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IN MEMORY OF PRINCESS OF WALES: Kanchan Amatya from Nepal receive Dianna Award

Kanchan Amatya becomes the first Nepalese to be awarded with the prestigious Diana Memorial Award for social action and humanitarian work.

LONDON: Kanchan Amatya from Nepal has been honored with the prestigious Princess Diana Award, which was established in the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales after her death in 1997. It is the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action and humanitarian efforts and is supported by members of the British royal family, her two sons, their royal highness the Duke of Cambridge Prince William and the Duke of Sussex Prince Harry.

Amatya is the first Nepalese person to receive this honor and has been presented with the distinction on the occasion of the late Princess Diana’s what would have been her 58th Birthday. This year The Diana Award celebrates its 20th anniversary year.

As a Diana Award holder, she is also presented with an invitation to Althorp House, Princess Diana’s childhood home. These invitations are gifted to Diana Award Holders in kind by Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer, in recognition of their continuation of Diana’s legacy.

The “exceptional young people have demonstrated their ability to inspire and mobilize their own generation to service their communities through campaigning, volunteering, fundraising, tackling bullying or overcoming extreme life challenges.” The chief executive of the Diana award Tessy Ojo says, “We know by receiving this honor they will inspire more young people to get involved in their communities and begin their own journey as active citizens.”

Kanchan’s entry on the Diana Award 2019 Roll of Honor describes her as “ a passionate anti-poverty activist, women’s rights advocate and social entrepreneur.” Amatya has been serving as a UN Women’s Global Champion for Women’s Economic Empowerment and is the founder of youth-led social enterprise, Sustainable Fish Farming Initiative, which works with rural farmers to combat extreme hunger and poverty. She has previously coordinated efforts with World Bank, United Nations and co-led the Youth Assembly at the United Nations’ Resolution Committee working extensively with youths, grassroots advocates, survivors of gender-based violence across South Asia.

Previously, William and Harry, who have both met Diana Award winners on official royal engagements, said their mother, who died in a tragic 1997 Paris car crash, would have been proud of its achievements.

Accepting the award, Kanchan said, “I am committed to inspiring and mobilizing a new generation of Nepalese youths to serve their community, creating a world where nobody is uneducated or goes hungry, even for a single day.” (Photo Courtesy: The Diana Award)

Published Date: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 | 10:03 PM

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