Hike for Hope

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Edge of Seven and our partners at The Small World in Nepal have a hope. We hope for the breakdown of the barriers to girls’ education.  We hope to do more than just build schools. We strive to learn from our friends in the rural communities we work in. We strive to support and inspire. We help build Hope.

Thus, in celebration of the hopes we have and have created, we present a Hike for Hope.

Hike Mt. Bierstadt 

Mt Bierstadt is one of Colorado’s favorite fourteeners. Join us in a challenging but doable hike for all ages for a common purpose. As part of this Hike for Hope, we will include giving the ceremonial and traditional Khatta to all participants. We also include another Edge of Seven item included as a thanks for participatign in our hike.


Speak with our Executive Director and learn about Nepal, the people we are hiking for, and our global intitatives. Other members of the Edge of Seven team will also be hiking and happy to speak more about Edge of Seven and our goals.


So join us. Hike for a Purpose. Hike for our Initiatives in Nepal. Hike for Hope. 



The Details: 

  • Where?  Mt. Bierstadt (one of the most popular 14’ers in Colorado!) Meet at Guanella Pass Trailhead Parking Lot
  • When? 6am on July 24th (An early start but ensures all our friends summit before the summer thunder storms role in!)
  • Why? Hike for Hope. In other words, we want you to hike for a purpose. Whether its for our initiatives or your own personal goals, join us in a time to summit Mt. Bierstadt for an initiative, a person, a dream, or a hope.Hike for Hope Web Image Final Draft with Limited Info

Add One More – rebuild Nepal

Add One More – rebuild Nepal

A special Campaign from April 25 – May 12 to match ALL DONATIONS 100%

In 2015 two earthquakes hit Nepal hard. They devastated the country’s infrastructure. In the Solukhumbu region where Eo7 works, 1074 classrooms were destroyed or damaged. We helped build 14 temporary classrooms last year. We’re working on 14 permanent classrooms right now. GIVE TODAY AT http://www.edgeofseven.org/nepal




From April 25th to May 12th we’re running a special campaign to “Add One More – rebuild Nepal.” Let’s raise enough for another classroom in a school where we’re already working. During this period any donation you make to Edge of Seven through Global Giving will be matched 100%. Your $10 donation becomes $20. $100 turns into $200 or $500 becomes $1000. To give to this targeted campaign scan the QR code, go to Edgeof7.org/nepal or email us at info@edgeofseven.org to help us #ADDONEMORE classroom during this special one-year anniversary campaign.

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Remembering Nepal – One Year Later 2016

Monday April 25th, 2016 — 6pm
Remembering Nepal – One Year Later
Posner Center for international Development
1031 33rd St, Denver, CO 80205

Please join us for appetizers, drinks, discussion, and a remembrance ceremony on Monday April 25th at The Posner Center for International Development to support Nepal on the one year anniversary of one of the two devastating earthquakes in 2015.


DSCN3297During the event, Colorado Coalition for Nepal (comprised of Edge of Seven, Namlo International, Colorado Nepal Alliance, Project Cure, EmBOLDen Alliances, and Developing Hands) will be joining together to host a panel of speakers to discuss not only the successes, but also the challenges faced by the nonprofit community while helping to rebuild Nepal, and how to effectively and efficiently move forward from the devastation that occurred.

We will be following the panel with a remembrance ceremony commemorating those whose lives were lost and those affected by the earthquakes.

Nepalese food and drinks will be served. Free to the public although donations to the collective effort of these organizations is suggested.


RSVP @ Remembernepal.eventbrite.com


  • Location: Posner Center For International Development 1031 33rd Street, Denver, CO 80205
  • Date: Monday April 25, 2016
  • Time: 5pm – 8:15pm
  • Cost: Free & Open to public (suggested donation for food/cash bar)
  • Parking: Lot and street
  • Expected Attendance: 125


  • 5:00 pm – Doors open
  • 5:00 pm – Food and Drinks
    •  Suggested donation for food ($7)
    •  Cash bar, Tea and water complementary
  • 6:00-7:00 pm – Panel Discussion “Successes and Challenges post-earthquake in Nepal”
  • 7:15-7:30 pm – Remembrance Ceremony
  • 8:15 pm – Event concludes

RSVP @ Remembernepal.eventbrite.com

Give Away Power: An NGO responsibility

In a recent article on The Guardian the question was posed: “Do International NGO’s have the right to exist?” The question was really about the responsibility of NGO’s to prove their worth versus having real direct impacts on what they say they are doing. Simplistically the question is posed, ‘would you rather spend $100 on reporting or $100 on a farmer in a field?’ The answer is that they are not mutually exclusive.

You can read the article here (http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2016/mar/13/do-international-ngos-still-have-the-right-to-exist) and see what you think of the question.

??????????But the real question is ‘how you can do both?’ — have impact and prove your outcomes (or impact). In Edge of Seven terms our “outputs” are the classrooms we build (right), our “outcomes” are that girls barriers to education are broken down, and the “impacts” are that communities poverty is diminished because of that.

To get that “Philosophy of Change” we believe in Seven Principles. They are crucial to not only what we believe, but how we act. We believe that like a flock of birds that operates on three simple rules so that they don’t crash into the ground, OUR rules allow us to achieve the emergent outcomes that are above in our change model (philosophy of change, change model, theory of change, logic model, etc.).

Our Seven Principles are:

  1. Build Capacity
  2. Transfer Power
  3. Play on Strengths
  4. Leverage
  5. Focus on Generations
  6. Collaborate
  7. Learn

What much of the article deals with is the importance of doing one important thing (INGOs giving up power). Now we don’t believe in saying/believing/doing only one thing. As you can see we have SEVEN things that we believe in and act on. But the thing that the article emphasizes is, “to give up power.”

Ironic, yes? But we’re arguing that they are only getting #2 of our principles. There are six more to go…

FROM THE ARTICLE: “Prof Robert Chambers in his book, Development: Whose Reality Counts? Putting the First Last, reflects on the view that listening and participation isn’t enough: the whole idea of empowerment means development institutions need to disempower themselves too. The book is about the urban/rural and north/south bias, but his overall thesis resonates far more widely: much of the challenge of development, he argues, is to give up power. [emphasis added] It could be argued that over the past two decades, many have done little more than pay lip service to the sentiment.”

While we agree that the principle of “transfer power” is a primary principle in creating the emergent outcome of “Empowerment” in the communities where we work, it is the overall system of belief AND action that creates the outomes sought after. We believe that this is similar to baking. Try to bake with only flour and see how you do. It may take eggs, flour, milk, butter, leavening, sugar and chocolate chips — plus you mix it in a certain way, use a certain process and a certain temperature for a specific time and you MAY get chocolate chip cookies. International Development is even more complex as a system. So to only look at one ingredient is a bit simplistic.

_MG_0932-webFor example, our principle isn’t just “Transfer Power” – what you will see is that we work toward, “2 Transfer Power: Push power to others. Give it away. Reinforce. Take it back only when necessary. Repeat” (http://www.edgeofseven.org/our-approach-2/our-model/). This ingredient has complexity just inside that one. AND we have to combine this principle with #7 “Learn” to truly make this work. And “learn” may be more than what you think it is at first as well. Then those two (and all the others) operate together.

So the question in the Guardian Article is “Do INGO’s have the right to exist?” but in reality the question should be rephrased “What do INGO’s have to do to prove their worth?” In our opinion the answer comes in seven little words that indicate a complex system is at work and that the outcomes have a better chance of success with than rather than without them. We’re not perfect but in our opinion, we’re on a principled and powerful track.

We hope that you’ll join us — Executive Director, Peter Mason

World Water Day: 10 Facts on Water

World Water Day comes around each year (this year on March 22, 2016 http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday) and each year we think deeply about water or at least think briefly about it. At Edge of Seven we’re constantly thinking deeply about the barriers to girls’ education and water & sanitation/hygiene (WASH) are top of mind regarding the school “system” that is at work in our programmatic countries. To fail to address these issues is to fail to understand the setting in developing countries.

As you peruse the below facts, please try to put yourself into the perspective of someone living in these situations. The facts are just facts until you can understand them deeply, know what they mean, and are willing to take action on them — that is truly understanding (aka building knowledge). This is what we do in our 7th Principle – “Learn” (read more).

8186091860_249023dc84_cOn World Water Day this year, please take action. Sign a petition. Tell a friend. Like a web-page, or support Edge of Seven and our work in water and sanitation at schools. Donate.

Here are the facts — now it’s up to you to build knowledge:)

  1. 884 million people in the world lack access to safe water supplies.
  2. More than 840,000 people die each year from water-related disease.
  3. Almost 2 in 3 people who need safe drinking water survive on less than $2 a day.
  4. More than 1/2 of all primary schools in developing countries don’t have adequate water facilities and nearly 2/3 lack adequate sanitation.
  5. In many developing countries, millions of women spend several hours a day collecting water from distant, often polluted sources.
  6. Every minute a child dies of a water-related disease.
  7. Diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation, and hand hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year globally, or approximately 2,300 people per day.
  8. Clean water is one aspect of improving sustainable food production in order to reduce poverty and hunger.
  9. By 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world’s population could be living under water stressed conditions.
  10. Every $1 spent on water and sanitation generates $8 as a result of saved time, increased productivity and reduced health care costs.


  • 1 United Nations. “Water for the World.” Web Accessed May 2, 2015.
  • 2 Water.org. “MILLIONS LACK SAFE WATER.” Web Accessed May 2, 2015.
  • 3 Episcopal Relief & Development. “Clean Water Facts.” Web Accessed May 2, 2015.
  • 4 Burgers, Lizette. “Background and Rationale for School Sanitation and Hygiene Education.” UNICEF. Web Accessed May 2, 2015.
  • 5 Episcopal Relief & Development. “Clean Water Facts.” Web Accessed May 2, 2015.
  • 6 Water.org. “MILLIONS LACK SAFE WATER.” Web Accessed May 2, 2015.
  • 7 Tropical Medicine and International Health. “Burden of disease from inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene in low- and middle-income settings: a retrospective analysis of data from 145 countries.” John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Web Accessed May 2, 2015.
  • 8 United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. “Water and Poverty.” Web Accessed May 2, 2015.
  • 9 United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. “Water scarcity.” Web Accessed May 2, 2015.
  • 10 Tansey, Sara. “Water for the World Act reintroduced to Senate.” ONE, 2011. Web Accessed May 2, 2015.

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    International Women’s Day is every day

    While today may be International Women’s Day (http://www.un.org/en/events/womensday/index.shtml) sponsored by the UN and there may be a brief uptick in awareness, realize that some organizations hold this as their motto for 365 days a year.

    Edge of Seven works every day toward creating access to education for girls and to break down barriers to women achieving the skills they need to start a business, improve their family or community, and to begin to escape from poverty.

    It’s not a one-day salute, but a daily mission to make things better.


    Build classrooms. Build dorms for girls in Salleri Nepal with “The Small World” so they can attend school instead of walking for days to get to a school. Build a women’s resource center in Naro Moru (with the community group ACCESS) so women can build their own businesses. Work with communities in the Solukhumbu in Nepal to install a water supply. Build temporary learning centers after the earthquakes in Nepal so that there is a roof over the girls when they go to school during the monsoon. Install a computer classroom to help girls achieve their full potential. Work with “Africa Development Promise” to build a warehouse-office in Rwanda for a women’s coop so that they can build a better life for their families.

    And let’s not rest on our laurels and “celebrate.” Let’s look at all the amazing and powerful things that we can do right now to make the lives of women and girls better in the developing world. Today Edge of Seven is launching 3 of the 7 new school buildings in the Solukhumbu that will keep girls in school. All 7 buildings (14 classrooms) will be completed this year. But even better is that next year that number will go from 7 to 28 buildings! We have to and we will do more — do better — make more strides for women and girls around the world. And not on one day, we’ll do it — every. single. day.

    I hope that you will join us. Like our facebook page (www.facebook.com/edgeof7) or follow us on twitter (www.twitter.com/edgeofseven) or make a donation. If you’re interested in joining us this year to see our work in the field shoot us an email (http://www.edgeofseven.org/contact/)  and we’ll contact you with details.

    Yea! for International Women’s Day. Now let’s go celebrate the next 297 days this year by doing good work.

    Cheers — Peter Mason, Executive Director and the rest of the Edge of Seven team and partners

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