Our Mission

Changing Lives, Saving Futures

No mother should have to choose between bringing her children to prison, or abandoning them to the streets. Our mission is to give mothers a better alternative, and to give children a home, a life, and a future. By sharing Pushpa’s powerful story and showing people how they can help, we believe Pushpa’s cause will keep growing—one screening, one donation, one child at a time.

Our Founder

Pushpa Basnet

At age 21, Pushpa visited a women’s prison in Kathmandu and came face to face with children living alongside their incarcerated mothers. She soon started the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC), the first step in a lifelong mission to rescue Nepal’s imprisoned children.

Since then, she has founded Butterfly Home and has rescued and cared for over 500 children.

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Our Team

Expert Support

Our members include young Nepalese leaders in the non-profit, business, education and healthcare sectors. Their expertise helps guide our mission and ensures that our ongoing effort to make a difference in the lives of children is successful. 

Board Members

  • Pushpa Basnet (President/Founder)
    Purnima Basnet (Vice President)
    Bishal Rai (General Secretary)
    Pratikshya Shrestha (Vice Secretary)
    Rupa Rai (Treasurer)
    Amrit Thapa
    Shova Giri
    Suza Shrestha
    Vyom Koirala

General Members

  • Sarita Basnet
    Laxmi Thapa
    Rupa Chettri
    Radika Lama
    Phool Maya Tamang
    Punam Ranabhat
    Shachamaya Tamang

U.S. Board Members

  • Angela Bernhard Thomas
    Dianne Bernhard
    Jeff Burde
    Thomas Morgan
    Morgan Spurlock
    David Yassky
    Hillary Weldon

Our Press

July 24, 2015

One Woman’s Perserverence in Nepal—The Story of Pushpa Basnet

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May 21, 2015

Dreams ‘Scattered’ by Nepal Earthquake

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January 9, 2015

The Butterfly Home: Child Support

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March 18, 2012

Pushpa Basnet: Another Go at the CNN Award

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March 17, 2012

28 Year Old Nepali Female Pushpa Basnet nominated CNN Hero 2012

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March 12, 2014

Pushpa Basnet: CNN Hero of the Year

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Say Hello

Come Find Us

Visitors are always welcome. Take a tour, learn about us up close, or drop off a donation. Just give us advanced notice so we can prepare for your arrival and assist you during the visit. Our office is 6kms north of Kathmandu—once you cross Ring Road, it’s an additional 4kms to Budanilkantha. You’ll pass Narangopal Chok and Hattiguda Chok and will find us about 200m from Chapili Gau Chok, on the right side of the road (just beside the New Look Motorcycle Workshop).

  • Send All Mail To
  • Early Childhood Development Center
  • PO Box 2108
  • Kathmandu, Nepal

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