Overview

Back in 2014, Audrey & Michael Ong, made a trip to Nepal to seek out Ani Choying Drolma. They wanted to witness first hand that what they are hearing is for real.

Ani Choying Drolma is Nepalese Buddhist nun renowned for her numerous humanitarian efforts including the education of young girls, care of older people, and providing medical services for the underprivileged and dispossesssed. To support her many charitable activities, Ani performs worldwide singing traditional and modernized Buddhist chants as well as Nepali and Tibetan Songs. Ani has expressed her own personal wish that she can sing in Malaysia and the seed is sown for this upcoming event.


About Ani Choying Drolma

From the age of five, Ani Choying had to struggle to survive. Not a day went by without a bloody beating from her father, without Ani fearing for her mother's life or her own. The day her father nearly stabbed her to death, she decided it was time to run away. Ani found herself at a monastery in Nepal, where a Buddhist monk offered her sanctuary and understanding, teaching her to embrace life again. She found her vocation in offering other young girls an education, a fundamental right that is primarily reserved for men only in her country. In fact, 80 per cent of women in the Himalayas are illiterate.

In 2000, Ani Choying opened Arya Tara school just outside Kathmandu. She went on to adopt a little girl, then two, and then another until they became sixty. Before long she needed more funding to keep her growing community afloat, and it was her music that ultimately provided the funding. Even so, royalties from her recordings cannot provide all the money needed to sustain and develop the school and Ani's other programs.


Arya Tara School which was started in January 2000 is a flagship project of the Nuns' Welfare Foundation of Nepal (NWF), an NGO founded in 1998 by Ani Choying Drolma.

What started as a small school at a temporary site in Kathmandu with only seven nuns in the first year has over a period of only 10 years grown phenomenally to an establishment that boasts a five storied, well equipped live-in institution of learning in Pharping (Setidevi VDC-3, 18 km from Kathmandu) with a capacity to accommodate more than 60 nuns. Located in a serene and spacious setting overlooking the Kathmandu valley, the new school building is ingeniously built to withstand earthquakes and meets the needs of this growing spiritual/educational community; it includes several classrooms, a meditation hall, dormitories, computer lab, library, a kitchen and dining hall, storage room, office, proper toilets and bathrooms as well as rooms for the teachers and administrative staff. Living and learning in an environment with positive female role models is an integral component of the Arya Tara education. The new school in Pharphing which, started operations from July 2005, is now home to over 60 nuns who come from some of the poorest and most remote areas of Nepal, Tibet and India. The school remains open Sunday to Friday and each school day begins with prayers and meditation after which classes resume from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. There are frequent field trips to local pilgrimage sites, the zoo, museums etc. to enrich the students overall spiritual and educational experiences. Each student learns to take responsibility for the school by doing small jobs such as helping with the cooking and cleaning, buying school supplies and working in the garden. Classes are taught by eight full time paid teachers and other additional paid staffs include a cook, housekeeper, office assistant and director of the Nuns Welfare Foundation who assists with fundraising, administration, volunteer coordination and public relations.

To finance her school, Ani-la generates income through musical endeavors. In 1997, Ani-la began performing and recording Cho for audiences around the world, connecting Westerners to Tibetan culture and music. Ani Choying has gained wide popularity in Nepal as well, after she released her first Nepali CD "Moments of Bliss" in 2004 for which she was bestowed with laurels for her fantastic soothing voice.

Kidney disease victimizes 2,500-3,000 people a year in Nepal. Since complete treatment for kidney disease is not yet available in Nepal people are forced to seek treatment in other countries, which is expensive for most Nepalese. Ani Choying Dolma knows the challenges people face here from the lack of complete treatment, as her own mother passed away due to the lack of proper treatment in Nepal.

For this reason, Ani seeks to establish a kidney hospital in Nepal, where quality dialysis, and kidney transplants can be offered at affordable cost. Two hospitals in Kathmandu have recently started kidney transplantation service, but still it is not up to the mark. NWF has made a donation of Rs. 1.9 million to the National Kidney Center to assist in availing such service to the poor and needy patients.

The government of Nepal had pledged to allocate some land for the proposed kidney hospital. However, this has yet to materialize and can be attributed to the political upheaval and transition witnessed in Nepal over the last few years. We are still optimistic and are urging the concerned authorities to fulfill their commitment towards this cause.

With the financial support of Stifung Water Fuer Die Welt, Germany, the pure drinking water project was started in 2006. This project has not only served as a reservoir of water, but furthermore, the  locals of Seti Devi VDC have been able to distribute the water through pipes to individual homes. Thus, they have access to clean drinking water from taps in their own homes, rather than make an arduous journey to manually carry water in portable vessels. The project has distributed 235 private taps, and 7 public taps . The women of Setidevi are most appreciative and grateful of this facility.

Bio gas is a highly valuable energy source that can produce electricity and heat. Biogas (methane and carbon dioxide) is formed by the decomposition of organic matter in an oxygen-free environment. This method offers an attractive alternative of handling organic waste since most of the carbon dioxide in the waste is converted to bio gas, and the nutrients from the waste remains in the digestive  residue. Bio gas production was considered by us with the aim to generate environmentally friendly ash-free cooking gas, thereby drastically reducing costs of using other fuel products.

Over 25,000 stray dogs wander the streets of the Kathmandu valley. Most of these dogs live in a miserable state, suffering from disease, malnourishment and ill treatment.

The Street Dog Care Camp was established in February 2009 at Boudha Stupa. Every Saturday the SDC Camp team, consisting of two local veterinarians and volunteers, treats street dogs for skin diseases, infections and injuries. Every dog is de-wormed and vaccinated against rabies. Dogs in serious condition are treated at a veterinary clinic and cared for at the SDC Centre until they are fit to go back to the street or to be adopted.

Regular weekly camps are planned to take place simultaneously in several locations to provide care and information on the spot. Since the camps are held in public areas, They have an important role in building community awareness and support. People are encouraged to bring sick and injured street dogs from their neighborhoods.

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Event Details

Drolma says she believes anyone can benefit from listening to her music. You don't need to understand Tibetan, she says: it is an universal language. She is a 2013 Meeto Memorial Award winner and appointed UNICEF Nepal's first ever national ambassador.

Feel The Heal - Ani Choying Drolma 2020 Charity Concert

心受愈 - 瓊英卓玛2020慈善演唱会

Date: 4 January 2020 (SAT)
Time: 8:30PM
Venue: Istana Budaya, Panggung Sari, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


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