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Video: Roosevelt students craft shoe patterns for African villages

March 27th, 2014 3:20 pm by David Grace

Video: Roosevelt students craft shoe patterns for African villages

Melinda Upchurch, youth pastor at Celebration Church, holds some of the more than 300 pairs of children's shoe tops made for Sole of Hope by Roosevelt Elementary students.

The delivery of the shoe tops mark the end of Roosevelt students' community service project started early this year, when they collected old jeans for the Sole of Hope shoe-making project.

Theya lso colelcted plastic milk jugs, with a goal of making 275 pairs of shoes - one pair from each student at the school. With community help, the student's, faculty and staff cut out patterns for more than 300 pairs of shoes.

Upchurch will deliver the shoe patterns to a small factory in Uganda where the shoes tops will be paired to the soles to make shoes for the children in the villages in Eastern Uganda.

Founded in Asheville, N.C., in 2010 by Asher Collie, Sole Hope helps to provide cloth shoes for children in Ugandan and Zambian. The shoes made from old blue jeans are designed to protect young children from jigger and other diseases that enter through the feet.






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