The online voting for one of the most prestigious awards – 2015 CNN Hero of the Year is now open. Making it to the Top 10 list this year is 28 year old Maggie Doyne, a New Jersey native who has dedicated her life to the under privileged children in Surkhet, Nepal.
At a tender age of 18 when most of the people want to enjoy their life to the fullest, Maggie decided to travel the world and help the people in need. Before coming to Nepal, she had helped rebuild a sea wall in Fiji. She was then working with Nepalese refugees in India where she met a young girl who wanted to find her family in Nepal. She came along with her to help her find her family. Her life changed when she witnessed the effects of the decade-long civil war which had just ended. It broke her heart to see children by the riverbed picking up big stones and breaking them into little pieces to sell. She decided to do something for them and called her parents to wire her the $5000 she had earned from babysitting. She purchased a land in Surkhet in 2006 and worked with the local community for two years to build Kopila Valley Children’s Home, which is a home to about 50 children today. She later started her own foundation and named it BlinkNow Foundation which opened its Kopila Valley School in 2010, where more than 350 children are educated today.
Watch Maggie Doyne talking about her amazing journey so far in the video below.
The online voting continues through Sunday, November 15 and you can vote for her once everyday through your email or Facebook handle. All of this year’s Top 10 CNN Heroes will be honored during, “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” on Sunday, December 6, where the CNN Hero of the Year 2015 will be announced.
Vote for Maggie Doyne HERE.