When the American Maggie was 18, she went backpacking in Nepal. Fast forward 11 years… she adopted 50 children, started 2 schools and runs her own NGO.
Maggie Doyne is the most inspring young lady, we have ever met. We’ve had the opportunity to interview her when she was in Amsterdam. Initially we wanted to create one short video, but she is such an inspiration that we decided to create a series. Watch the video below.
In stead of going to university, Maggie chose to learn more about the world by travelling. Before deciding what she was going to study and which career to pursuit, she first wanted to get to know herself better . So she packed her bags and travelled to Nepal.
From 1 to 50 children. And more. Much more.
Maggie rolled up her sleeves and got to work. She helped Hima go to school, paying for her tuition, uniform, and books, and started to transform her life. Then she helped a few more children, then a few more. But her money could only go so far. More was needed. These children needed a place to call home.
Today – eleven years later – she is the mother to 50 children. The children live with her in a house on a piece of land that she bought for $5.000 with her baby sitting earnings. Besides her children’s home, she also founded two schools where hundreds of children study, laying the foundation for a better future.
Her home and school go under the name of Kopila Valley (Kopila means ‘Flower bud’ in Nepalese), which in turn is supported by Maggie’s own NGO, called BlinkNow.
Her organisation runs the children’s home, the school, a health clinic and a women center. And everything they do and build, is done in the most sustainable way possible. No wonder that in November 2015, Maggie won the prestigious CNN Hero of the Year award.