World Day Against Child Labour

Young children in developing and conflict-ridden nations remain the most economically, socially, and politically marginalized individuals on this planet.  These children are often forced to work at the expense of getting any sort of formal education. June 12 is the annual World Day Against Child Labour.  The goal of this initiative is to "shine a … Continue reading World Day Against Child Labour

Trick or Treat? The True Cost of Chocolate

While my son is getting ready to head out tonight to harvest Halloween candy, excited by the chance to lug a pillowcase full of chocolate bars around the neighborhood,I’ve been thinking about the children who harvest the cocoa that goes into the chocolate in his bag. Because while he finds an evening of hauling candy … Continue reading Trick or Treat? The True Cost of Chocolate

You & I Can Give a Child a Bright Future

A week away from the start of my final year of high school, I am ready. My pencils are sharpened, ready to attack the loose-leaf paper in the three-ring binders waiting in my backpack. My textbooks are in the mail, I’m all signed up for the school bus, and I'm excited about receiving my school … Continue reading You & I Can Give a Child a Bright Future

“All our SPCS family r safe…”

"All our SPCS family r safe ..." This was the message I received from Anoop Poudel, headmaster at the Sankhu-Palubari Community School (SPCS), on Monday night. We had been desperately trying to reach Anoop and others connected with SPCS since the 7.8 earthquake devastated Nepal on Saturday, April 25.  Our concern grew as the death toll … Continue reading “All our SPCS family r safe…”

GUEST POST: “I love this school and I love these kids.”

By Laura Sandall  The Sankhu-Palubari Community School was a very special place for Laura Sandall's older sister Emily.   A young woman with tremendous spirit and energy, Emily raised money for the school when she herself was still in high school.  A few years later, she seized the opportunity to live in the Sankhu-Palubari community … Continue reading GUEST POST: “I love this school and I love these kids.”

NEPAL: Visiting The Sankhu-Palubari Community School

By Jennifer Prestholdt A team of staff and volunteers from The Advocates for Human Rights is in Nepal visiting the Sankhu-Palubari Community School (SPCS) in the rural Kathmandu Valley.  The Advocates has supported the school since it was founded in 1999 to prevent child labor, encourage gender parity in education, and improve the lives and … Continue reading NEPAL: Visiting The Sankhu-Palubari Community School