Edge of Seven

Eo7 breaks down barriers for girls and women to get more and better education to lift themselves out of poverty.
Nov 29, 2016

The end of 2016 and looking ahead

Eighteen months after the 2nd of two earthquakes in Nepal the challenges keep coming. There was an earthquake just today on 11/28. Minor at 5.3, but still. And you may be feeling a bit scattered or full of trepidation after the recent election in the US if you're one of our American donors. There is a bit of a sense of an earthquake (metaphorically) as things have been truly shaken up and we're not sure what will happen next.

Today in the US is #GivingTuesday — a philanthropic response to black friday and cyber monday where consumerism reigns. On Tuesday 11/29 please pledge to support philanthropy in the developing world in any way you can. Perhaps it's supporting @EdgeofSeven, or maybe another organization. Maybe it's using social media to promote girls' education and women's empowerment. Maybe it's just making a statement that we can make a difference in the world. In whatever way you can do it, please take TUESDAY 11/29 and MAKE A DIFFERENCE. If you'd like to donate to Edge of Seven please use this Global Giving link. https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/eof7communitydevelopment/ Donations on this day will get matched 50%.

But in Nepal where we're working on very fundamental issues of justice, education, women's rights and girls' education we can tell you that progress isn't lightning quick. We make a progress incrementally each day, month, quarter and year. This past year we worked hard to finish the schools that had the highest priority and we're now looking at the next set of schools to get girls back into the classroom and learning.

It isn't a big, exciting, dramatic piece of work. We build wall by wall and a person by person to build their capacity to take on whatever their next challenge is in the rural, remote villages where we work. We work in the Solukhumbu of Nepal east of Kathmandu and south of Mt. Everest.

We have identified a list of approximately 35 buildings in this area (all school buildings at this point) that need to be rebuilt or scraped and built over -- this time using the government approved, earthquake-resistent model that we're using now. Yes, it's more expensive than previous models, but it is government approved and is highly resistent to the tremors that may be felt over the lifespan of the building.

This fall we're putting the final touches on the buildings completed over the last year. We're including electrical wiring, furnishings and the small touches that help to create a sense of pride and ownership in these community owned buildings. And think about how these buildings build community as well. We work with local partners to lead and train the community where we work. Each community has a new School Building Committee led by villagers who are ready to take the next steps in leadership, ownership, commitment, and long-term focus.

Because we care so much about replicating each locally controlled and locally led School Building Committee we're working very hard right now to  complete our End of Year Campaign. The campaign has a number of parts and we'd love for you to join us. Here are some of the things that you can check out and support girls' education by doing -- and know that we're using Global Giving as our platform for the giving because it gives you and us the confidence that donations are being managed well.

So check out these great opportunities to engage and turn your passion for girls' education into the Eo7 mission:

  • GIVING TUESDAY -- on November 29, please make a donation through GlobalGiving onto this project (https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/eof7communitydevelopment/). We can access $500K in matches just for making a donation this day (matches for each donation 50%)
  • Throughout December -- throughout the month of December we're sending all our donors to GlobalGiving to help us fund the next set of schools we're building in Nepal. And as a special bonus if you set up a new recurring donation Global Giving will match the first donation 200% -- yes double that first recurring gift! https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/eof7communitydevelopment/
  • Educate a Girl -- special Documentary Screening of "Educate a Girl" on December 13, 2016 at the Posner Center for International Devleopment in Denver. We're going to have a special holiday gathering of supporters and staff and preview this great documentary. See https://eagscreening.eventbrite.com for info and tickets.

We're so excited for you to join us and support girls' education in whatever way you can. Even small donations of $10 are greatly appreciated since several of the matching and bonus programs that benefit us are based on whether we can get only 30 new donations! Any amount helps --

So while it may seem as if there was a disturbance in the political equilibrium in the US, there is still a great deal of work to do where the real earthquakes have occured in Nepal. This also gives you a great way to make some positive change for some very real people who need our help. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions about our work in Nepal or in East Africa.

The long walk to school

Global Giving and #matchamillion
Global Giving and #matchamillion

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Nov 23, 2016

What's ahead for Edge of Seven - Fall 2016

Eighteen months after the 2nd of two earthquakes in Nepal the challenges keep coming. You may be feeling a bit scattered or full of trepidation after the recent election in the US if you're one of our American donors. There is a bit of a sense of an earthquake (metaphorically) as things have been truly shaken up and we're not sure what will happen next.

But in Nepal where we're working on very fundamental issues of justice, education, women's rights and girls' education we can tell you that progress isn't lightning quick. We make a little bit of progress each day, month, quarter and year. This past year we worked hard to finish the schools that had the highest priority and we're now looking at the next set of schools to get girls back into the classroom and learning.

It isn't a big, exciting, dramatic piece of work. We build wall by wall and a person by person to build their capacity to take on whatever their next challenge is in the rural, remote villages where we work. We work in the Solukhumbu of Nepal east of Kathmandu and south of Mt. Everest.

We have identified a list of approximately 35 buildings in this area (all school buildings at this point) that need to be rebuilt or scraped and built over -- this time using the government approved, earthquake-resistent model that we're using now. Yes, it's more expensive than previous models, but it is government approved and is highly resistent to the tremors that may be felt over the lifespan of the building.

This fall we're putting the final touches on the buildings completed over the last year. We're including electrical wiring, furnishings and the small touches that help to create a sense of pride and ownership in these community owned buildings. And think about how these buildings build community as well. We work with local partners to lead and train the community where we work. Each community has a new School Building Committee led by villagers who are ready to take the next steps in leadership, ownership, commitment, and long-term focus.

Because we care so much about replicating each locally controlled and locally led School Building Committee we're working very hard right now to  complete our End of Year Campaign. The campaign has a number of parts and we'd love for you to join us. Here are some of the things that you can check out and support girls' education by doing -- and know that we're using Global Giving as our platform for the giving because it gives you and us the confidence that donations are being managed well.

So check out these great opportunities:

  • GIVING TUESDAY -- on November 29, please make a donation through Global Giving onto this project (https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/eof7communitydevelopment/). No fees this day and we can access $500K in matches just for making a donation this day (matches for each donation 50%)
  • Colorado Gives Day -- on December 6, please make a donation through our website to help us access multiple matches in their special fund of $1M. www.edgeofseven.org
  • Throughout December -- throughout the month of December we're sending all our donors to Global Giving to help us fund the next set of schools we're building in Nepal. And as a special bonus if you set up a new recurring donation Global Giving will match the first donation 100% -- yes double that first recurring gift! https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/eof7communitydevelopment/
  • Educate a Girl -- special Documentary Screening of "Educate a Girl" on December 13, 2016 at the Posner Center for International Devleopment in Denver. We're going to have a special holiday gathering of supporters and staff and preview this great documentary. See https://eagscreening.eventbrite.com for info and tickets.

We're so excited for you to join us and support girls' education in whatever way you can. Even small donations of $10 are greatly appreciated since several of the matching and bonus programs that benefit us are based on whether we can get only 30 new donations! Any amount helps --

So while it may seem as if there was a disturbance in the political equilibrium in the US, there is still a great deal of work to do where the real earthquakes have occured in Nepal. This also gives you a great way to make some positive change for some very real people who need our help. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions about our work in Nepal or in East Africa.

The long walk to school
The long walk to school

Links:

Oct 4, 2016

Completion in sight for three schools - 100416

Barkhu - Mukli Lower Secondary School
Barkhu - Mukli Lower Secondary School

Greetings everyone,

As October has finally arrived we have great news. Edge of Seven has made the final transfer of funds to our partners in Nepal to finish the three school buildings that we have been working on. It may seem strange to discuss how our finances work, but we wanted to peel back the curtain a little bit on how international development works to help to educate on why our principles are so important.

Why are there different "transfers" (aka tranches)?

Because we have a principle called "transfer power" we are attempting to put as much control into the hands of the partners we work with on the ground and then have them ultimately train, coach, mentor and support the local communities where we work. We work hard to ensure that each community has a School Building Committee that has the power to take control of their own projects and take care of their needs. This principle moves us toward empowering outcomes with the community because we are giving money, power, control to them.

But we also combine this idea of "transfer power" with the principle of "learn". We have to learn as do our partners and the community as well. These learning moments happen everyday, every week, all the time. And building projects or implementing programs is no different. We use the different "transfers" of money as distinct opportunities to learn how things are going. Pictures, stories, anecdotes and even reports on how money was spent, what is going well and what can be improved are necessary so that we are all paying attention to this project -- and the next -- and the next -- over time.

Looking at these projects and programs over time is how we describe part of our principle of "focus on generations." This principle helps us to think (and act) with the idea that every project/program is looking to be a powerful force of change in a rural community for the great granddaughters of the girls who are there now. Great Granddaughters. Think about that. We want to AFFECT the community that far out. It forces us to make decisions not for the now, but for the future. And that's a powerful thing. Some people pay lip service to "sustainability" as if just saying the word makes it happen. We know that you have to think, debate, choose, decide, and act on principles that create sustainability as an emergent property not a "goal."

So we're learning every moment and this was one of them. We got our reports and pictures and stories that helped us to understand where we stand on three different school buildings. We know that we have some finish work to complete, the electrical system in the school and install the furniture. We learned far more than those little facts though. We're working to transfer power to the community. We're focusing on future generations. And we know that every penny we spend is a gift from you, our donors that must be cared for, stewarded and turned into far more than four walls and a roof. We are building communities as much as buildings. We're building a strong organization. We're  building a practice and method that will survive far into the future.

To learn more about our principles: http://www.edgeofseven.org/our-approach-2/our-model/

Our event this year is all about Future Generations: We call the event Great Granddaughters, because that's how we're looking at the world: http://2016edgeof7.eventbrite.com  If you'd like to also contribute to our silent auction you can do so here: www.auctria.com/auction/Eo72016

Barkhu - inside finishing
Barkhu - inside finishing
Girls in Dipli
Girls in Dipli
Dipli: the community working on the building
Dipli: the community working on the building
Focus on Generations
Focus on Generations

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