Ahwatukee Kindergartner Uses School Project to Collect Donations for Sole Hope
Natalia Zavala, a kindergartener at Magical Journey Learning Center in Ahwatukee, is using her school service project to bring hope to kids and adults affected by jiggers.
“While deciding which pair of shoes to wear to school one morning, Zavala’s mother told her there are children in the world who don’t have shoes to choose from and how lucky she was,” the newspaper wrote. “She couldn’t believe it and asked how they could walk around outside without getting their feet cut on stones or thorns or burnt on the hot ground. She immediately said that she wanted to help kids that don’t have shoes for her kindergarten service project.”
Sole Hope is a nonprofit based in Uganda that provides medical care and shoes to kids and adults affected by jiggers, a parasite that embeds themselves into feet, lay eggs, and eventually causing debilitating pain. According to the newspaper, Zavala collected donations of jeans and plastics needed to make the shoes that kids and adults need to protect their feet. So far, 50 pairs of shoe patterns have been made, but she’s still collecting donations to help pay for postage and tailors.
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This local update courtesy of your Ahwatukee Community Expert.