Friday, December 07, 2012

Pushpa Basnet

On Sunday night, Pushpa Basnet became the second Nepali women to be named the CNN Hero of the Year. Moved and inspired not only by an overwhelming sense of national pride, but also by the incredible cause Basnet stands for, Prabal tweeted @prabalgurung 'So proud of Pushpa Basnet from Nepal who was named the CNN hero of the year 2012.'

Eight years ago, when Basnet was just 21 years old she started a day care program in Kathmandu for the children of Nepali prison in mates. Nepalese public resources are limited, and children are often taken into prison with their parents when no other guardian is found.

Basnet first visited prison as a social work student and was horrified by the conditions in which the children were being raised. At that point Basnet set about on her mission to ensure that “no child grows up behind prison walls” and opened the Early Childhood Development Center, a day care program for prison children aged 2-4 years old. In 2007, Basnet decided to open Butterfly home, a residential home for the older children to live outside of prison providing each with shelter, food, healthcare and education. Today, there are 46 children mostly above the age of 6 living in the home- which Basnet describes as “a big family with lots and lots of love.”

Basnet says that she will use the award money to continue with her mission and help build better facilities for the children who are still forced to live in prisons in Nepal.

Prabal's own foundation - Shikshya Foundation Nepal in fact sponsors the education of 23 of the girls at the center. The Shikshya Foundation works to educate underprivileged children in Nepal. Pushpa Basnet's recognition is as a result all the more close to Prabal's heart.

Please donate to this amazing cause, and help save children from growing up in horrifying captivity HERE