Foreward: When researching and writing this article, my intent was for it to be the most complete, all encompassing post ever written about Maggie Doyne. At over 6,200 words long I believe I have achieved this. This is the definitive, epic, most complete and all encompassing post about Maggie Doyne you will find on the web.
Imagine what it would be like to be a mother to 50 kids. Imagine if you could build a home, a school, a medical clinic and a women's center. Imagine how you would feel if you could change peoples lives, the future of a country and the world. Enter the amazing world of Maggie Doyne ...
Self Discovery, Growth & Reflection
In 2005, following her high school graduation, as her friends headed to college, 18 year old Maggie Doyne took a "gap year" that allowed her to travel and visit children’s projects and orphanages around the world sponsored by the organization LeapNow.
On her journeys, she spent some time in a Buddhist monastery and also helped with the construction of a sea wall off the island-nation of Fiji.
She covered 20,000 miles over 4 countries and ended up trekking through the Himalayas and walking along the dirt roads of Nepal’s most poverty-stricken villages.
At the end of the year, she got a volunteer position in a school in northeast India. The school served refugee children. Many were orphans who had fled Nepal following the civil war.
While there, Maggie became friends with a refugee, Sunita, from Nepal who had left her village in 2003 and lived in India for eight years.
During a cease-fire in the Nepalese Civil War, Maggie went back with Sunita on a two-day bus journey and a three-day trek through the Himalayas to help her find her parents in her home village.
She was unprepared for the ravages of the civil war, the burned temples, ransacked homes, destroyed schools and the widespread poverty she witnessed first hand.
Maggie recounted, “I had not seen such extreme levels of poverty as I saw in Nepal.” The stark reality hit her when she saw a little girl saddled with a huge sack of goods that she had to carry every day to earn a living.
In Nepal, home to an estimated 1 million orphans, Maggie met a six-year-old girl named Hima who touched her heart.
She was one of the hundreds of struggling children she met on her journey, who was barely surviving on the few rupees she earned by breaking stones in a dry riverbed of the Himalayas and selling them to earn a few dollars to feed her family.
Maggie recalls, “There was a dry riverbed filled with hundreds of children breaking rocks into smaller ones to sell, instead of going to school. It was just so wrong on so many levels—I was overwhelmed."
"Then one kid in a raggedy orange dress approached me and said, 'Namaste, didi'; it means 'Hello, big sister.' Her name was Hima. Looking into her big brown eyes, I thought, I can't leave this little girl." Hima was barely surviving, yet a glimmer of light and hope shined deep within her.
In a Forbes interview Maggie recalls, "I was like, maybe I don’t have to fix everything right now, maybe I just have to fix one little life. And I can do that." Maggie was moved by what she saw and made a decision to do something.
Maggie helped Hima go to school, paying for her tuition, uniform & books and providing her with an opportunity for a better life.
After meeting village elders and parents, Maggie realised that everyone wanted their children to be educated but just could not afford it. So, she sponsored the education of five more children. She slowly expanded her efforts to help even more children.
I focus on one child at a time ... When I first came to Nepal, I supported the education of one child ... I saw the impact it had and I continued my work with one child at a time.
In a Huffington Post interview, Maggie explains, “It didn’t start as this huge vision. It started with a little girl. I kept thinking incrementally: what’s the next step? And now, what’s the next step? And the next step at a certain point became a home, because a lot of the children needed a place to stay."
"They weren’t safe. They had lost their parents and were orphaned. I knew I couldn’t think about school, before I helped meet their basic needs. School is a luxury. They need a home and love. They need a family.”
“I’d seen a lot of orphanages and I hated them. I hated the model, I hated the word orphanage and I was like, “Well, I think I can do this better!"
"So then I thought: what would it take to create a children’s home? And how would I want to be raised, if this was me? How can I do it differently? It started with five, six children in the home and then it got bigger and bigger and bigger and suddenly I was putting these kids into school."
"I didn’t know I was going to fall in love with the kids and that we would have this bond that we do.”
From a New York Times, Women in the World article she states, “That whole dry riverbed of kids that used to be breaking rocks is no longer there. It’s just a riverbed. That was always my dream. That was the thing [that made me think], “I can’t go back.” Knowing what I know and seeing what I saw.”
How $5,000 in Babysitting Money Gives Hope
At 19 Maggie used the $5,000 she had saved from babysitting jobs since the age of 12, to help even more children and phoned her parents at home to send her the money.
Over the next two years, with her money and more funds raised from supporters worldwide, Maggie purchased land in the Kopila Valley, in Surkhet, Nepal.
The children’s home was built with the help of the local Nepalese community, supporters from her home town of Mendham, New Jersey and her project partner, Top Bahadur Malla.
Maggie had met Top, a Nepali who had been orphaned at a young age, in India while working at a children’s home serving refugees. Top is responsible for the caregivers, cooks & “aunties” and “uncles” who raise and take care of the children and the home.
She explains in a Teen Vogue interview, "I wanted to give these kids a childhood similar to the one that I had, with family and love. Kids were laboring and being sold as domestic servants. They were getting in really bad situations, begging on the streets, breaking rocks on the side of the road. I didn't want to see it anymore. I wanted them to have a safe, happy place where they could thrive and learn."
Her community project in Nepal runs the Kopila Valley’s Children's Home, School, Health Clinic and Women's Center in Surkhet, Nepal and serves women and children suffering from extreme poverty, harsh labor conditions and severe economic inequality.
I want everyone to know that they have the power to improve our world.
Kopila, which means “flower bud,” is now home to a big, loving family and active community of over 50 beautiful, happy, thriving children and their mother and legal guardian, Maggie. “As we like to say around here, Kopila Valley is a place where children bloom,” said Maggie.
Maggie continues, “I’m really lucky that the Nepalese community welcomed me with patience while I learnt the culture and language. As people began to see the work we were doing, the community embraced us even more. It was really amazing. One of the reasons why the project has been successful is because it’s been a community effort. It’s never been just me on my own.”
In a Talking Good interview, Maggie was asked, What do you get from giving?
Her stunningly, amazing response was,
“I get a bursting heart and 300 of the happiest, most amazing little kiddos in the universe; hugs every day, lots of laughs, family games of capture the flag, too many Birthday parties to count and more love than I could have ever imagined.”
The BlinkNow Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Maggie in 2007 that provides financial support and management oversight to the Kopila Valley School, Children’s Home, Women’s Center, Health Clinic, and New Campus with a focus on sustainability in Surkhet, Nepal.
From a New York Times interview, Maggie explains, “The whole process of creating BlinkNow has been one step at a time — organic and slow. When the kids were sick all the time, I said, “we need a clinic and a prevention plan. When they came to school hungry and would be begging on the streets for food, we created a nutrition plan. When the women and the caregivers of my children were really upset and the student’s home lives were so bad, we created a women’s center.”
“It’s an evolutionary process where you see a problem and work with the local community to find a solution. We’re not just a school, we’re not just a home. The kids in my home needed a really good school to go to, so we built one."
I mean, it’s not about putting on a backpack and going somewhere. It’s about living with kindness. We need more compassion and we need it everywhere. What matters is how you live. It’s about making the most loving, conscious choices you can every day. It’s as simple as that.
"When you look at the problems in our world, they are really complicated. There’s no quick fix, so you really have to attack from all angles so the child has everything that they need.”
The Foundation is the sole provider of funding and is the only recipient of BlinkNow funding. It’s a registered non-profit organization with a US-based Board. BlinkNow has headquarters located in the United States and Nepal. It operates at the grassroots level of the community and focuses on promoting sustainability and self-reliance in the Surkhet community.
Kopila Valley School
Dissatisfied with the education her children were receiving and wanting to help other children in the community, in 2010 Maggie opened the Kopila Valley Primary School with 350 students from Surkhet and the surrounding area.
Many are the first in their families to attend school creating a new generation of literate, educated students who will become empowered adults.
The school provides students with health care and food and employs around 50 Nepalis, including teachers, staff, a principal, vice principal, health administrator, counselor and a health technician.
The curriculum supplements the Nepali national curriculum with additional teaching and learning in literature, art, theater, music and sports. Classes are taught in both Nepali and English and stress creative and critical thinking.
Hard Work Pays Off
In 2012-2013, the school's 8th grade students for the first time took national examinations, Nepal's District Level Examination.
Every student scored within the top 10% nationwide, 50% of students scored in the top 1% nationwide and the school was ranked first in its region for academic achievement.
All students are first generation learners. In July 2016 the first batch of 20 students from the school passed the 10th grade School Leaving Certificate Examination.
We can all create the world we want to live in, a world we're proud of.
In a Forbes article Maggie states, "We were really proud, because the kids are orphaned, come from extremely poor backgrounds and are from illiterate areas."
The school receives over 200 applications for places per year and places are offered on the basis of student need. As of 2016, over 370 children attend Kopila Valley School.
Beyond schooling, the students are provided health care and a daily nutritious meal, as well as a sense of community and confidence that grows with each passing year, ensuring each child is set up for success.
Kopila Valley Children's Home
In 2007, the Kopila Valley Children’s Home opened and gradually, Maggie became the legal guardian for more than 50 children. Together with the help of caregivers, Maggie lives at the home and cares for the children. The original single-level building is now four stories high. It’s a colorful, communal living space that’s home to her family.
The children contribute and are involved in daily activities by doing chores like helping prepare the meals, cleaning, washing, babysitting the younger children and also have family downtime. This sharing of responsibility in the daily management of the home makes them self-reliant. Every evening before bedtime they gather for “satsang” to sing songs, talk about their day & relax and have quiet time as a family.
The school children also participate in extra-curricular activities like soccer, are involved and take a part in community projects like their recycling program and the home they helped rebuild for a local earthquake survivor.
Children are the Future of Our World
But mostly, especially the younger ones are just being kids. The older children focus on their studies with the intent on becoming farmers, nurses, doctors, engineers, scientists, journalists etc.
In an Unsung Heroes of Compassion interview, Maggie states, “Our home is a safe, calm, warm environment where the children may feel their own power and ultimately grow to share that strength with their families, communities and the world.”
Love is a beautiful thing and its the thing that we have to hold on to and the thing that we need to treasure and the only thing that will ever, in a million years, heal the world with the state that we're in.
Love is the thing in life that can cause you the most horrific, terrible pain, but it's also the only thing on the planer that can heal you.
About her children, she continues “They are funny, bright, and cheerful. They keep me hopeful about the future of our world. Every night we come together and talk about our day, do a family meditation and send prayers out to ourselves and the world. We pray for peace and happiness for all beings.”
Kopila Valley Women's Center & Mental Health and Counselling Centre
Both, The Kopila Valley Women's Center and Surkhet’s first ever Mental Health and Counselling Centre opened in 2013.
The Women’s Center provides literacy and vocational skills training such as sewing, weaving, making handicrafts and teaching entrepreneurship to the women.
It also runs a storefront, partially staffed by previous trainees, located in Surkhet. The store sells goods to the local community and provides the uniforms for the Kopila Valley School.
From a Teen Vogue article Maggie states, "Not a single woman in our immediate community could even write her own name, so the thought was to go back in time and give them the skills they needed to be better mothers and caregivers."
Women face many hurdles and challenges in the community including a divisive caste system that suppresses, represses and marginalizes the lower castes.
Maggie elaborates, “A lot of the women in my community were really struggling and I was constantly having to call the police to report domestic violence. Suicide has actually emerged as the leading killer of women in Nepal.”
From being battered, abused and neglected to dealing with drunken husbands their stories are horrific and depressing. Living in extreme poverty, they struggle on a daily basis to take care of their families and make ends meet.
As a start, the Women’s Center bought a few sewing machines and by word of mouth held a women’s meeting. They were shocked at the turnout of over 150 women interested in becoming part of a women’s support group.
Community, Hope and Empowerment
Maggie started off with a first group of 70 women. Classes were given on parenting, health and cleanliness several times a day. This expanded to teaching them seamstress skills and they are now making bags, yoga-mat bags, school uniforms, pajamas and even sanitary pads because menstruation is a taboo subject in Hindu culture.
The classes are all encompassing. From a Daily Beast article, Maggie explains, “We make them realize by coming together that they all have the same struggles, that they’re all in it together. They are not as isolated. They think their problems are really bad, but when they come together and realize everyone has the same worries and concerns and needs, it just gets so much better."
Maggie continues, “I felt like I had to do something about this. I can’t listen to women come in here feeling so helpless. I have to do something. What I’ve been learning over the past couple of months is that they need some socialization and a place where they can come to laugh.” The Women’s Center gives them something to look forward to every day.
"The girls and women have improved so much through the school and the center. It's been inspiring to see all these generations join forces in a place where they're safe and supported. It's about empowerment and lifting each other and themselves up.”
Kopila Valley Health Clinic
In 2011, the Kopila Valley Health Clinic opened in partnership with the Kopila Valley School. The community health clinic’s main focus is in education and prevention.
Managed by a team of doctors and nurses, it offers essential primary care, dental care and mental health services to the Kopila Valley children and staff, as well as the larger Surkhet community.
The Kopila Valley project is 90 percent staffed by Nepali people, many of whom were orphans themselves. It’s experienced success through slow, organic growth and strong support from the Nepalese who helped Maggie and Top establish roots to help lift children and women out of poverty and violence.
In a Your Story interview, Maggie responds to an inquiry about second thoughts and self-doubts about her fateful life decision. “I have moments when I’m like ‘Oh my God, what am I doing?’ I get overwhelmed with my life. I’m far from where I grew up and it’s really difficult. But now I can’t think of my life without this path, without my kids and all the emotions that I have experienced living here in Nepal. Watching them grow is just amazing, because they gave me so much.”
As with any family there have been some really joyous and memorable times and also times of sadness and sorrow.
In 2014, a two-month-old emaciated, malnourished, newborn boy, Ravi was brought to the home. His mother had died during childbirth and he was being cared for by his sisters and a relative. Barely conscious, his body limp and weak, Ravi was vomiting and also had diarrhea.
Maggie took him in to her home. After some touch and go scary, stressful, panicky moments trying to get medical attention in the area, Ravi’s condition slowly and eventually improved.
He soon grew up to be a smiley, happy, chubby, cute little boy, slowly learning to walk and winning every ones hearts with his warmth, joy, love, baby talk and infectious smile.
Unfortunately, on December 29, 2016 Ravi passed away. “Ravi and I were made for each other,” Maggie told the world in her blog, grieving for poor, little, sweet, innocent, angelic Ravi.
Ravi’s sister, six-year-old Pabitra, also lives at the Kopila Valley Home. The home’s loving, caring, kind and supportive environment transformed the quiet, sad, glum little girl into a smiling child who eventually broke out of her sad, empty world and found happiness and joy in dancing.
“At Kopila Valley each child has a unique and inspiring story,” says Maggie.
Maggie’s blog is the primary vehicle she uses to share her incredible story with the rest of the world. It recounts her life and the lives of her children.
Her blog reveals a mixed bag of good, happy, joyous times, difficult, frustrating and challenging times, daily struggles and sweet small victories.
In one of her posts Maggie recalls with joy staying up until 11 pm every night and listening to one of her teenage boys, Naveen Tiwari, recount his stories and experiences of his work day at a hotel.
She also tells the story of a young boy, Padam, another teenager, who decided he was going to quit his summer job. Maggie wanted him to stick with it for a couple of more weeks and writes, “We started yelling at each other and then I screamed, ‘Get in the car, you’re going.”
As an update, the first Nepalese child, that Maggie provided the opportunity to go to school, Hima, is presently in the 6th grade at Kopila Valley School. She continues living with her mother and brother in Surkhet. Hima’s mother works at the Kopila Valley’s Women’s Centre and being entrepreneurial runs a small cookie business that Hima enjoy’s helping with.
Maggie's Personal Philosophy
Being a full-time mother to 50 children and the Kopila Valley community has obviously changed Maggie’s life.
From a recent Gulf News interview, she states, “I take my job very seriously. Spending quality time with them is the key. I know they will eventually grow up and that’s why I want to cherish these moments while we are all here together in the same home."
"We all have something special to give to the world. You don’t have to move 8,000 miles away or go to Nepal to do something.”
We believe that in the blink of an eye, we can all make a difference.
“If we can’t raise our children in a way that’s loving and healthy and right, then what are we doing here? This should be our very first priority. I’m trying to send that message through my life and through the model that we’ve created.”
Creating More Goodness in the World
“We’re a huge team now. There are 70 of us on the ground. We’re a women’s center and a community center. There’s a nutrition program and a health clinic."
"I just want to create more goodness in the world. I don’t know how else to live. I want my children to be good mothers and fathers, members of society and citizens of the world.”
“My wish is that my children dream big and become the next generation of teachers, nurses, social workers, journalists, engineers, doctors and members of society who will lead Nepal into the future.” says Maggie in a Dreams Magazine interview.
The Donald Trump Effect on Kopila Valley
Maggie’s words, beliefs, actions and her chosen life path exemplify her outstanding leadership qualities that make her such a strong role model for others to look up to.
If only some of our world leaders, like President Donald Trump would change their despicable, disgusting, sleazy, hate mongering ways & behavior and follow Maggie's lead by practicing The Golden Rule of doing unto others, instilling more kindness, compassion, sensitivity, generosity, love and strong moral character like Maggie instills in her children, will we have better role models influencing our children around the world.
Toxic people like Trump poison everything they come in contact with, unfortunately, including Maggie. In fact, Maggie instinctively reacted and sent a strong, unequivocal message to candidate and then President Elect Donald John Trump and his followers.
She let her true feelings be known on Twitter about how she felt during his run up to the Presidency and also when it became clear on election night that Trump was going to win the 2016 US Presidency.
I'm sure Maggie is not proud of it as seen in some of her tweets below but she is human after all, just like the rest of us and has a right to feel the way she does about how Trump's despicable and disgusting behavior, attitude, words and actions have wronged and harmed numerous people and society in general.
Maggie revealed an extremely private part of herself to the world by tweeting in late October 2016:
"I Am A Nasty Woman Because I don't believe in hate yet I find myself hating Donald Trump."
She shortly thereafter, obviously in a fighting mood "re-tweet shouted" Trump's long-standing nemesis, Rosie O'Donnell's infamous:
"MIDDLE FINGERS UP!!!!"
On election night when it became clear that Trump had won the US Presidency, Maggie painfully and emotionally tweeted ...
"Crying in fetal position."
Crying in fetal position
— Maggie Doyne (@maggiedoyne) November 9, 2016
and then about 35 minutes later, she defiantly and angrily tweeted again ...
"If you voted for him I never want to see you or talk to you ever again. You're not my friend and you don't care about me or my kids."
If you voted for him I never want to see you or talk to you ever again. You're not my friend and you don't care about me or my kids.
— Maggie Doyne (@maggiedoyne) November 9, 2016
And in this last re-tweet, she was obviously frustrated, angry & unnerved and was clearly pushed a little bit over the edge by Trump and his unexpected, surprising and unbelievable victory.
She actually went over the edge by graphically re-tweeting, not about President Obama's these United States or even Red States or Blue States but about the breaking news of the current state of the electoral map ... and a divisive, hate filled, angry America going up in flames on the road to hell:
It's really very unfortunate, disappointing and sad to see the toxic, destructive effect one intentionally, poisonous individual, i.e. Trump can have over another kindhearted, loving, selfless, giving individual, i.e. Maggie, well over half way across the world.
And the main reason I stress this is because of the social conscious nature of this blog and it's message of doing unto others, following The Golden Rule, being kind, doing good, promoting social justice, looking out for the greater good in life while making a real lasting difference in our world and making it a better place to live
Instead of Maggie being able to devote all of her positive, selfless, loving, giving energies and focusing on her true calling of loving, supporting, nurturing, caring, mothering, educating and empowering some of Nepal's most needy children, she ends up finding her heart, soul and her very being ripped apart, all her energies sucked out of her while trying to stand up to and fighting for everything that is good, right and decent in this world.
Kopila Valley New Campus
Maggie and her team are currently working to build a new campus that will replace the existing Kopila Valley campus down the road. A team of engineers, architects, developers and environmental experts are using sustainable and green technology to build the school.
The new Kopila Valley School will reside on almost three acres of purchased land two kilometers away – serving as pre-primary school, primary school, secondary school through the 12th grade, post-secondary school and a vocational center. There will be 18 classrooms for about 500 students ready to learn, thrive and reach their potential.
Currently, the new campus has a working farm and fruit nursery that supplies food products to the Kopila Valley School and Kopila Valley Children’s Home.
BlinkNow Foundation’s Mission
The BlinkNow Foundation’s mission is to provide an education and a loving, caring home for orphaned, impoverished and at-risk children.
They also provide community outreach to reduce poverty, empower women, improve health, and encourage sustainability and social justice.
The Foundation fulfills its mission by providing financial support and management oversight to the Children’s Home and Kopila Valley School in Surkhet, Nepal.
Real World Challenges
The challenges facing the children and women of Surkhet are complex. Every day brings new stories of struggle. Together, they work to change this reality and create an everyday that brings stories of opportunity and hope. To achieve this, they are building a community filled with care and love, education and healthcare, empowerment and sustainability.
BlinkNow strives to create a sustainable organization working to educate all of Kopila’s children until they are ready to enter the world as happy, skilled, confident, self-sufficient and English-speaking adults. They believe that they can serve as a model for quality education in Nepal. They strive to provide their children with scholarships, should they choose to pursue higher education and the skills required to enter the workforce.
The non-profit places a huge emphasis on working together with their local community, conducting programs and providing scholarships for girls and socially vulnerable young women, thereby encouraging women’s empowerment and gender equality.
They offer vocational training skills to develop self-sufficiency including sewing, cooking, gardening, husbandry, computer skills, business and entrepreneurial skills.
These skills not only benefit their home and school by providing locally grown food and locally made uniforms but also benefit the community in general.
Meaning and Purpose
From Maggie's numerous media interviews scattered across the net, one immediately realizes that having a mission, finding real meaning and having true purpose and passion in life is what is of utmost importance to Maggie.
Maggie says in Teen Vogue, "I didn't have any idea where life could take me or that it could be this good and fulfilling. I wake up every day loving my work and thinking I have the greatest job in the universe. It's like, how did this happen?"
Believing in Community
BlinkNow believes that by sharing their story and engaging in a broader conversation with the global community, they will help to inspire and encourage people everywhere to take action, find solutions to global poverty and work to create a better world.
- Providing a loving home for our children
- Literacy and Education
- Reduction of Poverty
- Social Justice
- Women’s Empowerment
- Rural Development
- Global Sustainability
BlinkNow operates at the grassroots level of the community and focuses on promoting sustainability and self-reliance in everything that they do. They don’t offer short term band-aid solutions or quick fix money to individuals. They believe that if given the proper tools and initiatives, people and communities anywhere in the world can raise themselves out of poverty.
Their focus is on building and growing the communities they work within by implementing programs that reach the poorest and benefit the whole.
From the Times article Maggie states, “Our philosophy is community, return to the earth and the lost art of living. Back to taking care of each other, kindness, giving kids a safe place to be, play, and grow. We cook meals together. It’s a safe, loving place to be every day and we do really well.”
A Foundation For The Future
BlinkNow’s philosophy is they believe that every child in the world should be provided with the most basic needs and rights – a safe home, medical care, an education and love. And with that, they will grow up to be adults with a social conscience and the skills to continue our mission of ending the cycles of poverty and violence in our world.
In The Times interview Maggie concludes, “The point in me sharing my story is [to show] that I’m normal through and through and if I can do this – find joyful, meaningful work that I love and it’s trying to make the world better, I hope that the story gets out there. Our generation has to do it. We need to be the generation that stops this.”
Over the years, their passion and commitment have turned into a home, a school and a successful grassroots organization.
THE VISION OF THE BLINKNOW FOUNDATION IS TO:
- Sustain, grow and support Kopila Valley Children’s Home and School in Surkhet, Nepal.
- Serve as a vehicle to share ideas with others, especially children and teens in the U.S.
- Empower young people to become pioneers in developing their own solutions to world poverty.
Construction is also under way for a high school. And more ideas and inspirations are always on the horizon.
Love Letters for My Children - The Maggie Doyne Documentary
After Ravi's tragic death on Dec 30th, 2015, Maggie's world came crashing down and for over two months she went into a tailspin. Maggie said, "I wanted to die, I went black out ... Love was the scariest thing in the entire world ... I didn't want to love another human being ... "
She returned back to New Jersey where she stayed alone in fetal position for two months. Here she met her new love, filmmaker Jeremy Power Regimbal.
A common bond was formed between them when they discovered they shared the point of view that “focusing on raising the children of the world is how we can change our future.” Together, they both made their way back to Kopila Valley with a new mission.
Jeremy began to film Maggie's incredible 10 year journey of creating BlinkNow, for their documentary. The main focus is on the time immediately following Ravi's death and the many years ahead. It focuses on Maggie's overcoming her grief and her pursuit of building the new, all green, Kopila Valley School campus.
I encourage you to help support Maggie's dream come true by contributing to BlinkNow's Kickstarter campaign to finance the documentary.
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The Power Within Us
On what advice she would give to young people who would love to impact the world, Maggie responds, “Don’t wait until you are old enough to change the world. Don’t wait to retire, to have money or to have your masters’ degree. You can’t wait. You have to start right now. If I had waited, my kids wouldn’t have had a life as they do now.”
From a TEDxBrussels interview Maggie states, “I want everyone to know that they have the power to improve our world. People always think of all the things they don’t have instead of the things that they do."
"They say, I could do that if I had more money, I could do that if I had my master’s degree, if I had my PHD or after I’m settled and more established.”
I want my project to be a model for what other people can do around the world.
From a Positive News interview Maggie ends off with, “I have come so far from that girl, with the backpack. But now more than ever, I know that anything is possible. My heart is full and the future is exciting. There is so much still to do.”
MAGGIE'S AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
- 2008 CosmoGirl of the Year
- 2009 Grand Prize Winner of the Do Something Awards
- 2012 Speaker at Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy
- 2013 Speaker at Forbes Women's Summit: Power Redefined
- 2013 Forbes Excellence in Education Award
- 2014 Unsung Hero of Compassion, awarded by the Dalai Lama
- 2015 CNN Hero of the Year
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Some of this article has been sourced from Wikipedia. Contents have been compiled, edited and remixed. https://creativeco mmons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/. Secondary sources include The Huffington Post, New York Times, Teen Vogue, Talking Good, Forbes, Unsung Heroes of Compassion, Daily Beast, Your Story, Gulf News, TEDxBrussels, Positive News, BlinkNow. YouTube and Vimeo.. Image Credit: Top Feature Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Maggie_Doyne_.jpg
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