BENEFITING: EDGE OF SEVEN INC
EVENT DATE: Jun 14, 2014
World's Population Teeters on the Edge of 7 Billion: Now What?
Edge of Seven is a nonprofit organization that fuses international travel with service, creating opportunities for personal and global development. Their mission is to generate awareness and volunteer support for projects that invest in education, health, and economic opportunity for girls in developing countries. They empower girls by supporting initiatives that are locally driven, community focused, and sustainable.
About Africa School Assistance Project:
An Edge of Seven partner, the Africa School Assistance Project (ASAP) has been working in Tanzania since 2008 to build schools in rural East African villages. Their area of focus has largely been in a rural school district in northeast Tanzania between mountains Meru and Kilimanjaro. The people in this district, who survive by subsistence farming, desperately want schools.
Together the two organizations oversee the development of schools, rely on local labor and materials and engage international volunteers to build infrastructure (and memories) that last a lifetime.
HELP US KEEP GIRLS IN SCHOOL
In Tanzania, like many African nations, teenage girls are forced into marriage, sexually assaulted or given no chance at an education, ending any chance they may have at a life out of poverty. In 2014, ASAP intends to build a girls’ dormitory at a secondary school to help girls stay in school. Can you help?
ACADEMICS ARE TOP!
Our mission is simple - to build schools so children have a chance at an improved education – and we are seeing remarkable results. Last year, 100% of the first graduating class from Mbasseny Primary passed their gov’t exams and are enrolled in secondary school. Stunning news when compared to the average national graduation rate of 25-30%! And, Mbaaseny and Kirenga Primary are now ranked among the top out of 121 schools in their rural district. This top performance is the thing that makes us most proud!
We’ll be working in Idetemya, a rural village outside of Mwanza (near Lake Victoria), helping to develop a partially built secondary school into a top notch facility with classrooms, science & computer labs, dormitories, teacher's housing and more. When finished, the school will serve 2,000 children who currently have no access to secondary school. Volunteers need no special work skills, just a desire to pitch in and get dirty! We’ll work on site on a variety of projects for 7-8 hours per day before heading back to the campsite for dinner and campfire under the African sky.