Social worker Pushpa Basnet wins the CNN Superhero competition

Dec. 16, 2016, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol.10, No.9, December. 16, 2016 (Poush 01,2073)

With her strong commitment to give opportunities to children of parents in prison, social worker Pushpa Basnet has already made a great contribution to improve the life of innocents.

As the mission of Nepali social worker Pushpa Basnet to serve these children continues, she has been declared the CNN Superhero at the 10th anniversary of the CNN Heroes Campaign.

While receiving the honor, Basnet extended her thanks to all for turning her dream into a reality.

“Thank you everyone who voted for me. Especially the CNN team and the Heroes Team and everyone, thank you for making my dream a reality,” she said.

Basnet is the founder of the Kathmandu-based Early Childhood Development Center that looks after the children forced to live with their parents in prisons.

Amid a special program organized by CNN, Basnet bagged the award for her contribution.

Founder of the Early Childhood Development Centre (ECDC), Basnet had also won the CNN Heroes award in the year 2012. Apart from Basnet, four other previous CNN Heroes winners Liz McCartney (2008), Efren Peñaflorida (2009), Robin Lim (2011) and Chad Pregracke (2013) had been nominated for the title.

CNN Super Heroes is a special title awarded to one of the five previous CNN Heroes winners to celebrate 10 years of the CNN Heroes campaign.

Jeison Aristizábal of Colombia has been awarded with the CNN Heroes 2016 title for providing educational and medical support for youth living with disabilities in the country, CNN reported.

She also received a cash prize of USD 50,000 from the global television giant.

She outperformed other contestants— Robin Lim, Liz McCartney, Efren Peñaflorida and Chad Pregracke— to win the title through online voting. She had already won the CNN Hero title in 2012.


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