Common courses include:
Further Education : £200 per year (likely length, 2 years)
Counselling - £235 (whole course)
Beautician - £330 (whole course)
Graphic Designer - £265 (whole course)
Developing a wish to learn a new skill having struggled with addiction takes a great deal of courage and a strong determination to fully recover. The majority of those who develop this in Nepal do not have the financial means to follow their dream of a better drug free life in which they can support themselves and others.
Most of us have received a second chance for mistakes we have made in life. We believe everyone deserves this, whatever their situation. Himalayan Peoples Project - Nepal are teaming up with Hope & Challenge to help make this a dream which can become reality for as many people as possible.
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Four years ago, Mr Tashi had been struggling with heavy addiction for many years, leading to deep rifts in his family alongside many other difficulties. Stealing gold and other items to pay for his habit left him in jail, heavily beaten and facing a bleak future with nobody to help him.
On his release, Mr Tashi suffered from severe depression, developing a strong wish to commit suicide. Despite his problems, he was skilful in carving wood. Founder of Hope & Challenge, Geshe Gelong, saw the potential to help Mr Tashi and admitted him to a rehabilitation centre for treatment, after which he purchased the machinery needed for him to make a living carving wood.
Now clean from drugs and alcohol, Mr Tashi is able to look after his elderly parents and wishes to help teach others in a similar situation to carve wood to help them exit the brutal cycle of addiction.
High under and unemployment rates in Nepal leaves large sections of society living in poverty. Certain ethnic and caste groups are at higher risk due to lack of education and inequality in opportunities offered, whilst those who struggle with addiction or other mental health problems face an extra layer of difficulty when searching for, obtaining and keeping work.
Without employment, those who are recovering from addiction are far more likely to relapse and fall into crime and other difficulties to feed their habit. As a result, Hope and Challenge have adopted a wonderful multi-factorial approach to help individuals tackle their addiction.
While their Drug Awareness Programis designed to help prevent addiction developing in the first place, their rehabilitation centreoffers free or subsidised treatment for those who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford it.
Once they have completed their treatment, they discuss their future with staff to assess their risks factors for relapse. If they are unemployed and lack skills to find employment, staff work with them to identify an area they would like to work in and find the appropriate vocational training course.
If money is difficult, Hope & Challenge (supported by Himalayan Peoples Project - Nepal) subsidise this training cost. Not only that, the Hope & Challenge team then mentor them through their training and beyond, working with the individual to do everything they can to prevent relapse.