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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
We are hard at work this year at Edge of Seven on several infrastructure projects to benefit access to education for girls and women in the developing world.
First up, we'll be building a Community and Education Center for Women in the Dhading District of Nepal this May, using the sustainable and earthquake-resistant earthbag construction method. This Center will provide women who are victims of abuse and sex trafficking with a safe place to come together as a community and receive vocational trainings and health services. The Center will include classrooms, workshop space, a health post, and a daycare center for children.
Next, in June we'll be working on a secondary school campus expansion in the Mt. Meru Region of Tanzania in the village of Miririni, where girls are extremely underserved in the educational system.
And, finally, in November we'll be returning to the community of Basa, Nepal, where we completed an earthbag secondary school in 2012, to build additional classrooms and a female-sensitive toilet system in order to increase attendance among girls at the school.
We're seeking both financial and volunteer support for all of these projects! If you believe, as we do, that educating and empowering girls and women is the best way to fight global poverty we hope that you will get involved with Edge of Seven in 2013! Please email us with questions anytime at email@example.com.
Edge of Seven's Community Development Program (CDP) provides capacity-building services and volunteer support to infrastructure projects that create more access to education for for girls and women in the developing world. Since 2010, Edge of Seven has directly impacted 435 girls and 795 individuals in rural Nepal through community improvement projects, including the construction of three schools, two community water supplies, and one dormitory for girls seeking a higher education.
In 2013, Edge of Seven will continue it's work through the CDP in communities in Nepal and also tackle new initiatives to help girls and women in rural Tanzania. Projects planned for 2013 include:
Edge of Seven is currently seeking volunteers for all of these projects! Please visit our website to learn more about getting involved with our work. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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