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CNN 2015 Hero of the Year Maggie Doyne helps women, children in Nepal

Published Date: 2015-11-18 00:00:00

Maggie Doyne, who cares for and educates hundreds of children in Nepal, was named the 2015 CNN Hero of the Year. Hosted by Anderson Cooper, the ninth annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute took place tonight in New York City.

A resident of Mendham, NJ and Surkhet, Nepal, Doyne took a life-altering trip to Nepal where she saw, first-hand, the state of suffering that women and children face. Today, she and her nonprofit BlinkNow Foundation provide education in addition to a supportive and encouraging community to orphaned, impoverished, and at-risk children.

 While accepting her award, Doyne stated, “There is no time to waste. If you are educated and free, empowered and safe, you have to use your strength, your power, and your gifts to help the rest of our human family.” Singer and actress Victoria Justice presented Doyne with her honor earlier in the ceremony. Each of the Top Ten CNN Heroes will receive $10,000 in recognition of their work. After winning the global vote, Doyne’s BlinkNow Foundation will receive an additional $100,000 grant to further aid her cause.