Two programmes targeting reformatory inmates and female domestic abuse victims has been officially unveiled by World Taekwondo in Kathmandu in Nepal.
The Nepal Taekwondo Cares project is jointly supported by World Taekwondo and the Asia Development Foundation (ADF), with the Nepal Taekwondo Association delivering the scheme.
Hundreds of people gathered for the launch at the National Taekwondo Academy in Lalitpur, including 88 students from two reformatory inmate centres, the Prisoner Assistance Nepal and the Early Childhood Development Center.
Another 162 students from four women empowerment centres - Rakshya Nepal, Genesis Academy, Aasha Nepal and Maiti Nepal - in Kathmandu were also present.
World Taekwondo President Chungnwon Choue, ADF vice-president Nam-chul Choue, Nepal's Minister of Yuth and Sports Jagat Bahdur Sunar Bishwakarma,, Pitambar Timilsina, vice-president of the National Sports Council, Jeevan Ram Shrestha, President of the Nepal Olympic Committee, and Nepal Taekwondo Association President Prakash Shumsher Rana were all present at the ceremony in Lalitpur.
Also in attendance were Rick Shin, secretary general of World Taekwondo Pan America, Selma Li, President of GCS International Portland, USA Chapter; and grand master Jay-kyun Shin, better known as the "father of Nepal taekwondo".
During the ceremony, World Taekwondo President Choue delivered an honorary Dan certificate to the Nepal Sports Minister and the National Sports Council vice-president.
He also presented appreciation plaques and certificates to Nepali dignitaries in recognition of their dedication to the development of taekwondo in Nepal.
The ceremony featured taekwondo demonstrations by the Nepal Taekwondo Association Demonstration Team and students of the 2019 Nepal Taekwondo Cares programmes.
"I wish to thank the Nepal Taekwondo Association and the Asia Development Foundation for supporting these Nepal Taekwondo Cares projects," said Choue.
"We want to keep expanding these Cares programmes in Nepal.
"Through taekwondo education and training, I wish you to grow up as good global citizens and hope that some of you will become champions of international taekwondo championships."
Earlier in the day a peace statue at the United Nations World Heritage site of Swoyambhu in Kathmandu.
The statue was dedicated to the founder of GCS International, the late Dr Young Seek Choue, who proposed the UN promulgate the UN International Day of Peace in 1981 and the 1986 Year of Peace.
The peace statue text reads: "During the massive earthquake in April 2015 in Nepal, the World Taekwondo carried out an earthquake relief project in Nepal.
"That project acted as a pilot programme for the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation, which was established in April 2016.
"Such initiatives and movements are closely following the spirit and philosophy of Dr Young Seek Choue's GCS Movement."
Nepal's National Taekwondo Academy has also been officially recognised as a regional training centre in a ceremony in Kathmandu.
As part of the centre's grand opening, World Taekwondo President Choue delivered a certificate of recognition to Nepal Taekwondo Association President Prakash Shumsher Rana.
"I strongly want this Nepal WT regional training centre to serve as a good educational training centre for taekwondo people not only in Nepal, but also in the South Asia region." Choue said.
The centre becomes the 12th regional World Taekwondo training centre.
The first one was designated in Beijing in 2008.