Children's campaigner Pushpa Basnet named CNN Hero of 2012
December 3rd, 2012
12:39 AM ET

Children's campaigner Pushpa Basnet named CNN Hero of 2012

Pushpa Basnet, a Nepalese woman who supports children so they don't have to live behind bars with their incarcerated parents, was named the 2012 CNN Hero of the Year on Sunday night.

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.


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  1. Portland tony

    I realize that CNN has a world wide audience and this woman deserves recognition, but what about the hundreds if not thousands of selfless individuals who do exactly the same charitable work right here at home in the US. I honestly think it's disingenuous to single out one individual whereas there are so many deserving of being

    December 3, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      That's. "Being recognized"

      December 3, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Portland tony

    Obviously by your response, you haven't a clue what true heroism is. I have no quarrel with this young woman being singled out as CNN's hero. But her selfless acts are not unique and there are many others, not just in the US, but in every corner of this world who deserve recognition for humanitarian work as well. And no I didn't vote for any of the nominees because these were not MY heroes!

    December 3, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. s kel

    Portland Tony thats probably the troll phill who wrote that!

    December 3, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |