GIAMPAOLI LAW

OUR TEAM

“I found this beautiful community of women and villagers and elders who wanted to take part in this.” - Maggie Doyne

BlinkNow may have started with the drive of one person, but it is the dedication and determination of one amazing team that makes everything hum. From “aunties” and “uncles” who keep our home happy to teachers who provide much more than education. From the Kopila Board of respected leaders and elders in Nepal to the BlinkNow Board of Directors and staff in the US. From the cooks to the construction team to a group of remarkable directors. It is these resilient, beautiful people – most of whom come from the local community – that make Kopila Valley shine and BlinkNow stronger than ever. We are all in this together.

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.

KOPILA VALLEY STAFF

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Children’s Home Team

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Education Team

Kopila Valley School is run by local teachers, administrators, counselors, and health workers who are completely dedicated to the education, health and well-being of our children and community. They make so much of the magic happen at Kopila Valley, working both inside and outside of the classroom all hours of the day (and sometimes nights) to make sure our students have what they need. The kids all truly love and respect them – and the feeling is clearly mutual.

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Programs and Operations Team

This is a team of talented individuals from around the world who work in specialized roles to make sure our project runs smoothly every day. We’re lucky to count these guys as part of our family!
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KOPILA VALLEY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our Nepali board consists of 12 respected local leaders, professionals, and elders who bring knowledge, expertise, and supervision to Kopila Valley. They wrote our bylaws, hold community meetings, and meet monthly to discuss new and ongoing Kopila projects and approve spending. The Kopila Board consists of Tope Malla (Co-founder and Chairman), Minkosha Shahi (Vice Chairwoman), Gogan Malla (Secutary), Kalpana Karki (Treasurer), Man Bahadur Singh, Ganga Thapa, and Gita Buda.

Tope Bahadur Malla

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Kopila Valley Sewa Samaj

Tope Bahadur Malla is the co-founder and chairman of Kopila Valley. After serving at Ramana’s Garden for over 15 years, a project for Nepali refugees in India, Tope made the decision to return to his birth country and found Kopila. Tope grew up in a small Himalayan village where he was orphaned at a young age. Kopila is his way of giving the children of his country the childhood he always dreamed of. As Maggie’s partner, Tope is responsible for the development, oversight, and management of Kopila Valley on the ground. He oversees a staff of over 50 people and is the key to making ideas become reality at Kopila. He now lives at the Kopila Valley project with his wife and son.
Tope Bahadur Malla is the co-founder and chairman of Kopila Valley. After serving at Ramana’s Garden for over 15 years, a project for Nepali refugees in India, Tope made the decision to return to his birth country and found Kopila. Tope grew up in a small Himalayan village where he was orphaned at a young age. Kopila is his way of giving the children of his country the childhood he always dreamed of. As Maggie’s partner, Tope is responsible for the development, oversight, and management of Kopila Valley on the ground. He oversees a staff of over 50 people and is the key to making ideas become reality at Kopila. He now lives at the Kopila Valley project with his wife and son.

BLINKNOW FOUNDATION STAFF

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BlinkNow Board of Directors

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