The Ozark Water Project

By Emily Angyal, sophomore writer

This summer I volunteered at the Economics Arkansas Teachers’ Convention in hopes of earning my 10 service hours for Beta Club (which was successful, thankfully-but that’s not the topic here). This convention is, to put it simply, an annual convention for public school teachers where they can learn innovative and engaging ways to teach their students.  While I was getting a tour by my aunt, who works for Economics Arkansas, I met a woman named Karla Allen, one of the founders of an organization called the Ozark Water Project.

The Ozark Water Project was founded in 2010 to provide clean water to those who desperately need it. Simply by donating gently used shoes, you can be a part of helping those in need obtain the most vital source they need- water.  It is such a simple, yet effective way to assist third-world countries by using the funds from your shoes to ensure people access to safe drinking water.

Inspired by her dedication to the issue, I began thinking. Suddenly, it dawned on me. I go to an all-girls school. Surely in a school of 500+ girls, there are plenty of shoes to donate. Apparently Karla had actually reached out to Mount a few years ago, and collected thousands of shoes. Thousands!

For even more information, you can visit and see how you can help. The website includes more details, including locations where you can donate your gently used shoes to help others.


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