Bhavisya Handicraft Training Project

This training project is supported by the Swiss non-profit organization Association Bhavisya. Its mission is to help empower, rehabilitate, and reintegrate underprivileged youths by teaching them handicraft skills. PA Nepal’s teenage participants spend three years attending after-school classes in thangka painting, paper crafts, pottery, or woodcarving, during which time they live and bond together as a family unit. While in Bhavisya classes, each student receives a stipend, 30% of which is given to them as spending money while the rest is deposited in a savings account. Upon graduation from the program, the students are given access to their savings along with counseling to start their own handicraft businesses.

There are 15 children enrolled in the Bhavisya project; 5 are involved in thangka painting, 4 in pottery, 4 in wood carving, and 2 in paper crafts.

Catering and Hospitality Training

Teenagers are also given the option of entering a catering and hospitality training course. As tourism is a crucial part of Nepal’s economy, successful completion of the program positions the students to secure an excellent job in hospitality after graduation.

This project has transformed the lives of many children. It has managed to create employment opportunities for a number of youths through empowerment of the potential ones. PA Nepal has also managed to create an environment for entrepreneurial development that aims to economically develop our society and the entire nation.

Organic Farming and Cattle Raising

The Aama Paradise Home in Palpa hosts a training program for PA Nepal’s teens who plan on returning to their communities to pursue a career agriculture. Those students are trained in environmentally sustainable farming and animal husbandry techniques with an emphasis on blending modern technology and traditional practices. They are also trained in the financial skills needed to run a farm or small business and given practical experience by running a small teashop near the home. More than 10 youths are currently enrolled in the program.