On: 11th April 2014
Nepals singing nun Ani Choying Dolma has been appointed UNICEF Nepals first ever National Ambassador amidst a function chaired by President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav in the capital on Friday.
Ani will help UNICEFs clarion call to protect Nepali children and adolescents from violence and create a happy and safe environment as an Ambassador where they can grow up to become functional adult, good parents and responsible citizens later in life.
Through their popularity and celebrity-status, UNICEF ambassador lend their voices to send a loud and clear message that children and their well-being are a priority. said Hanna Singer, UNICEF representative to Nepal.
Ani has demonstrated a genuine commitment to communicating clear message of healing and peace through her music. She is a testament to the power music can have when it is associated with a cause.
On the occasion, Ani promised to use her experience and popularity to bring the issues of children and adolescents to the forefront. Though my songs, I seek to reach all the nooks and crannies of Nepal in an effort to improve the lives of children and adolescents.
Ani was first teamed up with UNICEF in 2013, when she appeared in a video unveiled during the launch of UNICEFs end violence against children initiatives. She is also already a champion for children and womens rights with her efforts in advocating for women and girls education, including a school for nun.
Around 1.6 million children are working as child labours while 5,000 children live on the street, according to UNICEF. Similarly, 11,500 women and children were trafficked or were attempted to be trafficked in the year 2010.