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article imageVideo: Pushpa Basnet named 2012 CNN Hero of the Year

By Can Tran     Dec 3, 2012 in World
On Sunday night in a live telecast, Pushpa Basnet was selected and given the distinction of being the 2012 CNN Hero of the Year for her work towards helping Nepal's children.
At the end of these year, major publications give different titles and distinctions. Right now, TIME Magazine has its short list of the 2012 Person of the Year with the final night of voting being on December 12. Recently, when it was learned that Sandra Fluke was put on the shortlist to possibly being the 2012 TIME Person of the Year. News of that had TIME drawing fire from many conservative pundits. However, TIME is not the only news media outlet that's having its own person of the year. Recently, CNN has chosen its 2012 Hero of the Year.
The honor goes to Pushpa Basnet of Nepal. Basnet has been and continues to dedicate her life to making the lives better for Nepal's children. She has a non-profit group called the Early Childhood Development Center that helps children whose parents are incarcerated. While the world calls her Pushpa Basnet, the children refer to her as “Mamu.”
This all originated back in college when Basnet was doing a project. While during a prison visit, Basnet learned that plenty of children have to live with their parents if they get incarcerated in prison. To help rehabilitate the children, Basnet created her group. In the Business Standard, Basnet's friends and families had their concerns. According to Basnet in the article, her father was scared for her life. Now, they are supportive of her.
Basnet and other nominees, on Sunday night, got to meet various celebrities. Also, rapper Ne-Yo gave his performance at the CNN Heroes celebration.
So far, Basnet was awarded a total of $300K. She was awarded $250K for being the 2012 Hero of the Year. Earlier, she was given $50K for being nominated for the top ten short list.
While the others didn't get the $250K award, they still got $50K to further their causes. On top of that, they each receive a copy of the Annenberg Alchemy program. That too alone can be invaluable as it helps with fundraising, communications, etc.
Other nominees were Thulani Madondo for his Kliptown Youth Program, Scott Strode for his Phoenix Multisport, Malya Villard-Appolon for her KOFAVIV, Mary Cortani for Operation Freedom Paws, Wanda Butts for her Josh Project, Catalina Escobar for her efforts of helping teen mothers, Razia Jan for her Zabuli Education Center, Leo McCarthy for Mariah's Challenge, and Connie Siskowski for her efforts to help people take care of the needy.
This is Madondo talking about the Kliptown Youth Program at a TED Talk.
This is Scott Strode talking about Phoenix Multisport.
This is about Appolon's KOFAVIV.
This is about McCarthy's Marian's Challenge.
Basnet has been running her group since 2005.
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