BENEFITING: UTOPIA FOUNDATION INC
One very special project and champion, 2012 CNN Hero of The Year, Pushpa Basnet and her Early Childhood Development Center in Kathmandu, Nepal, need your help after Nepal's devastating earthquake in April.
The Utopia Foundation is committed to helping Nepal in the wake of the earthquake, a 7.8 level earthquake with aftershocks of 6.7. The earthquake was hugely destructive, killing over 9,000 and injuring over 23,000. The infrastructure of daily life, already under stress in one of the poorest countries on earth, tumbled. Food, water and medical resources are scarce. There are so many that need help it may be overwhelming to consider where to begin. We know that supporting Pushpa Basnet, 2012 CNN Hero of The Year, is a very good place to start. She is a true champion and will be an honorable guardian of the children during this devastating time. 100% of your donation through this site goes directly to support the children of ECDC/Butterfly House and rebuilding their beloved new home.
Started by one of our inspiring champions, Pushpa Basnet, the ECDC/Butterfly Home gives Nepalese children, who would otherwise be forced to live in prison, a chance for a bright future. In Nepal there are very few childrens’ homes, and incarcerated mothers must choose between bringing their child to live with them in prison or sending them to the street. Pushpa Basnet started a day-care and residential program in Kathmandu, Nepal to provide education, food medical care, and a home to the 50+ children she adopted out of prison. Pushpa also runs a program that teaches the incarcerated mothers how to create handicrafts, a skill they can use once they are released.
A permanent home for the children, called the Butterfly Home, was in construction and almost complete when it was devastated by the earthquake. The house has remarkable damage, as does the rental house Pushpa and the kids were living in during construction of the Butterfly Home. Wary of aftershocks and unstable structures, Pushpa and the kids were staying outside in the field through heavy rain under a makeshift shelter and have only recently moved back into their rental. These next few months will be a struggle as infrastructures for food, water and shelter are compromised. The situation has been made worse by the onset of monsoon season, which will continue until the end of August.
For more information about Pushpa, you can also watch and buy, Waiting for Mamu, the documentary of Pushpa’s story, told through the children that she has saved http://www.waitingformamu.com. Over 100 children have been rescued, raised and returned to their families. Your gifts will help provide a loving home with warm meals and clothing, support administrative costs, provide health care and education for the children living in Pushpa’s care.
They really need you. The Utopia Foundation gives 100% of donations directly to this cause. Utopia Foundation is a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.