Sewing Happiness Project

The Sewing Happiness Project provides training and resources for young women living in and around Bodhgaya. It was the brain child of Jangchup Lingpa who is the Secretary of the Kagyupa International Trust. Lama Chodrak, CEO of Kagyu Monlam immediately gave Jangchup the go ahead to pursue his idea further. This training programme fitted perfectly with our aspiration to plant seeds of compassionate action that can grow to provide longer lasting benefit and we had no hesitation in offering our support.

The Sewing Happiness Project provides training and resources for young women living in and around Bodhgaya. It was the brain child of Jangchup Lingpa who is the Secretary of the Kagyupa International Trust. Lama Chodrak, CEO of Kagyu Monlam immediately gave Jangchup the go ahead to pursue his idea further. This training programme fitted perfectly with our aspiration to plant seeds of compassionate action that can grow to provide longer lasting benefit and we had no hesitation in offering our support.

It is amazing to witness the transformation as confidence grows and people find they can create something which they would have previously considered impossible. The training covered topics such as: looking after and using sewing machines, hand-sewing techniques, repairing garments, pattern making, designing and making new clothes for family members. It was particularly moving to see the beautiful outfits the young women had been able to make for their own children. At the end of each course, the students are gifted their sewing machines and fabric so that they can develop their newly-acquired skills. We hope that the project may create opportunities for local employment in future.

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