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Nepal's Pushpa Basnet get CNN 'Hero of the Year' award

Dec 05, 2012

Pushpa Basnet and her NGO Early Childhood Development Center won the CNN 'Hero of the Year' award for the year 2012 in a glittering, star-studded ceremony held on 2nd December at Los Angeles.

Hollywood gathered to honour some real-life heroes recently at Los Angeles. Anderson Cooper hosted the sixth annual CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, which recognises people from all over the world for their work towards an equal world and development of the not-so-priviledged. For 2012, Pushpa Basnet of Kathmandu, Nepal was presented with the CNN "Hero of the Year" award by Susan Sarandon for her work in her country.

Basnet started the Early Childhood Development Center, as a way of making the lives of children in Nepal better. Nepal has a big chunk of population who live in poverty, and children get a raw deal wiht many having to live in prison. But Basnet since 2005 has been a guardian angel for children in Nepal by providing housing, education, and medical care to more than 140 children of incarcerated parents.With this award, Basnet received $50,000 in recognition of her work (along with the other top 10 heroes), but the Early Childhood Development Center got an additional $250,000 grant for getting the top spot.

In addition Basnet and the other top ten will also receive free training from the Annenberg Foundation, a leading supporter of nonprofits worldwide. "We have found that the most effective nonprofits are like the CNN Heroes -- organizations with strong and visionary leaders and a bold, new approach to getting the job done," said Wallis Annenberg, the foundation's president, CEO and chairman of the board. "Our hope is that in supporting them -- especially smaller nonprofits, still struggling to survive and to thrive -- we will help them get wider attention and become models across the world."

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