109 pairs of shoes!

by Kayla Raymond

organizing the shoes on bookshelves

organizing the shoes on bookshelves

 

Today was a big day because 109 students received brand new, shiny shoes! Thanks to everyone who responded to my blog “new shoes, a new start,” your response was a huge blessing to our students.

The way it worked was all the teachers made a list of the students in their classes who needed shoes the most. The teachers are the ones working with the kids everyday, so I knew I would be giving the right kids shoes by having the teachers listing the needs. Once I received the money, I went to the downtown market in Port-au-Prince with my friend Fanfan and a third grade teacher, John, with our “list.” The list had 109 children in need of shoes and after 3 and a half hours inside the market, we left with two large bags stuffed full. I kind of felt like Santa Claus as I unloaded the bags at the school that afternoon.

Today, we handed out the shoes and it was a great success and so much fun replacing worn, torn and dirty shoes with brand new, shiny black shoes!

all smiles

all smiles

the boss himself fitting shoes on the kids

the boss himself fitting shoes on the kids

student in second grade receives some much-needed new shoes

student in second grade receives some much-needed new shoes

making sure the shoe fits in Preschool 2

making sure the shoe fits in Preschool 2

1st grader showing off his kicks

1st grader showing off his kicks

trying to find the perfect fit

trying to find the perfect fit

this makes me happy

this makes me happy

 

 

Love from Haiti.

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