The CAIRN Trust is a UK registered children's charity dedicated to ensuring that every child is given the opportunity to gain an education. Our efforts are focussed on helping rural communities, where over 84% of the Nepalese population live (23 million people) and education is still inaccessible for thousands of children.
To develop sustainable rural village communities through child education.
To improve educational opportunities for 14,000 children in rural Nepal by 2014.
Our Core Values
- We place children and education at the heart of everything we do
- We value and nurture partnerships
- We respect local cultures and the communities in which we operate
- We are efficient and transparent in our work
- We regularly incorporate improvements into the project cycle
Our Core Programmes
CAIRN develops educational infrastructures in rural communities through:
CAIRN Schools & Libraries:
We construct & equip schools, libraries
and nursery schools in partnership with
rural communities ensuring children have a accessible and safe home for learning.
- CAIRN has constructed 11 Schools, 13 Libraries, 5 Nursery Schools and a Hostel.
CAIRN Educational Awards (CEA):
We identify and provide the essential educational materials including uniforms, stationery and books and mentoring support to the poorest children so that they can attend school regularly.
- CAIRN is supporting 1,000 children's educational journeys through our CEA's.
We deliver smaller projects within our communities that enable our students to continue with their schooling and also further develop the understanding and importance of education within our communities, e.g. income generation programmes (IGP), Parent Teacher Association (PTA) development.
- CAIRN is operating two IGP projects that are based on improving the income levels of some of the poorest families in the community through a goat breeding income generation programme.
Brief History of The CAIRN Trust
The CAIRN Trust was launched by the four Principals of Thomas's London Day Schools (TLDS) in July 2007.
The Thomas's family connections with Nepal go back some 40 years to the time when David Thomas was an officer in the 2nd Gurkhas. It was through contact with the villages and families of these cheerful, strong and resilient and yet incredibly poor people that made David and Joanna determined to help.
Using their thirty four years of educational expertise from TLDS, David and Joanna are helping to improve the educational system in Nepal.