Thanks to the fundraising efforts of a 13-year-old school boy in Bath, England, the schoolchildren each received a pair of sandals. George Brunskill and his friends raised £120 for the shoes.
"Using George's donation, I was able to buy 80 pairs of Ethiopian-made sandals in Gonder Market at the end of October," said Kate. "Of these, 53 were given to primary children and infants in early November, and the remainder are spares, to be given to schoolchildren later in the school year."
The brightly-coloured sandals have a life-expectancy of a few months. The buckles break first, but Kate's husband, Asenake, found a way to melt the strap on to the shoe using fire, and the children can then easily slip their shoes on and off. Older boys tend to wear their shoes out quickly because they play football every day.
Footwear is important because of the risk of picking up hookworms, which enter a child’s bare feet, travel through the body and attach themselves to the wall of the gut, causing weakness and anaemia.
Kate buying schoolchildren's sandals in Gonder
sorting out the shoes at the shop
new sandals for the schoolchildren
schoolgirls with their new shoes
schoolboys happy to have new footwear