Pushpa Basnet and the Children from Waiting for Mamu Survived Nepal Earthquake

Pushpa Basnet Nepal Earthquake CNN hero

We are happy to be able to share with our friends and supporters that Pushpa Basnet and the 48 children of incarcerated parents that she cares for are all safe after the devastating earthquake in Nepal last week.  Pushpa and the children she cares for are the subjects of the short documentary film Waiting for Mamu, which Shine is proud to be attached to.

When the quake hit, they had to evacuate their home which was severely damaged and which they fear is now structurally unsound.  They fled to a nearby field and Pushpa and some of the older children have created a shelter using the frame of a greenhouse, taping plastic around the sides to protect themselves. Speaking to CNN she said, “It’s really cold in the middle of the night; there are lots of fox in the field.”  Though they are all scared, she is trying to stay positive telling CNN “I think for the time being, whatever we have, we should be happy, you know? Because at least we have our life” adding “(My kids) all are safe. That’s the most important thing for me.”

With the winnings from her CNN Award and support from viewers of the film, Pushpa had bought a piece of land to build a permanent “Butterfly Home” for the children at the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC).  Construction was almost complete and they had planned the opening ceremony for October of this year.  “When the earthquake hit that land, all my dreams were scattered,” she told CNN. “I have to restart again.”

Donations can be made to Pushpa through the Utopia Foundation by clicking here – 100% of them will go to helping them recover from the earthquake and rebuild their home.

You can read more and see the video report from CNN here.


March 12th Screening and Benefit for Pushpa Basnet of Waiting For Mamu

Waiting for Mamu 3.12.14 Invitation

In Waiting for Mamu, 28-year-old Pushpa Basnet struggles to provide a typical childhood for the more than 150 children she has rescued from the floors of Nepal’s prisons. Pushpa, or Mamu as she is called by the children, feeds, clothes, educates, and loves her children while struggling to pay rent and overcome the discrimination of landlords and neighbors when she is surprised by worldwide recognition as the 2012 CNN Hero of the year.

As one of the poorest countries in the world (according to UNICEF, 55% of the population lives below the international poverty line), Nepal has none of the social safety nets that exist in most western countries. When parents are sent to prison, there is nowhere for their children to go. Many enter prison at a young age with their parents and are released to the world at age 18, with no life skills or support system, knowing nothing of the world but what they experienced in a jail cell, creating a vicious cycle of poverty and crime. The film shares Pushpa’s passion to help and the story of what it means for a child to grow up in prison and yet find hope in unlikely places.

Please join Prabal Gurung, Susan Sarandon, Shikshya Foundation Nepal, NEUEHOUSE, director/producer Thomas Morgan, and producer Angela Thomas in New York on March 12, 2014 for a special screening of the award winning short documentary Waiting for Mamu and a chance to meet the incredible Pushpa Basnet and support her work to ensure no child has to grow up behind prison walls.

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