Shoe and Backpack Drive To Aid Refugees in Indianapolis

Help BCHS collect 1,000 pairs of shoes by the end of school

BCHS is collecting any old used shoes - men's shoes of any type and size, and girls gym shoes - and old backpacks for recycling by the Peace Center for Forgiveness and Reconciliation, an organization that helps refugees in Indianapolis who are struggling to meet their families' basic needs.
Donations can be dropped off at the large wardrobe boxes by the main office until the end of the school year.
About the Peace Center Project and its BCHS Connection
Kizito Kalima, Founder and Executive Director of the Peace Center for Forgiveness and Reconciliation and Rwandan Genocide survivor, spoke to Ms. Seager's geography classes about his organization and their new project for Indianapolis refugees who are not able to find jobs because of language and skills barriers. Currently, they have 18 individuals who are heads of families who are struggling to meet basic needs.

The organization is creating jobs in the recycling business, whereby they collect used shoes and used backpacks. The demand is huge as they hope to collect 30,000 pairs of shoes every month.
The refugees who are unable to find other work will be sorting the shoes, packing them in bales and loading them in trucks for shipping to potential buyers in Canada, Africa, and China. All money received will be used to cover the refugees pay and all other expenses (warehouse storage and transportation).
Visit for more information about the center.

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