Happy Holidays!

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The end of the year is a time for celebration and contemplation – a time to slow down, spend time with loved ones, and reflect on the things for which we are grateful.

At Edge of Seven, we are grateful for friends like you. Friends who believe, as we do, that we all have the ability to help one another and to make the world a better place.

Friends who believe, as we do, that girls like Krishna in Nepal, and women likeMargaret in Kenya, deserve access to basic resources, like water and education.

Friends who believe, as we do, that we are stronger together than we are alone.

This holiday season, we thank you for all of the support you have provided to the girls, women, and rural communities we work with across the globe.

Wishing you health and happiness,

The Edge of Seven Team

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Meet Margaret and the Naro Moru Women’s Group

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Arriving in Naro Moru, Kenya, one quickly sees that there are two sides to this bustling community.

Centrally located along the Nanyuki-Nyeri Highway, the Naro Moru business district features a buzz of people stopping into the roadside stalls and concrete shops contained in concrete buildings a few steps off the main freeway. But after passing through the town center, visitors who take a right down the bumpy dirt road will see the more quiet and rural side of Naro Moru, where houses abut fields of potatoes, beans, and strawberry fields and people call out greetings to their neighbors as they pass by on the path.

Women living outside of Central Naro Moru stay busy tending to the myriad responsibilities related to their households and their crops. But sit down for a conversation with these women, and you would learn that most feel they could be doing a lot more to contribute to their families financially if only they had access. “I have many skills and can make many things,” one woman said. “But I don’t have the opportunity to show these skills and products to others.”

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Members of the Naro Moru Women’s Group meet regularly to discuss and organize community improvement efforts.

In 2015, Edge of Seven plans to work alongside the local NGO ACCESS and the Naro Moru Women’s Group to construct a Women’s Resource and Business Development Center that will provide skills training and access to a marketplace in Central Naro Moru to more than 500 women associated with the core group. We plan to break ground in 2015.

The center will not only give women the opportunity to bring their products to a larger market, it will allow them to convene as a group and take advantage of workshops and trainings on a variety of issues related to health, business development, and handicrafts. The center will also be used as a space for resource sharing among local NGOs in the community.

“Women in Naro Moru are finding that there is strength in numbers. If people pool their resources in self-help groups of their own creation and volunteer their time, they can radically change their lives and the lives of their families and communities,” said Margaret N. “This center will have a significant influence on many people in an area with great need.”

If you would like to learn more about getting involved on the ground with the Naro Moru Women’s Center, please check out our volunteer opportunities coming up in June 2015! 

Progress on the Solukhumbu University Hostel!

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Thanks to our volunteer team from New South Wales and our local partners on the ground, we are making great progress on the construction of our new dormitory for young women pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nepal’s Everest Region!

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Our volunteer team from New South Wales, Australia on the ground in Nepal!

This team is working to build the first phase of the six-room dormitory, which will serve 20 girls pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Salleri in its inaugural year. The dormitory is being constructed with the earthquake-resistant and environmentally-sensitive earthbag building method, which we have used to complete four school buildings in Nepal in the past. We can’t wait to welcome the ambitious young women we work with in the Solukhumbu District to their new home next year!

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For more information about how you can get involved on the ground, check out our upcoming volunteer opportunities in the spring of 2015!

Support Edge of Seven on Colorado Gives Day!

Today is Colorado Gives Day! We are excited to participate this year because for the first time ever, Colorado Gives Day features a $1 Million Incentive Fund, one of the largest gives-day incentive funds in the country.

This means that every donation we receive today on Colorado Gives Day will be boosted by a portion of the $1 Million Incentive Fund, so the value of every dollar you donate is increased.

This means more money to support women like Maya in Nepal, who walks two hours each way to collect water for her household. More money to support girls like Esther, who lives below the poverty line in Kenya, and struggles to achieve a secondary education.

Please consider making a donation today and help us get our share of the incentive fund, so we can continue to provide access to education, health, and economic opportunities for girls, women and rural communities across the globe.

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Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement sponsored by Community First Foundation and FirstBank to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving, but you don’t have to live in Colorado to participate.

Please visit www.coloradogives.org and search for Edge of Seven or else go directly to our profile page to donate.

As always, we thank you for your generous support!

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Today and Tomorrow: You Can Make a Difference for Prerana

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Friends,

Prerana Khaling - 18 - Pawai - effectLast December, we brought you 31 Stories of Hope from the girls living and studying at our Solukhumbu Girls Hostel in Nepal. Girls like Prerana, who will graduate from grade 12 this spring and hopes to continue her studies at the new hostel we are currently building, where she will pursue a Bachelor’s degree and her dream of becoming a businesswoman. Growing up as one of six siblings to parents who got by on subsistence farming, Prerana knows the value of education. “Education is the best gift you can receive,” she says. “It helps you grow into a better person.”

It only takes one donor to make a difference for girls like Prerana, and today and tomorrow you can make that difference.

Today, if you’re in Denver, we hope you will join us for a casual and fun event at The Ginn Mill on Larimer Street between 5:30 and 10 p.m., as we will receive 100% of the sales from the evening! Learn more and RSVP.

Tomorrow, we will participate in Colorado Gives Day, a day to celebrate philanthropy in Colorado. Every contribution made to Edge of Seven on Colorado Gives Day will be increased by a $1 Million Dollar incentive fund, and donations can be made in advance! Simply click here, and choose CO Gives Day as your donation type. A contribution of just $50 will help earn a spot for a girl in a classroom in Nepal.

Your contributions will bring light to the lives of the 40 girls through the precious gift of education.

As always, we thank you for your support!

Shop, Schmooze, and Make a Difference

It’s December, and we’ve got some exciting events on the horizon for this week and the rest of the month!

Recently, we announced that Threads Worldwide is supporting Edge of Seven through Thursday, Dec. 4th this week! If you haven’t already, make sure to shop online at www.threadsworldwide.com to have your holiday shopping support our mission to create access to education, health, and economic opportunities for girls, women, and rural communities across the globe!

Simply enter ‘Edge of 7’ in the ‘Hostess Email/Fundraiser Code’ box in the ‘billing informathtion’ section of the check out process and your Threads purchases will come full circle.
Also, if you’re in Denver, please save the date for this coming Monday, December 8th from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., when Edge of Seven will be the beneficiary of The Ginn Mill’s Make a Difference Monday. We will get 100% of sales from the bar, so please come join us for a drink. We cannot think of an easier way to give back! RSVP here or just come by. (And please invite your friends!)
And, last, next Tuesday is Colorado Gives Day, and we’re excited to participate this year because for the first time ever all CO Gives Day donations to Edge of Seven will be increased through a $1 million incentive fund. Donations must be made on Colorado Gives Day or scheduled in advance. Visit Edge of Seven’s CO Gives page to schedule your donation today!
Your support of Edge of Seven through all of these events will help provide more access to education and empowering resources for girls, women, and rural communities across the globe. Thank you for being part of the Edge of Seven family!

Today We Begin Four Weeks of Giving

Today, on #GivingTuesday, we kick off Four Weeks of Giving.

In honor of the Girls, Women, and Rural Communities (#GWRC) we work with across the globe, every Tuesday this month we’ll be sharing news and stories about the initiatives we support in Nepal, Kenya, and soon to be Nicaragua.

Initiatives that create access to education, health, and economic opportunities, like our Solukhumbu University Girls Hostel in Nepal, which is currently under construction and will support 20 girls pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in its inaugural year.

Initiatives like the Naro Moru Women’s Resource Center, which we plan to build in Kenya, that will provide community space and access to a marketplace for more than 500 women entrepreneurs.

Initiatives like the Sreejana School in Nicaragua, which will one day offer a Pre K-11 English immersion education to 500 students in a region where uneducated individuals struggle to find meaningful employment.

This #GivingTuesday, we ask for your support so that we can drive forward even more meaningful partnerships with communities like those mentioned above.

Consider what your donations can do:

  • $50 purchases 25 earthbags to construct a wall of a girls dorm
  • $100 buys a door or a window frame for a school classroom
  • $500 purchases enough earthbags to build an entire school classroom
On this #GivingTuesday, will you consider supporting the girls, women, and rural communities we work with across the globe by making a donation of $50 or more?
 
Your contributions make this work possible. Thank you for all of your support!