As one of eight siblings, Maya knows firsthand the demands, challenges, and hardships her parents faced trying to provide for so many children. While she enjoyed growing up in a busy household, Maya says she plans to have a smaller family so that she can focus all of her resources on giving her children the best care and opportunities available.
At Edge of Seven's Solukhumbu Girls Hostel in Nepal, where Maya is studying in grades 11 and 12, she is still exploring what she wants to do with her career, but thinks often of going on to the local university to receive a Bachelor's degree so that she will have more options in life. "I know I want to be a self-dependent person," she said. "To be educated is like winning a lottery. After you win it, you can choose your way in life."
This fall, Edge of Seven and our local partners plan to break ground on a new hostel in Salleri to house girls from remote villages who are pursuing a Bachelor's degree at the local university in the Solukhumbu District. Femlae graduates from grade 12 at the higher secondary schools in Salleri and Basa will be able to apply for scholarship assistance and room and board at the Solukhumbu University Hostel so they can continue their education at the highest level available in the region.
Across Nepal, only one-third of university students are women, and this number is even lower in the Solukhumbu District, where the lack of roads make for lengthy commute times to Salleri from remote villages. Without gender appropriate housing and tuition assistance, most girls are unable to access the higher educational facilities located in the district capital. Through collaborations with local NGOs, the new hostel will address both of these issues, creating a pathway to higher education that currently doesn't exist. We hope you'll consider supporting this important project through Global Giving today.
We're also happy to report that we're putting the finishing touches on the final classrooms at the Basa Higher Secondary School, which will create access to grades 11 and 12 for hundreds of students in this remote region of the Solukhumbu District. Previously, most students in this region ended their educations after grade 10, so we are honored to contribute to this important educational resource that will serve students for decades to come.
Thank you to all of you who have supported our work in Basa and beyond!
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