PA Nepal has several training projects to provide the older children with a wide variety of options for success after finishing school. Teenagers are encouraged to explore their passions and develop meaningful skills that will lead to success upon reintegration or graduation.
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.
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. The 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. 9 youths are currently enrolled in the program.