Swedish singer to croon for Badi women

KATHMANDU: The plight of women from Badi community is heart-rending — they are forced to support their families through prostitution. To help such vulnerable women, who hail from the western region of Nepal, renowned singer and songwriter of Sweden Carola Haggkvist arrived in the Capital on December 29.

In a press meet held at Hotel Yak and Yeti, Durbar Marg on December 30, the Swedish singer revealed that she is helping them because she believes in “giving love to all”.

It is not her lone effort though. Haggkvist will be supporting The Light House Foundation — an organisation that has been working to rescue the aforementioned women from prostitution and help them uplift their poor economic condition — in its mission.

But how? With her 32-year-long singing career, the pop musician has been crooning “in different concerts in Sweden to raise funds to help rescue women from Nepal’s Badi community”. She also raises funds to “support them in attaining education and work being independent”.

And in her first visit to Nepal, the singer will be performing at an event — to celebrate the sixth annual day of The Light House Foundation — on December 31 at Nepal Academy, Kamaladi.

The fund raised from the event will be used to construct residential buildings for the rescued women, informed Haggkvist.

“I have always wanted to stand up for social cause. Also, these women must get out from the vulnerable condition they are currently facing. Therefore, I am here to support them through a small help,” she shared.