KATHMANDU, May 3: Dan Church Aid (DCA), an international non-governmental organization (INGO) of Denmark, has honored the executive chairperson of Friends Service Council Nepal (FSCN) Surya Bahadur Thapa with the International Humanitarian Hero 2017 award.
This award is given every year by the DCA to acknowledge those individuals who have greatly contributed to the humanitarian sector.
Thapa was chosen from among the candidates from 40 countries where DCA is currently active in the humanitarian sector, reads a statement issued by FSCN, Lalitpur on Tuesday.
The award ceremony was held on April 29 at the DCA headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The award was handed over to Thapa by the general secretary of DCA, Birgitte Qvist-Sorensen, during a special ceremony.
After the devastating earthquake of April 25, 2015, FSCN under the leadership of Thapa immediately started relief distribution to the earthquake-affected communities of Bhaktapur and Lalitpur districts in partnership with DCA, World Jewish Relief (WJR) and in coordination with the district disaster relief committees (DDRC) and the local-level state agencies, reads the statement.
The FSCN stated that Thapa has been actively involved in social service, humanitarian works and for the human rights of the marginalized people since the past 30 years. He is also the founder/chairperson of National Disaster Management Network of Nepal and the treasurer of Forum for Protection of Consumers Rights-Nepal. In the past, he had also held the post of the treasurer of Social Welfare Council.