Joshua Krynauw was asked to design a recycling project at his school, St Johns College in Johannesburg, he decided to Up-Cycle school shoes and ‘takkies’, in order to give them to kids who don’t have any of their own.
Inspired by his efforts, his siblings have all now taken over from Joshua, and are flying the flag high. Oliver, Heath and Liam have together collected enough shoes for all the children at 5 schools- some 2000 children. They have expanded their engagement to assist with developing these schools’ libraries as well. Their collections take place throughout the year and their annual distribution days take place at Atteridgeville Primary with whom they have developed a long-term relationship. They have expanded their engagement to assist with developing these schools’ libraries as well. Their collections take place throughout the year, while their annual distribution days take place at Atteridgeville Primary, with whom they have developed a long-term relationship.
“Instead of putting money into a bank account, we have the privilege of a personal interaction with them. Seeing the smiles on their faces after we’ve given them the shoes, gives us a purposeful feeling.”
In order to keep up this great work they need more schools to get involved; set up a collection box and label it “Soles for Souls” and encourage teachers, parents and students help to continue their dream of giving children who may not have a pair of their own shoes-
“What makes us happy is having a personal interaction with the children, like sizing their feet and choosing a pair of shoes, sitting down and talking to them and playing sports with them, that’s why we give a few days of our souls just to give soles onto many children’s feet”
If you would like to help you can visit Soles for Souls on their Facebook Page “Soles for Souls” or set up a shoe collection box in your school.