At Edge of Seven, our work is carried out through our Community Catalyst Program. We focus on our Seven Principles while doing our work to build capacity, ownership and a focus on future generations.
Community Catalyst Program – The CCP provides funding, guidance, assessment and technical support to our sustainable infrastructure projects around the world. We work closely with developing communities to identify infrastructure needs and barriers that stand in the way of access to education, health, and/or economic opportunities, particularly for girls and women. We support the work by building capacities in communities, and through meaningful collaborations with local NGOs and community councils.
In Nepal this means that we work directly with a community-based organization (CBO) that works directly within the village to set up a school building community committee. This group is specifically targeted for its past work but also to receive additional training and support to build up the skills, knowledge and motivation to complete the project that they themselves specified. The group works with a project manager to hire, train (if necessary), manage, pay, and oversee the work of the builders on the project. They also work with the project manager to schedule and to create a logistical schedule for the project. Edge of Seven works with our on-the-ground partner to advise, consult, coach and support financially the project. We also work over time to followup on the project, ensure that there is a maintenance, repair and replacement plan for the project infrastructure and determine what additional projects or programs may be essential to ensuring success.
After the fact, Edge of Seven also works diligently to survey the work, the maintenance and the effect that the work has in the community. So in Nepal this may look like determine girls attendance in a school both before and after the project. Then over time we will examine how girls matriculate from one school to another and progress on toward their School Leaving Certificate (SLC) at the end of their 10th grade year. This effort to ensure that monitoring and evaluation is not just a cursory look is extremely important to our Learn principle. We are dedicated to building up the understanding for the community, for ourselves and for our community that 1. we have outputs (infrastructure), 2. we have outcomes (girls in school) and 3. there are impacts (lower early childhood marriage — for example). This complex system of outputs to outcomes to multiple impacts is not nearly so simple as to be linear, but by attempting to understand the connections between these deliverables we believe we are being true to our beliefs and actions.
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