Know More About ECDC

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Founded in 2005 by a young Nepali woman named Pushpa Basnet at the age of 21, the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) a registered non-governmental, non-profit organization aims at providing a homely environment for the children living in prison with their parents. This may also mean rescuing the children from serving their parents’ sentences and helping them enjoy their fundamental rights – food, clothes, shelter and education.

In Nepal, there are only a few organizations that work for the welfare of the prisoners and there are hardly any projects operating to look after the children staying in prison along with their parents. Even the government has not allocated any specific budget as such for these innocent children serving the prison sentences of their parents. The need to provide a strong foundation for the construction of their behavior and values of the young inmates is strongly felt, so Early Childhood Development Centre (ECDC) was founded.


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. 

ECDC intends to become a place, where the surrounding environment of the child is modified to respond and accommodate to his/her needs, which is hardly available within the prison premises. ECDC facilitates to produce a conducive environment to support the growth and development of each child residing at home, furthermore, fully enhancing each child socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually that may not be possible for the child to develop inside a prison environment. ECDC also supports children who live with their mothers at home but whose fathers are in prison.

  • Founding of ECDC Jan 1, 2000

    Pushpa founds the Early Childhood Development Center (Ecdc), registered non-profit in Nepal as daycare center.

  • Residential HomeJan 15, 2002

    Establishment of a residential home and kindergarten program for children ages 2 through 17

  • CNN HeroMay 10, 2006

    Pushpa is awarded the CNN Hero of the year award.

  • First graduate for SEEMay 27, 2006

    ECDC Children Laxmi passed SEE.

  • Residential butterfly HomeJun 21, 2006

    Ground Stone laid for the Butterfly Home and construction of a permanent home begins.

  • EarthquakeApr 22, 2015

    In April and May 2015 two Massive earthquakes destroy 60% of the butterfly Home, which was 4 months short of completion.

  • CNN Super Hero Sep 30, 2016

    Pushpa is awarded the CNN Super Hero.

  • Kids book launch SingaporeMay 15, 2018

    ECDC and Air amber jointly launched 6 series Butterfly Book with its author’s ECDC children.

  • Youth BuildingJun 21, 2018

    Ground Stone laid for the Youth Building and construction of a permanent home begins.

  • Butterfly Foundation Aug 13, 2019

    Butterfly foundation is not for profit organization established by youth of ECDC.


Since 2005, We have had a team that is passionate and dedicated to help these children and women give a glimpse of hope. We’re a small, tight-knit team that have a strong belief that if any circumstances restrict the possibilities to the children, parents can look for ECDC or Pushpa Basnet, who can offer a better future.

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We have members from various sectors such as  Young Nepalese Leaders in the Non-Profit, Business, Education and Health Sectors. Their expertise helps guide our mission, and ensures the effectiveness of our work in trying to make a difference in the lives of the children that we serve.

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