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Pushpa Basnet Named CNN’s 2012 Hero of the Year

A 29-year-old Nepalese woman who advocates for the rights of children who live in jail with their incarcerated parents was named the 2012 CNN Hero of the Year Sunday.

Pushpa Basnet runs a nonprofit organization in Nepal that provides shelter, education, food, medical care and day care for children whose parents. Her organization has helped more than 140 children since it was founded in 2005.

Basnet, who received $250,000 to continue her work, was chosen from the top 10 finalists through a nine-week public vote.

Video of Anderson Cooper‘s interview with Basnet is after the jump.

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CNN Names Top 10 Heroes of 2012

Today, CNN named the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012, one of whom will be named “CNN Hero of the Year” during the live broadcast hosted by Anderson Cooper from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 2.

Online voting for “CNN Hero of the Year” is now open, and will run through Wednesday, November 28. This year, votes can also be shared on Facebook and Twitter. The Hero with the most votes will be named “CNN Hero of the Year,” and receive an additional $250,000 grant.

This year the Annenberg Foundation is pitching in too. Selected CNN Heroes will be entered into the Annenberg Alchemy program, providing guidance in fundraising, communications, management of volunteers, and strategies.

Now in its sixth year, the CNN Heroes initiative has received more than 45,000 nominations from more than 100 countries.

The Top 10 CNN Heroes hail from around the world; from Boca Raton to Kathmandu. Meet them after the jump…

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