Not even earthquakes, avalanches, monsoons and cloudbursts can stand in their way."CAT-CALLINGLee isn't far wrong.
The nuns are now taking on one of the biggest threats facing women and girls in India today. Stories feature daily in Indian newspapers and television channels of girls being raped on their way to school, students molested in taxis, and women stalked heading home from work.
(WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images) Latifa Safay (R), 15, Hanifa Doosti (C), 17, and Suraya Rezai, 19, students of the Shaolin Wushu club, take a selfie before practicing on a hilltop in Kabul, Afghanistan January 29, 2017.
(WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images) In this photograph taken on January 29, 2017, an Afghan member of a wushu martial arts group poses for a photograph at the Shahrak Haji Nabi hilltop overlooking Kabul.
(WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images) In this photograph taken on January 29, 2017, Afghan members of a Wushu martial arts group arrive to pose for photographs at the Shahrak Haji Nabi hilltop overlooking Kabul.
HEROESWangchuk is one of around 700 nuns globally who belong to the Drukpa lineage - the only female order in the patriarchal Buddhist monastic system where nuns have equal status to monks.
Traditionally, nuns are expected to cook and clean and are not permitted to exercise.
Following a massive earthquake in April 2015 in Nepal, they refused to leave but trekked to villages to remove rubble, clear pathways and distribute food to survivors.
Carrie Lee, president of Live to Love International, a charity which works with the Drukpa nuns to support marginalized Himalayan communities, says they are exceptional role models."They are fiercely compassionate and brave.
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Afghanistan's first female wushu trainer, Sima Azimi, 20, is training 20 Afghan girls aged between 14 - 20 at a wushu club in Kabul, after learning the sport while living as a refugee in Iran.
(WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images) In this photograph taken on January 29, 2017, Afghan members of a Wushu martial arts group display their skills as they pose for a photograph at the Shahrak Haji Nabi hilltop overlooking Kabul.
The nuns are active in the communities where they live, mainly in Nepal and India, treating sick animals and organizing eye care camps for villagers.