Musicians George Willdive and Rhoda K with their favourite shoes from the 2018 Celebrity Shoe Auction
Whilst we see a lot of famous footwear in our office, it’s not often we have bona fide stars visiting. We first met Ugandan pop sensation Rhoda K earlier this year during our aid distribution in a rainy Kampala so when she dropped in with fellow musician George Willdive last week we were delighted. We took the opportunity to ask her a few questions about her involvement with Small Steps Project.
Thanks for helping on our shoe distribution in Kampala. How was it for you?
I really enjoyed helping out. My sister told me about the work Small Steps Project were doing and I just wanted to get involved. I’m in a fortunate position and I like to give back to the community wherever possible. I was very happy to roll my sleeves up and get stuck in. I live locally, but like most people, I had never been to a landfill before. It was an eye-opening experience for me. The conditions that people both live and work in are incredibly harsh, especially for young children. But I found the people I met incredibly inspiring with a great attitude to life.
Fellow musician NBK Superstargyal Selekta Shelbie K also helped with the distribution. We imagine it was a huge (but welcome) surprise for the children to have two pop stars in their midst!
Haha, yes I think they were pleased to see us. We were certainly pleased to see them. It was magical being there with the kids. We’re entertainers and loved leading them in singing and dancing while people were waiting to receive their shoes. We loved their spirit. Being able to provide them with an enjoyable escape from their reality is something we treasure as entertainers. Using our talents to give the children long lasting memories which give them joy and gratification is wonderful as it shows them a brighter side to life. As much as the children were excited to see us, we were so happy to spend time with them.
What do you think of the work Small Steps Project is doing?
Amazing. They give people hope of a brighter future. Makes people think they haven’t been forgotten and that someone out there is looking out for them, which is so important for the children who are suffering in these isolated conditions. It makes them feel loved. I would love to be involved with a future distribution so long as my work schedule allows. I hope to reconnect with Amy on her next trip to Uganda in December and assist with any distribution or aid. I am a continued supporter of the SSP project and I’ll remain so.
We will be taking further strides into Uganda, with a new initiative at Masaka landfill. Working with mothers to create shoes from salvaged materials. Further details coming soon. Stay tuned!
Rhoda K is currently touring Europe and the US with George Willdive. Look out for her upcoming live dates at London’s 02.