Bhaktapur Craft Paper is a comunity development project through the crafting of paper founded by UNICEF in 1981. It has since developed and grown with the following three main objectives:
- better the quality of life of poor or disadvantaged people from the Baglung, Parbat, Myagdi, Lamjung Gorkha and Bhaktapur districts,
- allow craftspeople to continue with their ancient trade, the making and handcrafting of Lokta Paper, so that they and their families can live decently with the profits obtained and
- give fresh impetus to local economy.
We’ve visited this project twice in 2010, in January and in July, and in both occasions we’ve been able to hear from the incumbents’ mouths, the wonderful community development, water supply, plumbing and child school support projects they carry out using the profits of selling the paper they craft. BCP is a model project in terms of sustainability and social engagement, that was created by UNICEF but is already self-managed and works in collaboration with the Small Farmers Development Programme, The Department Of Forest and The Department Of Cottage And Small Industries of Nepal.
More information: http://www.bhaktapurcraft.com/