We’re excited to report that in 2016 we finished 5 projects with your help —great work was done by communities, partners, staff, board and volunteers to support all the work in 2016. In Nepal an incredible computer classroom was funded for the girls dormitory in Salleri so that the girls can build up their skills in computer competence and knowledge of how to turn these skills into employment as they continue their education. Also in Nepal, 6 more classrooms were built in three communities to ensure that we are making a dent in the total number of schools in the Solukhumbu that were destroyed by the earthquakes of 2015. In Kenya we finished the Women’s Resource Center begun in 2015 so that the community-based organization ACCESS could start using this building as their hub for future development work. And in Rwanda Edge of Seven supported an Office-Training Center-Warehouse for a women’s agricultural coop in Nyamata. This effort is led by our partner Africa Development Promise and fits in as an integral cog in the economic development and self-sufficiency of the women in the coop. The extra money from their coop membership yields a significant increase in the women’s ability to escape poverty, start their own business, or provide education, water and sanitation for their families.
We’re so excited about the progress that Edge of Seven is making in creating sustainable, community owned, future oriented projects that benefit women and girls. Thank you to everyone who has supported Edge of Seven over the past two years to help us achieve this all. See our 2015-2016 annual report for more details and pictures.
Now in 2017 we’re working on 7 more projects! We’re working on projects in Nepal, Kenya and Uganda this year to support women’s and girls’ education in the rural developing world. Classrooms in Nepal, a women’s coop building in Uganda, and business education trainings in Kenya. These 7 projects in one year represent our largest effort in a single year and we need you to join us in hope, education, development, building, and inspiration.
Our projects include the following. In Nepal we’re going to be building 6 more classrooms and supporting communities that are building their leadership through School Building Committees and the physical buildings that help girls succeed at schools. In Kenya we’ve developed new Business Training Curriculum (the Women’s Entrepreneurial Training Program) based on the stated needs of the community and built collaboratively with other East African international development organizations. We’re currently fundraising to make this a reality as well as re-starting the Rainwater Harvesting School Garden projects that we began in 2014. And finally we’re continuing our partnership with Africa Development Promise to fund a building for a women’s coop in Uganda that grows mushrooms.