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.