BENEFITING: EDGE OF SEVEN INC
We are going to mobilize the next generation of citizens to DO SOMETHING. We’ll start with changing the world. We need your help.
The mission of Edge of Seven is to generate awareness and volunteer support for projects that invest in education, health, and economic opportunity for girls in developing countries. We empower girls by championing grassroots development efforts that are community focused, locally driven, and sustainable. It is our goal to make a measurable difference in the villages that we serve with a chain of dedicated volunteers over time.
We at Edge of Seven support advocates of global social change who believe that investment in girls and women in developing countries is the best strategy to end global poverty. Mary Ellen Iskenderian, the President and CEO of the Women’s World Bank, contends that “when women [in developing countries] have money they invest it more wisely then men. Women spend their money on nutritious food, schooling for their kids, health care, improving their homes. That has a positive ripple effect on the community, both economically and socially.”
Change begins with HER.
- When a girl in the developing world receive seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children
(United Nations Population Fund, State of World Population 1990.)
- When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90% of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for a man.
(Chris Fortson, “Women’s Rights Vital for Developing World,” Yale News Daily 2003.)
- When 10 percent more girls go to secondary school, the country’s economy grows by 3 percent.
(Barbara Herz and Gene Sperling, What Works in Girls Education 2004)