I am excited to share that enough money was raised to buy new shoes for all 55 kids at Kechene!!! Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen!!!
I also want to tell you about a new care point named Kombolcha that is in need of shoes. Karen Wistrom and Candy T. visited Kombolcha last year during a mission trip with Children's HopeChest. Candy is now the coordinator for this care point and helps to find sponsor families for the children there. Here is what they told me about Kombolcha:
Kombolcha is approximately a 6-8 hour drive from Addis Ababa. It is a rambling town where the pastor of Grace Baptist Church started caring for orphans and extremely destitute children. They have a small building surrounded by a tin fence and they serve about 400 children in total. About 125 of these children are orphans. Most of these children have been taken in by relatives who are very poor already and an extra mouth to feed is a huge burden. The care point tries to provide the children with 1 meal a day. For many this is their only meal for the day. While we were in Kombolcha we saw several kids pick grass and chew on it – because they were hungry. Shoes are also very important. Many of the children wear shoes several sizes too small so their toes are curled under. Proper shoes will help their feet return to their natural state.
$18 will buy these kids a good pair of sturdy shoes. There are 187 children that need new shoes. This is a big goal and I would love to have your help!!! You can help me in three ways:
1. 100% of the money from my bottle cap necklaces will be donated to Children’s HopeChest to help buy shoes for these children. They are very cute and make excellent gifts. They are fun for birthdays, party favors, and thank yous. They would also be the perfect thing for all of your sweetie pies this Valentine’s Day!
2. Help me spread the word!!! Share a link to Little Goody 2-Shoes on your blog or your Facebook page.
3. Give!!! I would love to share stories about what other kids have done to help buy a pair of shoes for the orphans at Kombolcha. You can send a check for $18 (or whatever you can) to Children’s HopeChest to a special account set up to buy shoes.
P.O. Box 63842
Colorado Springs, CO, 80962-3842
Include account number ET2116-SHOES
If you do, I want to blog about you!!! Please send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) letting me know your name, where you are from, what you did to raise the money, and a picture if you want. I will include updates on my blog with your story. This would be a great project for moms and dad, grandmas and grandpas, and aunts and uncles to do with their kids!
Here are some ideas of how you can earn $18 and make a difference:
Shovel a few driveways
Walk your neighbor’s dog
Help out around the house
Have a little bake sale
Do some babysitting
Mow a yard
Sell your crafty creations
Have a lemonade or hot cocoa stand
Have a garage sale
Share your allowance
Recycle cans and bottles
To learn more about Kombolcha, you can visit Candy's blog HERE or e-mail her at email@example.com.
(218 Pairs of Shoes - so far)