December 12, 2016: Pushpa Basnet was named the CNN SuperHero. She will receive $50,000.
Pushpa Basnet founded the Early Childhood Development Center, or ECDC, in Kathmandu, Nepal. It provides housing, education, medical services and healthy meals to children forced to live inside Nepal's prisons with their parents, often in dire conditions.
With the money she was awarded as the 2012 CNN Hero of the Year, Basnet was able to reduce the number of children living in prisons, offer scholarships and purchase land to build a new "butterfly home," as she calls the safe haven run by the ECDC.
Then, in 2015, the unthinkable happened — just as her new "butterfly home" was nearing completion, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, nearly destroying the entire structure. Despite the setback, Basnet and the ECDC have soldiered on. A German charity stepped in and provided the money needed to rebuild the house, and on February 3, 2016, Basnet and her children moved in. Today, the ECDC is stronger than ever and plans to help even more children.