Indira Ranamagar and her organisation Prisoners Assistance Nepal (PA) has rescued over a thousand children from cramped, dirty prisons.
Indira herself grew up in extreme poverty and had to fight to be able to go to school. Even as a young girl she knew that she wanted to help other people who had hard lives. Children in Nepal end in prisons there because their parents have been sentenced to prison and nobody else is able to take care of them. When Indira rescues children, they are taken to one of PA's three children's homes. There they get an education and a safe childhood. They also learn agricultural skills and how to take care of animals. Indira lobbies politicians and authorities to make prisons more humane. Many prisoners come from very poor families. Indira and PA teach them to read and write, so that they can manage better, and take better care of their children when they are released from prison. Indira Ranamagar was honoured by the WCP Foundation in 2014.