When our team of volunteers arrived to put on the camp for the kids in the Kolinenska orphanage, the terrible state of the children’s shoes was hard to overlook. With temperatures around 90 degrees, the children were playing outside in their slippers, worn-out fall shoes, or with no shoes at all.
Our team decided that if these kids were going to be able to enjoy running around and participating in the camp activities then they would need something different on their feet.
So after a trip to the nearest city’s market, our van returned with shoes in all colors and sizes- for all the kids. Instead of just giving the shoes to the kids though- we had them earn tickets to get their own pair (aren’t we crafty!) We had an afternoon of games in which the kids earned tickets and then at the end of the game they got to “purchase” their sandals (for a fair price :) ). The kids were quick to line up to buy their new pair!
It was funny to walk around the playing field after the kids all got their new sandals, as there were abandoned old shoes everywhere! A site to be seen.