Edge of Seven October Newsletter

Eo7 Update on Nepal

Children at Ramailo Jyoti Lower Secondary School where Eo7 built a temporary learning center and working to build new classrooms.
Edge of Seven recently returned from a visit to our program sites in Nepal where we are working with our implementing partner, The Small World, to evaluate the seven Temporary Learning Centers that we funded as well as the seven permanent school buildings we are in progress on. Learn more about our project 7+7: Rebuild Nepal.
The trip included visits to schools in: Saleri, Basa, Mukli, Deusa, Tingla, Kastop, Damku and Taksindu, among others. We were especially interested in seeing exactly how things were “on the ground” and how these remote villages (3-12 hour hikes) were faring after the earthquakes in the spring. In the Solukhumbu Region, we found that while most kids were still in school, that there is widespread hidden damage. Many buildings that collapsed fully are now stacked stones. Many more buildings were damaged beyond use or damaged with the danger of falling in. Many of these buildings, both homes and schools, are STILL in use. It is a heartbreaking scene to see the Russian Roulette that is being played with lives there.
As a first step in rebuilding, we were able to prioritize the schools that we will start work on immediately as the government sends out its guidelines for rebuilding, and then gives approvals to our plans. We will be posting a series of blogs to our Facebook page here over the coming weeks to tell you and show you more of what we found on the ground.
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Thank You for Joining us at Rise: For Girl’s Education in Nepal!

Jake Norton speaking at Rise: For girl’s education in Nepal on October, 1st.
Thanks to everyone who attended Rise: For Girls’ Education in Nepal on October 1st at the Posner Center. Our annual event and fundraiser featured live and silent auctions, guest speaker, Jake Norton, a delicious meal from Sherpa’s Restaurant in Boulder, Colorado, and much more!
Jake Norton, professional photographer, climber, and philanthropist started off the night speaking about Nepal, his recent experiences there, and the devastating impacts after the earthquakes in the spring of 2015. His presentation included photography he had taken in his recent trip to Nepal. The presentation will be available on our website shortly.
Following Jake’s presentation, auctioneer, Adam Kevil, kicked off the live auction. We are so thankful and humbled by all of the donors who contributed to our live and silent auctions and donated so generously.
Erin Subedi, founder of Edge of Seven, ended the night with a wonderful speech about her passion and love for Edge of Seven and girls’ education. We had a wonderful night and we hope everyone who attended did as well.
Thank you again!

 A Thank You to our Donors

We would just like to thank you generous donors who contributed live or silent auction items. Both of our auctions were huge successes and had a lot of really great awesome. Our donors for Rise: For girls’ education in Nepal include:

  • 10th Mountain Division
  • African Eyes Travel
  • Bonanno Concepts
  • Chetana Women’s Skill Development Program
  • Colorado Athletic Club
  • Colorado Outward Bound
  • Columbia
  • Corepower Yoga
  • The Courtyard Marriott
  • Dangerous Art
  • Darcy Struckhoff
  • Denver Zoo
  • Doubletree Omaha & Omaha Southwest
  • Doubletree Tulsa
  • el Camino Tavern
  • Elevated Light Design, LLC
  • Embassy Suites
  • Binod & Erin Subedi
  • Eva Capozzola
  • Fjallraven
  • Golden City Brewery
  • Gregory Outdoor Gear
  • Heartstring Jewelry
  • Icelantic Skis
  • Jackie Collins
  • Jake Norton
  • JW Marriott Denver – Cherry Creek
  • Kindness Yoga
  • Kismet Jewelry & Accessories
  • Local 46
  • Marriott
  • Gateway Park
  • Nokero Solar
  • Novo Coffee
  • Peter Mason
  • Phamaly Theatre Company
  • Rio Grande
  • Rob Crum
  • Sorel
  • The Denver Broncos
  • Vert Beauty
  • Wine for Humanity
  • Wordshop Paperie

 Colorado Gives Day

Mark your calendars Colorado Gives Day is on December 8th, 2015! Colorado Gives day is statewide movement that celebrates and encourages philanthropy within the state of Colorado. The 24-hour event strengthens non-profit organizations through online giving. Edge of Seven has participated in Colorado Gives Day many times in the past and we are looking forward to participating again this year.
If you are interested in supporting Edge of Seven on Colorado Gives Day, you can make a donation to Edge of Seven’s Colorado Gives Day Page or schedule it in advance starting November 1, 2015!

Press Release: Shakira and UNICEF call for leaders to join the early childhood revolution

If you haven’t seen this press release either as a release or “in the news” please read through. At Edge of Seven this is exactly what we’re working on — education and its ability to break the cycle of poverty in the developing world. Please join us in supporting this effort in any way that you can.


Shakira and UNICEF call for leaders to join the early childhood revolution

200 million children failing to reach development potential

NEW YORK, 22 September 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira today urged global leaders to invest heavily in early childhood development in the wake of new science that is creating a revolutionary shift in our understanding of the lasting effects of deprivation and stress on the developing brains of young children.

“More than 100 million children are out of school and 159 million boys and girls under five are physically and cognitively stunted due to a lack of care and proper nutrition. Every year that passes without us making significant investment in early childhood development and initiatives that address these issues, millions of kids will be born into the same cycle of poverty and lack of opportunity. UNICEF and I have joined forces and are here today because investing early in children is an urgent matter and there isn’t another moment to lose,” said Shakira.

Brain development is most intense during early childhood, with nearly 1,000 neural connections happening every second.  These early synaptic connections form the basis of a child’s health and wellbeing, including the lifelong capacity to learn, adapt to change, and handle adversity.  Yet nearly one-third of all children under 5 years of age in lower and middle income countries are growing up in environments and situations that can interfere with this period of rapid growth and development.

New scientific research shows that the developing brains of young children are as affected by environmental factors as they are by genetics. Inadequate nutrition, lack of stimulation, and toxic stress all can have a negative impact on brain development.  But it also shows that early, cost-effective interventions, such as encouraging breast feeding, or reading and playing with young children, as well as formal early education programmes, all support healthier brain development.

These findings have significant implications for children growing up in extreme poverty, exposed to domestic violence, or in countries affected by conflict and other crises.  And these effects on the developing brain can actually alter the expression of genes, potentially affecting the next generation.

“What we are learning about all the elements that affect a child’s brain – whether her body is well nourished, whether her mind is stimulated, whether she is protected from violence — must change the way we think about early childhood development … and how we act,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.  “To give every child a fair chance in life, we need to invest early, invest equitably, and invest smartly – not only in education, but in health, in nutrition, and in protection.”

Evidence increasingly points to investment in early childhood as one of the most cost-effective ways to achieve sustainable development. A study on increasing pre-school enrolment in 73 countries found higher future wages of $6 – $17 per dollar invested, indicating potential long-term benefits ranging from $11 to $34 billion.

Cost-benefit ratios show that for every dollar spent on improving early child development, returns can be on average 4 to 5 times the amount invested, and in some cases, much higher.

Shakira was joined by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff, Director of the Harvard University Center on the Developing Child, and business leaders for a private event on early childhood development at the UN in New York.

The event preludes this week’s announcement of the new Sustainable Development Goals, which will officially include early childhood development as part of the transformative agenda for 2015 and beyond. Early childhood development provides a natural link between the new global goals, producing a multiplier effect that can help address poverty, improve health and nutrition, promote gender equality, and reduce violence.

“Turning this new understanding into action can be life-changing for millions of the most disadvantaged children,” said Lake. “The knowledge is irrefutable. The moral argument is strong. The investment case is persuasive. The SDG momentum is with us. And the power to act is in our hands.”


Mark Engman
Director, Public Policy and Advocacy
U.S. Fund for UNICEF
1775 K Street, N.W., Suite 360
Washington, DC 20006
202.296.4242 main/202.802.9102 direct

JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL EVENT, “RISE: For Girls Education in Nepal” ON OCTOBER 1st

JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL EVENT, “RISE: For Girls Education in Nepal” ON OCTOBER 1st

RISE-invite3-1Please join us for our annual event at the Posner Center on October 1st! This year’s event, Rise, is dedicated to rebuilding Nepal’s education system, specifically in the Solukhumbu District, after multiple earthquakes shook the nation in the spring of 2015.

Rise will include great complimentary food and drink, music, live and silent auctions, photography from Nepal and Kenya and a program featuring climber, photographer, advocate, philanthropist Jake Norton. All the sales and donations from the event will go to support rebuilding efforts in Nepal and our 7+7: Rebuild Nepal project.

We can’t wait to see you on October 1st, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Posner Center in Denver!  Tickets are on sale now at Edge of Seven – RISE Tickets.


For more information or questions please see www.edgeofseven.org/give/events or email: info@edgeofseven.org.


Happy Holidays!


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


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.”


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!


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!

Australia Group Arrives 2014

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!


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.


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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