In 2005, Pushpa founded The Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC), a registered non-profit in Nepal. At first, ECDC took care of 4 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.

Over a decade later, Pushpa runs a residential home and kindergarten program for children ages 0 through 20. Over those years, ECDC has provided alternative residence, school enrollment, nutritious meals, medical care, and a nurturing home for over 120 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.

Residential Home

July 2, 2006

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

Handicraft Program

January 1, 2009

Pushpa starts a program to teach incarcerated mothers income-generating activities.

CNN Hero

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.

Butterfly Home

June 24, 2014

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

Earthquakes

April 25, 2015

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