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Building Schools for Girls in Nepal

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BENEFITING: EDGE OF SEVEN INC

EVENT DATE: Mar 15, 2014

Sally Wier

THE STORY:

The Project

In March 2014 I will be volunteering with the Colorado-based non-profit Edge of Seven to work on building a higher secondary school in the remote region of Basa in Nepal. This is a region where girls, in particular, are incredibly underserved. The construction of the school will provide classroom space for girls, as well as providing space to introduce business management curriculum into the school to increase opportunities for graduates of both sexes to secure jobs, allowing them to go forth into the world as empowered individuals, and as people who can give back to their communities.

The Motivation

“You save women so that women save the world.” – Hourieh Shamshiri

“Every place where you’ve got really educated women, you’ve got a society that is more and more livable. The more women decision makers we have, the better our chances. All we have to do is offer fair, equal opportunity to half the human race, the female half.” – Alan Weisman

 

As we move forward into a new year we find ourselves living on a planet where we are increasingly faced with social and environmental issues of mounting proportions. It can be a daunting and overwhelming prospect to  try to actively step into such a world and try to lend a hand, to make a truly tangible difference. Where do we begin? War, poverty, hunger, climate change, glacier recession, fuel and energy issues, biodiversity loss, pollution to the land, air and water – the list goes on and on. Where might one person, a single individual, jump in to contribute and affect some positive change?

The Power of Educating Women

After much personal reflection I have found an answer for myself: educating women. If you educate women you touch upon every conceivable social or environmental issue directly or indirectly. By actively addressing the education and empowerment of women we can create opportunities to address many of the world’s ills. Educated women generally wait longer to get married and have far fewer children than their uneducated peers. This not only addresses the enormous issue of overpopulation and its many associated difficulties, but allows women to realize their creative potentials and contribute to their families, communities and world beyond the challenge of raising a large number of children. As the Pakistani school principal Afshan Tabassum once said, “That’s the key. When a girl receives an education, she educates the entire family.” As all people, male and female, become more educated worldwide we become better equipped to meet the challenges of our time.

Giving Back

To tangibly address a fundamental need of our planet and human society I will be traveling to Nepal in March 2014 to work on building a school which will provide classroom space for girls in the incredibly underserved and remote region of Basa. I will be spending two weeks working through the Colorado-based non-profit Edge of Seven to complete a classroom addition on a higher secondary school which is only the second school of its kind in the entire Everest region of Nepal serving a population close to 108,000 people. The classroom addition will not only provide classroom space for girls, but also provide space for a new business management curriculum to be introduced at the school to increase all the students’ chances of securing jobs later on.

Giving Thanks

In 2012 I traveled in the Khumbu (Everest) region of Nepal and was profoundly impacted by the beauty of the Himalayan landscape, by the deep generosity and kindess shown to me by the Sherpa and Nepali people, as well as by the minimal amenities and resources they have available to them. It has been a string desire of mine ever since to return to Nepal and give back to the people that gave me so much when I visited their home.

You Can Help

 As the author Alan Weisman once said, “Any place where you run into women who are empowered, things improve. Everybody lives better, males and females.” If you are interested in supporting me on this journey to reach out to Nepali girls, and thus to their entire communities, please consider making a meaningful contribution to Edge of Seven and help to make a tangible change in our world in 2014.

Namaste,

Sally

 

learn more at http://edgeofseven.org and http://edgeofseven.org/Basa.html

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To This Fundraiser

$2,070

MONEY RAISED
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  • Sally Wier

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $40

  • Michael Plyler

    $20

  • Sunny Lee

    $1,000

  • Hank the Catahoula Dog

    $40

  • Brian Forist

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $40

  • Pierson Family

    $50

  • Basia Mazurek

    $50

  • Sue

    $25

  • Maci

    $15

  • The Malm Hazlett Crazy Farm

    $50

  • Saurus

    $100

  • Ellen and Garrett

    $50

  • Suzanne R.

    $30

  • SBless

    $100

  • Zions

    $100

  • Adrienne Fitzgerald

    $35

  • Tom & Wendy

    $100

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104% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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The Team: $2,070 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Tom & Wendy

Tom & Wendy

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Adrienne Fitzgerald

Adrienne Fitzgerald

DONATION: $35

4 years ago

Zions

Zions

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

SBless

SBless

DONATION: $100

Worthy work, Sally! 4 years ago

Suzanne R.

Suzanne R.

DONATION: $30

Awesome project Sally! Good luck! 4 years ago

Ellen and Garrett

Ellen and Garrett

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Saurus

Saurus

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

The Malm Hazlett Crazy Farm

The Malm Hazlett Crazy Farm

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Maci

Maci

DONATION: $15

Sounds like a very worthy and great thing you're doing Sally! Good luck! 4 years ago

Sue

Sue

DONATION: $25

This sounds wonderful. Good luck 4 years ago