Jessica Quintanilla via Crowdrise
June 19, 2012
Claire SQ wrote -
I just finished my bachelor’s degree this May and I’m now working at a non-profit called Edge of Seven (www.edgeofseven.org). I’m really passionate about the work they do to empower women and girls in developing nations. Much of Edge of Seven’s work has been based in rural Nepal where they have built three schools, a girls hostel, and constructed a sustainable water supply for the village of Purdu. This spring they will be partnering with an organization that will build a women’s dormitory in Tanzania.
Throughout my coursework in college, I became increasingly aware that gender inequality hinders progress in all aspects of social betterment. I believe that the wellbeing of women worldwide has dramatic and widespread benefits. Not only does the empowerment of women positively affect the local communities in which they live, it also greatly contributes to more sustainable systems (economic, environmental, and social).
I recently returned from a semester abroad in Costa Rica where I worked at an organization whose mission was to empower women trapped by the sex trade. By acquiring the knowledge, skills, and support they need these women are able to broaden their scope of opportunity. After this experience, I was inspired to continue working to improve the condition of women and girls here and abroad, and discovered Edge of Seven.
One of the materials I read when researching Edge of Seven cited this statistic: only one in four girls in Nepal will receive a secondary education. This kind of work is important. After all, women compose over half of the world’s population. I believe it an injustice to deny half of humanity access to the necessary education and tools that will allow them to support themselves, their families, and their community.
So why am I telling you this? This fall, I’m running a half-marathon to support this organization. I need to raise $500, all of which will go directly to support Edge of Seven’s current and future projects.
If you can only contribute a dollar, that is wonderful. Every dollar counts and it is going to a great cause.
Thank you all so much for your help!