This week, 15 students from the St. Andrews School in Austin, Texas will board a plane for Nepal where they will work alongside local community members and Edge of Seven to build a secondary school for the students of Kaku in the Solukhumbu District.
The K-10 campus in Kaku serves 539 students, half of which are female. Many of the classrooms in Kaku are dilapidated and in extremely poor condition. Students in Kaku are primarily Janajati, an indigenous population that is often excluded from Nepal's mainstream. As Kaku is located a 45 minute walk from the village of Basa, students who graduate from grade 10 in Kaku are able to pursue grades 11 and 12 at the higher secondary school in Basa that Edge of Seven worked to complete last year.
Providing access to higher education, particularly for girls, is our chief aim at Edge of Seven. That's because girls in developing countries, like Nepal, are most often denied opportunities for advancement. At our Solukhumbu Girls Hostel in Salleri, we house 40 girls who are pursuing a higher education. Some girls, like Roshani, are lucky to come from families who support educating their daughters. Roshani says that her parents were different from other girls' parents in her Tamang village, where having a daughter was seen as a sign of misfortune. While most families endeavored to marry off their daughters as quickly as possible, Roshani's parents encouraged her to stay in school.
"They told me to study rather than get married," she said. "They always told me that if I was educated, I would make better decisions for my life. With an education, you have a clear path. Without it, you are blind."
By supporting Edge of Seven through GlobalGiving, you are helping to make the future brighter for girls like Roshani and students in villages like Kaku. Thank you for joining us in our mission to create more access to education for girls and disadvantaged students in Nepal!
As one of eight siblings, Maya knows firsthand the demands, challenges, and hardships her parents faced trying to provide for so many children. While she enjoyed growing up in a busy household, Maya says she plans to have a smaller family so that she can focus all of her resources on giving her children the best care and opportunities available.
At Edge of Seven's Solukhumbu Girls Hostel in Nepal, where Maya is studying in grades 11 and 12, she is still exploring what she wants to do with her career, but thinks often of going on to the local university to receive a Bachelor's degree so that she will have more options in life. "I know I want to be a self-dependent person," she said. "To be educated is like winning a lottery. After you win it, you can choose your way in life."
This fall, Edge of Seven and our local partners plan to break ground on a new hostel in Salleri to house girls from remote villages who are pursuing a Bachelor's degree at the local university in the Solukhumbu District. Femlae graduates from grade 12 at the higher secondary schools in Salleri and Basa will be able to apply for scholarship assistance and room and board at the Solukhumbu University Hostel so they can continue their education at the highest level available in the region.
Across Nepal, only one-third of university students are women, and this number is even lower in the Solukhumbu District, where the lack of roads make for lengthy commute times to Salleri from remote villages. Without gender appropriate housing and tuition assistance, most girls are unable to access the higher educational facilities located in the district capital. Through collaborations with local NGOs, the new hostel will address both of these issues, creating a pathway to higher education that currently doesn't exist. We hope you'll consider supporting this important project through Global Giving today.
We're also happy to report that we're putting the finishing touches on the final classrooms at the Basa Higher Secondary School, which will create access to grades 11 and 12 for hundreds of students in this remote region of the Solukhumbu District. Previously, most students in this region ended their educations after grade 10, so we are honored to contribute to this important educational resource that will serve students for decades to come.
Thank you to all of you who have supported our work in Basa and beyond!
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Last week, 13 Edge of Seven volunteers and filmmakers landed in Nepal, where they are now working at our project site in Basa (Everest Region) to build two additional earthbag classrooms at the local higher secondary school. These classrooms will help to increase school attendance among girls in the region, as well as allow the teachers to deliver new classes in business development and English to the students.
Their efforts will help us complete in total six classrooms in Basa, using the earthbag building method, an earthquake-resistant, environmentally-friendly, and cost-effective method that we helped introduce to the region. In the spring of 2014, we will build the final two classrooms at the campus. (To learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities in Basa, please visit our website. To keep up with the progress of our team in Nepal, you can follow Edge of Seven on Facebook.)
In other news, this fall we welcomed 40 new girls to the Solukhumbu Girls Hostel that we helped build in Salleri, Nepal. These girls, who hail from villages across the Solukhumbu District, are all attending grades 11 and 12 at the local college, and they are all the first members of their family to do so.
This December, we'll be launching a campaign called "31 Days of Hope." Every day in December we will be sharing a story about a girl living and studying at the hostel. Girls like Juna Maya Tamang, who is 16 and from the village of Tamakhani. Juna Maya is an avid painter and a hardworker who relishes her studies in Salleri. While she is still figuring out what profession to pursue, she knows she wants to chart her own course in life. "I want to be self-dependent," she said. "And that is why I need an education. Education can take you from the darkness into a life full of life and hope. So, it's important for everyone, but especially girls in Nepal who have few opportunities."
To receive stories from 31 Days of Hope, please check our website in December or send an email to email@example.com to join our mailing list.
As always, thank you for all you do to help educate and empower girls and women in the developing world!
Did you know that seven out of every 10 girls in rural Nepal will drop out of school before attaining a secondary-level education? And that each year it's estimated that 10,000 girls who are not in school in Nepal become victims of sex trafficking?
Today, there is an urgent need to create more access to education for girls in Nepal. Doing so will not only help ensure that more girls grow up to lead healthier lives, earning an income and improving the futures of their families and communities, but it will also help combat social problems like sex trafficking and child labor that so many school-aged girls fall victim to each year.
At Edge of Seven, we continue our work to broaden educational resources for girls in remote areas where few opportunities exist. In 2013 and 2014, we have plans to expand the capacities of our higher secondary school campus in Basa, Nepal and our girls hostel in Salleri, Nepal to serve more students and girls on the path to achieving a higher education and a better life.
You can help us today by making a donation to our organization through Global Giving, spreading the word about our work, or signing up to volunteer on one of our projects in Nepal.
Together we can make a huge difference for so many marginalized girls in Nepal. Thank you for your continued support.
Though it seems like spring is still springing in many parts of the country, we at Edge of Seven are busy preparing for fall and our much-anticipated return to Nepal's Everest Region, where we'll expand our higher secondary school campus in Basa and lead individuals inspired to educate and empower girls and women on a trek to Everest Base Camp.
In Basa, we are planning to construct more earthbag classrooms at the higher secondary school we completed in the summer of 2012. This is the only higher secondary school in the region, and the additional classrooms will not only accommodate more students who currently do not have the opportunity to pursue a higher education, but they will also allow for the expansion of curriculum on the campus, as teachers plan to add English language and business development courses. We are currently seeking volunteers to help us with this earthbag build in November. If you are interested in learning more, please visit our website or email us with questions.
We'll also be leading individuals with a passion for adventure and girls' education on a fundraising trek to Everest Base Camp. This trip is open to anyone who is able to meet the fundraising requirement, and ambitious trekkers will also have the option of adding on a climb up Island Peak or a cultural tour of our projects in the villages of Salleri, Basa, Phuleli and Purdu. The money raised through this trip will go toward our 2014 projects in Nepal. For more information on joining the trek, please visit the "Adventure" section of our website or email us with questions.
As always, thank you for your past and continued support of Edge of Seven and our work to empower and educate girls and women in the developing world!
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