Foundation Supports Shine a Light and Favela News

“Even among chaotic Brazilian cities, Recife is notable for its unfriendliness to small children, especially poor children. • Playgrounds and public spaces are almost exclusively centered in rich neighborhoods (and those in favelas are shamefully neglected); • public education is extremely poor and public day-care almost inexistent; • a high murder rate reflects quotidian violence in the streets; • transportation for children and their parents is slow, violent, and inefficient; • trash and sewage management is deplorable; • and public health care is a constant source of complaint. Over the last four and a half years of work, FavelaNews has developed an important communications and social network to offer young people symbolic alternatives to crime, showing that open-source journalism can give other possible paths to recognition and political change. With Caminhos da Primeira Infância, and in collaboration with the new Ciranda Collective (5 NGOs in Recife working to change public policy for children) we turn this social network to the challenges faced by young children and their families: discovering exactly what difficulties they face, disseminating useful solutions to other families and communities, and creating a network of parents to pressure city hall to implement policies that make Recife a more friendly city for small children.”
Kurt Shaw
Executive Director

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Happy Holidays and Thanks to our Foundation Community

Happy Holidays to our Foundation community.
Eight years ago , on a walk with Paul, I picked up a little box marked “free tree” in front of a neighborhood house. I brought it home and planted it, near our backyard fence.
It grew way too big for its surroundings. So, this is our Christmas tree! I thought that Emily would enjoy that story.
Hoping for peaceful holidays for all.Thank you for your incredible kindness to our family and love for Emily.

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Emily honored on Bellingham Giving Circle Website



Donation sent in loving memory of Emily Sandall 
to celebrate her life of service to those in need.

We are happy to donate these hats to you in honor of Emily Sandall. We are donating 11 wool hats from Nepal . Emily would love this idea. She worked at a school in Nepal and helped to support them through high school and college. It is a free school for children that would be vulnerable to child labor. We have helped support the school for the last 11 years. Emily passed away 11 years ago in a hiking accident. She dedicated her high school, college years and beyond to humanitarian causes around the world. She believed strongly in the importance of education to insure that you have a voice and the skills to pursue your passions.

We hope that you enjoy the hats and that you work hard in school towards your future goals.

Becky Sandall

Emily Sandall Foundation

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Qachuu Aloom in Guatemala honors Emily

Today at Qachuu Aloom we honored Emily in a sunrise ceremony. She’s always with us in the works we do

-Sarah Montgomery, Founder of Qachuu Aloom and Garden’s Edge

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Good deed from Laura’s dear friend Jenny

 I told my first grade students about Emily and her dedication to spreading kindness and love around the world. I showed them pictures of Em along with Laura and Becky and talked about the foundation. After we talked about Emily’s story, we reflected on a book we had previously read, Each Kindness. The students reflected on how kindness is like a ripple in water–it starts small and will continue to spread. We talked about how even a small act of kindness can make the world a better place. Then the students did a short writing on ways they can start a ripple of kindness.

I didn’t know Emily personally but am deeply touched by her story and my connection with her family. I feel her in my heart and will continue to honor her by sharing her warmth and generosity as I continue teaching our youth. 

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