Anuradha Koirala is a renowned social worker from Nepal. She is the founder of Maiti Nepal an organization a non-profit organization in Nepal, that rescues and rehabilitates women who have been abused, kidnapped or trafficked. She is the real daughter of Nepal who saved thousands of other daughters and families. She has been called the “Mother Teresa” of Nepal for her work. She is an inspiration to women all around the world. She was appointed as 1st Governor of Bagmati Pradesh from 17 January 2018-3 November 2019 by the Government of Nepal.
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Anuradha Koirala Biography
|April 14, 1949
|Rumjatar, Okhaldhunga, Nepal
Anuradha Koirala’s Early Life
Ms. Anuradha Koirala was born on April 14, 1949, in Rumjatar, Okhaldhunga. She studied at a hill station in Kalimpong, India. She was interested in social work from mother and sister at St.Joseph Convent School. Mother Teresa has always been her largest source of inspiration. Koirala loves spending time with children; they say that they get warmth from mother and a father from her.
Anuradha Koirala’s Career
More than twenty years she worked as an English teacher in various reputed schools in Kathmandu. Later, she changed her career. She realized that she should do something for the kidnapped and sold daughter of Nepal who had been living a nightmarish life. With the aim of helping them, she founded Maiti Nepal in 1993. She started Maiti Nepal in a small house at Kathmandu in her own savings, today Koirala is widely known. Through this organization, she fights for women’s rights. She and her organization have helped rescue and rehabilitate more than 15,000 women and girls. Today it is a network of legal services, counseling, hostel and rehabilitation center, library, vocational training, and a school in Kathmandu. More than 1000 children are getting direct services from Maiti Nepal each day. It also has rescue centers in various parts of the border areas between Nepal and India.
Anuradha Koirala’s Awards
Anuradha Koirala has been awarded by 38 national and international awards including Nepal’s Best Social Worker of the Year Award in 1998, Prabal Gorkha Dakshin Bahu Medal (Nepal) in 1999, Trishakti Patta Award in 2002, the Courage of Conscience Award from The Peace Abbey Foundation in 2006, German UNIFEM Prize in 2007 and Queen Sofia Silver Medal Award in 2007. She received the Mother Teresa Awards in 2014. Anuradha Koirala was conferred India’s fourth-highest civilian award Padma Shri in April 2017 by president Pranab Mukherjee.
She was awarded the CNN Hero Award in 2010. She was introduced by Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher on the stage. She received USD 100,000 to continue her work with Maiti Nepal, in addition to USD 25,000 as a token of appreciation from CNN. It was the outcome of her struggle and empathy to fight the social evil of human trafficking. Her victory as a CNN Hero is a pride and honor to the nation itself.