D365-w52-m12 — Thank you for a wonderful year

Thank you for a wonderful year at Edge of Seven. We have been consistently blessed by all our supporters, donors, volunteers, interns, friends, family and staff. All of you — Thank you so much. We’ve done great work this year and celebrating it with you all through email, social media, meetings, events, videos, blog posts, and phone calls is an incredible experience.

This year saw us evolve as we built classrooms AND communities. We supported new families and communities in Rwanda where we built a Training Center for a coop that needed space to train, to office and to store their crops. This vital space allows them to continue on their path of economic empowerment for the families and their community. This effort is exactly what we want to be doing — putting effort into building spaces AND communities themselves to succeed.

Our work in Nepal demonstrated this as well. We worked to support our on-the-ground partners in building classrooms while also building up “School Building Committees” to be vibrant agents of change in their villages and districts. This double-benefit effort creates systems that yield community ownership and empowerment by decreasing dependency. We continued our work in Naro Moru, Kenya on the Women’s Resource Center.

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All of you helped us to make that happen. Thank you. We will keep moving forward in 2017, with your incredible support in all the ways that you give it. To all of you who have already given gifts of time, support, encouragement and money — THANK YOU. For all of you who wait until hour 20-24 of day 365 to make your donation — THANK YOU TOO — and don’t wait too long 😉  http://bit.ly/2iAE0u5

If you have it in your plans for one last gift (or your first) this year, we are only $2796 from our goal on Global Giving. This special project helps us build new classrooms and communities in Nepal and you can also get a bonus by setting up a recurring donation here where your first donation will be matched 200% http://bit.ly/2iAE0u5  — should you wish to give generally to the organization please give through our Colorado Gives site: http://bit.ly/2ij40g0

On behalf of the staff, Board of Directors, Advisory Board, volunteers, interns and supporters have a great final few hours of 2016 and ‘here’s to the start of a wonderful New Year.’

— Peter Mason, Executive Director

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3 Days left in year-end efforts

As we roll into the final 3 days of 2016 and we celebrate our successes and reflect on our challenges for the year, we’re hoping that you will continue to support girls’ education. The year was filled with great successes and great disappointments around the world. We proved that we can make incredible progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals. Still, around the world we saw mass exodus, war, strife, drought and shortages. While progress was made for women’s rights and empowerment, education and economic development setbacks abound.

And now a new wave of political pressures and potential conflicts along with the challenges of global warming are pressing in on our gains for women and girls.

If you have yet to support us this year, or you can make one final gift we implore you — NOW is the time. In our final 3 days of the year we can make a statement for progress and hope as we move forward. Make a statement of Yes, to women and girls. Yes, to Education. Yes, to making change. Yes, to Action. Yes, to building classrooms and communities. Yes to Edge of Seven.

This past year you helped Eo7 do the following:

  • Built a computer classroom in Salleri, Nepal for girls getting their 11th and 12th grade education
  • Built 6 classrooms in 3 villages in the Solukhumbu in Nepal
  • Supported 3 villages in developing their own skills at development
  • Built a Women’s Training Center in Rwanda to support a women’s coop
  • Continued support of the Women’s Resource Center in Kenya
  • Developed a new women’s business training program set to unveil in 2017


What will you help us do in 2017?
In the last three days you can help women and girls in the developing world by reposting, liking, or retweeting this information to all your friends and neighbors. Will you make a final donation for the year? Or perhaps you can email your friends and co-workers to join us in our efforts in Southeast Asia and East Africa. Anything you can do is a big help.

For those of you who have already donated, already supported, already joined us at events, and donated your time — THANK YOU! You are the reason that we can help so many women and girls around the world.

Interested in a Special Offer?
We are offering up a special  effort called 14for7=42set up a recurring monthly donation for $14 dollars and Eo7 gets a 200% bonus ($28) from Global Giving. That’s $42 for Eo7! SET UP YOUR 14for7=42 DONATION TODAY.

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Great crowd for “Educate a Girl” – Thanks!

Thank you to all the folks who came to our event on Tuesday — the film screening “Educate a Girl” (see a 1-minute teaser here) — https://vimeo.com/193628923

We’re so thankful for all our supporters and all of the Edge of Seven family of friends. Thank you! you guys are wonderful. We had a great holiday happy hour, screening of the film, and Q&A with the director of the film Harry Lynch from Arcos Films.

If you weren’t able to make it to our event or still have a place in your heart to help us meet our mission this year, we have a special offer for you for the remainder of the year. We are offering up a special  effort called 14for7=42set up a recurring donation for $14 dollars and Eo7 gets a 200% bonus ($28) from Global Giving. That’s $42 for Eo7! SET UP YOUR 14for7=42 DONATION TODAY.

To all of our current donors who contributed to our #GivingTuesday effort, our #ColoradoGivesDay effort, our event and all who support us — THANK YOU! You are truly supporting our daily mission to break down barriers for girls and women in the developing world. We can’t thank you enough.

We also wanted to thank our supporters who helped us with our film screening: Biscuits and Berries, Sherpa House, Mu Beer, and Conscious Real Estate.

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Educate a Girl Film Screening in Denver on Tuesday 12/13

Special Pre-Screening of “Educate a Girl” is coming to Denver

Join Edge of Seven at the Posner Center in Denver on Tuesday 12/13 for a special pre-screening of “Educate a Girl” a documentary shot in 2013 about girls education in Nepal. We’ll have a special holiday party from 6pm – 7pm. The movie shows at 7pm, followed by a Q&A with the director Harry Lynch from Arcos Films. Tickets are only $10 and include drinks and snacks and childcare if you need it. Please join us for this fun little event in Denver. Can’t make it but want to support Eo7? Visit this page for a link to donate or more info on the event — https://eagscreening.eventbrite.com

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Here are the details…

WHO: You PLUS a Friend!
WHAT: “Educate a Girl” Film Screening (More Info @ https://eagscreening.eventbrite.com)
WHEN: 6:00-9:00 PM, Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
WHERE: Posner Center, 1031 33rd St, Denver, CO 80205
HOW: https://eagscreening.eventbrite.com – Put it on your calendar – Skip the babysitter because we’ll provide free child care
FOR BONUS POINTS, BRING A GROUP! LIKE… – Your roommates – Your coworkers – Your recreational sports team
NEED HELP? USE THE TEXT BELOW… “Hey friend! I support this cool charity that helps educate girls in Nepal. Want to come with me to their film screening in Denver on Tuesday, 12/13? I’ll buy your ticket and dinner beforehand so we can catch up. What do you think?” That’s it! See you and your crew on December 13th!

What’s ahead for the remainder of the year at Edge of Seven

Eighteen months after the 2nd of two earthquakes in Nepal the challenges keep coming. You may be feeling a bit scattered or full of trepidation after the recent election in the US if you’re one of our American donors. There is a bit of a sense of an earthquake (metaphorically) as things have been truly shaken up and we’re not sure what will happen next.

But in Nepal where we’re working on very fundamental issues of justice, education, women’s rights and girls’ education we can tell you that progress isn’t lightning quick. We make a little bit of progress each day, month, quarter and year. This past year we worked hard to finish the schools that had the highest priority and we’re now looking at the next set of schools to get girls back into the classroom and learning.

It isn’t a big, exciting, dramatic piece of work. We build wall by wall and a person by person to build their capacity to take on whatever their next challenge is in the rural, remote villages where we work. We work in the Solukhumbu of Nepal east of Kathmandu and south of Mt. Everest.

We have identified a list of approximately 35 buildings in this area (all school buildings at this point) that need to be rebuilt or scraped and built over — this time using the government approved, earthquake-resistant model that we’re using now. Yes, it’s more expensive than previous models, but it is government approved and is highly resistant to the tremors that may be felt over the lifespan of the building.

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This fall we’re putting the final touches on the buildings completed over the last year. We’re including electrical wiring, furnishings and the small touches that help to create a sense of pride and ownership in these community owned buildings. And think about how these buildings build community as well. We work with local partners to lead and train the community where we work. Each community has a new School Building Committee led by villagers who are ready to take the next steps in leadership, ownership, commitment, and long-term focus.

Because we care so much about replicating each locally controlled and locally led School Building Committee we’re working very hard right now to  complete our End of Year Campaign. The campaign has a number of parts and we’d love for you to join us. Here are some of the things that you can check out and support girls’ education by doing — and know that we’re using Global Giving as our platform for the giving because it gives you and us the confidence that donations are being managed well.

So check out these great opportunities:

  • GIVING TUESDAY — on November 29, please make a donation through Global Giving onto this project (https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/eof7communitydevelopment/). No fees this day and we can access $500K in matches just for making a donation this day (matches for each donation 50%)
  • Colorado Gives Day — on December 6, please make a donation through our website to help us access multiple matches in their special fund of $1M. You can also schedule your donation NOW for December 6th at https://www.coloradogives.org/edgeofseven
  • Throughout December — throughout the month of December we’re sending all our donors to Global Giving to help us fund the next set of schools we’re building in Nepal. And as a special bonus if you set up a new recurring donation Global Giving will match the first donation 100% — yes double that first recurring gift! https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/eof7communitydevelopment/
  • Educate a Girl — special Documentary Screening of “Educate a Girl” on December 13, 2016 at the Posner Center for International Development in Denver. We’re going to have a special holiday gathering of supporters and staff and preview this great documentary. See https://eagscreening.eventbrite.com for info and tickets.

We’re so excited for you to join us and support girls’ education in whatever way you can. Even small donations of $10 are greatly appreciated since several of the matching and bonus programs that benefit us are based on whether we can get only 30 new donations! Any amount helps —

So while it may seem as if there was a disturbance in the political equilibrium in the US, there is still a great deal of work to do where the real earthquakes have occurred in Nepal. This also gives you a great way to make some positive change for some very real people who need our help. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions about our work in Nepal or in East Africa.

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Great Granddaughters event recap

In case you missed it… Great Granddaughters – The Recap

On October 6th, 2016, Edge of Seven hosted its annual event and celebration of girls’ education. The event title and theme this year was “Great Granddaughters,” which emphasizes Edge of Seven’s principle of focusing on future generations. It’s one thing to serve and impact the populations of today, but Edge of Seven strives to create change that will endure beyond the women and girls of today, and continue to improve life for their great granddaughters, too. We keep future generations in mind when we build schools with infrastructures that can endure natural disasters, when we teach women and girls skills that they can pass on to their families, and when we reach out to rural communities to find out what they need to thrive on their own.

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We kicked off the evening at the Summit Church with drinks, delicious Nepali cuisine from Sherpa House in Golden (http://ussherpahouse.com/) and a silent auction for attendees to browse and cast bids. Some of the silent auction items that were available included jewelry pieces by Kendra Scott, a group wine tasting package at Bonacquisiti Wine Company, Patagonia sweaters, Icelantic Skis, brewery tours, and EarthTreks Climbing Center passes. Overall there were 65 items in the silent auction!

Shannon Galpin delivered a beautiful and inspiring keynote presentation for our event, describing some of the work she has done with empowering girls in Afghanistan through bicycles! Shannon is the founder of Mountain2Mountain and Combat Apathy, amongst other projects, and works with the women’s cycling team of Afghanistan. The women of this boundary-breaking cycling team are some of the National Geographic Adventurers of the Year for 2016 ( http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/adventurers-of-the-year/2016/afghan-women-cycling-team/ ), a title that Shannon Galpin also earned herself in 2013 ( http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/adventurers-of-the-year/2013/shannon-galpin/ ). You can read more about Shannon’s activist and non-profit work here: http://shannongalpin.com

 

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We also held a live auction after Shannon’s presentation to further raise funds for Edge of Seven’s projects. Guests went home with African safari trips in their future, Denver date night packages, a Nepalese dinner for 10, a Breckenridge ski home for 3 nights for 15 people, and even a pair of brand new skis from Golden-based Icelantic Skis!

We had a great turnout of about 180 people that came together in the mutual interest of empowering girls around the world through education and economic opportunities. Thank you to all of our attendees, donors, sponsors, and volunteers who were a part of Edge of Seven’s event this year. It is truly thanks to your time, support, and generosity that Edge of Seven has the tools to change lives in Rwanda, Nepal and Kenya. The funds raised from Great Granddaughters will create concrete impacts that will last for generations.

It is easy to fall into a discouraged mindset when one thinks about how many girls around the world simply do not have equal rights and opportunities to education, but the vast support for Edge of Seven’s mission and projects that we saw at this event was nothing short of beautiful and encouraging. The passion and understanding of the necessity of girls’ education is spreading, and while the world is far from achieving universal education, actions are being taken, and positive change is happening on a global scale. Edge of Seven will continue to support sustainable infrastructure projects and educational programs that empower women and girls around the world until rural and developing communities are able to grow independently, with women who are just as successful as men.

Here’s to another year of education, empowerment, and new opportunities for women and girls to thrive around the world!

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Special thanks to our Changemaker Sponsors!

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Our event sponsors, Conscious Real Estate and Jacalyn Gallegos Mortgage Loan Originator, help support organizations like ours through real estate. When you buy a home with the Conscious Real Estate/OTUBNS partnership, Conscious Real Estate will contribute 10% of their commission to our organization and OTUBNS will add an additional $500.