Edge of Seven's mission is to support sustainable, earthquake-resistant buildings that build better access to education in rural Nepalese communities for girls. This project is directly connected to our efforts to help rebuild Nepal today and into the future as the communities in the Solukhumbu recover from two earthquakes. By building classrooms, toilets, water supplies and everything related to a successful school system, we will help girls attend, graduate and continue their education.
Nepal suffered a 7.9 magnitude earthquake followed by a 7.3 magnitude quake in 2015. Thousands of buildings have been destroyed. In the Solukhumbu (Everest) region, Edge of Seven discovered that 1074 classrooms were damaged and destroyed. We are ramping up toward building 500 classrooms by 2020 to repair the damage. In 2016 we're building classrooms and community capacity, but thousands more girls need rooms in which to go to school. Your help is needed to help this area and people recover.
At Edge of Seven, we are focused on sustainable and community-driven solutions. Our support of local organizations and local communities means that we find the right partners with specific community connections who will rebuild using community-based labor (both paid and donated) so that each school classroom, water supply, toilet and handwashing station not only supports communities by the outcome of the building, but generates paid work IN each community.
In the fall of 2015 and spring 2016 we visited our existing project sites and realized that many children weren't attending school because there wasn't the space to attend. The classrooms were damaged. Worse some kids were still attending in classrooms with dangerously damaged walls and roofs. Long-term we can get kids back to the classroom, and finishing their school careers so that they can help to drive their family and village out of poverty in the Solukhumbu region.