Emily spent time volunteering at a small school located outside of Kathmandu, Nepal called the Sankhu-Palubari Community School when she was in college and spent many years raising money for the children at this school. The Sankhu-Palubari Community School began in 1999. The school is run by The Advocates for Human Rights, a non profit organization, and their Nepali partner, Educate the Children. The Emily Sandall Foundation provides financial support to the school to provide free education to children as an alternative to child labor.
A little bit about the school:
According to the Advocates for Human Rights, “The school is open to all disadvantaged children in the area, including girls. (In Nepal, girls are normally expected to give up school in favor of domestic work). In addition to lessons in reading, writing, and arithmetic, the teachers have been trained in human rights awareness and incorporate human rights into the curriculum. The school also currently provides immunizations for all of its students. The school began with 50 students its first year and has added additional students each year. Now in its thirteenth year of operation in 2012, the school has over 300 students. This school year, after years of work by school staff in reaching out to parents in the community, more than 50% of the students are girls. One example of the school’s positive impact on the community is the increase in literacy among the village’s children. A Sankhu police inspector reported to The Advocates that many of the community members, who are illiterate, used to request his help in reading their letters. Now, however, they no longer need his assistance because their children can read to them. The children can read because they are enrolled in the school. An important aspect of The Nepal School Project is the partnership with the Sankhu Village Development Committee, a group of local leaders who help ensure continued community support for the school. Because local community leaders are involved in the school’s progress, the project has increased the degree of collaboration and support among community members.” – Advocates for Human Rights http://www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org/the_nepal_school_project