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Nepalese Advocate Pushpa Basnet is 2012 CNN Hero

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 3, 2012

CNN Hero 2012(CNN) — Pushpa Basnet, a Nepalese woman who supports children so they don’t have to live behind bars with their incarcerated parents, was named the 2012 CNN Hero of the Year on Sunday night.

Nepal is one of the poorest countries, and space is very limited in the few group homes affiliated with the government. So when a parent is incarcerated and no other guardian can be found, children have little choice but to live in prison as well.

Basnet, 29, is determined to give these children another option.

She started a home in Kathmandu where children can receive education, food, medical care and a chance to live a more normal life. She also runs a day care program for children who are too young to be separated from their parent.

“These children have done nothing wrong. They are simply caught in something they do not understand,” Basnet said during “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” which took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and honored her and the other top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012. “We want to work with the government to bring them all out from of prison. And they deserve a better future.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepali nominated for CNN Heroes-2012 award

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 17, 2012

Nepali social worker Pushpa Basnet has been nominated for the CNN Heroes Award 2012.

The 28-year-old Basnet has been nominated for her service to children whose parents are serving time in various prisons in the country.

“The children must not be forced to live behind bars with their parents,” said Basnet, who started her non-profit organisation Early Childhood Development Centre in 2005.

Ms. Basnet was pursuing an undergraduate course in social welfare when she first visited the women’s cell in the Kalimati Police Station in Kathmandu six years ago to enquire about a one-year-old child living with his mother in the cell. That incident made her work for the children of imprisoned parents, Basnet said. Currently, 40 such children are living in her shelter, where she provides them with food, clothing, education, medicines and all other basic things. She said she is giving shelter to children from prisons in Dhading, Pokhara, Jajarkot, Phidim, Birgunj and Nepalgunj. Read the rest of this entry »

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