Friday, November 26, 2010

CNN 2010 Hero: Anuradha Koirala: Friends of Maiti Nepal

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Anuradha Koirala has won CNN Hero of 2010...

Watch the tribute show this weekend

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Anuradha Koirala, CNN Hero of the year, with Anderson Cooper.

Anuradha the winner by popular 

Dear Friends,

We know you share our joy in learning that 

Anuradha Koirala founder and chairperson of 
Maiti Nepal has won CNN Hero of the Year on 

The tribute show aired first on Thanksgiving Day, 
and there are several more opportunities to see it.

Watch the tribute show with a very moving piece 

about Maiti Nepal
Saturday 11/27
& Sunday 11/28 at 8pm  

Check listings for even more repeat airings 

all this weekend.

For those outside the US, please check local listings 

for CNN. The Heroes 2010 Tribute show will be available 
worldwide in the coming weeks.

MN girls celebrate
The girls at Maiti Nepal are overjoyed!
Anuradha Koirala is our hero
Please share this great news with everyone!

Thank you, merci, dhanyibad!

Brigitte Cazalis-Collins
Joe Collins

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Artists United For Human Rights: Anuradha Koirala on CNN

"Please Tell The World About My Girls" 

Anuradha Koirala, Founder of Maiti Nepal 

"On behalf of these unspeakably abused children, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  They are defenseless and abandoned persons who now suffer with no hope and in their short lives “ never had a chance”

Barring breaking news, the CNN HEROES profile of Anuradha Koirala is scheduled to premiere THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010 at some point during the hour of Larry King Live (9-10pm EST) and re-air during the slotted times, EST, listed below.  

Beginning Friday (4/30/2010--EST), the story will also be available and viewable online at CNN HEROES 

Thanks to everyone for your assistance with this story!  

Best,  Ebonne


CNN: 8-9a, 11a-12p, 2-3p
*may get extra airing in 3p hr
HLN: 6:30-7a, 1:30-2p, 5-6p, 8-9p/10-11p/1-2a
*may also air in 7:30a hr
CNNI: 2a, 7a, 12p, 8p
CNN: 10-11a, 3-4p, 5-6p, 11p-12a/2-3a
HLN: 8-8:30a, 2-2:30p
CNN en Espanol
Monday (5/3): Premiere in Panorama Mundial 9pm EST

Tuesday (5/4/2010):
- Al Dia 7am EST
- Nuestro Mundo 2pm EST
- Encuentro 6pm EST
- Directo 7pm EST

Sunday (5/2/2010): Mirador Mundial 7pm EST

Friends of Maiti Nepal 
501 (c) 3 Massachusetts non profit corporation
Brigitte Cazalis-Collins (Exec Director)
Joseph H. Collins (Assoc. Director)
63-6 Commercial Wharf Boston MA 02110 USA 

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Artists United For Human Rights On Think Twice Radio

Artists United For Human Rights

A global initiative beginning in Buffalo, NY where musicians, artists, business and community donated their time at Pearl Street Grill to educate and create awareness on all human rights focusing on the prevention of child abuse, violence and trafficking during Violence Awareness Month. This event supported two organizations: Prevent Child Abuse NY and Maiti Nepal with a focus on The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Click below to see press, pictures and PSA videos of the event with live audio.

From my heart I wish to thank WNY's finest musicians, WNY's finest artisans, Natalie DeSilva (Pearl Street Grill), Colonel Patrick Cunningham (Buffalo Naval Park), Charles, Darryl Hopkins, Lemuel Bryant (sound & stage), Van Taylor Production, Richard Wicka (Think Twice Radio), Nomad Magazine, Poet Tree Magazine, Noa Bursie (this was her idea), and ALL people subject to defamation of human rights. May they one day be legal and binding.


Noa Bursie, Emile Latimer
Joni Russ
Lenny Revell, Tim Webb, Zuri Appleby
Buffalo Select Chorus & Linda Appleby
Derek McKeith & The Exoutics (Ron Walker)
Van Taylor Project (Tim Webb, Van Taylor, Jery Livingston)
Joyce Wilson Nixon Band
Lance Diamond
Sons of The King
Rob Falgiano
Free Henry!
The BloodThirsty Vegans


Nomad Magazine
Poet Tree Magazine
Memorable Creations
Bass Reeves
Tara Nova
Allen Street Connection
MB Originals
Max Cruz
Artfully Aware
Egg Art
ee Photography
Friends of Maiti Nepal
Marti Gorman
Dr. Mark Donnelly



Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Local Artists Support Human Rights

(Buffalo, NY) - On Oct 4, 2009 Musicians and Artists gathered to support human rights in Buffalo, New York during Violence Awareness month. This event was in direct support of two organizations that deal with violence on separate levels: Prevent Child Abuse NY( including the Erie County Task Force On Child Abuse & Neglect Erie County) and Maiti Nepal (including the U.S. Affiliation, Friends of Maiti Nepal.)

12n - 7pm Sunday, this non stop music and art festival (originally slated at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval Park aboard the USS Little Rock) was rescheduled by event coordinator, Susan Marie due to inclement weather. Natalie DeSilva, director of catering at 76 Pearl Street, (Pearl Street Grill) donated 3 floors of the venue to "Artists United For Human Rights."

Prevent Child Abuse NY is a growing movement to prevent child abuse before it occurs. The Citizens Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect is a grassroots child abuse prevention coalition in Erie County. "Buffalo Musicians and artists are proving to be strong advocates for children.", said Christine Deyss, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse NY. "With our colleagues from the Citizens Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, we are tremendously excited and grateful for their coming together to help prevent child abuse and victimization." The Citizens Task Force seeks to provide a unified voice for children, "Because the voice of the community is louder than the voice of a child." For more information: Prevent Child Abuse NY

Maiti Nepal is a social organization that works to find justice for victimized girls and women by engaging in criminal investigation and waging legal battles against criminals. It has highlighted the sexual trafficking issue with its strong advocacy from the local, national to international levels. Ms. Anuradha Koirala, founder and director of Maiti Nepal added, "They [women and children] are working to help their sisters and they know the horror of the victims. Society rejects me and my girls, but they are the most important thing in my life." For more information: Maiti Nepal - Friends of Maiti Nepal

Susan Marie, event coordinator of "Artists United For Human Rights" is pleased and grateful for the tremendous support from the Buffalo, WNY and Erie County communities. "Noa Bursie (Buffalo musician) and myself formulated this event in late June 2009 after viewing a PBS documentary, The Day My God Died", by Andrew Levine. It propelled us to wish to do something to aid the sexual trafficking and abuse issues highlighted in the film." An outpouring of support from Buffalo and WNY musicians and artists fell into place immediately, as well as support form local business and organizations. "I literally had to turn down musicians because the slots filled that quickly. Local and National artisans were joyed to donate 20% of their sales from the event to both organizations while all the musicians agreed to perform for free.", said Marie. "On Oct 4, when I entered Pearl Street Grill, I was humbled by the dedication and support of our community."

Susan continues, "Considering the sudden onset of extreme rain, wind and cold, the away Buffalo Bills game and the venue change within a day, the event was a huge success. The most important thing to me was to bring awareness to human rights focusing on sex abuse issues that are rarely recognized or spoken of. All parties involved have gone not only local, but national and international as far as recognition by the United Nations in Geneva. The monies are still coming in, but the support came directly from the WNY community. It is integral that our sponsors, musicians and artists gain recognition. If not for their support, this event would never have come to fruition."

Musicians who donated their time: Noa Bursie, Emile Latimer, Lance Diamond, The BloodThirsty Vegans, Joni Russ, Van Taylor Project, Gruvology, Ron Walker & The Exoutics, Rob Falgiano, Derek McKeith, Mandrill, Joyce Wilson Nixon, Free Henry!, Buffalo Select Chorus, Lenny Revell, and Sons of the King.

Artists who donated 20% of sales: Bass Reeves, Tara Nova, Memorable Creations, Artfully Aware, Nomad Magazine, Poet Tree Magazine, Eco-Scents, MB Originals, MB Originals, Allen Street Connection, Heritage Press, Cultural Niagara, Max Gabriel (Nami-NYS) and Egg Art.

Organizations/Volunteers: Youth for Human Rights International, National Center for Domestic Violence, Sisters of Mercy, International Justice Mission, NAMI-NYS, Citizens Task Force on Child Abuse & Neglect Erie County, Habitat for Humanity, AmeriCorps Vista, Free Henry! street team, World March for Peace & Non-Violence, Serve.Gov, Million Voices Campaign and Euphraxia Dance.

Event sponsors/silent auction: Buffalo & Erie County Naval Park, Pearl Street Grill, Think Twice Radio, Van Taylor Production, Nomad Magazine, Poet Tree Magazine, Teresa Reile, Electric Life/DIOS Music, Laverne Edmond Enterprises, Rose Salley Photography, Righteous Babe Records, Einat Aigmon Jewelry, Lonnie B's Beads, ee Photography, Olmstead Parks (ParkSide Lodge), Salvatore's Italian Gardens, Ilio DiPaolo's, Blackthorn Restaurant, Tops Markets, Kaleidoscope Theatre, Jewish Repertory Theatre, Road Less Traveled Productions, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Tara Nova, Eco-Scents, Memorable Creations, The Metal Shop, MP2 Design, Regal Tip DrumSticks, Outer Limits Recording Studio, Syracuse Cultural Workers, Bass Reeves, Stylin Tattoo, Bishop Perry Davis, Z Pilatez, Rand & Jones, Crown Collision, Ron Daniels (President Local AFM # 92), Tara Gift Shop, UB Center for the Arts, Cultural Niagara, Buffalo Heritage Unlimited, Three2Go Music, Hyatt's, and over 40 musicians that donated their own CDS for a silent auction.

Media Sponsors: WBFO, WBNY, WBLK, WUFO, 97 Rock, 103.3 The Edge, WKBW AM Buffalo, Channel 7 News, Nightlife, YNN Time Warner, Buffalo Rising, Arts Council Erie County, Susan Marie Public Relations, Think Twice Radio, as well as numerous National and International networks.

"I need to search for a new definition of "humble.", says Marie. People have asked me when are we going to do this again?" This shows the heart of this community and that people do indeed wish to be a part of positive global change. I applied for approximately 30 corporate grants that were denied over 3-4 months. It is through the musicians, artists, local business and community of Buffalo, WNY and Erie County listed above that the organizations in need are able to be supported at all. When considering everyone involved did this for free, that gift alone is worth more than anything material."

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Susan Marie
New York USA 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Artists United For Human Rights: Naval Park: Pearl Street Grill

Join The Buffalo and Erie County Naval Park, along with Pearl Street Grill & Brewery as they sponsor and celebrate "Artists United for Human Rights" on October 4, 2009, aboard the USS Little Rock. A free festival open to the public.

12n-7pm Sunday, this festival features non-stop live music, local artists and business selling their wares, and directors of task forces and organizations that support human rights focusing on education, awareness and prevention of child abuse and trafficking. This all day event is to support: The Citizens Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect Erie County (CTFCAN), Prevent Child Abuse NY and Maiti Nepal for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The event is a gathering of local artisans, musician and organizations to cause awareness and support The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Musicians: Noa Bursie, Emile Latimer, Lance Diamond, The BloodThirsty Vegans, Joni Russ, Van Taylor Project (AFE-USO), Rob Falgiano, Gruvology, Derek McKeith (NYC), Joyce Wilson Nixon Band, Free Henry!, Lenny Revell, Buffalo Select Chorus, and Sons of the King.

Artists & Installations: Artfully Aware (International), Nomad Magazine Community Painting Project (local), and Poet Tree Magazine (International.) There will be 15-20 different artists and business donating 20% of all sales to both organizations. A silent auction will be held featuring Buffalo's finest restaurants, golf courses, jewelry, artwork and musicians.

"Buffalo musicians and artists are proving to be strong advocates for children," said Christine Deyss, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse New York. "With our colleagues from the Citizen's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, we are tremendously excited and grateful for their coming together to help prevent child abuse and victimization."

Ms. Anuradha Koirala, founder and director of Maiti Nepal added, ""They [women and children] are working to help their sisters and they know the horror of the victims." "Society rejects me and my girls, but they are the most important thing in my life."

The Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, is a museum on the shore of Lake Erie. It is home to several decommissioned US Naval vessels, including the Cleveland-class cruiser USS Little Rock, the Fletcher-class destroyer USS The Sullivans, and the submarine USS Croaker. All three are open to the public for free self guided tours at this event only.

The park is located near the HSBC Arena in downtown Buffalo. The Naval & Military Park is located very close to downtown Buffalo, on Buffalo Place at the foot of Pearl and Main streets, across from HSBC Arena. You can take any transportation to visit the park. One Naval Park Cove • Buffalo, NY 14202 • (716) 847-1773.

Pearl Street Grill was born in the Erie Canal District, is one of Buffalo's finest restaurants, with a full micro brewery on premises. Located at 76 Pearl Street, the building is home to 7 historically distinct spaces, a virtual game room, 3 outdoor patios, 4 floors, an art gallery and a cellar bar gallery. The menu is diverse ranging from chicken wings to portabello mushroom ravioli. Pearl Street Grill: 76 Pearl Street Buffalo NY 14202 716-856-2336.

Come on down to the marina for a day of family related events, artisans selling their wares and live music all day long with Pearl Street Grill aboard to feed you. Support our local artists, musicians and organizations while supporting two organizations essential to the well being and lives of women and children.

For more information: Susan Marie.

Create the world you wish to live in. Be a part of positive global change.

© Susan Marie 2009
New York USA 2009