Lindsey Kruger via Crowdrise
January 25, 2012
BENEFITING: EDGE OF SEVEN INC
EVENT DATE: Mar 09, 2012
HOURS PLEDGED: 72
Thank you for visiting my fundraising site! My goal is to raise $4,500 to contribute to the construction of a secondary school in the Everest region of rural Nepal. Along with architects Sarah Ponko & Melinda Matthews, and most recently Rachel Epic we have an overall team goal of $15,000.
I'm on the board of the Denver Chapter of Architecture for Humanity- a nonprofit organization that provides architecture and design services to under-served populations both locally and internationally. We've been working with the nonprofit Edge of 7 to design & build a 4 classroom school in Basa, a village about 10 miles outside Kathmandu.
Currently, there is one higher secondary school in the Everest region of Nepal to serve 34 villages and a total population of 107,686 people. Because girls have the responsibility of gathering water, cooking and cleaning their homes before and after school, most are dropping out before they reach high school because the long hike to to school is just too much to accomplish in a day. The Government of Nepal recently approved the addition of a second higher secondary school in Basa, one of the largest communities with a population of approximately 4,000, to educate 150 students per year. This will bring the opportunity of continuing their education much closer to home for the girls of this village & those nearby. In addition to building four classrooms, we will build a bathroom facility containing six toilets since the campus does not have adequate sanitation.
If you’d like to see first-hand what life is like for students in Nepal check out these videos created by Edge of 7 http://edgeofseven.org/Stories.html
We’ve been working diligently here in Denver to raise the funds & design the school for these girls, but we still need to build it! Please consider donating toward my $4500 goal to send me to Basa to work for 3 weeks & a portion to purchase construction materials. I think this experience will not only benefit these girls & the future of their communities, but I'm certain it will also have a profound effect on my career & what I will be able to bring to the table in my own community.
So, if it feels good to donate please do. If you'd like an update with photos & videos of how it went I would love to send that to you when I get back. If that doesn’t hook you, some other benefits to donating are watching me 1. hike 16 hours from the airport with my luggage strapped to my back 2. heave 40 lb bags of dirt (the building is earth bag construction) 3. fail miserably at speaking Nepalese.
Once again, I really appreciate you visiting my site. Your support (donations, words of wisdom or otherwise) mean so much to me. Please visit www.edgeofseven.org for more info about the cause & www.architectureforhumanity.org to learn more about what we do.
By the way, if you’ve reached my site through either of my team members’ sites & would like to know more about me, I’m Lindsey Kruger. I have a small Interior Design firm (www.krugerdesignstudio.com) and formerly shared an office with Klipp Architects (home of Melinda & Sarah). I’m a board member of Architecture for Humanity here in Denver & have been working in Interiors and Lighting Design for the past 9 years post graduation from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. I appreciate all of your support in helping Sarah, Melinda, Rachel and I to contribute to humanitarian design efforts in Nepal!