Art Refuge UK has come to the reluctant decision to close its classrooms in the refugee reception centres in Kathmandu and Dharamsala, due to a dramatic decline in the numbers of new arrivals over the past few years.
Art Refuge UK has been working with the new arrivals since 2006 and in those years we have supported thousands of children with their emotional nourishment through art, craft and play. The children and young people in transit have benefited from the skills, knowledge and sensitivity of our local teachers; and from a therapeutic art programme enriched by the participation of qualified professionals in our lively international volunteering programme.
Looking forward: Art Refuge UK is now in the exciting position of being able to respond directly to the needs of many displaced populations in Nepal and is working collaboratively to plan creative therapeutic activities for the benefit of young refugees, internally displaced populations and those who work with them. We also have a UK branch supporting refugees and asylum seekers launched with funding from the Big Lottery.