BENEFITING: EDGE OF SEVEN INC
With your help, we can change that.
Edge of Seven is supporting local efforts in Nepal to build a women's hostel in the Everest region. It will house approximately 40 college-bound girls from rural areas where higher education is not available. We are raising $25,000 to fund the materials needed in Nepal. But, it's far more than just a building project.
I just returned from a month at the project site and my host sister in Nepal was a girl named Nimdita. Her parents, uneducated, could not afford to raise Nimdita so at five years old, she was sent to live with her “sister”, a family friend. For the last nine years, she has lived away from her nuclear family so that she could pursue education. During her free time, she cooks, cleans, and helps her sister farm. When asked what she will do in the future, she responds that she’d like to be a social worker to help educate others to develop rural Nepal. I could not detect a trace of resentment for the choices made by her parents. It’s simply her life.
We interviewed many more like Nimdita, girls who are determined to go to college despite all odds. We spoke with girls who are literally skipping meals to use that money for rent. We heard from girls who are living 4 people to a small rented room without beds or furniture just for the hope to be something other than a housewife. We were moved by girls who feel unsafe on a daily basis because they share space with the local saloon, several days walk from anything familiar, to study for one more year. These are the women who will push Nepal forward. They are beyond inspiring.
When asked about our hostel, all glowed. Those who are in grade 8 or 9 wanted a spot desperately because they felt that this housing option, unlike the overcrowded rented rooms, provides the security and amenities that they need to focus on their studies. The girls in grade 11, bearing great burdens of living alone in a strange place with the threat of financial ruin around every turn, are willing to do anything for a room in the hostel. And finally, and most surprisingly, those who are older and have already missed the college window, tear up when they recognize that the hostel will not benefit their own education but may help their sister, friend, or daughter.
The women of Nepal, the women who have become my friends, force me to stand up to poverty. I hope that you will join me.