Robert "Sparky" Millikin wrote -
Last Fall I trekked with the non-profit organization Edge of Seven into the remote rural villages of the Solo Khumbu region of Nepal. What I learned about the schools, hostels, and water projects they are building there inspired me to raise money to support their efforts to improve the lives of women and girls in the region.
Many women and girls are victims of sex trafficking or domestic abuse and neglect at the hands of their husbands or families. These women have very few options for leaving these situations. The leading cause of death among women of childbearing age in Nepal is suicide.
Mankhu Farm has been offering women and girls a place to heal and develop the skills needed to live independently and support their children. The Farm needs more space in which they will provide much-needed services and training.
TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design is collaborating with Edge of Seven to design the community center project. The center will include two buildings; one will contain a classroom and computer lab; and the other will contain a healthcare post and daycare center.
The TruexCullins design team is being led by Associate Diantha Korzun, an architect in the TruexCullins Education Studio. The Center will be built using earthbag construction, an innovative construction method for the region that is environmentally friendly, sturdy and earthquake-resistant. Rice bags are filled with dirt, stacked like bricks, and covered with chicken wire and plaster.
Join Us by Trekking or Bagging!
TruexCullins will be hosting a fundraising party on
Thursday, May 9, 5:00 pm - 8:00 p.m.
TruexCullins' office, 209 Battery Street, Burlington, Vermont
Napali appetizers will be served up by Sherpa Kitchen.
Buy a Bag - We will be constructing an earthbag structure in our lobby with bags like those being used in Nepal. For $50 donation we will add your name to one of the bags in the wall, symbolizing our collective effort to lift these girls and women out of poverty and hoplessness. If you contribute $500 or more, you will be honored with a thank-you scarf from Nepal. 100% of your donation will go to Edge of Seven and is entirely tax deductible. There is a small processing fee that will be add to your donation to cover the cost of using this website.
Trek to Nepal - In addition to the May 9th fundraising event, I worked with the Edge of Seven to co-organize a trek back to Nepal in the Fall of 2013. This fund raising trek will entail hiking all the way to Everest Base Camp and individuals who chose to will also have the opportunity to climb Island Peak, 20,300’ or hike to the project sites that the Edge has already completed in the area. Please contact me for more information at SMillikin@TruexCullins.com.
TruexCullins is a Vermont-based architecture and interior design firm which has been creating quality design since 1967. Our Education Studio designs schools around the world. We are collaborating with Edge of Seven, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit that works with local-grassroots efforts to develop community-focused and sustainable solutions.