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Maggie Doyne of Blink Now to Speak in Cranford

Maggie Doyne, Executive Director of Blink Now and founder of the Kopila Valley Children's Home with her children in Surkhet, Nepal. Credits: Blink Now

After Maggie’s senior year of high school, as her friends headed to college, the 18-year-old boarded a plane in New Jersey and set off to see the world with just her backpack and eyes wide open. Four countries and 20,000 miles later, she found herself trekking through the Himalayas and walking along the dirt roads of Nepal’s most poverty-stricken villages.

It is here that Maggie met a six-year-old girl named Hima, one of the hundreds of struggling children she met on her journey. Hima was breaking stones in a dry riverbed and selling them to earn a few dollars to feed her family. She was barely surviving, yet a glimmer of light shined deep within. Maggie was shocked by what she saw and disappointed that as a human family we allowed children to live this way. 

Maggie got to work. She helped Hima go to school, paying for her tuition, uniform, and books, and started to transform her life. The positive feeling of this work was contagious and helping one child led to twenty.  Maggie called home and asked her parents to wire her $5,000 life-savings she earned while babysitting in high school to purchase land in Surkhet, Nepal.

Ten years later, Maggie is now the mother to 47 orphaned children, built and operates the Kopila Valley Children's Home, The Kopila Valley School, and the Kopila Valley Women's Center and is Executive Director of the Blink Now Foundation.

Come be inspired and listen to Maggie's story on Tuesday, June 17th at 7:00pm at St. Michael School, 100  Alden Street, Cranford, NJ.

Please join us and see how you can change the world. 
Please call with any question Erin Pettit at 908-518-0436 or Lisa Durant, St. Michael's, at 908-276-2050.
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