Tomorrow, we will join the world in celebrating International Women’s Day and recognizing the strength and potential of women and girls across the globe.
Today, we want to introduce you to one woman who is the embodiment of this strength and potential in Nepal, Ngima Doma.
Ngima Doma is the headmaster of the Basa Higher Secondary School and is an amazing leader in this rural community in the Everest Region, where she oversees the education of 460 students. She guides the School Committee and local PTA and encourages all students in Basa to study hard. Of the 306 schools in the entire region, Ngima Doma is the only female headmaster. And she does it all as a single mother to a young daughter.
Rare among women in Nepal, Ngima Doma has completed a Master’s degree, and she credits her father for this achievement. A British Gurkha soldier, he always taught Ngima Doma the value of hard work, saw to it that she had access to the highest level of education, and encouraged her to give back to others. After completing her university studies in Salleri, Ngima Doma returned to her home village of Basa, where she taught for seven years before becoming headmaster five years ago.
Sadly, Ngima Doma lost her husband in a recent accident, and she now cares for their 10-month-old daughter alone. In the local Rai dialect, her daughter’s name means “love.”
We honor Ngima Doma, the service she provides to her community, and the inspiration she gives to the girls and students studying under her leadership. She is walking testament to the power education has to change lives.
If you are in Denver, we hope you will join us this Thursday evening for a Happy Hour celebration in honor of International Women’s Day! We’ll be convening at Stoney’s Bar and Grill on Lincoln Street from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There will be appetizers and drink specials on hand, and we’ll also be raffling off some amazing handmade items from a women’s collective in Nepal! (International Women’s Day falls on Saturday this year, so we’ll be celebrating a little early.)
We hope to see you there, and please feel free to bring friends and pass this along to any friends or co-workers who might be interested in learning more about Edge of Seven!
Did your New Year’s Resolutions include getting more fit and giving more back? If so, we hope you’ll join us this February as we celebrate love for girls and women across the globe with a special offer for our supporters.
Through a relationship with a very talented women’s collective in Nepal, we’ll be giving away a beautiful, handmade yoga bag to the first 9 people to donate $100 or more to Edge of Seven this month! All donations will go toward our Community Development Program and will help provide education and economic opportunities for girls and women in Nepal. Through our Community Development Program in 2014, we’ll break ground on a second hostel for girls pursuing a higher education at the local university in Nepal’s Everest Region, along with a secondary school in a remote village.
You know you want one!
Your donations will support these projects, and do much more! To get your yoga bag today, simply:
2. Make your donation of $100 or more. Be sure to enter the best email address at which to reach you in the Contact Information form.
3. Write “Yoga bag!” in the Dedication Field and submit.
Once we receive your contribution, we’ll get in touch with you to gather shipping details and allow you to select the yoga bag of your choice (colors will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis).
In November, we began building the final classrooms at the Basa Higher Secondary School in the Solukhumbu District. This school will help bring college-level courses to hundreds of students in this remote region. These photos show the building’s progress to date.
We’re announcing the last chance to sign up for our March trip to Nepal, where volunteers will help build educational resources for girls and women in remote areas of the Everest Region! See the flyer and itinerary below for details.
Namaste! On December 1, 2013, we at Edge of Seven will kick off our 31 Days of Hope campaign. Throughout December, we will share one story each day about a girl currently living at our Solukhumbu Girls Hostel in Salleri, Nepal. This hostel houses 40 girls from across the Everest Region, who will become the first members of their family to attain a higher education.
Each girl comes to the hostel facing their own unique challenges in life and possessing their own unique dreams for the future. But though they have different backgrounds and cultural ethnicities, the common thread tying these girls together is their shared hope for a better life – a life where they are educated and empowered to break the cycle of poverty and despair that traps so many women in rural Nepal. The Solukhumbu Girls Hostel is a crucial resource for girls in the Everest Region. Without major roadways, individuals living in this region commute mostly by foot. Girls who grow up in villages located a two- to three-day hike from the district capital of Salleri would have no hope of attending the higher educational facilities located there without access to gender-appropriate housing and scholarship assistance.
Currently, the Solukhumbu Girls Hostel houses girls attending Grades 11 and 12, or what is considered “college” in Nepal. In 2014, we will work with our local partners to break ground on a second hostel in Salleri to support these girls who want to continue their educations at the highest university level. To do this, we need your support.
We hope that in the days to come you will be inspired by the strength, courage, and perseverance each of these girls possesses. They have overcome tremendous odds to pursue their educations and the collective hope they have for their lives and the lives of women across Nepal is incredibly admirable.
Please join us in listening to and spreading these stories of hope.