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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Sandall Family donates to Shine a Light in honor of Emily

The Sandall Family donated to Shine a Light in honor of Emily and her work with marginalized children around the world to better their lives.

“Shine a Light  works for social change for kids around Latin America.With the help of a video camera and Shine a Light as a bridge, local people can make democracy work.” Kurt Shaw, Executive Director

Emily had volunteered a couple times at a boys shelter in Mexico organized by Shine a Light.

We wish Shine a Light much success with their current and future projects to improve the lives of marginalized children in Latin America.

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Thank you to our Foundation community

Happy Holidays to our Foundation community.
Hoping for peaceful holidays for all.Thank you for your incredible kindness to our family and love for Emily.It truly means so much to us.

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Sandall family donates Nepali wool hats to Bellingham Giving Circle for Homeless teens

In honor of Emily on the 13th year, The Sandall Family will donate 13 Nepali wool hats to the Giving Circle for 13 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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