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.

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