Hey everyone! I know it’s been quite a while since you heard from me, and this will probably be the final time that I write a blog for A Year Without Shoes. The last of the money for AYWOS was spent two days ago! It’s very exciting.
AYWOS was able to raise $8,313.31, specifically to buy shoes. However, there was a surplus in the money that I raised for travel expenses, and we were able to add $284.27 to that, giving us a grand total of $8,597.58. We’re proud to say that all of this money was spent on shoes, in several places around the world. Specifically, in three places: Our original destination, Uganda, as well as Guatemala, and here in the USA. The first shoes were bought in Uganda, 250 pairs. We wanted to buy more, but a lot of the funds hadn’t come in yet because many people decided to donate late in the year. We bought these shoes at a store called Bata in Entebbe, Uganda and they cost $5,371. After this, we realized that we still had money that we could use to buy more shoes. We gave the majority of that money to “Kids Alive, International” in Guatemala to establish a “Shoe Fund.” This is money that will be used specifically to buy shoes there. Unbeknownst to us, Kid’s Alive was in the middle of a matching fund program so the $2,800 we donated there was doubled for a total of $5,600 for shoes in Guatemala! Lastly, we had $426.58 left. We did a little bit of internet research, and discovered a great organization here in the United States called “Shoes That Fit”. They work with schools to provide shoes for students whose families can’t afford them.
I’m very proud of everything that I’ve been able to accomplish through AYWOS. However, I can’t take full credit. I had so much help from everyone around. And most of all: a project like AYWOS is powered by the people who are willing to donate, and help out in a great cause. It’s because of your prayers, support, and donations that this project was able to be so successful. Thank all of you who donated so so so much!