On Sunday December 2, the hard work of KOFAVIV and MADRE staff and the incredible, overwhelming support that our members have offered to our partner Malya finally came to fruition at the 2012 CNN Heroes Gala. It was an amazing night. Seeing Malya and KOFAVIV’s work in Haiti honored was so rewarding, and being in the company of the other heroes was inspiring. I feel so lucky to have been a part of this special moment – and so thankful to our wonderful membership who made the night possible.

L-R: Malya's daughter, Malya, and Eramithe with Malya's 2012 CNN Hero award!

Malya on the red carpet with Maria Bello. Maria, who holds the honorary title Ambassador for Haitian Women, presented Malya's award.

L-R: Malya, Sahita, Eramithe, Malya's daughter backstage at the CNN Heroes Gala.

Malya and Pushpa Basnet, 2012 CNN Hero of the Year. Congratulations Pushpa! Your tireless dedication and hard work are such an inspiration to us at MADRE.

CNN's 2012 Heroes with Anderson Cooper

Malya and Anderson Cooper, all smiles at the 2012 CNN Hero awards.

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