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Background of the Sankhu-Palubari Community School
Carpet weaver, Nepal. 1993. Photo: David Parker.

Since its creation in 1983, The Advocates for Human Rights has campaigned against issues including including human trafficking, bias toward immigrants, violence against women and child labor. As part of its commitment to combating child labor, in 1999, the staff and volunteers at The Advocates for Human Rights decided to establish a school for children who would otherwise be forced to work.


Longtime The Advocates' volunteer David Parker, who had helped the organization publicize the issue through his compelling photography of child laborers, suggested that The

Students at Sankhu-Palubari Community School.
Advocates establish a school in Nepal, where there is a high rate of child labor. To learn more about child labor in Nepal, please click here.


Partnering with Hoste Hainse, a Nepalese non-profit that runs schools for poor children who otherwise might be forced to work, The Advocates for Human Rights created the Sankhu-Palubari Community School Project in 1999 (now known as the "Nepal School Project." To find out more about the School, please click here.


The Advocates visits the Sankhu-Palubari Community School

Over the years The Advocates for Human Rights has worked with volunteers, including the Child Labor Committee, individual donors and schools to support the school. Local school groups in Minnesota have collected school supplies and organized fundraisers to benefit the school.