"Some people might say, that they don’t have the capacity to care about more people than they already do now. We all put barriers up. Barriers to protect ourselves from loving too much because there’s only so many people we can protect and care for. But we have to care more. We have to care for the stranger. We have to care for our community, our countries and our human family. If we don’t, who will?” —Maggie Doyne, co-founder of BlinkNow
At 18, Maggie started questioning who she was and what she was doing with her life. The more she questioned, the more she realized she was in the dark about both. So she set out to travel the world over the course of a year. 20,000 miles away and many countries later, she found herself in the foothills of the Himalayas, where she would end up co-founding her very own orphanage, The Kopila Valley Home.
Ten years later, she’s still there — and she's a mom of 51. She made the home a family and built an accompanying school, which serves 400 students. They also run a health clinic, and nutrition program, a women’s empowerment program, and they put a great deal of focus on sustainable renewable practices.
We’d call that pretty remarkable work. CNN agrees — Maggie’s nominated for the 2015 CNN Hero of the Year. You can vote for her through 11.59pm on Sunday, November 15th!