Founder of BlinkNow, Activist and Humanitarian
Maggie Doyne Bio
Traveling outside the United States for the first time after graduating high school, Maggie Doyne wandered into Nepal and faced horrors she never imagined: children orphaned by Nepal's civil war left to fend for themselves.
Only 19 years old, Maggie felt compelled to act. She used babysitting money and funds raised in her community to begin a home for orphaned children in war-ravaged Nepal. Today, Maggie (now 28) is mom to over 50 children. In 2010, she opened a school for Nepal's most impoverished children. The school now serves 350 students and is rated top in the region. She was honored as a Forbes "Top 30 under 30" Social Entrepreneur and by the Dalai Lama as an Unsung Hero of Compassion.
The New York Times Magazine featured Maggie and her work as founder and CEO of BlinkNow.org in a cover story by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof. In writing about Maggie, Kristof marveled: "As for her own needs, Doyne is blase. When she had an infected tooth in a remote village far from any doctor, and her face swelled up so that she couldn't even see, a local man obligingly took a chisel and pliers and pulled the tooth without any painkiller."