Kerry Koranteng, 12-year-old Ghanaian in the United States provides kids in Ghana with shoes
Through her foundation, Kerry K Foundation, and with support from a local nonprofit organisation. The teenager sends the shoes she collects shoes and raises money for the hefty shipping fees and sends to Ghana.
The young girl has so far sent nearly a thousand pairs of shoes from Chicago to the West African country.
Koranteng told CBS News that she was inspired by a trip to visit her family in Ghana when she was eight years old.
“When I even visit my great auntie in the villages, you can see every child, no shoes on. And I realize this is very dangerous.”
Last year, she began sending shoes to the children in Ghana with the support of a local nonprofit organisation.
Koranteng raises money for the hefty shipping fees and also takes many shoes along with her. When she visits the West African countries during the summer and winter breaks from school.
In her words:
“With the information provided by the teachers in the schools. She can tell me the kids who are more in need.
”So, I bring them out and give them the shoes first. And then when I am done I give the shoes to the other students.”
Number of shoes
So far, she has sent nearly a thousand pairs from Chicago to Ghana. Some of the kids who receive the shoes are Koranteng’s agemates.
Koranteng always leaves smiles on the faces of the kids who benefit from her generosity.