Maggie Doyne, an 18 year old woman, was named CNN Hero of the Year on Tuesday because of her efforts to help hundreds of women and children in Nepal.
Doyne spoke Tuesday with CNN, saying, “To all of you in this room and who are watching, please, please remember that we have the power to create the world that we want to live in, just as we want it. And that’s what all the Heroes here have done tonight.”
While backpacking in Nepal years ago, Doyne noticed a six-year old girl named Hima struggling to help feed her family. To improve conditions, Doyne used $5,000 in babysitting savings to buy land in the country. She built a school, a women’s center, and the Kopila Valley Children’s Home after working in the community.
The BlinkNow Foundation was formed to help support her endeavors. Their mission is to create a healthy, loving community free of poverty and to support uneducated orphaned children.
She received her title at a special awards ceremony in New York from CNN audiences that voted for her. The program “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” premieres globally on CNN at 8pm EST, Dec. 6, where the Top Ten CNN Heroes will be honored for their contributions around the world.