Edge of Seven - Change Begins with Her


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Edge of Seven is a nonprofit based in Denver, Colorado that seeks to generate capacity-building services, volunteer support, and awareness for projects that create access to education, health, and economic opportunities for girls and women in the developing world.

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  • Keeping the slide a bit more general, as the exact statistics are a bit clunky, but for reference if you want to include them in your talk they are: When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 percent of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for a man. When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children. When 10 percent more girls go to secondary school, a country’s economy grows by 3 percent. The main points to make here is that educating women and girls is a smart strategy from an anti-poverty and global development standpoint, in addition to obviously being the right thing to do. When half a country’s population isn’t able to contribute to the economy, the success of the entire country will suffer. Also, educating women and girls leads to fewer health problems in a country (as marrying and giving birth at a young age often leads to high infant and maternal mortality rates), helps with population control, and leads to healthier communities as a whole, since women and girls have proven to be better stewards of financial resources than men.
  • 2013 projects on the horizon: Mankhu project will initially serve 60 women and their children, providing safe haven, education, and economic opportunities to women who have been victims of abuse, sex trafficking, or who have been abandoned by their families. The center is being built in collaboration with our partner The Mountain Fund and will be built with the earthbag construction method. Tanzania project will expand an existing secondary school campus in the Mt. Meru Region. We are collaborating with the Africa School Assistance Project and the goal is to create more classroom space for girls in the region. We will be returning to Basa to continue our work with the community, building an earthbag addition to the existing school, which will be used to provide business administration and English courses. We will also be building a female-sensitive toilet system at the school to increase consistent school attendance among girls, who often have to miss school during their monthly menstruations due to a lack of appropriate facilities.
  • Edge of Seven - Change Begins with Her

    1. 1. Change Begins with Her
    2. 2. “Education is the m powerful weapon which you can use to ostchange the world.” -- N ls o n M nd e la e a
    3. 3. Outline• Background and Mission• Programs• Why Girls?• Edge of Seven Model• Earthbags & Sustainability• Past Projects• Future Projects• Opportunities to get involved
    4. 4. MissionEdge of Seven generates capacity-building services,volunteer support, and awareness for projects thatcreate access to education, health, and economicopportunities for girls and women in developingcountries.
    5. 5. Background•Founded in 2010•Completed three schools, one girls’ hostel, and twocommunity water supplies in rural Nepal•Sent 85 volunteers and $200K abroad•Dual mission: International Development and ServiceLearning
    6. 6. Programs•Community Development ProgramFund and provide technical assistance to infrastructureprojects•International Volunteer ProgramSend Westerners overseas to contribute to projects
    7. 7. Our NameEDGE:We work with individuals, like girls andwomen, who most often live on the edgeof society in developing countries andface the most barriers in life.We also work in very remotecommunities, so our volunteer programsappeal to more adventurous individualsinterested in “living on the edge.”SEVEN:Symbolic of the seven continents of theearth. Our vision is to work across theglobe where these needs exist.
    8. 8. 2013 Geographic Area• ASIA (Nepal Primary)• AFRICA (Tanzania)
    9. 9. Why Girls?“What we are learningaround the world isthat if women arehealthy and educated,their families willflourish and whenfamilies flourish,communities andnations do as well.”
    10. 10. Why Girls?• Women and girls invest 90% of income back into families & communities, compared with 30% of men• When girls receive a secondary education, they marry later in life and have fewer children• When more girls and women are educated, a country’s GDP grows
    11. 11. Girls in Nepal• Only one out of every three of young women aged 20-24 have a secondary education• Female youth literacy rate in Nepal is just 75%• One quarter of the population (7.1 million people) still lives below the national poverty line of $1 per day. (Nepal is the 3rd poorest country in S. Asia)
    12. 12. Our Approach• Identify quality, local NGOs using community development initiatives to alleviate poverty and empower women and girls.• Enable project execution by providing volunteer support, technical assistance and funding.• Educate & Energize our domestic and international communities through adventure, media and advocacy to stir social action.
    13. 13. Partnerships• Communities identify needs, not us• Implementing partner organizations are local to the countries and communities where we work• Partner organizations provide complementary services and long-term commitment• 60/40 funding split with partner organizations and communities
    14. 14. ProjectsEdge of Seven works oninfrastructure projects thatbenefit girls and women,including:•Schools•Girl’s Hostels or Dormitories•Community Water Supplies•Vocational Training Centers•Education and CommunityCenters
    15. 15. In Practice
    16. 16. DesignApproach • Healthy buildings • Durability, safety and seismic resistance • Local materials, transportation • Speed of construction • Skilled labor required • Cost • Sustainability
    17. 17. Past Projects • Jarang – Primary School (2010) • Salleri – Hostel for Girls (2011) • Purdu – Water Supply (2011) • Salleri – Water Supply (2012) • Phuleli – LS School (2012) • Basa – HS School (2012)
    18. 18. Future Projects • Mankhu, Nepal: Community & Education Center for Women • Tanzania: Secondary School Campus Expansion • Basa, Nepal: Earthbag Secondary School Expansion • Basa, Nepal: Female-sensitive toilet system
    19. 19. The Volunteer Experience
    20. 20. Social Impact + Adventure
    21. 21. Upcoming Opportunities to Travel with Edge of Seven M AY 2013 Earthbag Community & Education Center for women in Nepal
    22. 22. Upcoming Opportunities to Travel with Edge of Seven JUNE 2013 High School Trip – Service Learning and Cultural Immersion in Nepal
    23. 23. Upcoming Opportunities to Travel with Edge of Seven JUNE 2013 Secondary School expansion in Mt. Meru Region, Tanzania
    24. 24. Upcoming Opportunities to Travel with Edge of Seven NOVEMBER 2013 Earthbag secondary school expansion in the Everest Region
    25. 25. Upcoming Opportunities to Travel with Edge of Seven FALL 2013 Everest Base Camp Fundraising Trek
    26. 26. To Get Involved • Volunteer or trek with us abroad • Partner with or Sponsor Edge of Seven and our projects • Host a house party/documentary screening • Participate in a Denver event or campaign • Donate • Spread the word: like us on Facebook, check out our blog, follow us on Twitter
    27. 27. Namaste and Thank You info@edgeofseven.org www.edgeofseven.org Twitter: @edgeofsevenFacebook: www.facebook.com/edgeof7