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

“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…”

2014’s Lesson: Take Action. Lives Depend on It.

December has been a terrible month for human rights—from the U.S. Senate’s report confirming the use of torture, to the slaughter of Pakastani school children, to two grand jury decisions not to indict police officers for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Overall, 2014 has been an extremely troubling year. Some human rights … Continue reading 2014’s Lesson: Take Action. Lives Depend on It.

Take Notice: Nigeria Abductions Are Not an Anomaly

Like many other people, I am outraged by the April 14 abduction of hundreds of young girls from their school in northeastern Nigeria by the insurgent group Boko Haram. The group attacked again on May 6, kidnapping eight more girls–this time from their homes–to prevent them from attending school. While we do not know exactly … Continue reading Take Notice: Nigeria Abductions Are Not an Anomaly

Support The Advocates and Ten Thousand Villages by shopping on December 12

Fair-trade retailer Ten Thousand Villages and The Advocates are joining together for an event that will support both organizations’ exciting, worldwide work. Between 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, December 12, 20% of all sales at the Ten Thousand Villages store in St. Paul (867 Grand Avenue) will be donated to The Advocates. Human rights activists and … Continue reading Support The Advocates and Ten Thousand Villages by shopping on December 12

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.”