As part of our Metta Valley project, we recently completed an art project with the children in our village — Bhadgaon, Bajhang district, Nepal.
We asked them to draw and write one wish: who they wished to be, or, what they wished to do, in the future.
At first, they hesitated because they felt they couldn’t draw. But with some motivation from our field coordinator Kamala, a few of them got started. Seeing others draw, the kids who still hesitated felt drawing could be fun, and they joined.
Soon, it got busy. All the kids were excited to be drawing!
Done with paper and a few color-pencils, this was a simple yet meaningful project. It brought excitement, hope, and smiles to the children.
As you see in the pictures and their writing, the children here have wishes and dreams just like kids anywhere in the world, despite being underprivileged.
They want to be singers, actors, doctors, nurses, builders, policemen, comedians, and scientists. And the best part? They are all excited about this!
Due to the pandemic, the school in the village has been closed for a while. The children you see in the pictures spend a lot of their time helping their families on the farm.
In school, they are used to a pencil and a notebook. We were blessed to see their excitement when they were making art using color-pencils.
Perhaps the most special thing we experienced was seeing them grow from not feeling confident about drawing to actually having fun doing it, and wanting to do more.
Please enjoy these pictures and their wishes (in the caption). They show the dreams of these children that came from their heart, head, and hands.…in color.