( Nov. 27) On the occasion of the World AIDS Day 2009, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Caritas Nepal are jointly hosting a grand Cultural Program in Damak. The popular Nepali Rock and Pop band, 1974 AD is going to rock the show which is primarily organized to bring awareness among the Bhutanese refugees on HIV AIDS and other sexual diseases.
During a 13-day campaign starting November 25 ( International Day for Crime against women) until World Human Rights Day, December 10, the concert will go onstage with the slogan “Music for Relief” on 28 of November.
UNHCR head of branch office,Damak, Rianawati said that this program is intended mainly to raise awareness about the fatal disease HIV/AIDS and is aimed at uniting refugees and the local residents to fight jointly against the disease. Similarly, field director, S.J. Amalraj of Caritas Nepal, sub-office Damak, has invited every one to participate and enjoy the program.
The venue for the program is Saraswati High school located at Damak and it is absolutely free for everyone to attend. The funding for the concert is from a campaign ‘Més que un Club’ jointly launched by Spanish Football Club, FC Barcelona and UN Refugee agency to educate and participate refugee youths in sports.
UNHCR has been working with other INGOs in organizing and launching various awareness programs in and around the Bhutanese refugee camps in Nepal. Among its partners is AMDA-Nepal which is in the service for nearly two decades now to inform refugees in health -related matters and to provide medical services to them.
Every year, first of December is observed internationally as AIDS day.
(News based on http://www.newsofexile.blogspot.com)
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