One very cold January evening, sitting in on a lecture at my local REI store, I learned of an organization called Edge of Seven, based in Denver CO whose mission statement 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 supporting initiatives that are locally driven, community focused, and sustainable. It is our goal to make a measurable difference in the areas that we serve through a chain of dedicated volunteers over time.”
Edge of Seven hold in the knowledge, that women by far, are the glue within communities and that through the education of girls, communities have a greater opportunity to strengthen, grow and transform. Edge of Seven organizes earth bag school building projects with the help of volunteer efforts in support of developing local education for girls and sustainability of community. With the communities by which they enter, they do so with great respect, consciousness and consideration for the people and the communities. They work selectively and constructively with local NGO’s in listening and learning by what and how they can best support the needs of the people in a given community.
In collaboration with Edge of Seven, I’ve been given the opportunity to work on developing a photo-documentary project profiling this years 40 graduating school girls. In my efforts, I’m asking for monetary aid to fund and support my travel and 4-5 week stay in Solukhumbu, Nepal. I’ll be living in the hostel with the school girls documenting their life’s stories and day to day lives, while teaching and tutoring in English, as well as on the side documenting the stories of people within the town itself.
Within transitions in my own life, my heart and my projects are leading me towards the direction to aid women in bringing attention to ultimately step into one’s own power and transforming community.
In appreciation to all those providing the project monetarily support, while I’m in Nepal, you will be given personal connection to my daily/bi-daily blog entries. Upon my return from Nepal, I will be leading an informational webinar specifically for those who’ve personally backed the project. I plan on spreading the word and image by way of lecturing, creating radio reports, i.e. NPR/BBC detailing the adventures of the journey and project, as well as, have available the creation of a book, note cards, postcards, calendars and prints.
With deep appreciation and gratitude for your support towards bringing awareness and value to the education of young girls and increased sustainability to impoverished communities...
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