SINGAPORE (June 3): For the past 15 years, Li Yajun, also known affectionately as Nana to people around her, has given up the creature comforts of her home in Taiwan to spend nearly all her time in the remote villages in Nepal, working with and for the rural poor. In 2013, she set up a charity organisation, World Without Suffering, that works to develop better education and healthcare infrastructure in the poverty-stricken Himalayan country. Li has also galvanised support from her countrymen, including Taiwanese doctors, to volunteer in the communities. In 2013, Li’s alma mater, the Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages in Taiwan, gave her a distinguished alumni award in recognition of her dedication to humanitarian work.

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