San­dals Ini­tia­tive for Less For­tu­nate Stu­dents

Fiji Sun - - AMAZING - INOKE RABONU Edited by Ivamere Nataro Feed­back: inoke.rabonu@fi­jisun.com.fj

In a time when the fu­ture seems unclear be­cause of the COVID-19 pan­demic, Kaa­jal Ku­mar has joined many Fi­jians who have gone the ex­tra mile to as­sist oth­ers.

Sup­ply­ing less for­tu­nate chil­dren with brand new pairs of school san­dals has kept her busy since the pan­demic hit Fiji.

Ms Ku­mar is the founder of the Shoe4Fijia­nChild ini­tia­tive that has gained pop­u­lar­ity on the Barter for Bet­ter Face­book page.

She said her in­spi­ra­tion was drawn from her own ex­pe­ri­ences as a child.

“I know ex­actly how it feels to be in school with­out shoes, that is why I have opted to help chil­dren of fam­i­lies that have been dev­as­tated by the COVID-19 pan­demic,” Ms Ku­mar said.

“So far, we have handed out 25 pairs of school san­dals to 25 chil­dren who we have as­sessed and as­cer­tained that their par­ents had been af­fected one way or the other by the pan­demic.

“All I re­quire from these chil­dren who need as­sis­tance is a draw­ing and some time to talk and un­der­stand their is­sues, some­times they draw up the thoughts that come into their minds and this por­trays a pow­er­ful mes­sage.”

Ms Ku­mar said she felt the strong urge to help be­cause chil­dren should not be de­prived of their right to ed­u­ca­tion be­cause of not hav­ing a pair of school san­dals. “Through this plat­form I want to in­spire a lot of these chil­dren.”

She said the ini­tia­tive had at­tracted many per­sonal donors who had shown in­ter­est in the ini­tia­tive. Ms Ku­mar said the next phase of as­sis­tance in­cluded the dis­tri­bu­tion of 160 pairs of school san­dals.

I know ex­actly how it feels to be in school with­out shoes, that is why I have opted to help chil­dren of fam­i­lies that have been dev­as­tated by the COVID-19 pan­demic

Kaa­jal Ku­mar

Founder of Shoe4Fijia­nChild ini­tia­tive

Kaa­jal Ku­mar (right) with a re­cip­i­ent of her Shoe 4 Fi­jian Child Ini­tia­tive.

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