More than 25 years ago, Douglas was hiking through a rural village in Nepal when he was confronted by a mother who was scared for her sick baby’s life. The woman placed the child in his arms, and his heart sank. There was nothing he could do: he had no medicine and he wasn’t a doctor. The child died the next day, and in that moment, the story of Child Welfare Scheme began.
Studies have shown that in Nepal, 35,000 children each year will die before their fifth birthday. Half of the children that survive will be illiterate, and up to 15,000 girls will be trafficked into sexual slavery. By leveraging the credibility and seed funding from his 2009 World of Children Health Award, Douglas was able to raise nearly $6 million to expand his footprint across Nepal—in spite of political instability and a constant threat of uprising. Each year, he provides more than 30,000 of the region’s most vulnerable children with nutrition, healthcare, and education, and in 2017, he opened a brand new hospitality vocational training school.
Douglas is being honored with the World of Children 2018 Alumni Award. Previously honored in 2003, he has gone above and beyond to expand the impact of Child Welfare Scheme, and he will be honored on April 19, 2018 at their annual Hero Awards Benefit in Los Angeles, California.
World of Children will match up to $10,000 of all donations made through this page through April 17, 2018. That means your $10 donation could become $20, or your $100 could become $200!