than in any war, women’s lives have been claimed, due to pregnancy or childbirth complications.”

If you’re a mother, imagine… Giving birth alone: Only 19% of births are attended by skilled health staff, as compared to 99% in the UK and France.

Dying due to a lack of maternal health care: 1 in 31 women will die from problems associated with pregnancy or childbirth complications, as compared to 1 in 8,200 in the UK or 1 in 6,900 in France. (Lifetime risk)

Not seeing your child grow up: 1 in 23 infants die before they reach their first birthday, as compared to 1 in 588 infants in Hong Kong, 1 in 200 in the UK, or 1 in 250 in France.


life in Nepal, and CWS Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 145th out of 179 countries in the United Nations Human Development

With your help we will continue to expand our reach and the effectiveness of our programs.

Index with a per capita income of US$340, compared to Hong Kong which ranks 22nd with a per capita income of US$42,000 (State of the world’s children 2009 UNICEF).

Who we are: CWS is a Hong Kong registered charity established in 2003 (Charity number 865654). It supports the work of Douglas Maclagan who went to Nepal in 1995 to help children and their families.

What we do: CWS was founded to provide education, shelter, medical support and basic human rights to Nepal’s children, an extraordinarily vulnerable and mistreated population by world standards.

Why we do it: Nepal’s rates of child mortality, literacy, and exploitation rank amongst the worst in the world. It is Asia’s second poorest country; has one of the highest neonatal mortality rates in the world. and sees 50,000 children die each year before their 5th birthday.

Thank you for being part of our dream! If you are ever in Hong Kong or Nepal please drop by, we would love to share our work with you.



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Health in Nepal and our health services There is only 1 Doctor per 19, 813 people in Nepal, as compared to 1 in 582 in Hong Kong or 1 in 435 in the UK. Targeting the needs of the most marginalised children, young people and pregnant women, our health services provide primary health care, health promotion, advice and referrals


Asha Health Care Last year 16,678 children were supported through over 48,000 doctor/patient visits. Many thousands more attended health promotion and health education activities. Asha Health Care provides access to care for a population of 84,000 of the poorest rural and urban slum families. In addition to curative care there is a strong recognition and focus on preventive health promotion and education. Many thousands participated in these activities during the year. The service comprises six distinct but integrated programmes spanning both rural and urban populations. Some services being clinic based but others with a strong outreach focus, such as Asha Mobile Clinic and Asha Youth Health. All the services are professionally supported and coordinated from the central urban Asha Day Clinic that acts as the managerial hub. Asha focuses on low cost, low tech approaches to delivering high quality, effective and humane care. These have been hallmarks of the services development so far and will continue to guide future work. Asha Day Clinic – treated 6,534 children through 20,935 visits Asha Mobile Clinic – treated 2,244 children through 7,180 visits Asha Village Health Posts – treated 3,814 children through 12,204 visits Asha Hostel – treated 259 children through 789 visits Asha Safe Motherhood – saw 292 mothers and babies through 935 visits Asha Youth Health – treated 1,426 teenagers through 4,563 visit Asha Health Camp – benefited 2,109 people. 9

Our health services continued‌

Improved Cooking Stoves Since 1999 CWS has been providing healthy and environmentally friendly stoves in Kaski and Lamjung Districts which; Reduce the risks of burns; Minimize illness caused by the release of carbon monoxide; And slow down the rate of deforestation by burning less wood. Last year 96 stoves were installed, this alone preserved 28,800 kilos of wood. After a decade of wonderful work the team has now completed the project. There are a total of 1,860 households (9,758 people) in our catchment area and of these 1,613 have already installed an ICS through CWS. The team are implementing specific activities such as interaction meetings, focused capacity building projects and awareness programmes to ensure the sustainable future use of the ICS in these areas. 10

Phase Nepal A primary health care project focused on maternal and child health Together with Phase we will be working in two rural communities of about 3,000 people (Prok and Bihi) in North Gorkha, a remote area at the very north of the Western Region close to the border with Tibet. This is a three year project to increase access to essential primary care, particularly maternal care and delivery support, and to strengthen government health services. Before this project began there was no access to conventional health care at all – the two government health posts were completely empty and had no staff. Our baseline surveys have shown that the child mortality rate is over 30% - this means that 1 in every 3 children do not reach their fifth birthday in this area of Nepal! This first period of project work has been very busy. Together we have re-established and re-stocked the Health Posts, recruited and trained dedicated maternal care and nursing staff who have now been deployed to the communities. Local village health committees have been formed to re-energise participation and involvement of the communities in the services too, and various community based health education activities are now ongoing. Local government departments are supportive of these developments r and these services are being oste he pup in t well used. t pu e g e to t pa fice l frehe nex me, ofl... e e F on t r ho hoo  you or sc

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Education and social opportunities The children and young people who benefit from these projects are amongst the most disadvantaged – street children, bonded child labour, sexual exploitation and extreme poverty and abuse.

The projects provide opportunities for destitute children and young people to gain the skills and self esteem that will enable them to become independent and to be able to reintegrate into mainstream society.



JYOTI Rehabilitation

School for Deaf Children

Through JYOTI, CWS addresses the unnecessary suffering of children who have been forced onto the streets due to the current political, social & economic climate.

Providing Vocational Training and opportunities to deaf children so that they can become independent, confident and capable citizens.

Our vocational Training Centre (VTC) and Street Project have been exceptionally successful at reintegrating these children with their families and society. The VTC is a 2 – 3 year programme that gives these young people a chance to learn a trade or profession and regain their self respect and confidence. The Street Project is an outreach programme that meets the needs of children and teenagers who continue to live and work on the streets. Services include a day centre, a night shelter, a children’s Development Bank, a kitchen club, education, journalism and much much more.

It is estimated that there are more than 700,000 deaf and hard of hearing people in Nepal. Only 1% of all deaf children have access to education. CWS supports a school for deaf children in Lumbini, Southern Nepal. Today, they are providing formal classes to 150 children from Primary School to Grade 10. The local government and community are helping them with salaries and resources.

90% of all VTC graduates are employed, 853 children have bank accounts and last year alone 26 children left the streets and returned home to be with their families.

In July 2008 CWS committed to helping this school for the next 3 years to set up Vocational Training facilities for these children. Within 2 months the first IT/Computer course had begun! In 2009 a second trade course will be introduced.

Upon completion of Grade 10 it is difficult for these children to find a job or join the Government Vocational Training Institutions. They have no where to go.

Star Children Kaski An Alternative Care Approach of Community Based Care for HIV/Aids affected children CWS works with a local Nepalese organisation called Star Children Kaski. Star Children Kaski has been looking after children from all over Nepal who are affected and/or infected with HIV/AIDS. During our research in the Western Region of Nepal, it became clear that there is a huge lack of services for children affected by and/or infected with HIV/AIDS. Star Children Kaski is one of the few in Nepal and the only one in the Western Region with this special focus for these children. They do not believe in institutionalization, they believe in a loving, caring family unit where children can grow up as balanced, independent and happy adolescents. Instead of setting up a large orphanage they set up homes so the children can enjoy a childhood full of love, freedom and family structure. CWS HK is now partnering with Star Children to support its 3rd home to give a new life to children in a family environment. 7


Rural realities and our initiatives Overall Nepal has seen drastic improvements in infant and child mortality rates. The national average for child mortality in 1990 was 142 deaths per 1,000 births; in 2007 the rate dropped to 55 deaths per 1,000 births (UNICEF). This is to do with the improvements in the management of diarrhea, increased access to immunizations, vitamin A supplementation and the better management of acute respiratory infections. However, child mortality in Nepal is still unacceptably high and new born mortality is one of the highest in the world – nearly 30,000 children die each year during their first month of life, two-thirds of these die in the first week. 19


CWSN Our first DCHC was built in 1995 with an aim to decrease child mortality and to free up the parents (especially mothers) so they can work on the farms and siblings can go to school. 13 years later the goals have moved on and objectives have become more focused: holistic development of children, empowerment of facilitators and the community so that they can run their DCHCs on their own. Together with CWSN we built 13 Day Care Health Centres benefiting over 570 children every year. Currently, we are constructing a 14th Centre.

CHILD NEPAL DAY CARE HEALTH CENTRES Douglas started building facilities for children and mothers because he was so saddened by the fact that at the time over 30% of children in particular areas never made it to their 5th birthday. Now, nearly 15 years on, all the villages where CWS has Day Care Health Centres have seen huge improvements in child and maternal health – figures that now match the national average of 7%. However, many villages still see a very high child mortality rate and this is why CWS has partnered with 2 more organisations to deliver high quality services for children below the age of 6. It is our dream to see other areas experience such a large drop in child mortality.

In 2007 we joined hands with Child Nepal in Sindhupalchok area and in April 2008 we celebrated the opening of the areas very first Child Development Centre benefiting 98 children between the ages of 3 & 5.

SETO GURANS We are now partnering with Seto Gurans to improve 20 Early Childhood Development Centres and to create 15 Child Clubs in Nepal over the next 3 years in 4 VDCs of Rupandehi District, supporting 2,064 children.

SMART SHELTER FOUNDATION CWS HK is rebuilding 4 dilapidated government schools in villages where we have DCHCs. We have partnered with Smart Shelter Foundation to construct strong, earthquake resistant schools benefiting 1,060 children. 21

Fundraising news Taking on a Challenge for Kids Our Chairman Gordon and the toughest footraces on earth Why?? All for fun and charity! In October Gordon completed his 4th desert challenge and in November completed his 2nd mountain challenge for CWS. Why? Because he’s truly addicted now – to the adventure and to helping children in need! Over the years, Gordon has raised over HK$1,200,000 to provide children in Nepal with a second chance in life. Our Founder, Douglas joined Gordon for both mountain challenges – racing up to Annapurna Base Camp in 2006 and Everest Base Camp in 2008 in half the time it normally takes.

3 friends take on the High Trails Less Travelled In November, three dear friends from Hong Kong took on a week long challenge to trek from Phaflu to Mt. Pikey, 4,000m. Together, they raised over HK$200,000. Thank you to all who supported them, and thank you Christopher for making this trek possible! 22

Partying for Kids Himalayan Nights

– 16th October 2008 CWS’ third biennial dinner was a huge success and lots of fun! The previous events were hard to beat, but we did it thanks to so many wonderful CWS supporters who opened their hearts and gave so generously. The evening raised HK$3.7 million for our work in Nepal. A special thanks goes to Sandra d’Auriol and Kathie Allderige who worked around the clock to make it such a beautiful evening.

Lamma Fun Day

– 26th October 2008 It was a hot one this year but it did not deter the thousands of people from coming out to Lamma to enjoy the markets stalls, live music, children’s games, volleyball challenge and much much more. Thank you to all our wondering friends on Lamma who make this annual event possible.


– 9th May 2008 Held in The Cavern at the partying hub Lan Kwai Fong, this year’s Funkraiser brought in over $52,000 for projects in Nepal. Once again, it was the fantastic bands NUDE and Transnoodle who raised the roof with their music.

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In October, a group of students from Chinese International School (CIS) visited our projects in Nepal. This was a great eye opener for the students from CIS as well as the children who met, engaged and interacted with them in Nepal. Thank you CIS! Every year students from Sha Tin College work extremely hard to raise funds for our projects in Nepal – they have been loyal supporters to CWS since they visited our projects in 2001.

CWS HK received grants from Stichting Wereld Nood Hulp, (the Dutch member of the global World Emergency Relief family) G4S Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation (The Asia Trust), The Rotary Club of Kowloon Golden Mile and the Society for Children’s Education in Asia. With their loyal and dedicated support we have been able to develop effective programmes to provide children with health care, education and a future to be proud of. Thank you!

For the 2nd year running the French International School has supported our programmes in Nepal – this year they organised a walkathon to raise funds for children in Nepal.

In December we received a Tech Grant from the Clinton Global Initiative and the Google NGO Workshop Team. Our projects in Nepal received 7 laptops, 8 Motorola mobile phones and 3 printers!

Business, creativity and charity Peace Bracelets In December these bracelets were sold at HK$25 each – the cost of feeding a child for a week in Nepal’s cities. We were overwhelmed by the response – 2,000 were sold within a few weeks!

Sin Sin and Lotus Arts de Vivre From 9th to 11th December Lotus Arts de Vivre held a beautiful exhibition at Sin Sin Atelier & Sin Sin Annex where they dedicated 10% of all proceeds to CWS. Thank you Lotus Arts de Vivire and Sin Sin!


Child Welfare Scheme Hong Kong Financial Report 2007-2008 CWS strive for a maximum overhead cost of 10%. Where possible we cover all administration costs with restricted donations from friends - all of this means that donors can continue to expect that a high percentage of their donations will be applied for charitable purposes.

For every $100 donated to CWS HK, only $8 is used to support the administrative and fundraising activities of CWS in Hong Kong. That means $92 goes directly to the programmes and children in Nepal. CWS funding comes from a variety of sources thanks to so many dedicated friends. We have individuals doing sporting challenges, students arranging school fundraising projects, groups organising charity events and dedicated individuals who trust and support our work. We also have many trusts, groups and corporations who provide grants to enable us to deliver high quality services. Thank you for allowing us to continue to do what we love. We hope you enjoy helping us as much as we enjoy working with the children and their communities to change their own lives. Since our inception, we have been working closely with a charity in London called CWS UK ( Together we fund the team in Nepal and share some of the same projects. This allows us to save costs, share resources and reach out to more children.

CWS HK – Where our money came from

CWS HK – Where our money went

43% individuals

23% Health

6% Nepal admin 5% Partner office equipment 5% Research 8% HK admin & fundraising

2% Bank interest and exchange gain

1% China storm relief 32% Grants 45% Education & social opportunities

3% Schools 5% Events 6% Sports challenges

7% Early Childhood Development

Total income was HK$2,461,839

Total expenditure was HK$4,513,069

NB: •

NB: • Office space proudly sponsored by Oldham, Li & Nie, lawyers.


8% Corporate

Income from “events” reflects the net income of fundraising events after the cost of goods and services provided to and paid by the guests are deducted. • Income from “individuals” does not include donations of office space, technology, administrative services, and administrative salaries donated by individuals.

Our audited accounts can be requested from our Hong Kong office:

CWS HK holds a large fundraising event every other year. Proceeds from this event make a significant contribution to funding the following two year’s of CWS Nepal’s budget. 2007-2008 was an “odd year” so the event was not held and “Event” income appears disproportionately low. During the current 2008 fiscal year, the large fundraising event was successful thus “Event” income for 2008-2009 will appear disproportionately high. CWS HK shares the responsibility to fund 50% of three programmes (Asha Healthcare, JYOTI Rehabilitation, and Day Care Health Centres) with its sister fundraising organization, CWS UK in London. The chart above reflects only CWS HK’s portion of the funding.

If you wish to make a donation towards our work you may either send a cheque in favour of ‘Child Welfare Scheme’ and post it to our office address or you may make a bank transfer to our HSBC account. Bank name: Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation Branch: Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong Account Name: Child Welfare Scheme Limited Swift Code: HSBCHKHHHKH Account no: BusinessVantage Account (any currency) - 400-279451-838

The team in Nepal Douglas Maclagan Man Bahadur Bishwakarma Andrew Clarke Marco Peter Marjo Jenniskens Jeremy Southon Marjolein Vink Hitman Gurung Pratap Rai Ambika Thapa

Jayne Harthan Kamal Gairepipley Rajeshree Bista Deependra Rai Rabindra Das Umesh Chaudhary Sachin Shakya Shanti BK Pradeep Bishwakarma Sangita Ramjali

The team in Hong Kong Board


Gordon Oldham Douglas Maclagan Sandra d’Auriol Marie France Van Damme Kathie Allderige – Special Advisor

Zein Williams – Director of Operations Sharon Poon – Fundraising & Events Coordinator 25

Contact details in Hong Kong Suite 303 St George’s Building 2 Ice House Street Central, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2526 8810 Email: Website: Registered Charity Number 865654

The production of this CWS HK Annual Review did not cost our donors anything. It has been generously supported by Sandra d’Auriol, Gordon Oldham, Zein Williams, and Kobe Peeters.


Contact details in Nepal

Designed by Kobe Peeters

PO Box 399

Written and edited by Zein Williams

Indrapuri Marg

Photography by Chris Leslie, Morgan Ommer,


Gerrit Jan Salentijn and Rikkie Vreuls

Pokhara , Nepal Tel: (977) 61 530002 or (977) 61 522085 Email:

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