In the early age of 21, she already started her advocacy of giving children their lives back.

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.”

-CNN, “Basket named CNN Hero of the Year”

Link here: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/02/world/cnnheroes-show/index.html

 

This story gives me hope. It talks about passion and love. Just goes to show, we haven’t lost our humanity.

Let’s open 2013 with joy and passion, enough fuel to drive for change, in and out of ourselves.

Let’s start celebrating life–now.

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CNN Hero of the Year 2012: Pushpa Basnet

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