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




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 or email us at 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.




  • 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


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 ( 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” ( 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 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 “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 “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 ( 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 ( or follow us on twitter ( or make a donation. If you’re interested in joining us this year to see our work in the field shoot us an email (  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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    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.
    Please like us Edge of Seven’s Facebook Page — or you can sign up to receive our monthly newsletter to your inbox on our website.

    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