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!
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