WBEZ | Mona Purdy http://www.wbez.org/tags/mona-purdy Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Activism: "The Shoe Lady" returns from Uganda http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-shoe-lady-returns-uganda-110295 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/ga-share your soles 2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Mona Purdy of <a href="http://shareyoursoles.org/">Share Your Soles</a> is just back from a few whirlwind weeks in Africa to expand her operation to Uganda. For Global Activism, &ldquo;The Shoe Lady&rdquo; joins us to talk about the pain and joy she saw and experienced. Share Your Soles has distributed more than two million shoes globally to people in desperate need of them. Mona says, &ldquo;When you choose to make a difference in an innocent child&rsquo;s life, you bring love, hope and a sense of belonging into their life &ndash; as well as your own.&rdquo;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144076334&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ShareYourSoles#">Mona&#39;s Facebook</a> posts from her recent trip to Uganda:</strong></p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-29e4bedf-6dac-3c45-8bab-13dfe555f97f">&quot;I&#39;m feeling like I&#39;m high on life this morning. Met with a woman&#39;s group here that have 400 HIV positive woman who they give work opportunities and education opportunities to as well. Hoping to partner missions with this group. The big meeting is this morning and if I can control the butterflies in my stomach I feel it will go super great. Hope you are all feeling the love !! Xxx&quot;</p><p><span class="userContent" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}">&quot;I&#39;ve been humbled by the living conditions here. I find I am less wasteful of my shampoo, I trim my fruit and vegetables to the core without wasting. I smile when I see someone that makes me so sad I want to cry and I usually get a smile back. I will dance for children to get them to laugh. The family planning has begun in Sudan, Somoli, and Congo Zones as well as the &quot;<span class="text_exposed_show">will work for shoes&quot; program. the connections seem to empower the refugees and allows them to be a viable part of their communities. I am not a morning person but because I am so anxious to be here and learn, laugh and live I am up to wake the roosters.....love you all for the love and support of Share Your Soles xxxx</span></span>&quot;</p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-shoe-lady-returns-uganda-110295 Chicago activist gives globally, despite personal loss http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/chicago-activist-gives-globally-despite-personal-loss-99835 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Mona%20in%20Haiti%20fix.jpg" style="height: 402px; width: 300px; float: left;" title="Share Your Soles founder Mona Purdy in Haiti. (Courtesy of Share Your Soles)" /></div><p>Mona Purdy lost everything in a <a href="http://www.wgntv.com/news/wgntv-share-your-soles-feb1,0,2143196.story">home fire</a> four months ago. But the tragedy hasn&#39;t stopped her charitable work.</p><p>Purdy is founder and executive director of <a href="http://www.shareyoursoles.org/">Share Your Soles</a>, a group that provides shoes to people throught the developing world. She says her group has provided over 1.25 million pairs of shoes in the last 12 years. She&#39;s also one of <em>Worldview&rsquo;s</em> long-time global activists.</p><p>I spoke to Purdy just days after she became homeless. But Purdy wasn&#39;t focused on the catastrophe she had just lived through. Instead, she was obsessed with getting back to Haiti.</p><p>Purdy told me during that phone call how she&#39;d met people all over the world who had lost absolutely everything due to war or natural disasters. She said she saw the same empty, hollow look in their eyes. After losing so much herself, Pudy said she had gotten a small, bitter taste of what life was like for them. She concluded that, in spite of her loss, she still had nothing to complain about.</p><p>Since the fire, Purdy has been to Haiti twice. I heard from her today, and she reiterated why she continues her work:</p><p><em>I am asked repeatedly why I go to Haiti. [The answer is] the faces of these beautiful children, who are so innocent of the cruelties done to them. I return because of the need [and] because I know our returning assures them of trust </em><em>&ndash;</em><em> that no matter what happens, we will keep on trying. </em></p><p><em>I know we make a difference. Ask those who have gotten shoes; then ask those who know they will.</em></p><p>Purdy faces obstacels in her work beyond her recent personal loss. Share Your Soles will soon <a href="http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/12402833-418/share-your-soles-seeking-new-home.html">lose their warehouse facility,</a> which they use to store and clean donated shoes.</p><p><a href="http://www.shareyoursoles.org/contact">You can contact</a> Share Your Soles to learn more about their current situation, and hear Purdy describe her work when she stops by Wednesday to update us on conditions on the ground in Haiti. In the meantime, check out this video &ndash; the first in a series Purdy&#39;s group will produce &ndash; about the group&#39;s work in Haiti:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object style="height: 390px; width: 640px;"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ybWLgohxfow?version=3&amp;feature=player_detailpage" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ybWLgohxfow?version=3&amp;feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640"></embed></object></p></p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/chicago-activist-gives-globally-despite-personal-loss-99835