From New Jersey to Nepal: A High Schooler’s Journey to CEO, Founding a Non-Profit, and Building A Home for 50 Children
After graduating high school in Mendham, New Jersey, Maggie Doyne left on a gap year of international travel and service. This adventure, her first trip outside the United States, took her around the globe, ending with volunteer work in India. At the invitation of a friend, Maggie soon found herself in Nepal where a recent civil war had left thousands of orphans. Walking by a dry riverbed, Maggie met a 7-year-old little girl named Hima breaking rocks and selling them to help support her family. The two connected as Maggie realized that, except for the luck of being born in the US, she could have been that little girl. With her life savings of $5,000 from babysitting, Maggie worked to enroll Hima in school. The one became two, and suddenly she had helped several children from this resource-poor community attend school. Realizing there was still more to be done, Maggie founded the BlinkNow foundation. Maggie’s gap year has extended over a decade and her work has expanded to include a Children’s Home for over 50 children, a school that serves over 400 students, a Women’s Center to empower women in the community, and so much more.
No is No Option: Climbing Poverty, Failed Infrastructure and Inexperience for Success in Developing Countries
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, noted for mountain climbing and wilderness trails. Its physical infrastructure lacks paved roads and its harmful cultural norms and misconceptions make it difficult to promote change that builds a better future for children and women. Since founding the BlinkNow Foundation, Maggie Doyne has looked to the community to provide support and help design programs from the ground up, addressing the unique context of rural Nepal. Like climbing Mount Everest, it has been a steep climb to the top, but the reward is immeasurable. Maggie Doyne will tell her story of overcoming the greatest obstacles while working to promote positive change within rural Nepal. While her journey has been filled with adversity and heartache, Maggie shares the inspirational story of how anyone can make a difference.
Leading in the Dark: A Story of Vision, Determination and Very Little Sleep
Maggie will tell her story of how a high school graduate with no international, educational or business experience has led one of the fastest growing and successful organizations in the developing world.
Caring for the Most Damaged Children and Learning Love Without Losing It
Every family faces challenges in raising their children from scraped knees to life-threatening events. The parent has to get through it with the child and family intact.
Maggie Doyne is the 28 year old mother of over 50 orphaned children in Nepal. Many of these children were abandoned during the civil war in Nepal, and had been abused, sold into slavery or suffered from serious illnesses. Having only graduated from high school in New Jersey with no training, Maggie started BlinkNow to care for these children. Maggie will tell her story of finding any path, anyone, anywhere to help her kids and the learning the deepest love while doing it.
Maggie Doyne: CEO, Company Founder, and Mother to 55 Orphaned Children
Every parent wrestles with how to give each child the attention they need. Working moms have the greatest struggle as they seek to balance the demands of the job with nurturing at home.Maggie will tell her story of how she juggles being mom to over 50 orphaned children and the needs of running one of the world’s fastest growing international charities. It’s a story of overcoming fears, many tears and much to cheer.
Maggie is originally from New Jersey and has dedicated her life to educating children and empowering women. At age 19, Maggie used her life savings to build a home for orphaned children in war-ravaged Nepal. Maggie created the BlinkNow Foundation to sustain, grow, and support Kopila Valley Children’s Home. Since then, she has helped provide a loving home to over 50 children. In 2010, BlinkNow opened a school for the region’s most impoverished children. The school now serves 400 students and is rated top in the region.
Maggie was named 2015 CNN Hero of the Year. She was honored by the Dalai Lama as an Unsung Hero of Compassion in 2014. Her work was championed by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof in a cover story for The New York Times Magazine. In 2012, Maggie shared her story at the Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy, and in 2013 she received the Forbes Award for Excellence in Education. Her work has been recognized by Elizabeth Gilbert, Katie Couric, and Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan of Sussex.
While Maggie’s work as CEO is focused on Nepal, she speaks all over the world in the hope of inspiring others to start projects of their own that will generate positive change. She shares her memoir in Between the Mountain and the Sky: A Mother’s Story of Love, Loss, Healing, and Hope, released in March 2022. Maggie believes that in the blink of an eye, we can all make a difference.