Overview

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The CAIRN Trust is a UK registered children's charity dedicated to ensuring that every child in Nepal is given the opportunity to gain an education. Our efforts are focused on helping rural communities, where over 23 million people (84% of the Nepalese population) live and education is still inaccessible for many.

Cairn Charity

Our Mission

To develop sustainable rural communities through child education.

Our Goal

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 Charity


CAIRN Schools & Libraries
We construct and equip schools, libraries and nursery
schools in partnership with rural communities ensuring
children have a local and safe home for learning.


  • CAIRN has installed 14 Schools, 21 Libraries,
    5 Nursery Schools and a Hostel.

Find out more about CAIRN Schools, CAIRN Libraries and CAIRN Nurseries


CAIRN Educational Awards (CEA)
We identify the poorest children and provide them with essential educational materials including uniforms, stationery and books and mentoring support so that they can attend school regularly.


  • CAIRN is supporting 1,000 children's educational journeys through our CEA's.

Find out more about CAIRN Educational Awards


CAIRN Communities
CAIRN has operated two IGP projects based on improving the income levels of some of the poorest families through a goat breeding programme.


  • 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.

Find out more about CAIRN Communities

Brief History of The CAIRN Trust

The CAIRN Trust was launched by the four acting 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.

Meet the CAIRN Team.