KATHMANDU, Nepal, February 16, 2019 - “Today we had first annual Peace Hero award ceremony in Kathmandu, Nepal. 14 Peace Heroes received awards for their dedication to positive Peace! 5 medical doctors, sex slave rescuers, (last night they rescued 180 in India), pre-school Initiators, Rotary , and Rotaract!” said Elisabeth Blodgett, the founder of Peace Museum Vienna and international peace activist.
The Peace Hero Award Ceremony took place in Hotel Tibet International, in Kathmandu. It was a very successful event, with more than 60 guests from various backgrounds and coming from various fields. We were very happy to have 10 Peace Heroes from Peace Hero Museum Nepal that attended the ceremony and collected their Peace Hero Award from the hands of Elisabeth Blodgett, the founder of the initiative. Each hero spoke about their work in Nepal, and gave us all a chance to know more about their stories and dedication to humanity and peace in society.
Elisabeth Blodgett spoke about the project, how the idea had started, the objective of Peace Hero Museum Nepal and where other Peace Museums had been opened. She talked about Peace Museum Vienna, Peace Museum Colorado, Peace Museum Romania. Also, she talked about how the idea to open a Peace Hero Museum in Nepal had come and the plans for 2019, the next step being the opening of the museum in Swayambunath Stupa, an emblematic location in Kathmandu.
Here are some of the people who received Peace Hero Award:
Anuradha Koirala is the founder of Maiti Nepal, a non-profit organization in Nepal, dedicated to helping victims of sex trafficking. Maiti Nepal protects Nepali girls and women from crimes like domestic violence, trafficking for flesh trade, child prostitution, child labor and various forms of abuse, exploitation and torture. Its prominent focus has always been centered on preventing trafficking for forced prostitution, rescuing victims of the flesh trade and rehabilitating them. This social organization also actively works to provide justice for the victimized girls and women through criminal investigation and waging legal battles against the criminals.
Dr. Sanduk Ruit
Dr. Sanduk Ruit is an eye surgeon from Nepal who has restored the sight of over 120,000 people across Africa and Asia using small-incision cataract surgery.
Dr Chandra Lekha Tuladhar
One Dr. Tuladhar most notable projects is her vision screening program. Through Rotaracts she has singlehandedly trained a small army of volunteers to test for the early detect of vision and eye problems. Over the past three decades more than 100,000 school children in Nepal have been screened by her dedicated volunteers who continue to carry out the work to this day. She has also been involved in in areas involving children, health-care, sanitation, and other community-related issues, working on countless projects.
Dikchhya Chapagai founded and dedicates her life to Pabitra Samaj Sewa, an organisation and home for homeless people from the streets of Kathmandu. She is and advocate for equality in love and welcomes people of all ages, races and backgrounds to her home, a firm believer that when it comes to doing something for humanity, one should never discriminate. She urges people to start in the present: “ You can always start small, even the smallest gesture counts. Do not let a situation dictate plans. Try to take charge of what is important. ”
Peace Hero Museum Nepal is a social organization that works to promote world peace, social-justice, equality, sustainable development and respect for the environment. The museum is dedicated to promote peace and social justice through creativity, arts, innovation, cross-cultural dialogue and environmentalism. This is achieved by means of workshops, publications, projects, conferences, exhibitions and virtual activities by which we carry the message of peace into daily life.
Parteners of Peace Museum Hero Nepal are: Peace Museum Vienna - Austria (www.peacemuseumvienna.com ), Peace Museum Colorado – USA (www.peacemuseumcolorado.com ), Windows for Peace – France (www.windows4peace.org ), Peace Museum Romania and World Networks 4 Peace (www.worldnetworks4peace ).