Pushpa Basnet, a woman in Nepal who houses and raises more than 40 children whose parents are in prison, was awarded the 2012 CNN "Hero of the Year" and $250,000 by Anderson Cooper. Video clip courtesy of CNN.
IN A WORLD of gloomy news, CNN's annual "Hero of the Year" special gives people hope and inspiration. Last night, CNN recognized common people engaging in uncommon and extraordinary deeds: heroes from around the world who organize projects and programs for those in need. Those honored range from a woman in Afghanistan who provides educational opportunities for girls to a Montana father who has convinced thousands of youths to pledge not to drink after a drunk driver killed his 14-year-old daughter.