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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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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

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