Drawing their Dreams…

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Pic from Metta Valley

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.

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“I wish to be a doctor.” — Ramila Kathayat
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“I wish to be a nurse.” — Puja Thapa
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“I want to be an actress.” — Prativa Kunwar
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“I wish to be a singer.” — Sangita Nepali
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“I want to be a scientist.” -Saksham Bamma
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“I want to be funny.” — Safal Bamma
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“I want to be a policeman.” — Biraj Kunwar
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“I want to be a doctor.” — Pragati Kunwar
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“I want to build roads.” — Santosh Kunwar
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“I wish to be a policeman.” — Kudip Kunwar
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“I wish to be a policeman.” — Nikhil B.C.
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“I wish to be a singer.” — Rohit B.C.
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“I wish to be a computer scientist.” — Basanti B.K.
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“I wish to be a policewoman.” — Puja Kunwar
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“I wish to be a driver.” — Nikhil Kathayat
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“I wish to be a construction worker.” — Sushil Chhetri

Upen Singh

Published by Metta Valley

We are a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve the living standards of rural populations in the far-western region of Nepal. Our work is conducted through the understanding of culture, norms, behavior; and deliberate discussions and involvement of the local population. Currently, we are working in 2 villages in Bajhang in the area of women’s menstrual health. Our goal is to make menstrual pads available to all women within 6 months (by March 2021) in both villages while holding discussions about the uses, benefits and behavior changes around it.

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