Because Nepal lacks the social safety net that exists in most Western nations, many children there have little choice but to live in prison when their parents are incarcerated.
Since 2005, however, Pushpa Basnet has been working to get some of these kids out from behind prison walls.
Basnet provides a day care program for children under 6, and she runs a home where dozens of kids have a chance to live a more normal life.
Basnet and her group have helped more than 140 children of incarcerated parents.
CNN asked for her thoughts on being chosen as one of the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012.
CNN: What do you hope this recognition will mean for the Early Childhood Development Center?
Pushpa Basnet: I think this recognition has given importance to the welfare and upbringing of the children who will become responsible citizens of the country and the leaders of tomorrow.
I hope that ECDC is soon able to expand its services so that it is able to accommodate more children who are still living behind prison walls.
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