A YMCA Buffalo Niagara service learning project called Sole Hope, which took place last week in 39 of its after-school program sites, proved so meaningful that it will continue through March.
Students have been making shoes to donate to the children in Africa to help prevent the spread of Jiggers, insects that burrow into their feet, lay eggs and multiply, then damage tissue, causing pain and infections difficult to address.
School Vacation Club classes also may participate in the project, said Kathy Romanowski, regional communications director.
Learn more about the project at solehope.org.
One of the Y’s key focus areas is instilling in youth the importance of social responsibility that can last a lifetime, Romanowski said.