At the age of 18 Maggie Doyne went off travelling and her travels led her to Nepal, which is where her life changed and she changed others lives, along her journey through the villages she came across a girl, Hima, 6 yrs old and
was shocked to see her working for a few pennies to feed her family......Maggie was upset by the harsh reality of it all but decided to help Hima get a better life and started paying for her to go to school, she started helping other children but with
the financial burden of this, she needed to raise more money, she felt the need to do more, so with her life savings she bought a plot of land in Surkhet and began to build a home for the orphan children, with the help of locals and Blink Now
co-founder Top bahadur Malla along with friends, family and other people from around the world, in 2008 the 'Kopila valley Childrens Home was finished. (Kopila means flower bud).
It is now the home of 50 children and in 2010 a school was built where
many children from around Surkhet attend and to add to that a health centre has been built and a womens centre was built and opened in 2013.
The womens centre was built to provide job training and education for women in the community, and a shop was opened
in the town to sell the handcrafted products made by the women at the centre.
Women are still a minority in Nepal, they do hard graft like farming, they are abused and have suffered loss and yet they are strong and positive. The centre focuses
on educating and empowering these women to build a better future, classes include human rights, health issues, self confidence, business classes, sewing and weaving.
The women produce clothing, uniforms and back packs for the Kopila school students
alongside producing products for the community.
Blink Now believe ' every child in the world should be provided with the most basic needs and rights - a safe home, medical care, an education and love.....'
At the womens centre
it is their aim is to give every woman an education and a skill to enable them to be stronger and give their own children a brighter future, encouraging them to follow in their footsteps.
'The world will change when our girls and our women are educated'
- Maggie Doyne
'Amazing things happen when women come together and support each other. That is the core premise and promise of the Kopila Valley Women's Centre'
(also see interview with Anna Felton / Appendices)