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Two Great Inspirational Life Saviors: Anuradha Koirala and Florence Nightingale.

Updated on March 26, 2012

There are many people who have inspired me in my life, but these two average women, one from history and one from present, fall into my top list of heroines because of their effort to bring people's life out of misery by devoting their life.

Who are they and what they did to save lives? Let's find out:


Saving lives at the present:

Anuradha koirala, born in Nepal, is a widely recognized activist dedicating her life to stop the Women trafficking and sexual exploitation of women of Nepal.

Women traffickers of Nepal and India take young girls, as young as age 6, to India luring them with the promise of providing better life and well-paid jobs. They sell these girls to brothels of India and make them work as a prostitute.

Koirala and her team work to rescue these women and children, and then take these girls to the rehabilitation and transit homes operated under Maiti Nepal.

Koirala started Maiti Nepal (a non-profit organisation) in a small house, in Kathmandu, with the money she saved during her job as a teacher. Maiti Nepal operates intervention outposts in the border areas of India and Nepal to prevent innocent girls from being trafficked to India.

Some of rescued victims, who have nowhere to go, are taken to the main office of Maiti Nepal in Kathmandu and are given shelter to live, opportunity to study and learn practical skills in sectors such as food service, carpentry, massage therapy and hairdressing.

(Please play the video below to understand more of her work while you are reading- you can just listen).

Anuradha Koirala, CNN heroes of 2010

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Koirala's work is made difficult by the ruthless trafficking criminals. They have already destroyed the office of Maiti Nepal twice to threaten and discourage Koirala's project. These criminals are extremely hard to stop as they have political connections at the higher levels in India and Nepal. However, no threat has stopped Anuradha from her mission as she has already managed to save more than twelve thousand women and girls and is continuously working on it.

She also has inspired many volunteers to assist with her project, where some of these volunteers are the ones who were rescued by her organisation and are healthy to work.

Most of the rescued girls were found to be either pregnant or sick because they were forced to do sex and go through abortion multiple times during their stay in the brothel. There are also rescued infants who have been transmitted with HIV aids while their mother was made pregnant by the person infected with HIV.

Maiti Nepal is considered as a ‘safe heaven’ for orphans and displaced people in Nepal ('Maiti' means 'mother's home' in Nepali language). This organisation also provides palliative care for those victims who were made terminally ill during their stay in brothel.

Anuradha Koirala has been rewarded several times, including one of the CNN top ten heroes of the year in 2010.


Florence Nightingale History part 2 in You Tube

Life savior from the history:

Florence nightingale (1820-1910), the savior of soldiers during the Crimean war, is considered one of the most recognized woman of the Victorian era. Nicknamed ‘Lady with the Lamp’, she had the habit of doing rounds at night carrying lamp to provide aid and comfort to the sick soldiers. Nightingale went against her wealthy parents' will, abandoned the inherited wealth and status, and started working as a nurse, the profession considered unsuitable for wealthy women during the victorian age.

She turned nursing into a profession for single women of the era when women’s job was considered to be engaged in the domestic chores. She was against the idea that women’s fate and duty was just to get married, to raise children and to get lost in the domestic duties.

Her real contribution was seen when she saved many of the wounded soldiers' life during the crimean war (october 1853-february 1856). Before her arrival to London, the soldiers, who fought for their country, were dying unnecessarily due to diseases such as cholera and malaria generated by improper sanitation in the hospitals.

At those times, the hospitals were absolutely different from now- miserable and dirty. The soldiers were found lying everywhere in the hospital in their fighting clothes. Nightingale, guiding 38 other nurses, worked under those rigorous conditions with bravery and determination and bought order out of chaos.

She reinforced the concept of proper sanitation in the hospital. In less than 6 months, she set up the entirely new system that decreased the death rate in the hospital dramatically.

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Not only was she a good nurse, but also was a compassionate woman who used to spend hours writing messages and sending condolences to the family and relatives of the wounded soldiers after their death.

Nightingale tried to modernise the nursing by advising British government regarding sanitation and new design in hospitals, all focused on providing the proper care to the ill patients.

Her work was recognized with many awards after her return to Britain.

International Nursing Day is celebrated every year on 12th of May, the same day when Florence Nightingale was born.

Why are they my favorite heroine?

Anuradha koirala: After seeing and feeling the plight of sexually exploited little girls and women, she stepped forward on her own to stop the criminals from selling girls and children to brothels and fought to bring those sold victims back to the safe place. Her strong determination made her succeed in achieving her goals.

Florence Nightingale: Instead of spending life in a luxury she gave up wealth and status to provide care and save the life of wounded soldiers.

What we can learn from their effort?

Even though we all may not be able to serve the humanity like these two women, we can contribute in our own way, as much as we can, to anyone in the world who deserves better in their life.


The websites that helped me with the information in this essay are:

Anuradha Koirala

Cotains links and lots of information about Anuradha koirala.

Florence Nightingale:

Cotains links and more information about Florence Nightingale's life history.

Related Hubs:

Florence Nightingale

This hub contains a bit more detail information about Florence Nightingale.


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      Salini 5 years ago from India

      CNN has bestowed top ten heros accolade to Anuradha Koirala that in itself speaks volumes of the effort she has taken, the amount of challenges that she has faced!

      I agree that she deserves to be given a Nobel prize for peace. As for Florence nightingale...she is a woman who has revolutionized the nursing concept and care giving ethics.

      Great hub!

      Voted up, useful and awesome.

      have a beautiful day.

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      rosika 5 years ago

      Thank you Vinaya for your comment...It is true she is one of the loved figure whose work is more than just great...!

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      rosika 5 years ago

      Thank you Angie for asking question and commenting here...I am glad that I was able to answer your question properly...Like you I do feel that those traffickers and women buyers need a punishment of a sort that will just give them back what they have done to those women, not only physically but psychologically for their lifetime.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Here in Nepal, I have read much about Anuradha Koirala. She is much loved figure, with no any controversy. Thanks for sharing her life.

      I was good to read the comparison with another great figure.

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      Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      Wonderful hub, rosika! You have answered my question so well.

      I agree totally with you about these two women and would nominate Anuradha Koirala for the Nobel Prize for her work. She must be the bravest woman on the planet to take on the traffickers so publicly.

      I have my own very dark thoughts about what should happen to men who traffic girls and women for sex ... on an 'an eye for an eye' sort of basis. I think emasculation is the only answer for this evil.