Around 15 million people live on rubbish dumps globally, many of them are children.
This year we’re teaming up with Small Steps Project to set up a locally-run shoe-making workshop in Masaka, Uganda, using local materials.
Small Steps already run projects around the world providing shoes and safety equipment to adults working on the dumps, as well as helping their children get an education and chance at a better future.
Starting in 2020, we will be helping set up a small workshop next to a dump outside Masaka, Uganda providing jobs, a decent, affordable product and a new way to recycle a small part of a vast mountain of waste.
This project is about participating in creating the infrastructure for people living on these dumps to build their viable shoe business. It’s not a hand-out, but a collaboration and social enterprise we’re very excited about.
This year celebrities for the Small Steps auction included:
Andy Serkis, Annie Lennox, Benedict Cumberbatch, Bonnie Wright, Brian May, Bryan Cranston, Bryson DeChambeau, Cate Blanchett, Chris Martin, Craig David, Damon Albarn, Daniel Craig, Dame Darcey Bussell, David Byrne, David Walliams, Diplo, Ella Eyre, Elsie, Eminem, Dame Emma Thompson, Grace Chatto, Dame Helen Mirren, Helena Christensen, Hozier, Jacksons, James Purefoy, Jeremy Corbyn, Joan Collins, Dame Judi Dench, Kate Moss, Katy Perry, Kylie Minogue, Lewis Hamilton, Little Mix, Michael Palin, Michelle Dockery, Natalie Dormer, Olivia Colman, Phil Collins, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Rachel Weisz, Rita Ora, Ricky Gervais, Rod Stewart, Roger Federer, Ronnie Wood, Sia, Simon Pegg, Sir Tom Jones, Spike Lee, Stephen Fry, Susan Sarandon and Wolf Alice.
Small Steps CEO and founder, Amy Hanson, is an ex-showbiz journalist who gave up her glossy lifestyle in 2009 after visiting a rubbish site in Cambodia. She has worked tirelessly ever since to deliver aid and shine a light on this environmental and humanitarian disaster.
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