International Women’s Day 2017

Today we celebrate the enduring strength of women all around the world … and recommit ourselves to fighting even harder for girls’ education and women’s empowerment. On this International Women’s Day, we recognize the incredible value that women of all backgrounds add to every socio-economic system around the world — while receiving lower wages, experiencing greater inequities, discrimination, harassment, and economic insecurity.
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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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Get a Yoga Bag from Nepal this February!

Did your New Year’s Resolutions include getting more fit and giving more back? If so, we hope you’ll join us this February as we celebrate love for girls and women across the globe with a special offer for our supporters.

Through a relationship with a very talented women’s collective in Nepal, we’ll be giving away a beautiful, handmade yoga bag to the first 9 people to donate $100 or more to Edge of Seven this month! All donations will go toward our Community Development Program and will help provide education and economic opportunities for girls and women in Nepal. Through our Community Development Program in 2014, we’ll break ground on a second hostel for girls pursuing a higher education at the local university in Nepal’s Everest Region, along with a secondary school in a remote village.

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You know you want one!

Your donations will support these projects, and do much more! To get your yoga bag today, simply:

1. Go to our website donation page.

2. Make your donation of $100 or more. Be sure to enter the best email address at which to reach you in the Contact Information form.

3. Write “Yoga bag!” in the Dedication Field and submit.

Once we receive your contribution, we’ll get in touch with you to gather shipping details and allow you to select the yoga bag of your choice (colors will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis).

Happy February, and Namaste!

A Retirement Party with Impact

By: Alli Tolbert, Marketing & Communications Intern

Last fall, Robert “Sparky” Millikin participated in Edge of Seven’s Trek with a Purpose into the remote rural villages of the Solokhumbu region of Nepal last fall. Since then, Edge of Seven and Sparky have become fast friends. He has become a passionate voice in raising awareness about the importance of girls’ education and sustainable infrastructure throughout his own community in Burlington, VT and beyond.

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An accomplished professional in design and construction, Sparky is now retiring as Managing Principal of TruexCullins, an architecture and interior design firm located in Burlington. In recent months, Sparky and TruexCullins have offered Edge of Seven pro bono design support around earthbag construction, as well as provided advocacy and fundraising support through local marketing and events.

A celebration of Sparky’s career was held last Thursday, May 9, in Burlington, VT. The celebration was a dual retirement party and fundraising event to support Edge of Seven work empowering women and girls through infrastructure projects in Nepal. Edge of Seven is overwhelmed by Sparky’s generosity and thankful for the great work and support of those at TruexCullins! Read more about Sparky’s career here: http://www.truexcullins.com/sparky/.

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The party was a great success, raising $20,000 through a combination of individual donations the night of the event and a campaign leading up to the party. To top it off, the Heritage Automotive Group (Ford, Toyota, Scion on Shelbourne Road, S. Burlington) made a final donation, bringing us to a total of $20,000. An enormous thank you to TruexCullins, the event attendees, the Heritage Automotive Group and all other supporters for making this ambitious goal!! Funding will be used to support Edge of Seven’s Community Development Program, empowering women and girls in rural Nepal through infrastructure projects.

If you were inspired by Sparky’s experience, please visit his Crowdrise page and consider making a donation today!

If you are interested in having a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in Nepal and to combine adventure, travel and service in one trip, look no further. Edge of Seven is embarking on two exciting trips this fall!

Everest Base Camp Trek: http://edgeofseven.org/Adventure.html

Basa Project: http://edgeofseven.org/VolunteerOpportunity.html

A Manly Fundraiser to Help Girls

We just wanted to send out a big thanks to our good friend Brian Rettelle for recently launching his “Helping a Flower to Blossom” fundraiser for Edge of Seven on Crowdrise!

Brian’s goal is to raise $2,500 for Edge of Seven’s Community Development program this spring, and last week he made the stakes a little more personal. See, Brian has been growing out his beard for the past four months. He’s decided to shave at the beginning of March and he’s letting the public weigh in on how it all goes down.

Donors to Brian’s fundraiser can choose whether he shaves his beard to look like Abraham Lincoln, Mr. T, or they can submit their own suggestions for a different style. Votes are submitted via Crowdrise and by next week the suggestion that gathers the most donations wins!

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Edge of Seven will be on hand to capture the shaving process, so get your votes in today by visiting Brian’s Crowdrise page at: http://www.crowdrise.com/bmrettelle!

Put on Your PJs and Help Girls on CO Gives Day!

The holiday season is now in full swing, and as we say goodbye to Cyber Monday and hello to Giving Tuesday today, we at Edge of Seven want to ask you a quick question: Would you consider giving up a night on the town this week in return for the opportunity to provide education to women and girls in the developing world?

If your answer is a resounding YES, I WOULD!” then we invite you to join us in honor of Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 4th and take the pledge to Stay Home for Girls!

Staying home for girls is easy. You simply cancel your plans to go out one night this week (or even easier – don’t make any at all!), put on your pajamas, settle onto your favorite perch on the couch, and vow to donate the amount you would have spent on dinner and a movie to  Edge of Seven’s Community Development Program, which will provide educational access for girls and women in Nepal and Tanzania in 2013.

To give you an idea of what this small sacrifice could accomplish in a country like Nepal and Tanzania, consider the photo below. For the cost of what you might spend on a night out, you could buy a girl in the developing world a school desk, access to a clean, safe water supply, or access to higher education.

Help raise $5,000 for girls and women in the developing world on Colorado Gives Day this year by taking the pledge to Stay Home for Girls! You can even start today. Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Select your donation amount:

  • $1,000           Provide a Classroom for Girls in the Developing World
  • $500               Purchase enough earthbags to build a classroom in Nepal
  • $250               Provide Access to Higher Education for One Girl
  • $100               Purchase a Door or a Window for a Classroom
  • $50                 Provide Access to a Clean Water Supply for One Girl
  • $25                 Purchase a Desk for a Girl in School

Step 2: Either preschedule your secure donation in advance here on Edge of Seven’s Giving First Profile or make a note on your calendar to donate on Tuesday, December 4th! (You can find Edge of Seven’s Giving First Profile at https://www.givingfirst.org/edgeofseven/overview.) 

Step 3: Spread the Word:

  • Forward this blog to your family and friends and encourage them to stay home one night between now and December 4th in order to provide more education for girls and women in the developing world;
  • Share this post on your Facebook page: “I just helped provide education for girls and women in Nepal and Tanzania by staying home with Edge of Seven on CO Gives Day. Join me in doing the same! http://bit.ly/Qv9Ng8
  • Send the same message out to your Twitter followers using the hashtag: #cogivesday4girls

All the money raised for Edge of Seven on Colorado Gives Day will go toward supporting our 2013 projects in Nepal and Tanzania to create more educational access for girls and women. (And you can preschedule your donation now.)

Thank you in advance for your support. We hope to see you all at home this week!

Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 4th is sponsored by the Community First Foundation and FirstBank. If you are considering making an end of year contribution to Edge of Seven, Colorado Gives Day is an excellent time to do so, because all donor contributions made through Giving First on Colorado Gives Day are maximized through FirstBank’s incentive fund, so your donation goes even further.

Quick Links:

Edge of Seven’s Giving First Profile: https://www.givingfirst.org/edgeofseven/overview

Edge of Seven on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edgeof7

Edge of Seven on Twitter: https://twitter.com/edgeofseven

Volunteer Internationally with Edge of Seven in 2013!: http://edgeofseven.org/VolunteerOpportunity.html

Save the Date: Shop ‘Til You Do Good for Girls on Dec. 13th!

With all of the madness around Black Friday this week, we at Edge of Seven wanted to tell you about a different kind of holiday shopping event designed to do a lot of good for girls and women in the developing world!

We are excited to be partnering with Ten Thousand Villages Denver this December 13th on a Holiday Community Shopping Event at their Cherry Creek Store. Come by from 5 to 8 p.m. and shop from a huge selection of fair trade jewelry, pottery and other crafts and goodies. A portion of the sales made that evening will go directly toward girls in the developing world through our Community Development Program!

We’ll also have several handmade Sapana Bags from members of a women’s collective in Nepal for sale at a satellite table, and 100 percent of the proceeds from those sales will benefit girls. It’s the easiest way ever to put your holiday shopping dollars to work for a greater good!

Check out our flyer below and pass it on to your family and friends! Don’t forget to RSVP here!