If you’d been with us at St Paul’s Primary School . . .
. . . you would have felt as heartsore as we did, seeing what the children were wearing on their feet.
They ranged from battered old hand-me-down Wellington boots, to flimsy canvas casuals, to actual shoes which were long past their ‘wear by’ date.
Uppers and soles had parted company and toes were caught between them. Backs were folded down so that a foot could still be pushed into a too small size. Straps and buckles were missing, and some soles were cracked in half.
St Paul’s Primary School has been nurturing the children of Faure near Cape Town for 100 years.
Faure was once a successful farming area, but fortunes have changed. Families who have lived and worked on the farms for generations are now unemployed, and live under constant threat of being evicted from their humble homes.
Children’s school shoes may seem very ordinary to you and to me, but for families living here, they’re a luxury.
HOPE Africa very much wants to change that – even if it can be only once.
These children only ever have one pair of shoes. Not only are they needed for walking long distances to and from school every day in all weathers – they’re also worn for sport, for going to church, and on any occasion when shoes are needed.
It’ll mean so much to every boy and girl at St Paul’s to start the new school year in January wearing proper shoes. It’ll also mean so much to all of us.
It’s said that ‘good shoes take us to good places’. The children of St Paul’s desperately need good shoes to take them to the good place of their school. Please, will you help to make it possible by clicking here now?
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