Celebrating International Women’s Day: Meet Ngima Doma

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.

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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.

Learn more about Edge of Seven’s work in Nepal, read more inspiring stories about girls in the Everest Region, and give back to support girls education in the developing world.

Happy Hour for International Women’s Day this Thursday in Denver!

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!

Questions? Email us at info@edgeofseven.org

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Get a Yoga Bag from Nepal this February!

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.

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You know you want one!

Your donations will support these projects, and do much more! To get your yoga bag today, simply:

1. Go to our website donation page.

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).

Happy February, and Namaste!

Last Call for March 2014 Trip to Nepal!

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.

Want to sign up? Have questions? Send us an email today!

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Basa Itinerary – March 2014 – Edge of Seven

View all of our international volunteer opportunities here.

31 Days of Hope Starts Tomorrow

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.

Save the Date! Community Shopping Night at Ten Thousand Villages on Nov. 20

Save the Date and get your holiday shopping done early!

Edge of Seven will be the beneficiary of a Community Shopping Night at Ten Thousand Villages’ Cherry Creek Store on Wednesday, November 20th from 5 to 8 p.m.

Fifteen percent of the proceeds of all goods sold that evening will go toward helping girls in Nepal through our Community Development Program! The Cherry Creek Store is located at 2626 E. 3rd Avenue in Denver.

Hope to see you there, and please bring friends! If you have any questions, please email tamara@edgeofseven.org.

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Edge of Seven and LUSH Charity Pot

We’re excited to announce a new partnership between Edge of Seven and LUSH Cosmetics! Recently, Edge of Seven was accepted to become part of LUSH’s Charity Pot program, which supports grassroots organizations across the globe who are working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare, and human rights.

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This partnership will allow us to create even more access to education for the girls and women we work with in Nepal, and we’re honored to have a partner like LUSH who possesses such a strong commitment to social justice. In the past five years alone, LUSH Charity Pot has donated more than $4,000,000 to over 350 grassroots organizations in 31 countries.

We’re happy to be one of them and look forward to bringing you more news about this terrific partnership in the months to come!

Stay tuned – Edge of Seven’s very own Charity Pots will be available at a LUSH store near you this September!

Educated, Empowered and Unstoppable: First Class of Girls at Our Salleri Hostel has Graduated!

This month, we are celebrating the amazing achievements of the 38 girls at our Salleri Girls Hostel who recently graduated from higher secondary school, fulfilling their dreams of achieving a higher education. These girls were the first to move in to our hostel when we completed it two years ago, and it is truly remarkable to see how far they have come since then. A big congratulations to these inspiring young ladies!!

 

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To fully understand the challenges these girls were facing in their lives before they came to the hostel, consider that seven out of every 10 girls in the Everest region of Nepal don’t get to attend higher secondary school. This high dropout rate is attributed to several cultural and societal factors. Many girls cannot continue onto a higher education due to household obligations and early marriages. In rural areas, commute times are lengthy, and there is often a shortage of adequate schools nearby. Most girls cannot spare the time it takes to commute to and from school. Finally, many parents don’t see the value of educating their daughters since they themselves are uneducated.

In November of 2010, Edge of Seven collaborated with our local Nepalese partner, The Small World, to construct a hostel in the Everest region of Nepal in order to house college-bound girls from rural areas where higher education is not available. We completed construction in the summer of 2011 and continue to run vocational, leadership and language programs for the girls who were accepted.

This week the Salleri Girls Hostel also welcomes 40 new girls with similar ambitions, dreams and hopes who are excited to take advantage of the opportunities offered at the hostel. In the words of Karma Sherpa, founder and director of The Small World: “The girls will learn to live their lives to the fullest and multiply the power of education within their community to create opportunities for those who can make best use of it.”

Thank you to everyone who supported Edge of Seven, The Small World, and especially the girls in reaching this milestone!

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We would also like to mention that there were two girls who could not complete their higher education at the hostel, as they were married at the ages of 17 and 16 a few weeks prior to their exams last year. We wish them the very best and hope that their time at Salleri Hostel offered them valuable lessons an empowered sense of self!