BIA Bamboo Handicraft Institute, Jorpati
As you enter the hall of BIA Bamboo Institute, the first thing that catches your attention is the sight of disabled people eagerly engaged in making bamboo handicraft. You suddenly realize that they in fact are not disabled but differently abled. Be it Nar Bahadur Rai, aged 60, who is blind, Pharendra Thapa Magar, aged 31, the polio sufferer or any other member with different kinds of disabilities, all are immensely active and creative in crafting bamboo handicraft. The only ray of hope for these hardworking individuals is to continuously work in their projects and yield better results. Few of the members from bamboo institute were sent to Chitwan for bamboo handicraft training and now they are teaching other members to make different variety of bamboo products. The idea of initiating bamboo project started from the master plan of BIA Foundation to establish the BIA Disabled Friendly Village, where all furniture would be made from bamboo.