SUMMIT, NJ - At age 19, Maggie Doyne, a New Jersey high school graduate on a gap year, used her $5,000 life savings to start a home for orphaned children in rural Nepal. Today, at 26, the Mendham native runs a top-rated school for 330 of the same children in Nepal's Kopila Valley, and has become legal guardian to 42 of the orphans.
Doyne will speak and answer questions about her work at Kopila Valley Children's Home and School at 7:30 p.m. on February 26, at The Unitarian Church, 4 Waldron Avenue. The event is free and open to the public. Childcare will be provided, and light refreshments will be served.
After graduating from West Morris Mendham High School in 2005, Doyne volunteered to do international service and ended up in Nepal at the time when the Nepalese Civil War ended. Seeing the many orphaned children, she used money earned from babysitting to found the home and then the school. She also founded the BlinkNow Foundation to share her idea that "in the blink of an eye, we can all make a difference." The foundation enables and encourages young people to volunteer in developing countries.
The Unitarian Church in Summit has invited Doyne as part of its year-long study of the congregation's mission statement, which is '
To be a radically inclusive religious community that feeds the human spirit and heals the world'. "We are inviting Maggie Doyne as a way of learning from someone who clearly lives a life of healing the world," said Tuli Patel, director of religious education.
The Unitarian Church in Summit draws members from various religious and cultural backgrounds who join together in their individual quests for truth and meaning.
For more information, visit the church website at www.ucsummit.org
or call 908 / 273-3245