BENEFITING: EDGE OF SEVEN INC
EVENT DATE: Mar 15, 2014
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.
“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.
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.
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.