Anuradha Koirala

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Anuradha Koirala
Born 14 April 1949 (1949-04-14) (age 67)
Rumjatar, Okhaldhunga, Nepal
Ethnicity Nepalese
Occupation Social activist
Notable work CNN Heroes
Religion Hindu
Spouse(s) Dinesh Prasad Koirala (Separated)
Children Manish Koirala
Parent(s) Colonel Pratap Singh Gurung and Laxmi Gurung

Anuradha Koirala (born 14 April 1949) is a Nepalese social activist and the founder and director of Maiti Nepal – a non-profit organization in Nepal, dedicated to helping victims of sex trafficking.[1]

Currently, Maiti Nepal operates a rehabilitation home in Kathmandu, as well as transit homes at the Indo-Nepal border towns, preventative homes in the countryside, and an academy in Kathmandu. As the name suggests, Maiti Nepal ("maiti" means "mother's home" in Nepali) has been a refuge for women rescued from the brothels in India. The women can stay in the homes run by Maiti Nepal until they are able to return to their homes, or if not accepted by their parents and society, they may stay until they become able to live on their own. Between 1993 and 2011, she and her organization have helped rescue and rehabilitate more than 12,000 women and girls.[2]

Maiti Nepal also works on reuniting the rescued women with their families, patrolling Indo-Nepal border with police and other law enforcement authorities and also rescuing trafficked women from the brothels in India with the help of Indian authorities.[3]

Anuradha Koirala with CNN Hero award

Koirala received the Courage of Conscience Award from The Peace Abbey in Sherborn, Massachusetts on August 25, 2006.[4] She won the CNN Hero of the Year award in 2010.[1]

The United States government has given a two-year grant of $500,000 (52124000. 00 in Nepali rupees) to Maiti Nepal in April 2010.[5]

Awards & Recognition[edit]

CNN Heroes Award 2010[edit]

Koirala was presented with the CNN Heroes Award 2010 in Los Angeles, California. She was introduced by Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher on the stage.[6]

Koirala received USD 100,000 to continue her work with Maiti Nepal, in addition to USD 25,000 as a token of appreciation from CNN.[6][7]

She received the Mother Teresa Awards in 2014.[8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Anuradha Koirala named CNN Hero of the Year 2010". The Money Times. November 21, 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  2. ^ CNN Hero working harder than ever to stop human trafficking, June 23, 2011, CNN
  3. ^ Anuradha Koirala – Protecting the Powerless. Retrieved on 2012-05-20.
  4. ^ The Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Recipients List at the Wayback Machine (archived September 5, 2008).
  5. ^ "U.S. asks Nepal to meet the May deadline for new constitution". The Hindu. April 27, 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Anuradha wins CNN Heroes Award 2010". CNN Edition. 2012-03-23. 
  7. ^ "Anuradha wins CNN Heroes Award" (PDF). 2012-03-23. 
  8. ^ "Mother Teresa global awards for Anuradha Koirala, Amte". Business Standard. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice held on Sunday". dna. Diligent Media Corporation Ltd. 11 November 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 

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