“Even though there were barriers and impossibilities everywhere we have never lost our hope that there will be a better world for girls.” – Group Letter from Girls Pursuing Higher Education at Edge of Seven’s Solukhumbu Salleri Girl’s Hostel
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving – a time of year when people typically take a break from their busy lives to eat some turkey and reflect on the things for which they are thankful. It’s a holiday that encourages us all to be quiet for a moment and consider the blessings we each have in our lives.
No matter how difficult our individual roads have been, most of us can name at least one person or experience that has extended us some grace – grace that has helped us to get through another day or move on to someplace new, better, or different.
For all of us at Edge of Seven, though, it’s impossible to consider this question of who and what we are grateful for in the context of just one person or experience. This year, we find ourselves looking back on the fact that in just two-and-a-half years we have provided educational access to 435 girls and community improvements to 795 individuals in four remote communities in Nepal. We can hardly believe how far our humble little organization has come in such a short time.
So, when we consider all of this and think about who we are thankful for this Thanksgiving, we have only one answer: We are thankful for you.
Whether you have supported the girls we serve in the past financially, by lending volunteer support overseas, or simply by reading this blog and feeling a connection with our vision to provide educational access to girls and women in every developing country, you have taken a tremendous stride toward changing the life of a girl or woman who previously saw around her few opportunities for advancement.
Consider the words of this letter, written by three girls – Himala, Mina, and Pema – who live at our Salleri Girl’s Hostel in the Solukhumbu District of Nepal where they are now able to pursue a higher education.
“First of all, let us thank all of you [who have shown] support and love toward us, which is unbelievable and has changed our life in so many different ways … we have never imagine that we will reach in this stage of our life because we belong to such a family where your biggest concern is how to manage to eat two meals in a day, and our parents happiness ends with a birth of a girl in their family as they think a girl is someone who can do nothing but just live as a burden until she gets married … so we have never seen our community being hopeful for their daughters. Everyday a girl lives her life killing her unlimited dreams.”
It’s your support that has given hope to these girls and shown them that their “unlimited dreams” can become a reality. We can’t imagine anything better than this, really. And it humbles us immensely to know that supporters like you stand by us each and every day.
So thank you. Thank you for all that you do to make the dreams of girls and women across our world come true. From all of us at Edge of Seven, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!