Edge of Seven's Community Development Program brings education and economic opportunity to girls in rural Nepal. With a focus on improving infrastructure (like schools, dorms, and water supplies), the program utilizes a community centric-approach to fight poverty alongside local families (most of whom live on less than $1 a day). Projects this year will support 2 villages in rural Nepal, improve educational outcomes for 150 women and girls and have a ripple effect on the 5,000 village residents.
While poverty levels have dropped in recent years, 24.8% of people in Nepal still live on less than $1.25 per day. Poverty levels are negatively impacted by both low secondary school enrollment rates and the lack of appropriate infrastructure in a country with difficult terrain. Just 32% of young women (between the ages of 20 and 24) have received at least a secondary education. Edge of Seven's Community Development Program was founded to specifically address these issues.
The Community Development Program offers girls, their families and their villages increased access to educational opportunities with a goal of reducing poverty in rural Nepal. Program components include improving schools, building additional schools, creating access to clean water sources, and educating girls and families through workshops. This year, Edge of Seven plans to build both a women's community center and a higher secondary school extension with curriculum in community development.
When women and girls are educated, they tend to marry later, suffer less abuse, live healthier lives, and reinvest 90% of what they earn back into their communities. This year Edge of Seven's Community Development Program will offer educational opportunities to hundreds of individuals, creating a ripple effect in the entire region of rural Nepal. While this particular program will be driven from a local level, it will have a global impact, helping Nepal to reach the Millennium Development Goals.