Sandall Family donates to Bellingham homeless shelter

In honor of the 14th anniversary, the Sandall family will be donating warm socks and hats to the homeless shelter in Bellingham. A friend of mine who works in the field will help deliver them and keep me informed what else might be needed in the future. I think Emily would really like that.
The purpose of Base Camp is to help neighbors who are experiencing homelessness. They provide food, shelter, and care to give the guests hope, let them know they have incredible value, and encourage life-change.
At Base Camp, you’ll find:
  • A safe place for 190 people to stay, night or day
  • Free breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day
  • Showers and public restrooms
  • Laundry services
  • Welcoming, supportive staff and volunteers
  • Community-oriented atmosphere
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Foundation sponsors 20 students to attend the Nepal school

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In honor of the 20th year of the Sankhu Palubari Community School The Emily Sandall Foundation will be sponsoring  20 students to attend the school.Emily loved the school and worked tirelessly for it. She spent countless hours with her humble fund-raising and her trip to Sankhu where she taught for a short while. Laura and I hold the school dear to our hearts.On our trip to Sankhu we were so impressed with the school, the staff, the Advocates for Human Rights, and the wonderful students.

We are very proud of this school and are so happy to help its future.

The Sankhu-Palubari Community School (SPCS) in Nepal provides a free education — from pre-K through grade 10 — to the neediest children in this rural Kathmandu Valley area. Founded by The Advocates for Human Rights and operated in partnership with Educate the Children-Nepal and the local community, the school gives a genuine alternative to child labor and a brighter future.

The SPCS curriculum includes Nepali, English, grammar, math, science, and social studies. Extracurricular opportunities include poetry, art, music, Nepali dance, speech, and sports. Students also learn the fundamental principles of human rights through “Alfulai Chinau,” a human rights curriculum developed especially for the school. The school also provides a daily meal, health checks, and immunizations for all students.

The Need
An estimated 2.6 million Nepali children between the ages of 5 and 14 are child laborers. Children work in in dangerous conditions in brickyards, carpet factories, and quarries, or in agricultural and domestic work. Nepali children are also vulnerable to being trafficked to India.

Because Nepali public schools generally charge administrative fees and fees for books, exams, and uniforms, struggling families like those in the Sankhu-Palubari community cannot afford to educate their children. (When the school opened in 1999, more than 50 percent of the 10,000 of the community’s residents were unemployed.) Uneducated and illiterate, children grow up to be impoverished adults, continuing the cycle of poverty.

Many students are members of Nepal’s most marginalized indigenous groups and lower castes — such as the Dalit — who might otherwise be forced to work. SPCS promotes equal access to education for low-income families, and welcomes children regardless of caste, ethnicity, or gender.

Another SPCS focus is supporting girl students so that they stay in school. Currently, more than 50 percent of students at SPCS are girls, a huge gain in the percentage in place when the school first opened. The school has made remarkable strides towards gender parity in a country where education of girls is often not valued equally with education of boys.

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Foundation donates to YMCA Camp Menogyn’s Anti-Racism work.

As Emily’s birthday is approaching her sister ,Laura, and I discussed what we could do to honor her.I was also in touch with Camp Menogyn, as we generally give scholarships to camp, but due to COVID-19 they had to cancel summer camp. Meghan Cosgrove,Executive Director, suggested supporting Camp Menogyn’s anti-racism work as a community. They have an ongoing panel and are hiring a consultant. I have been following their First word entries every morning that have clarity ,poignancy and grace.
I am sharing the one from today with the powerful story of Ruby.We are very proud to be supporting these efforts and partnering with Camp Menogyn to honor Emily. Camp Menogyn writes:”
“We’re listening to Ruby’s story and working to build a staff and camper community where everyone can have a role model to look up to.
We invite your support and feedback in this work.”
As Emily’s sister said: This feels like a really beautiful way to honor Emily. I have been thinking of her a lot and know that she would be at the forefront of anti-racism work. That feels so much like Emily.
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Foundation donates to scholarships and maternal health in Guatemala

“Dear Sandall Family,
 Climate change has begun to really impact the country of Guatemala. Many families are migrating due to crop loss, as well as a lack of water due to shorter rainy seasons, drying aquifers and watersheds.   We are so grateful that your organization has helped us invest in youth over the last decade so that we have people trained in skills to help face some of these climate emergencies.
The Garden’s Edge and the Qachuu Aloom “Mother Earth” Association thank you for your continued support of Maya Achi youth education and maternal health. Each year we measure the success of our work, not only in numbers but in the stories of individuals whose lives have been touched by the work we are doing. In 2019, we expanded our work with youth beyond the scholarship program, to include youth involvement in our water restoration work with reforestation campaigns and the construction of household grey-water filter systems that keep families safe from diseases like dengue fever while providing much needed water for home gardens. In the area of maternal health we continue to promote the production of nutrient-rich native foods in home gardens along with Amaranth cooking classes. We are honored to carry on the memory of Emily through our work and to be in partnership with your lovely family. In 2019 we provided leadership opportunities to 10 Maya Achi youth in Rabinal, Baja Verapaz, Guatemala. The scholarships cover student tuition and transportation to school while the student’s family covers the cost of uniforms, books, and materials. We select economically poor youth who, without this program, would be unable to attend school. In Guatemala, compulsory, free education ends at what’s referred to as Sexto Primaria (6th grade). To finish what would be equivalent to a US high school degree, families must pay private school education for another six years.
We held six cooking workshops with participants who learned new recipes for healthy eating.We continue to strengthen traditional knowledge around the medicinal plants to treat common health problems.Now, thanks to the support of the Emily Sandall Foundation we can offer better treatments for healing patients and a designated space for the elaboration of plant-derived products.We’ve increased the number of medicinal plants in the garden.
Our projects value individuals and their culture. We thank the Emily Sandall Foundation for your continued support of our work with youth leadership and maternal health. “
Sarah Montgomery,Director of Garden’s Edge
 and the Staff of Qachuu Aloom
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Foundation donates to the Center for Music by People with Disabilities in Missoula

The Emily Sandall Foundation will once again support the work of the Center for Music by People with Disabilities (CMPD), through summer music and dance programs for disabled adults at Opportunity Resources, Inc. (ORI) in Missoula, Montana. Tarn Ream and Roger Moquin offer open African music and dance sessions to everyone in the ORI building, sometimes drawing up to 30 people who join in singing, playing drums and other instruments, and participating in creative movement activities. Due to the nature of this continuing program, the participants are always excited to see Tarn and Roger, often requesting specific songs and movement, happy to learn something new, and always asking when they will be back!

CMPD is a 501 (c) 3 organization, with 509 (a) (2) status, and a mission statement that sums the work nicely: “striving to make music-related activities – music learning, music making, composing, performing, and recording – accessible to children, teenagers, and adults with disabilities in the county of Missoula so that the vision of Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 of full inclusion of people with disabilities in the educational, social, and cultural life of the community can be transformed into a reality.

 

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