Ani Choying Drolma: Nuns Welfare Foundation of Nepal
Established by Ani Choying Drolma, the Nuns Welfare Foundation of Nepal (NWF) is a non profit organization promoting the education and welfare of Buddhist nuns. Arya Tara School is the flagship project of NWF, opened in 2000.
Arya Tara School is a free boarding school which combines traditional Buddhist studies with modern education for nuns. Currently it’s a home to almost 80 young girls from Nepal, and India. The nuns range in age from 5 to 27 years.
Besides a regular curriculum that combines modern and traditional Buddhist education like Tibetan Grammar, Buddhist Philosophy, English, Nepali, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Computing; Environment Population and health (EPH), ATS also provides extra curriculum such as Music, Dance and Thangka Painting to reach to their full potential.
The Nuns at Arya Tara School study until 10th grade in the school itself and after completion of schooling, the nuns are supported with the necessary tools and resource to further their studies and fulfill their ambitions. During this transition we stands beside them, offering financial and emotional support where necessary.
From the Yogini Project’s Interview with several of the Arya Tara Nuns Vajra Dancers during filming for it’s documentary film, “Women On The Path”:
On Being Vajrayogini