While Linda Clark, our BFF Practice Leader, was
for one month in 2006, she came across the Refuge Camp Thangka Painting
School. She was very impressed with their artistic skills and charity
work to local needy children and as a result, bought some thangkas (Tibetan religious art work) to bring back home to the
Buddhist Practice Group of Farmington (BPF) encourages
you to look at their beautiful art work and if you wish purchase one. BPF does not receive any proceeds from the sale of these
thangkas or other products. Furthermore, we do not endorse any purchase but we wish to expose this wonderful concept of Right
Livelihood and according to Linda, all proceeds go for a wholesome purpose: a free education to local disadvantaged and homeless
Tibetan and Nepalese children.
What is the Refuge Camp Thangka Painting School?
Camp Thangka Painting
School (RCTPS) in Nepal was
established in 2004 to provide thangka painting training and also help support in educating unprivileged and marginalized
community children through Alpine Child Care Foundation. Click here to enter the RCTSP's
Benefiting Disadvantaged Children
RCTPS is a thangka
painting school. It offers free training opportunities to help out, socially and economically disadvantaged girls, boys, women
and men. They provide direct employment to 6 people from various districts of Nepal.
It further aims to support teenaged orphan girls to establish themselves in the society once
they leave secure life of orphanage. In order to create employment opportunities for orphans and other needy and interested
girls, RCTPS has established a production center in Bhaktapur in October, 2004. Currently, the production centre employs a
number of underprivileged girls. These girls produce a variety of hand made educational and gift item that are sold under
the mission of "Aid through Trade".