Tomorrow, many of us will gather with our friends and family to give thanks for another year.
At Edge of Seven, we will be giving many thanks to all of our friends, like you, who have supported us over the years and helped transform our small, grassroots nonprofit into a thriving for-impact organization that has now touched the lives of more than 10,000 girls, women, and individuals living in rural, developing communities in Nepal and Kenya.
Individuals like Akim, a health teacher in the village of Kaku, who for years taught children in a dilapidated classroom while worrying the students might get injured by a piece of falling stone, but now, with improved infrastructure, teaches without fear.
Girls like Nimdita in Nepal, who attends higher secondary school after scoring well on her school exams – her high scores a direct result of countless nights studying by candlelight.
Women like Margaret in Kenya, who grew up in a remote community with 11 siblings and went to bed hungry most nights of her childhood. Margaret also persevered and, now a mother herself, she is a respected community leader that brings hope to all around her.
We couldn’t reach individuals like Akim, Margaret, and Nimdita without friends like you.
So from the bottom of our hearts, we say thank you.
We wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
This month, we’re excited to announce that ground has broken on the Solukhumbu Girls’ University Hostel that we are supporting in Salleri, Nepal! This six-room, earthbag building will host 20 girls who are pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in its inaugural year, and it will be built adjacent to the existing dormitory we completed with our local partners in 2011, which hosts 40 girls pursuing a higher secondary educations in grades 11 and 12.
In most villages in the Solukhumbu District, students aren’t able to access school after grade 10. With higher secondary schools located only in the district capital of Salleri and the village of Basa, providing gender-appropriate, safe housing for girls is crucial to increase their chances of accessing higher education.
We look forward to bringing you more news as the building progresses, and send a big thank you to our local partners, volunteers, and everyone who has supported this initiative!
Save the Date, Friends!
Edge of Seven will be hosting our annual fall fundraiser, Girl Power!, on Thursday, Oct. 9th from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Posner Center for International Development in Denver. We have some exciting things planned for the evening program and want to send a huge thank you to our early sponsors, LUSH Cosmetics and Oz Architecture!
Tickets will be available at the door and online for purchase at the beginning of September, so stay tuned.
In the meantime, if you would like to get involved with the event as an event sponsor, a member of our Events Committee, or a donor to our silent and live auctions, please let us know today!
Want to Sponsor Girl Power! 2014 and gain exposure to for your organization to Edge of Seven’s extended network around the world? Download the 2014 Edge of Seven Event Sponsorship form and Email Us today!
Want to join our Events Committee? The more the merrier! Just reach out to our Events Manager, Tamara at email@example.com.
See you all on October 9th!
Tomorrow, we will join the world in celebrating International Women’s Day and recognizing the strength and potential of women and girls across the globe.
Today, we want to introduce you to one woman who is the embodiment of this strength and potential in Nepal, Ngima Doma.
Ngima Doma is the headmaster of the Basa Higher Secondary School and is an amazing leader in this rural community in the Everest Region, where she oversees the education of 460 students. She guides the School Committee and local PTA and encourages all students in Basa to study hard. Of the 306 schools in the entire region, Ngima Doma is the only female headmaster. And she does it all as a single mother to a young daughter.
Rare among women in Nepal, Ngima Doma has completed a Master’s degree, and she credits her father for this achievement. A British Gurkha soldier, he always taught Ngima Doma the value of hard work, saw to it that she had access to the highest level of education, and encouraged her to give back to others. After completing her university studies in Salleri, Ngima Doma returned to her home village of Basa, where she taught for seven years before becoming headmaster five years ago.
Sadly, Ngima Doma lost her husband in a recent accident, and she now cares for their 10-month-old daughter alone. In the local Rai dialect, her daughter’s name means “love.”
We honor Ngima Doma, the service she provides to her community, and the inspiration she gives to the girls and students studying under her leadership. She is walking testament to the power education has to change lives.
If you are in Denver, we hope you will join us this Thursday evening for a Happy Hour celebration in honor of International Women’s Day! We’ll be convening at Stoney’s Bar and Grill on Lincoln Street from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There will be appetizers and drink specials on hand, and we’ll also be raffling off some amazing handmade items from a women’s collective in Nepal! (International Women’s Day falls on Saturday this year, so we’ll be celebrating a little early.)
We hope to see you there, and please feel free to bring friends and pass this along to any friends or co-workers who might be interested in learning more about Edge of Seven!
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Your donations will support these projects, and do much more! To get your yoga bag today, simply:
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!