Mother & Children Art Foundation (MCAF)
"Making Nepal's women in poverty-self sufficient
A school facility for children who can't otherwise attend School"
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Jan 28, 2015
Phoebe Yates, rew  
This experience was enlightening and opened up my eyes to an entirely different world. I highly enjoyed contributing to the project site despite how hard the work was at some points. Playing with children and watching their faces light up was so rewarding. However the lack of personal space at the end of each day did become too much at some points. The highlight of my trip was painting the classrooms and seeing the children use the paintings and singing with them. The food was excellent and there was always plenty to go around which allowed each day to begin and end on a high note.
Date: 07/12/014

Jan 25, 2015
Matt Joyce, feedback  
 Food: Very good considering the limited space and facilities available. Always enough to eat.
 Work: Lots of work, which was achievable for any person to do. But also some time for teaching and spending time with the students.
 Staff: very friendly and ok English.
 Leisure: I very much enjoyed the trip to the Tibetan refugee camp.
 Accommodation: pretty basic but comfortable enough in the circumstances.
 Others: the project was certainly challenging and the living conditions are very different what an Australian is used to. It was a valuable experience.
Date: 16/12/014

Jan 25, 2015
Emily Saynor, feedback  
This was an amazing experience for all. I really hope that Camberwell High can come back to this amazing school for many years to come to build a strong bond with the school and help them improve as much as possible.
Thank you for the experience!
Date: 30/11/014

Jan 25, 2015
Steve Whitfield, Australian  
 Good project site with easy access to bus.
 School staff very friendly and very accommodating.
 Host Lal was very good and the kids loved him.
 Jeevan visiting was good for the kids.
 Project cooks were very friendly and the food was fantastic.
 Need more guidance as to multiple jobs that need doing at this site. The roof was the priority but after the students paid for it they could not work on it. We were forced to invent other jobs to do with no real guidance.
 Recommend future jobs :
1. Finish wall fence and painting
2. Paint exterior buildings
3. Fix wooden furniture

Thanks to Lal and Jeevan for a very successful project and big thanks to the cooks for excellent food.

Date: 12/12/014

Jan 24, 2013
Kite Davies, feedback  
December,19,2013,Kite Davies,Western Australia,Perth
I loved helping out at the school and meeting all the children. The teacher and children were all lovely and really help full. It was a great way to spend our community proect time with MCAF,
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  • Perth Modern Team in Helambu, 2009
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  • Thangka Art Exhibition in Australia
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  • Collaboration with Youth International, USA
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About Thangka Art
Thangka Painting is a traditional art that evolved between the 7th and 12th centuries in Nepal and Tibet. Painted on canvas and mounted in silk brocade, a thangka is more than just a work of art. It is an object of devotion, an aid to spiritual practice, and a source of blessings. Thangka painting is strictly governed by iconographic rules. From the canvas preparation and drawing of the subject, through to mixing and applying colors, decorating with gold, and mounting the finished work in brocade, the creation of a thangka painting involves skill and care at each stage and illustrates particular details. 
Thangkas are believed to create positive influences in their surroundings. Its brilliant colors and forms awaken the mind and energize consciousness; its images stimulate capacities for visualization and nourish the heart. It is said that just the act of looking at a thangka is itself a good deed. By meditating on such objects, one can train and gain an understanding of certain types of awareness that the specific image portrays. Another reason for commissioning a thangka painting may be to bring about good health, prosperity or long life. 

1. The Wheel of Life (Sipakhorlo)
wheel of life
2.Life of the Buddha
4.White Tara,
5.Green Tara
6.Sakyamuni Buddha
7.Guru Rinpoche
  1.  The major objectives of MCAF is to conduct various trainings of economic generating skills like thangka painting, weaving, sewing, cutting and trimming etc. to impoverished women. This will relieve them from problems of poverty and raise their living standards.
  2. To provide a home and schooling facility for child labors, disables, street children and orphans, as well as to the children of lower class families who are under the poverty line.
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