Artesanos Don Bosco is a non-profit organization that supports self-employed, skilled artisans of Peru.
It is the conceptualized vision of a 55-year-old Italian priest named Father Ugo (now he is 89). His idea: Invite the poorest of the poor to a place of free education, food, clothing, shelter and the training to start a viable career.
The first class included 12 boys from villages of the central Peruvian Andes.
They successfully completed the schooling and received all the tools to begin their work;
Artesanos Don Bosco was founded as an opportunity for the artisans to continue their craft. Today, it includes sculptors, painters, wood and stone carvers and carpenters who produce furniture and sacred art for export and for Peru.
In 1984, a similar school opened for girls, many of them single mothers who had never been to school. Girls receive an education in required courses and training in hand weaving and embroidery.