Monday, December 3, 2012

CNN Hero of the Year – Pushpa Basnet

Once again, a Nepali woman awarded CNN Hero of the Year. In 2010, Anuradha Koirala received the CNN award for dedicating herself to combat women’s trafficking and sex slavery. And this year, the award was given to Pushpa Basnet. She devoted her life to support children whose parents get incarcerated and are forced to stay behind bars with their mothers.

At the age of 29, Pushpa received such a prestigious honor by CNN. Not only did she receive the honor, she also got awarded $250,000 to continue her work. Hopefully, this money will benefit her in nourishing the lives of these children and provide them with the best of education, food, and medical care.

It’s always relieving to see a common man supporting the mango people. Since we live in a cruel and a selfish world, not many come forward and do their due diligence for the poor and needy.

Pushpa has been helping these children since 2005 and takes care of more than 140 children of incarcerated parents. She has been a very focused and determined person from her teenage years. At the age of 21, Pushpa witnessed how children lived in prison with their mothers; and from that point onwards she was persistent to help them live a normal life outside prison.

Let’s all hope that Pushpa gets the best in her life, so she could accommodate a better life to all these children who have nowhere to go. Wish you all the good luck and the dignified life. Women like you, make us proud and make the whole nation content. *Big Hug*



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