In 2005, Pushpa founded The Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC), a registered non-profit in Nepal. At first, ECDC took care of 5 children under the age of 6. ECDC would care for these children during the day but return them to their mothers at night. “Maintaining this attachment with the mother, especially at this age, is imperative,” Pushpa said.
Ten years later, Pushpa runs a residential home and kindergarten program for children ages 0 through 20. ECDC has provided alternative residence, school enrollment, nutritious meals, medical care, and a nurturing home for over 100 children.
ECDC does more than enroll the children in private schools and provide routine medical check-ups. Pushpa strives to create an atmosphere of innovation and excitement at the residential home. The children take classes with local entrepreneurs and volunteers, learning painting, yoga, music, gardening, documentary film making, languages, and computers.
“It is not just about you living, you have to try to make your world a better place,” said Pushpa. “If I give them good education and everything, tomorrow there will be less crime. They won’t be facing the same thing that their parents are facing. These children have opportunities because they are educated.”
Founding of ECDC
May 24, 2005
Pushpa founds The Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC), a registered non-profit in Nepal as a daycare centre.
July 2, 2006
Establishment of a residential home and kindergarten program for children ages 2 through 17.
January 1, 2009
Pushpa starts a program to teach incarcerated mothers income-generating activities.
December 2, 2012
Pushpa is awarded the CNN Hero of the Year Award. With the prize money she purchases a plot of land for the Butterfly Home
Waiting for Mamu
July 13, 2013
Pushpa’s story is told in the documentary “Waiting for Mamu” by Thomas Morgan and gains interest world wide.
June 24, 2014
Ground stone laid for the Butterfly Home and construction of a permanent home begins.
April 25, 2015
In April and May 2015 two massive earthquakes destroy 60% of the Butterfly Home, which was 4 months short of completion.