Heart and soles

Ozark Water Project collects used shoes by the pound to fund water systems for villages in Haiti, other countries

Posted: September 16, 2017 at 2:11 a.m.

Karla Allen, who with her husband and son founded Ozark Water Projects, sits atop a pile of donated shoes in her garage. The shoes will be sold by the pound to exporters and distributed throughout the world, while proceeds from the shoes will fund the drilling of wells and other clean-water sources in Haiti.

Karla Allen, executive director of Ozark Water Projects, will make presentations in schools throughout Arkansas this fall to tell students how shoes can be turned into clean water.

The red Converse All Star high-tops Karla Allen wears to all the events promoting Ozark Water Projects have become her trademark.

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