Gap year encounter in Nepal that changed an American teen’s life, and the lives she has changed there since by helping rural poor

While trekking in the far west of Nepal in 2007, Maggie Doyne – then a fresh-faced teenager from Mendham, in the US state of New Jersey – came across a scrawny child breaking rocks with a hammer in a dry riverbed. The girl looked up and her face broke into a broad smile. “Namaste, didi,” the girl said.

“The whole focus of my life changed in that one second,” says Doyne, who has since set in motion a series of minor miracles in one of the poorest parts of one of the world’s poorest countries.

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