Nepali hats donated to Giving Circle’s Homeless Teens in honor of Emily on the 12th year Anniversary

In honor of Emily on the 12th year, The Sandall Family will donate 12 Nepali wool hats to the Giving Circle for 12 students to keep warm this
These children, identified as unaccompanied homeless teenagers, do not live with a parent or guardian but are enrolled in the Bellingham School District. Due to their age and because they have no parent or guardian, they are not eligible for many community services.

The Bellingham Giving Circle is a local non-profit with a mission to support the needs of these homeless kids in order for them to stay in school.
Wouldn’t Emily love this idea?!

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A Gentle Idea to honor Em, Nov. 8, 2018, 12th Year Anniversary

A Gentle Idea to honor Em, Nov. 8, 2018, 12th Year anniversary

As we near the 12th year anniversary I thought of an idea that might help make it easier.Let’s all try and do a good deed that day,
or around that day , like we did last year. If everyone can then send their stories to me,
I will then compile them anonymously and send them back around to everyone. Wouldn’t she love that?
My e-mail is
Thank you,
Becky Sandall

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Update from Garden’s Edge and Qachuu Aloom in Guatemala

Update from Sarah Montgomery, Director of Garden’s Edge and Qachuu Aloom in Guatemala:

“Olga, a former scholarship student from Qachuu Aloom and another member of Qachuu Aloom, Valentina, stayed with me for a month and attended the traditional medicine class at the University of New Mexico.  It was so neat to watch them share some of their skills with the class and also take home new skills to share in their communities.  They also spent some time in a midwifery clinic, learning how to do intake forms, and keep records of their patients.  Olga, has graduated with a degree in midwifery, and hopefully will continue studying next year in Guatemala.  In Guatemala they are continuing to work on the maternal health and nutrition project, and each year we are seeing better results, as families learn new recipes and improve their gardens.  They also have a new project this year,  of bringing back the traditional milpa systems.  The milpa system is where a diversity of plants were planted together–like corn, beans and squash and then other plants would come up as “weeds” like Amaranth and other medicines.  It has fallen out of use because of the heavy promotion of weed killers and fertilizers in government programs.  So unfortunately, many people have stopped planting this way.  They are not as easy to recuperate as one might think because so many people have lost the traditional corn seeds, and soils are very depleted.  The hybrids do better in that kind of monocrop situation.  So this year, we are hoping to build up a surplus of native corn seeds and next year add more growers. Thank you for helping us grow our work in Guatemala.:

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Foundation donates to YMCA Camp Menogyn Canoe program

“This summer the  Emily Sandall Foundation was able to invest in the ‘York Factory’ program which maintains and restores Menogyn’s canoe fleet. Items purchased include, but are not limited to: canvas, brass tacks, skid plates, new ribs and gunnels, foam pads for whitewater, PDF’s, and paddles. Individually these items seem relatively insignificant; however, the sum of the parts are the heart and soul of our trip progression. We aim to launch three refurbished wood canvas canoes this summer with a fourth well on its way for an early season launch next year.

One other unique aspect of York Factory is our paddle building program. Campers hand-make a paddle before embarking on their canoe trip. As campers start with a raw shapeless paddle blank that evolves into a work of art, the pride of craftsmanship beams from their faces.

You are likely aware that during Emily’s last summer at Menogyn, she wrote a good bye letter to Camp. This letter continues to be shared at “First Light” multiple times a summer and remains a treasured piece of writing for the community. In it Emily speaks of the beauty and simplicity of camp life. As I visited the Em Sandall bench and gazed out at the sparkling waters of Bearskin today, Emily’s appreciation for the beauty in nature and her commitment to community washed over me. Emily’s legacy continues to inspire all of us, staff and campers alike.

It is an honor for us to carry on Emily’s legacy and we look forward to  our continued partnership.”

-Meghan Cosgrove, Executive Director, YMCA Camp Menogyn

We are very proud of this partnership and very proud of Em!

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Foundation donates to Rise Now for new playgrounds to be built in Mexico

In honor of Emily and her passion for encouraging education and outdoor play for  kids around the world, The Emily Sandall Foundation continues its partnership with Rise Now to sponsor building playgrounds in Mexico.

“Now we have multiple playgrounds we are working on, the first in a small community in Oxchuc, a small indigenous municipality.  The teachers asked that the build be a workshop so they can replicate and reproduce the playgrounds around their school district.   That is music to our ears and we will probably be working with the teachers and community of Oxchuc on a few playgrounds until they feel comfortable doing it on their own.  It generally takes more than one playground before someone understands all the tire technics and safety considerations.


In addition to the Oxchuc project we are focusing  efforts on organizing with the small town of Na’ha for a very interesting build in the Lacandon, an especially sensitive area for multiple reasons.  The park would be part of a larger eco-tourism project with another NGO in an effort to promote and protect the shrinking jungle and disappearing culture of the lacandon through sustainable development.  It is through partnerships like this where multiple organizations work amplify one another that I have seen the most impact so I am excited about this project.


We would really love to continue amplifying the mission and purpose of the Emily Sandall foundation through these programs and projects. “

Bret Ingold, Director, Rise Now Inc.

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