Education
 Nepal
Project #10765

Support Girl's Education in Rural Nepal

by Edge of Seven
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Edge of Seven just visited the Salleri Dorms where we have girls residing to go to 11th and 12th grade classes (college) in Salleri. Our new dorms for girls attending University (12+) are ready for girls to arrive and begin their classes later this fall. We were very excited to see the completion of the work at the dorms that include 2 buildings with 2 rooms each. 5 girls will live in each room -- a total of 20 girls who will now be attending university to pursue their dreams of a career in Salleri or in Solukhumbu where they are all from. Each of the rooms has a private kitchen where the 5 girls take turns cooking their own meals. An on-site coordinator ensures that the girls have all that they need and that any issues they have are taken care of. Seeing it all with our own eyes and seeing the readiness of the dorms for the 20 girls is very exciting for us. We'll post pictures of the completed dorms here soon and will post pictures of the incoming class of girls when they arrive. Namaste --  PM

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The six-room earthbag building, which will be the only female dormitory in Salleri is close to completion!

This building has two 3-room blocks and come fall of 2015, will house 20 girls who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the local college.

While 80% of structures in the Solukhumbu district were destroyed in the recent earthquakes, this earthbag building has withstood the earthquakes well and was used for shelter during the aftershocks because of its structural stability.

In the face of the tragedy Nepal has experienced and the challenges that lie ahead to rebuild, the promise of education remains to be a beacon of hope for girls and young women, especially for one beneficiary, who has said; “Education can take you from this darkness into a life full of light and hope. Education is important for everyone, but especially girls in Nepal.”

It is because of contributions from supporters like you that Edge of Seven is able to continue moving ahead with our mission to education and empower girls, women and rural communities in Nepal and across the globe. Thank you for your continued support!

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Progress on the University Hostel
Progress on the University Hostel

Progress continues on the new dormitory we are building for girls pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Nepal! This fall, we made big strides in the first phase, and we are on track for the building to welcome it's first class of girls attending the local university in Salleri, the District Capital of the Solukhumbu District, in September 2015. 

Girls like Kamala, who is currently in Grade 12 and endeavors to become a social worker so that she can help others in her home village. Kamala says, "If you can invest in it, education will become the greatest wealth of your life."

We anticipate our new dormitory will host 20 girls in its inaugural year, many of whom are graduating from Grade 12 at our existing dormitory next door. 

Also ahead in 2015 are plans to support the construction of a new secondary school in the remote village of Tapting, as well as a new resource center for women in Nepal. We could not do this work without the contributions from supporters like you! Thank you for joining us in our mission to educate and empower girls, women, and rural communities across the globe. 

More Progress on the University Hostel
More Progress on the University Hostel
Volunteers from Australia
Volunteers from Australia

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Roshani
Roshani

This fall, we will break ground on a second hostel in Salleri, Nepal to house 20 to 40 girls each year who will be pursuing a Bachelor's degree at the local universities in the Solukhumbu District. We are excited to provide this much-needed resource to girls in this region of Nepal, who typically do not have the chance to go to university. 

Girls like Roshani, who comes from a village where most familes try to marry off their daughters as soon as possible, so as to be rid of the burden and pressure of caring for them. Compared to other girls in her community, Roshani considers herself very lucky. "My parents encouraged me to study rather than look to marriage," she said. "They always told me that if I was educated, I would make better decisions for my life."

To support the upcoming hostel project, we plan to hold a fundraiser in Denver on Oct. 9th. If you are in Colorado, we encourage you to come out and celebrate education for girls in the developing world! You can RSVP and purchase tickets online. If you are not in Colorado, you can still support this project by making a donation of $50 or more through our Global Giving page

Or to learn about ways you can get involved on the ground with the hostel project, please visit our website for more on all of our International Volunteer opportunities

And to read more stories about all of the girls we serve at our existing hostel in Salleri, please read our 2013 Annual Report.

As always, thank you for your tremendous support of our work to empower and educate girls and women across the globe!

Students at the Salleri Girls Hostel
Students at the Salleri Girls Hostel

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Students in Kaku
Students in Kaku

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!

Current Kaku Classrooms
Current Kaku Classrooms
Edge of Seven Volunteer & Kaku Teacher
Edge of Seven Volunteer & Kaku Teacher
Students at the Solukhumbu Girls Hostel
Students at the Solukhumbu Girls Hostel

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Location: Denver, CO - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.edgeofseven.org
Project Leader:
Peter Mason
Denver, COLORADO United States

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