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Tope & Maggie co-founded the Kopila Valley Children’s Home together in 2007. After meeting at Ramana’s Garden in India, a children’s home primarily serving Nepali refugees, the two decided to enter into a partnership to serve the needs of Nepal’s children back in Tope’s home country.

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Our Founders

Tope Malla and Maggie Doyne

Tope & Maggie co-founded the Kopila Valley Children’s Home together in 2007. After meeting at Ramana’s Garden in India, a children’s home primarily serving Nepali refugees, the two decided to enter into a partnership to serve the needs of Nepal’s children back in Tope’s home country.

The two have been a dynamic duo ever since, running the organization side by side.

When Maggie and Tope founded the Children’s Home in Surkhet in 2007, they named it Kopila Valley—“kopila” means “flower bud” in Nepali. Now “Kopila Valley” encompasses BlinkNow’s entire campus in Surkhet, where our little Kopilas get what they need to blossom and grow.

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SUSTAINABILITY

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At Kopila Valley, sustainability isn’t just something we talk about now and again—it’s at the heart of everything we do. We understand how critical it is that all of us learn how to live our lives in a way that cares for our community and the environment we all share. Our young people—like young people all around the world—are leading the way and providing a model for how institutions and organizations can use smart thinking and cutting edge design to build a healthier, more sustainable future.

The Greenest School in Nepal

In 2019, BlinkNow opened our new green campus for the Kopila Valley School. The campus not only provides new facilities for our students and teachers, it is also  a model of sustainable architecture and green design. The school’s rammed earth walls and carefully placed doors, windows, and terraces allow the building to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter without an active heating or cooling system. Solar panels generate enough electicity to power the school, and a solar cooking system uses the sun’s heat to cook the rice and lentils we eat every day. Rain that falls on our school during the monsoon season is collected and filtered to provide drinking water all year long. We also recycle our water after using it, filtering and purifying it again so it can safely be put to work irrigating our plants before it leaves our campus!

The Greenest School in Nepal

In 2019, BlinkNow opened our new green campus for the Kopila Valley School. The campus not only provides new facilities for our students and teachers, it is also  a model of sustainable architecture and green design.

The school’s rammed earth walls and carefully placed doors, windows, and terraces allow the building to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter without an active heating or cooling system. Solar panels generate enough electicity to power the school, and a solar cooking system uses the sun’s heat to cook the rice and lentils we eat every day. Rain that falls on our school during the monsoon season is collected and filtered to provide drinking water all year long. We also recycle our water after using it, filtering and purifying it again so it can safely be put to work irrigating our plants before it leaves our campus!

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At BlinkNow, of course, we don’t just want to create a green school—we want to empower our students to be sustainability leaders for years to come! That means sustainability, just like gender equality and economic empowerment, it something we talk about all year long. Caring for the environment is a part of every student’s curriculum. We make sure our teachers have professional development opportunities so they can help guide our students’ growth, including the opportunity to participate in “permaculture training” to learn more about Surkhet’s own ecosystem.

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The BlinkNow Foundation is the sole provider of funding for Kopila Valley Children’s Home & School, and Kopila Valley Children’s Home & School is the only recipient of BlinkNow funding.

Yes, we are an official 501(c)(3), EIN 26-0819262. The BlinkNow Foundation is the U.S. side of Kopila Valley Children’s Home & School and there is a U.S. Board of Directors. All charitable donations are tax deductible.

No, BlinkNow has a strict no visitors policy. We strive to provide a stable and consistent environment for our children, and we’ve found that an influx of visitors is disruptive to the learning and educational environment at the home and school. 

We have one volunteer opportunity every year in Nepal, our Dashain Camp program, which runs for two weeks every October. We encourage you to sign up for our volunteer mailing list, and we’ll be sure to let you know when the application is open. We strive to maintain stability and consistency for our kids, so we don’t accept short-term visitors or volunteers at any other time of year. We’ve found that an influx of volunteers is disruptive to the children’s environment – and the kids always come first! Thanks for your understanding.

Yes, start a personal fundraising campaign! You can make a huge impact, like Matt Madeiro who used his birthday to help us raise $25,000 for a school bus.

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