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CNN Heroes Award 2012: Will Pushpa bag‚ after Koirala


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In this file photo, Pushpa Basnet, who has been nominated for CNN Heroes Award 2012, with children.


KATHMANDU: Pushpa Basnet, a 28-year old Nepali female, who has been nominated for CNN Heroes Award 2012, will be joining eminent celebrities and personalities in the world ranging from “actors, musicians and athletes,” on Sunday night where top 10 nominates will be honoured for their endeavours to make world a better place to live in.

Identified to world as Nepali social worker, Pushpa Basnet has founded the Butterfly Home, and the Early Childhood Development Center, to provide a refuge to children who were languishing inside the Nepali prisons along with their parents.

Basnet runs a day care programme for children under six and a residential home where mostly older children receive education, food, medical care and a chance to live a more normal life.

"It's not fair for (these) children to live in the prison because they haven't done anything wrong," CNN earlier had quoted Basnet as saying.

"My mission is to make sure no child grows up behind prison walls."

Last year, Anuradha Koirala, a campaigner known for her anti-human trafficking drive through her non-profit making organisation Maiti Nepal, was named the CNN Hero. It was the first time that a Nepali had bagged the high-status international award.

It has been reported that those who have been nominated for CNN Heroes Award 2012 receives “a $50,000 grant to continue their life-changing work, whether it's helping child caregivers in Florida, rape victims in Haiti or schoolgirls in Afghanistan.

The programme will be telecasted live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

CNN says: An All-Star Tribute" will air live Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on CNN's global networks. You can also follow the show via live blog at

Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012

Pushpa Basnet

Pushpa Basnet was shocked to learn that many children in Nepal have to live in prisons with their parents. In 2005, she started a children's center that has provided support, such as housing, education and medical care, to more than 140 children of incarcerated parents.

Wanda Butts

Wanda Butts lost her son in a drowning accident six years ago. In his memory, she started the Josh Project, a nonprofit that taught nearly 1,200 children -- most of them minorities -- how to swim.

Mary Cortani

Mary Cortani is a former Army dog trainer who started Operation Freedom Paws, a nonprofit that helps war veterans train their own service dogs. Since 2010, she has worked with more than 80 veterans who have invisible wounds such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

Catalina Escobar

Catalina Escobar is helping young moms in Colombia, where one in five girls age 15-19 is or has been pregnant. Since 2002, her foundation has provided counseling, education and job training to more than 2,000 teenage mothers.

Razia Jan

Razia Jan is fighting to educate girls in rural Afghanistan, where terrorists will stop at nothing to keep them from learning. She and her team at the Zabuli Education Center are providing a free education to about 350 girls, many of whom wouldn't normally have access to school.

Thulani Madondo

Thulani Madondo struggled as a child growing up in the slums of Kliptown, South Africa. Today, his Kliptown Youth Program provides school uniforms, tutoring, meals and activities to 400 children in the community.

Leo McCarthy

In memory of his daughter who was killed by a drunken driver in 2007, Leo McCarthy started Mariah's Challenge. The nonprofit gives college scholarships to teenagers who pledge not to drink while they're underage. Nearly $150,000 in scholarship money has been awarded.

Connie Siskowski

Connie Siskowski is helping young people who have to take care of an ill, disabled or aging family member. Since 2006, her nonprofit has provided assistance to more than 550 young caregivers in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Scott Strode

After beating his addiction to drugs and alcohol, Scott Strode found support through sports. Since 2007, his nonprofit, Phoenix Multisport, has provided free athletic activities and a sober support community to more than 6,000 participants in Colorado.

Malya Villard-Appolon

Malya Villard-Appolon is a rape survivor dedicated to supporting victims of sexual violence in Haiti. In 2004, she co-founded KOFAVIV, an organization that has helped more than 4,000 rape survivors find safety, psychological support and/or legal aid.

Celebrities taking part

The celebrities taking part in this year's show include movie stars Susan Sarandon, Adrien Brody, Maria Bello, Viola Davis, Harvey Keitel and Josh Duhamel; athletes Jeff Gordon and Cullen Jones; and hip-hop artist 50 Cent. Television stars Rainn Wilson ("The Office"), Rico Rodriguez ("Modern Family"), Jane Lynch ("Glee"), Miranda Cosgrove ("iCarly") and David Spade ("Rules of Engagement") will also be participating.

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